January 2010

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MATERIALS

GRANITE
152_NEW_VENETIAN_GOLD_renamed_29250Marmi Bruno Zanet, Volargne de Dolce, Italy, introduces New Venetian Gold, a Brazilian granite from Espirito Santo featuring contrast between dark veins and spotting, with a unifying gold base. The stone is ideal for interior decoration.
Contact: Marmi Bruno Zanet, +39-45-6861706


CHINESE SLATE
152_vinstoneXiamen Vinstone Co. Ltd., Xiamen, China, offers panelized Chinese slate for interior and exterior veneers. These thin veneer products are already assembled in panels for easy shipping and easy installation, while reducing the guesswork on how much to order for adequate coverage. Located in the heart of China’s Fujian province, the company also offers a wide array of other natural stone options, including blue limestone in cubes, tiles and slabs.
Contact: Xiamen Vinstone, +86-592-3885366

SAWN SANDSTONE
152_ArkinsArkins Park Stone Corp., Loveland, Colo., offers sandstone building products from sawn slabs to full and thin veneers to coping and steps. Rip-rap and screened stone are also available. All the stones are quarried locally, and come with names such as Loveland Buff, Berthoud Sunset, Berthoud Pink and Lyons Red.
Contact: Arkins Park Stone, 970-663-1920

 

THIN-STONE VENEER
152_CapitolCapitol Products, Inc., Jarrell, Texas, offers natural thin veneer (NTV) cut from the company’s 10 quarries in Texas and Oklahoma. Capitol offers several distinctive colors and varieties of limestone, sandstone and shale in a range of colors from buff and tan to chocolate, black, orange and gray. Some include natural shell fossils. Ideal for both interior and exterior applications, these veneers are available in both corners and flats, and the company offers several custom blends, as well.
Contact: Capitol Products, 512-863-9967

EQUIPMENT

EDGE POLISHER
152_LCT_Frontale_renamed_27022Marmo Meccanica SpA, Monsano, Italy, has produced more than 1,400 units of the LCT line of vertical-edge polishers of round and flat edges for 1cm- to 6cm-thick slabs. Available in five models, the line offers setups including from three to nine polishing and shaping mandrels, with manual or computer-aided control of oscillation. The company sells through its own North American representatives, with service and parts through Marmo Parts & Service LLC.
Contact: Marmo Meccanica North America, 248-853-9000

SEAM SETTER
152_SSVCM PR-01_renamed_17625Omni Cubed Inc., Placerville, Calif., offers the 2010 model Seam Setter VCM, the company’s newest manual pump seam setter. The “three-in-one,” U.S.-made installation tool, constructed with long-lasting anodized billet aluminum and stainless-steel components, can be used for joining seams, leveling seams, and stabilizing backsplashes.  
Contact: Omni Cubed, 877-311-1976

PRE-CUT SYSTEM
152_Ninja_renamed_31377GranQuartz, Tucker, Ga., offers the NINJA Pre-Cut system from ADI®, with the ability to stack blades in different configurations for accommodating nearly any profile or specific need. Blades are offered in #1-#8, in 10mm diameter steps from 70mm to 140mm. All blades are 5mm-thick with integrated water channels.
Contact: GranQuartz, 800-458-6222

 

 

BRIDGE-SAW BLADES
152alphaAlpha Professional Tools®, Oakland, N.J., introduces ICE bridge-saw blades, designed with a new bond developed specifically for general use on granite and engineered stone. The blades feature 20mm segments, and are available in diameters of 14”, 16” and 20” with a common 60mm arbor (50mm adapter included). The company also offers free re-tipping service for the life of the blade.
Contact: Alpha Professional Tools, 800-648-7229

 

THIN-VENEER CUTTER
152_Mighty C_renamed_12985The Mighty C LLC., Kalispell, Mont., introduces the Mighty C, a hydraulic splitter designed to split natural-stone thin-veneer flats and corners at the jobsite with minimal dust and no need for water. Made of high-quality tool steel, the unit includes the toothed-C-clamp for cutting, a pump, hydraulic hose with quick-couplers, tripod stand and quick-attach mounting brackets. The Mighty C comes with complete instructions and a one-year warranty.
Contact: Mighty C, 406-752-7625

 

