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Groves Releases 2017 Stone Handling Catalog

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Groves Releases 2017 Stone Handling Catalog

Posted on 06 January 2017 by cradmin

groves catalogGroves Incorporated has released the new 2017 edition of its “Stone Storage, Fabrication and Transportation Systems” catalog. The catalog features several new products, such as its Heavy-Duty Bundle Rack-Long; Heavy-Duty Backsplash Cart; and Heavy-Duty Drywall Cart, as well as a variety of fabrication tables and storage/material handling products for granite, quartz and numerous other slab and countertop related materials. It can be downloaded at Groves website or the company will send a printed copy to those requesting one.

You may also be interested in this article on Wood Powr Grip Vacuum LIfters.

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Centipede Tool Offers Industrial Strength Portable Work System

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Centipede Tool Offers Industrial Strength Portable Work System

Posted on 28 November 2016 by cradmin

centipedeThe Centipede® Portable Work System is an industrial strength platform capable of supporting thousands of pounds wherever needed, stowing away into the smallest corner when it isn’t. Featuring a patented steel frame design, the system is constructed of multiple steel struts that rest directly between the load and ground to support an incredible amount of weight while keeping even the thinnest materials from sagging. Struts are moved in tandem with flat steel cross bars flexible enough to absorb impacts and durable enough to ensure long-lasting smooth operation. Available in two models, the Centipede® Sawhorse supports surfaces with six struts over a 2 by 4-ft. area. Rated for 1,500 lbs., it weighs only 11 lbs. and collapses to 6 by 9 in. The Centipede® SupportXL has 15 struts over a 4 by 8-ft. area, is rated for 3,000 lbs., weighs 29 lbs. and collapses to 9 by 14 in.

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A Sad Reminder Why Slab Handling Safety Is Critical

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A Sad Reminder Why Slab Handling Safety Is Critical

Posted on 11 November 2016 by cradmin

This video put forth by the Marble Institute of America (now MIA+BSI) is a sad reminder of just why following the correct slab handling techniques with granite, marble, quartz or other heavy stones is extremely critical to the safety and health of fabricators and countertop fabrication businesses everywhere.

This is just the introduction to a much larger video offered by the association.

You may also be interested in this article on aerial lift safety.

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Wood’s Powr-Grip Offers Inteli-Grip Vacuum Lifters

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Wood’s Powr-Grip Offers Inteli-Grip Vacuum Lifters

Posted on 19 October 2016 by CRadmin3

inteli-gripHandling large sheets of glass, stone, metal and other materials can be challenging and inherently risky. As a result, work is continually being done to improve products by making them safer, more efficient and more responsive to the customers’ needs.

In anticipation of those needs, Wood’s Powr-Grip developed the next generation of vacuum lifters featuring the company’s proprietary Intelli-Grip™ technology. This state-of-the-art design reportedly monitors the lifter’s vacuum and power systems, adjusts resources as necessary, and notifies the operator when something requires special attention. It tells the operator what they need to know, when they need to know it, allowing them to focus on the material handling job and not the nuances of lifter operation.

Vacuum lifters with Intelli-Grip™ communicate critical information at a glance via a color LCD display screen. A flashing amber strobe light and audible alarm warn about conditions that may compromise safety. These vacuum lifters also host a variety of safety features that help prevent anyone from performing dangerous actions. On every lift Intelli-Grip™ tests for a good vacuum seal and checks for low power. If the battery is dangerously low, it also prevents the lifter from attaching to loads. Every time the vacuum lifter is powered up, Intelli-Grip™ automatically performs self-diagnostics, to make certain the lifter is ready-to-go. Unique service codes quickly identify potential problems, minimizing lifter down-time. Smart power management enables the lifter to work longer on a single charge.

You may also be interested in this article about Powr-Grip’s vacuum pad with replaceable ring.

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Weha Introduces Three New Transport Carts

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Weha Introduces Three New Transport Carts

Posted on 08 January 2016 by cradmin4

Weha AframeWeha introduced a new design for its A-frame transport carts. The carts are designed to transport and store large stone countertops, among other stone pieces. The carts come in three sizes. The smallest is 78 in. by 42 in. by 32 in., capable of a maximum load height of 34 in. It has eight straps, four on each side. The second size is 78 in. by 58 in. by 43 in., with a maximum load height of 48 in. It also has eight straps, with four on each side. The largest size is 96 in. by 68 in. by 43 in., with a maximum load height of 60 in. It has 10 straps, with five on each side. Each cart carries a maximum capacity of 4,410 lbs., with 2,205 lbs. on each side. All sides of each of the carts also have forklift receivers, and the larger two of the three carts have hooks at each foot for lifting frames.

You may also be interested in this article on Groves Stone Lifter and Transporter.

