May 2009

MATERIALS

ITALIAN LIMESTONE
The Charles Luck Stone Center, Richmond, Va., offers the Italian Tile trio as part of its  European Tile Collection. Favored by renowned 15th-century architect Andrea Palladio, the three limestone varieties – Giallo Dorato, Bianco Avorio and Grigio Alpi – are quarried near Vicenza, Italy, and are available in rectangular plank cuts for flooring, wall veneer or backsplashes. Available finishes include brushed, honed and striated.

QUARTZ SURFACE
Hanwha L&C USA, Atlanta, introduces Miraton, a premium quartz-surface tile that will soon be manufactured in North America. The non-porous, stain-resistant material is offered in a 30+ color palette of from soothing earth tones and bold dark shades to vivid complexions and bright hues. The surfacing can be used for commercial or residential applications, including flooring, interior wall cladding and vanities.

SUSTAINABLE SURFACE
Cosentino North America, Stafford, Texas, launches ECO™ by Cosentino, a line of countertop and surfacing material composed of 75-percent recycled material.  The surface’s composition includes 75-percent post-industrial and post-consumer recycled raw material, including: mirrors salvaged from houses, building and factories; glass from windows and bottles; granulated glass from consumer recycling practices; porcelain from china, tiles, sinks, toilets and decorative elements; and industrial furnace residuals from factories in the form of crystallized ashes. The recycled content is then mixed with 25-percent natural material including stone scrap, and is bonded together with a proprietary eco-friendly corn-oil resin.  It’s available in 1.2cm, 2cm and 3cm jumbo slabs of 63” X 128” and standard tile sizes of 12” X 12”, 18” X 18” and 24” X 24”.  

EQUIPMENT

EDGE POLISHER
Marmo Meccanica SpA, Monsano Italy, offers the LCR horizontal edge-polisher for flat edges on 1cm-6cm thick. The machine can give slabs can classic 45° chamfers (up to 6cm) or pencil-round chamfers (up to 4cm), thanks to two groups of three opposing mandrels, counter-oscillating of about 90° by means of a MM mechanism that generates a high-frequency harmonious motion. The company operates a North American sales office; it also offers service and parts through Marmo Parts and Service LLC in Farmington Hills, Mich.

MAGNETIC DRAIN
Kaeser Compressors Inc., Fredericksburg, Va., offers the AMD-6550 automatic magnetic drain to discharge contaminated condensate from a compressed-air supply. The magnetic flux ensures the condensate chamber is completely separated from the control mechanism, providing reliable operation; the sight glass includes two viewing ports to see the liquid level from both sides of the drain. The drain is suitable for working pressures from 60 to 200 psig, and has a capacity of 500 gal/hr.