Manual Production Centers

There’s a set of stone-fabrication machines in the market that might be called the Rodney Dangerfields of the industry ... in that they really don’t get the respect they deserve.
While trade-show audiences gawk at the impressive automation of CNC production models, relatively few folks stop to look at their cousins: the manual-assist assist machines. And yet these machines can use many of the same tools and perform the same tasks –not automatically and not as quickly, but with relative ease – for a tenth of the cost of their robotic relations.

Despite their versatility, these machines still suffer somewhat from an identity crisis While manufacturers throw around a variety of terms – work centers, workstations, machine centers and others – Stone Business again offers to coin a phrase and label them manual production centers (MPCs).
Stone Business took its first look at MPCs in August 2004. Since then, a few manufacturers are out of the game, but others are moving in to offer machines that provide a vital intermediate offering between hand-held tools and high-tech CNC centers.
All of the machines in this year’s survey perform multiple functions; all of them offer some kind of edging, and most also handle drilling and milling. Some offer polishing functions, and a few – usually with some adaptation – run a sawing head. All of the machines handle the standard 2cm/3cm-slab thickness, making them ideal for countertop and general-product work.
The machines divide into two types, based on how the machine spindle moves around the production area for working stone. Since the genesis for this type of machinery is the standard radial-arm polisher, many of the MPCs use a radial (articulated) arm for a fabricator to move when performing stone work. Others mount the spindle on a rail system for linear movement, although there’s always the ability to deal with curves and arcs.
MPCs, though, are more than a tool on a big handle. Most have some kind of programmable controls for tool speed and placement. A fair share of them also support template tracing to control and standardize multiple copies for large commercial and residential jobs.
Models can change –and prices of European-made machines can vary with the exchange rate between U.S. dollars and the Euro. For the latest information, contact manufacturers or the U.S. agents/distributors.
The information provided is from surveys distributed to manufacturers in November 2006. Measurements given in Imperial/English format only were supplied in that manner by manufacturers; Imperial/metric numbers represent metric information offered by manufacturers and converted by Stone Business staff.


PIETRO BACCHIERI & C.
Carrara, Italy

F.S.L. Machine

Production area (workable length): 86.6”/220cm
Machine functions: Drilling, edging, milling.
Material holddown method: Clamp
Production head travel: Radial arm
Maximum thickness of stone that can be worked: 4.7”/12cm
Note: Optional turntable available for table edging.
Contact: Pietro Bacchieri & C., +39-0585-706-55; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


BURKHARDT GmbH
Bayreuth, Germany
U.S. agent/representative: High Tech Stone Inc., Elberton, Ga.

Hensel KTM 601

Production area (workable material length and width):
118” X 39”
Vertical stroke (Z axis) of tool head: 7.9”; table height adjustable by 7.9”.

Spindle speed (RPM) and power rating (HP):
300-10,000rpm / 7.4 kW
Machine functions: Drilling, edging, milling, polishing, sawing.
Material holddown method: Clamp

Production head travel:
Rail
Maximum thickness of stone that can be worked: 6cm
Template support: Yes

Total machinery size (length X width X height):
189” X 126” (includes 47.2” space for operator) X 94.5”
Contact: High Tech Stone Inc., 800-342-5540; www.hightechstone.com



COCH
Buenos Aires, Argentina
U.S. agent/representative: Surtec Inc., Miami

R30

Production area (workable material length and width):
10’ X 3’
Vertical stroke (Z axis) of tool head: 10”
Spindle speed (RPM) and power rating (HP): Variable 200-10,000rpm / 8 HP
Machine functions: Drilling, edging, milling, polishing, cutting with finger bit.
Material holddown method: Vacuum
Production head travel: Rail
Template support: No

Total machinery size (length X width X height):
172” X 73” X 78”
Contact: Surtec Inc., 305-468-9577. www.surtecusa.com,
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GALESKI WORLDWIDE
Westerburg, Germany
U.S. agent/representative: High Tech Stone Inc., Elberton, Ga.

Galaxy 4000 Multistar

Production area (workable material length and width):
118.1” X 43.3”
Vertical stroke (Z axis) of tool head: 10.2”

Spindle speed (RPM) and power rating (HP):
500-11,000rpm
Machine functions: Drilling, edging, milling, polishing, sawing.
Material holddown method: Clamp and vacuum

Production head travel:
Rail
Minimum/maximum thickness of stone that can be worked: .4”-2.4”
Template support: Yes

Total machinery size (length X width X height):
137.8” X 78.7” X 70.8”
Contact: High Tech Stone Inc., 800-342-5540; www.hightechstone.com


GHINES S.r.L.
Rimini, Italy
U.S. agent/representative: Salem Stone, Winston-Salem, N.C.