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A Review of Slab Clamp Safety by the Marble Institute (MIA)

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A Review of Slab Clamp Safety by the Marble Institute (MIA)

Posted on 27 October 2015 by cradmin

This video produced by the Marble Institute of America (MIA) is a primer on safety when using slab clamps to lift large slabs of stone or other countertop materials. It walks the viewer through the proper procedures and reminds that slabs can easily weigh more than 1,000 lbs. and can severely injure or even kill someone if there were to have a slab fall on them. It reminds that training is a key element to safety and a video such as this is just one step of a good safety plan.

Specifically the video hits on such topics as remembering to inspect slab handling equipment daily and driving home the fact that a minimum of two people should be involved in any slab lifting procedure.

Overall it is a good refresher on some key safety elements and could be of benefit to pretty much anyone working in a stone/quartz countertop shop.

You may also be interested in the latest article in our countertop shop health & safety series.

 

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Groves Inc. Introduces New Heavy Duty Stone Lifter and Transporter

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Groves Inc. Introduces New Heavy Duty Stone Lifter and Transporter

Posted on 18 August 2015 by CRadmin3

Groves ST-1 The new Heavy Duty ST1 Stone Lifter and Transporter is now available from Groves Incorporated. According to the company, stone slabs weighing up to 396 lbs. and measuring from 25- to 48- in. tall by 60- in. wide can be raised and lowered with its patented silent winch. The possibility of damage to the stone or injury to an employee is lessened by the lifting mast that encloses the steel lifting cable and rubber pads on the carrying brackets. The 16- in. puncture resistant wheels are designed to make job site transportation easier and safer. Materials can be pivoted 90 degrees on the axis of the mast to fit through doorways with a shift to the side function. For ease of installation the material can also be lifted to a maximum height of 63 in. and rotated 360 degrees.

You may also be interested in this article about countertop installation.

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Automatic Countertop Plant Offered by T&D Robotics

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Automatic Countertop Plant Offered by T&D Robotics

Posted on 06 May 2015 by cradmin

TD RoboticsT&D Robotics offers a fully automatic, patented countertop plant that includes an all-in-one combination of a bridge saw, material handling and working center. The system has an automatic inter-flange system that automatically places and removes the suction pads, loads the cut-to-size piece and unloads the finished product. It performs cutting , drilling, and inside and outside edge-polishing.

You may also be interested in this article on BACA Systems Robotic Sawjet or this article on Park Industries’ CNC saw/waterjet.

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Omni Cubed Offers 2 Carry Clamp Models

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Omni Cubed Offers 2 Carry Clamp Models

Posted on 27 January 2015 by cradmin

omni cubed clampsOmni Cubed, Inc. offers two carry clamp models, both designed for easier and safer carrying of countertops. The Mega-Jaw™ Carry Clamp is a “grab and go” clamp with durable rubber gripping tubes that won’t mark or stain surfaces, according to the company. The high-strength aluminum arms allow a pair the clamps to support a 500-lb. load, and adjustable tension settings help them hold onto countertops when not in use.

The Aqua-Jaw™ Carry Vise™ is an “all-weather” carrying clamp designed to not slip off wet countertops. It has tight vise grip action that does not depend on gravity to secure solidly to stone, while rubber lined rails protect countertops from scratches. The clamp opens to 4-1/2 in. to accommodate thicker edges and miters. It also distributes weight to both arms, which reportedly reduces worker strain and makes lifting heavy pieces safer and easier. A pair of thevises can hold up to 800 lbs., and the optional Accessory Handle Kit adds two more handles to each clamp, allowing four workers to share the load of heavy countertops.

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Groves Offers New Heavy-Duty Bundle Rack with 9,000-lb. Capacity

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Groves Offers New Heavy-Duty Bundle Rack with 9,000-lb. Capacity

Posted on 26 January 2015 by cradmin

Groves heavy duty bundle rackGroves Incorporated is now offering a new Heavy Duty Bundle Rack that was designed to safely store jumbo sized stone bundles weighing up to 9,000 lbs. between two posts, with a maximum weight of 4,500 lbs. per post. It is the largest and strongest bundle rack the company has ever sold. The outside rails are designed with slots to hold 2 x 4s, which protect the slab edges and the finish on the rails. Heavy-duty powder-coated rails 11-in. wide by 5-1/2-in. high by 90-in. long butt together for desired length. Outside rails have 2.5-in. square holes spaced 5 in. apart on the top. A steel plate with identical holes is welded and boxed inside the rails, 1 in. up from the bottom. 2-1/2-in. square tube posts are coated with a heavy-duty powder-coat finish. Rails shipped with 11-in. connector tube for butting rails together in a straight line. For safety, the bottom rails must be bolted to the floor and the 9,000-lb. capacity (4,500 lbs. per post) should not be exceeded.

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