TURBO DISCS
152_dongsin_renamed_13640GranQuartz, Tucker, Ga., offers.a line of Dongsin 3 1/2” turbo polishing discs, designed for light surface scratches on polished faces and offering a sturdier alternative to flexible discs for corner/notch work. Available grits are 50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500 and 3000, with both black and white buffs.
Contact: GranQuartz, 800-458-6222

LARGE-FORMAT WATERJET
152_120XAngle_renamed_11270OMAX® Corp., Kent, Wash., introduces the 120X JetMachining® Center line of waterjets, offering four 10’-wide models with lengths of 13’, 20’, 26’ and 32’. All feature the patent-pending Intelli-TRAX™ system with closed loop, high pole vector drives, and the Windows-based Intelli-MAX® Premium Software, which runs on a Windows® operating system to calculate the velocity of a tool path at over 2,000 points per inch. Additionally, a USB port on the Y-axis bridge allows direct connection to a machine controller and additional E-stop/Pause button pendant.
Contact: OMAX Corp., 800-838-0343

ANTIQUE BRUSHES
152brushAlpha Professional Tools®, Oakland, N.J., introduces Alpha® Antique Brushes, developed with the TYNEX® filament from DuPont for creating a stylish textured finish. The brushes use a snail-lock adapter (SFAT) and can be used on most of the popular edge polishers, along with hand-held sanders and polishers. The brushes are available in 4” and 5” in #60, #120, #240 and #320 grits.
Contact: Alpha Professional Tools, 800-648-7229

INSTALLATION, MAINTENANCE, RENEWAL

INSTALL CART
152_Aluminum Install CartGroves Inc., Woodstock, Ill., introduces the Aluminum Install Cart, featuring four 8”pneumatic casters (two swivel, two braking) to provide a dampening effect even over rough terrain; the unit’s high ground clearance aids maneuvering over stairs, thresholds, and curbs.  It also features four easy-to-use clamps to secure the material to the cart; slabs are held between neoprene rubber pads mounted to the base and uprights to protect against scratches. The lightweight aluminum cart has a capacity of 750 lbs.
Contact: Groves Inc., 800-991-2120

COUNTERTOP BRACKET
152_bracketFederal Brace, Belmont, N.C., offers the Brunswick Countertop Bracket, with a decorative curved gusset for an appealing style and ample leg room under any counter. The gusset extends through the flanges of the brace to allow for welding on the backside of the part; load ratings are 1000 lbs per pair installed at 16”-center widths. The 2”-wide brackets are available in a variety of sizes from 8” X 8” to 24” X 24” in cold-rolled (raw) steel and stainless-steel finishes.
Contact: Federal Brace, 704-326-1776

THIN-SET MORTAR
152_wrayward_PermalasticProSpec, Charlotte, N.C., introduces ProSpec Permalastic™ thin-set mortar systems in regular and rapid-set versions for interior and exterior installations of stone and ceramic tile. The systems are designed to accommodate the movement of suspended slabs, and also bridge 3/16” cracks; they also feature an Extra Heavy Duty rating, ideal for use in heavy traffic areas. The products meet ISO 13007 standards for improved flexibility (S2) and plywood adhesion (P2).
Contact: ProSpec, 800-738-1621

ACCESSORIES

SIX-WHEEL CARTS
6wheel_150Groves Inc., Woodstock, Ill., introduces its Six Wheeled Fabrication carts, with two fixed and four swivel wheels giving the unit incredibly tight turning radiuses to maneuver around a shop. Available in 48” and 82” lengths, the units feature galvanized steel and heavy-duty casters and wheels, industrial rubber padding and welded construction. The carts are also designed with an elevated ergonomic load height to reduce back strains.
Contact: Groves Inc., 800-991-2120

PUBLICATIONS

CATALOG
152_KURTKurt Manufacturing Co., Minneapolis, announces an all new Kurt/NEMI catalog containing 36 pages of the latest vacuum workholding and automated systems, digitizers, software and tool setters, including grid-system tables ranging up to 60” X 120” ideal for use on CNC routers and other machine tools. Application photos and specifications throughout the catalog show typical workholding setups, making it easy to select an assembly for a specific application.
Contact: Kurt Manufacturing, 877-226-7823.