SYSTAR


Production area (workable material length and width): 8’2” X 3’4”
Spindle speed (RPM) and power rating (HP): 1,500-7,000rpm / 5.5 HP
Machine functions: Drilling, edging, grooving, milling, polishing, recessed drain processing, sawing.
Material holddown method: Vacuum (eight cups)
Production head travel: Rail (hardened, anti-corrosion-treated balls block)
Maximum stone thickness:
7cm height
Template support:
Yes

Total machinery size (length X width X height):
10’ X 4’6” X 7’7”
Note: Tension three-phase 400V-50/60 Hz or 230V-50/60 Hz power; air-heating system to prevent mist or ice on the Venturi device

Contact:
Salem Stone, 800-234-1982; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


GLOBAL GRANITE & MARBLE
St. Louis

Global Vanity Master™

Production area (workable material length and width):
78” X 48”
Vertical stroke (Z axis) of tool head: 4”

Spindle speed (RPM) and power rating (HP):
3,440rpm / 2 HP
Machine functions: Edging, milling, polishing.
Material holddown method: Clamp

Production head travel:
Radial arm
Minimum/maximum thickness of stone that can be worked: 1cm-4cm
Template support: Yes

Total machinery size (length X width X height):
5’ X 5’ X 6’
Contact: Global Granite & Marble, 866-480-4931; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,
www.globalgranite.com

ISIMAR s.r.l.
Vezzano Ligure, Italy
U.S. agent/representative: International Machine Corp., Holbrook, N.Y.

Bremor BRM 2000

Production area (workable material length and width): 48 1/2” X 31 1/2”
Vertical stroke (Z axis) of tool head: 15 3/4” motorized
Spindle speed (RPM) and power rating (HP): 300-3000rpm / 7.5 HP
Machine functions: Drilling, edging, milling, polishing.
Material holddown method: Vacuum
Production head travel: Radial arm, articulated with 360° rotation.
Minimum/maximum thickness of stone that can be worked: 3 15/16”
Template support: Yes
Note: Isimar also produces the BRM 2300, a similar radial-arm machine with a different configuration for handling thicker materials, such as monuments.
Contact: International Machine Corp., 631-244-8277; www.internationalmachinecorp.com


MARTIN KOLB MASCHINENBAU GmbH & CO.
Dietenheim, Germany
U.S. agent/representative: KB Diamond, North Hollywood, Calif.

Genius topline
Genius-light blueline

Price: $51,000 (topline), $29,500 (blueline) (F.O.B. Los Angeles, including installation and training)
Production area (workable material length and width): 10’ X 3.5’ (topline); 6.5’ X 3’ (blueline).
Vertical stroke (Z axis) of tool head: 9” (both)
Spindle speed (RPM) and power rating (HP): variable to 12,000rpm (both); 8 HP (topline), 3 HP (blueline).
Machine functions: Drilling, edging, milling, polishing (both); sawing (topline).
Material holddown method: Vacuum (topline); screw clamp (blueline).
Production head travel: Rail
Template support: Yes
Total machinery size (length X width X height): 14’ X 4.6’ X 8’ (topline); 11.5’ X 4.5’ X 6.5’ (blueline).

Contact:
KB Diamond, 800-286-8420; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


PARK INDUSTRIES®
St. Cloud, Minn.

WIZARD DELUXE

Production area (workable material length and width):
102” X 26” (face polishing); 138” X 26” (edge shaping).
Vertical stroke (Z axis) of tool head: 6”
Spindle speed (RPM) and power rating (HP): 400-3500rpm / 5HP (main spindle) (both); 1750-9950rpm / 3 HP (auxiliary spindle).
Machine functions: Drilling, edging, milling, polishing.
Material holddown method: Clamp
Production head travel: Radial arm with 360° rotation
Maximum thickness of stone that can be worked: 6cm
Template support: Yes
Machine workspace requirements: 34 ft(2) inner working radius, 79 ft(2) outer working radius, 260 ft(2) area for 360° rotation of radial arm.
Note: Next Day or No Pay parts guarantee, two-year warranty, 24/7 troubleshooting customer support.
Contact: Park Industries, 800-328-2309; www.parkindustries.com
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RADUFIL METALOMECÂNICA LDA.
Montlevar, Portugal

RF30 Master

Spindle speed (RPM) and power rating (HP):
Variable to 5000rpm
Machine functions:
Drilling, edging, milling, sawing.
Material holddown method: Vacuum
Production head travel: Radial arm (all but saw head); rail (saw head).
Total machinery size (length X width X height): 2500mm X 2300mm X 2400mm
Contact: Radufil Metalomecânica Lda., +351-21-927-17-91; 

