- Published: 28 March 2010 28 March 2010
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QUARTZ NATURAL STONE
National Jurassic Stone, Cedar Park, Texas, offers Urcazite®, a quartz-rich natural stone quarried in Peru. The material features wood-grain, rainbow, exotic-weave and kaleidoscopic patterns; it also ranks a 7 on the Mohs Hardness Scale and can be easily cut and shaped.
Contact: National Jurassic Stone, 512-410-1234
BRANDED STONE COLLECTION
Antolini Luigi & C., Sega di Cavaion, Italy, introduces the Signature Stone Collection as one of the first branded line of natural stone. The 12-stone selection of granite and quartzite is available in more than 30 North American showrooms in 19 states and two provinces. (The full list is available at www.antoliniusa.com.)
Contact: Antolini Luigi & C, +39-045-6836611
CNC ROUTER-SAW CENTER
Northwood Machine Manufacturing Co., Louisville, Ky., introduces the SW138-UFC Ultimate Fab Center, combining Extreme Duty Spindle (EDS) technology with the brand new High-Torque SmartSaw to create the ultimate all-in-one machine. The monobloc machine, based on the SW138 Stone Router with its 156" x 96" x 14" work envelope, uses FANUC CNC controls and the company’s StoneVision operating software; the new Smart Saw monitors digital torque feedback and optimizes cutting speeds to extend blade life and produce high-quality parts. The Stone Fabricator Interface (SFI) allows the user to manage tools through the Automatic Tool Management (ATM) system and run programs through the standard wireless barcode technology.
Contact: Northwood Machine Manufacturing Co., 502-267-5504.
GranQuartz, Tucker, Ga., offers the Eagle Edger Jr.™ attachment for the Blue Ripper Jr. Rail Saw from Omega Diamond Inc. of Newcastle, Calif. Using a Makita 9564CV or 9565 CV angle grinder, the unit (for all Blue Rippers manufactured after January 2009) can perform linear-edge and bevel-edge cutting, plus 45° angle cutting (90° with included extension) while mounted on the rail-saw assembly. A snail-lock adapter is included, which can be used with the spindle to polish 45º or 30º bevels. The standard 7/8-mount accommodates most router bits; it also includes a water shield and a replacement water manifold for the Blue Ripper Jr.
Contact: GranQuartz, 800-458-6222
WATERJET TILT HEAD
OMAX Corp., Kent, Wash., introduces the A-Jet™ (articulated jet) waterjet cutting head. The unit cuts beveled edges at angles determined by the machine operator or by the part program, and is capable of a positioning accuracy of ± 0.09° (± 6 arc minutes) with a nozzle tilt of 0° to 60°. The compact design allows for operation in tight cutting areas, as well as water, abrasive and electrical lines that go through hollow harmonic actuators to provide a package without external lines. Using the company’s Intelli-MAX® software, operators are able to choose the angle for part edges that require beveling, with cornering then handled automatically by the machine controller; operators also have a choice of piercing vertically to minimize splashing.
Contact: OMAX Corp., 800-838-0343
Alpha Professional Tools®, Oakland, N.J., introduces the Alpha® AIR-300 polisher. A smaller version of the well-known Alpha® AIR-658, the AIR-300 is ergonomically designed and weighs 1.6 pounds, making it easier to maneuver when working on tight areas such as sink rims and bowls. The unit accepts 3” and 4” discs and 2” and 3” rubber pads. It requires a 3 HP compressor with air consumption of 10 CFM and air pressure between 85–95 PSI.
Contact: Alpha Professional Tools, 800-648-7229
WINDOWS 7 WATERJET
OMAX Corp., Kent, Wash., now offers new PC-based controllers delivered standard with a Dell™ OptiPlex™ 780 desktop featuring the latest business-class release of Windows 7 Ultimate. The operating system supports the company’s Intelli-MAX® Premium Software, a patented “Compute First – Move Later” motion control system for the JetMachining Center product line.