RAVELLI S.r.L.
Entratico, Italy

Production area (workable material length and width): Up to 220.4”/5600mm X 44.2”/1125mm
Vertical stroke (Z axis) of tool head: 15.7”/400mm
Spindle speed (RPM) and power rating (HP): 4500rpm / 12HP
Machine functions: Drilling, edging, milling, polishing, sawing.
Material holddown method: Vacuum

Production head travel:
Radial arm
Minimum/maximum thickness of stone that can be worked: All standard 2cm/10cm
Template support: Yes

Total machinery size (length X width X height):
220.4”/5600mm X 80.7”/2050mm
Contact: Ravelli, +39-035-943401, FAX +39-035-944-151. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,. www.ravelli.it



SAWING SYSTEMS INC.
Knoxville, Tenn.

5RP

Price:
$28,900
Production area (workable material length and width): 4’ X 4’ to 2’ X 10’
Vertical stroke (Z axis) of tool head: 4” (spindle); 10” (raise/lower in post).
Spindle speed (RPM) and power rating (HP): 10,000rpm/5 HP
Machine functions: Drilling, edging, polishing.
Material holddown method: Clamp
Production head travel: Radial arm
Minimum/maximum thickness of stone that can be worked: 2cm-36”
Template support: No
Total machinery size (length X width X height): 114” X 42” X 96”
Contact: Sawing Systems Inc., 865-525-0600; www.sawingsystems.com
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SEELBACH INTERNATIONAL GmbH
Rennerod, Germany
U.S. agent/representative: GranQuartz, Tucker, Ga.

Sinkworks FPS-1600
KFP 4500

Price: $10,995 (FPS)
Production area (workable material length and width): 51.1”/130cm X 29.1”/74cm (FPS); 137.7”/350cm X 31.4”/80cm (KFP).
Vertical stroke (Z axis) of tool head: 5.1”/130mm (both)
Spindle speed (RPM) and power rating (HP): Variable 400-8350rpm (both)
Machine functions: Drilling, fluting, edging, milling, polishing.
Material holddown method: Clamp (FPS); vacuum (KFP).
Production head travel: Rail
Minimum/maximum thickness of stone that can be worked: 2cm-4cm
Template support: Yes (KFP)
Total machinery size (length X width X height): 67.5” X 42.5” X 19.5” (FPS); 127” X 43” X 62” (KFP).
Note: The FPS-1600 is “portable,” in that it can be moved and attached to large areas of stone.
Contact: GranQuartz, 800-458-6222; www.granquartz.com
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THIBAUT S.A.
Vire, France
U.S. agent/representative: Euro Stone Machine, Atlanta, Ga.

T108 s
T108 L


Production area (workable material length and width): 9.8’ X 2.1’ (108 s); 10.5’ X 4.3’ (108 L). (Dimensions for both w/120mm tooling.).
Vertical stroke (Z axis) of tool head: 11.4”/290mm (both)
Spindle speed (RPM) and power rating (HP): 250-10,000rpm / 7 HP (both)
Machine functions: Drilling, edging, edge profiling, milling, polishing, sawing (both).
Material holddown method: Clamp, vacuum (both).
Production head travel: Radial arm (T108 s); rail (T108L).
Minimum/maximum thickness of stone that can be worked: .78”/20mm-11.4”/290mm, depending on tools used.
Template support: Yes for bowl cutting and drainboard applicaitons (both).
Total machinery size (length X width X height): 17.7’ X 11’ X 7.5’ (108 s); 20’ X 11’ X 7.5’ (108 L).
Note: Thibaut also offers the T108 A automated production center on essentially the same platform as the T 108 L, with the only difference being a slight reduction of workable material length to 129.9”/3300mm and a total machinery size of 21.6’ X 11.5’ 8.6’. Since the T108 A is a CNC machine, no physical template support is offered.
Contact: Euro Stone Machine, 770-414-1997.
www.eurostone-thibaut.com


VIC INTERNATIONAL CORP.
Knoxville
, Tenn.

Scorpion Router Work Center

Price: $16,900
Production area (workable material length and width): 7’
Vertical stroke (Z axis) of tool head: 8”
Spindle speed (RPM) and power rating (HP): 2,700-10,000rpm / 3 HP
Machine functions: Drilling, edging, milling, polishing.
Material holddown method: Clamp
Production head travel: Radial arm
Maximum thickness of stone that can be worked: 4cm.
Template support: Yes
Total machinery size (length X width X height): 8’ X 28’ X 6’
Contact: VIC International Corp., 800-423-1634;
www.rye-corp.com

This article first appeared in the January 2007 print edition of Stone Business. ©2007 Western Business Media Inc.