Contact: OMAX Corp., 800-838-0343
INSTALLATION, MAINTENANCE, RENEWAL
UV STONE REPAIR
ITW Plexus, Danvers, Mass., introduces its Plexus Surfacing Adhesives UV Stone Repair Kit for fast, permanent repairs of scratches, chips, gouges, holes, cracks and nicks on natural and engineered stone. The kit includes 2 grams of adhesive suitable for many repairs; along with dispensing needles, polish, a UV curing light and a proprietary “Curing Sheet” that ensures a tack-free permanent repair.
Contact: ITW Plexus, 800-851-6692
NEW SINK SAVER
Omni Cubed Inc., Placerville, Calif., offers the new 2010 version of its Sink Hole Saver™ to protect finished stone pieces from breakage during lifting, moving and installation. The efficiently-engineered pump operates on a 9V battery to maintain pressure for all cups; the U.S.-made unit can be converted on-the-spot (without tools) to manual thumb pumps if a battery is not available. The new model includes rail, vacuum pump, 9V battery adapter, cups with covers, and thumb-pump plungers.
Contact: Omni Cubed, 877-311-1976
WATERPROOF SHOWER BASE
Noble Company, Grand Haven, Mich., introduces ProBase, a waterproof, sloped shower base ready for surfacing installation, with no need for a mortar bed over the base. A composite made from high-strength polypropylene honeycomb with a Noble Sheet Membrane laminated to the top, it can be used with standard clamping ring drains and allows for up to 2” of adjustment in drain position. The units are available in two sizes – 48” x 48” and 32” x 60” (tub replacement) – with custom sizes available in quantities of 50 or more.
Contact: Noble Company, 800-878-5788.
Braxton-Bragg LLC, Knoxville, Tenn., introduces a new line of concrete stain from Smith Paints of Harrisburg, Pa. Smith Color Floor is a water-based stain with acrylic polymer formulation and superior adhesion, and can be used with concrete, brick, plaster and natural stone, as well as other surfaces. Both UV- and weather-resistant, it can be applied to previously sealed surfaces with an airbrush, production gun, pump sprayer, sea sponge or bristle brush; it requires only a sealer coat over the stained surface.
Contact: Braxton-Bragg LLC, 800-575-4401
MOISTURE VAPOR REDUCER
ProSpec®, Charlotte, N.C., introduces Moisture Vapor Reducer (MVR) for lowering the transmission rate of a concrete substrate by up to 80 percent, taking a substrate that emits 15 lbs of moisture per 1,000 ft(2) in 24 hours to less than three lbs per 1,000 ft(2) in the same time frame. It can be applied to green concrete as young as 14 days old, and features a rapid-drying formula that allows same-day flooring installation. The product is also solvent-free, non-flammable and emits no volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Contact: ProSpec, 800-738-1621
GREEN STONE CARE
International Stoneworks, Houston, introduces a line of green products for stone care. Lavenet Green is a neutral, VOC-compliant cleaner with no solvents or phosphates for natural stone, tile, ceramic and grout; Seal & Go® W is a water-based, solvent-free, VOC-compliant impregnator sealer providing protection against water and grease stains for all interior natural-stone surfaces and grout; and Ver Glow #2 is a non-acidic natural-stone polishing compound, which adds a beautiful shine to stone surfaces.
Contact: International Stoneworks, 713-956-8291
Innovative Surface Solutions, Escondido, Calif., offers Monkey Pads for polishing marble, travertine, limestone and terrazzo. The washable/reusable pads offer chemical-free polishing without diamonds or compounds, with grit levels from 200-11,000; the products can be used with any 5”, 7”, 17” or 20” polisher with an average life up to 5,000 ft².
Contact: Innovative Surface Solutions, 800-280-0333.
Domain Industries Inc., Austin, Texas, introduces the Santa Fe Bronze Sink Collection, with 14 models with nature-inspired designs and features such as texture and natural flowing contours. Hand-crafted with superior casting technology and top performing raw materials, the detailed manufacturing allows for easy care and maintenance.
Contact: Domain Industries Inc., 866-385-7775.
Braxton-Bragg LLC, Knoxville, Tenn., releases its 2010 catalog, with new products and reorganization of product lines to ease location of items. The 192 pages of products include everything from stir sticks to full-size automated bridge saws, and features several new product lines and improvements in established brands
Contact: Braxton-Bragg LLC, 800-575-4401.
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