- Published: 08 November 2010 08 November 2010
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NEW QUARTZ COLORS
LG Hausys America Inc., Atlanta, introduces 15 new colors to its Viatera® quartz-surface line, including high-tech metallic finishes now popular in the contract-design sector. The materials, utilzing 93-percent quartz, are non-porous, with hygenic and stain-resistant qualities. The additions now bring the Viatera palette to 45 different offerings.
Contact: LG Hausys, 866-544-4622
MACHINE CENTERS, EDGER
Intermac America, Charlotte, N.C., adds three machines to its stone-production lineup. The Cobalm Idea Top 20.10 and the Idea Plus 1.2 machining centers, offered exclusively in North America by Intermac, are 3-axes machining centers featuring HSD electrospindles and moving bridge structures with bases and bridges built in thick electro-welded steel. The LCV-711M.straight continuous-belt edge polisher is designed for flat edges and chamfering of stone up to 6cm in thickness.
Contact: Intermac America, 704-357-3131
Diatex S.p.A., Villaveria, Italy, introduces the Speedo line of bridge-saw blades. Using dedicated flanges for support, the thin-segment blades can cut up to 4cm deep at up to 6 meters per minute. Blades are available for cutting marble, hard/medium granite and soft granite/manufactured stone in diameters of 350mm, 400mm and 500mm. All the blades are cobalt- and nickel-free.
Contact: Diatex S.p.A., +39-445-350388
Metabo Corp., West Chester, Pa., introduces the WP8-115 Quick 4-1/2" angle grinder, featuring a non-locking paddle switch for added safety. The 5.3-lbs unit features an 8.0 A motor with 800 watts of power and a no-load speed of 10,000 rpm; an anti-vibration side handle absorbs up to 60 percent of vibration. Other features include tool-less locking wheel guard with seven positions, spindle lock and the company’s S-Automatic safety slip clutch.
Contact: Metabo Corp., 800-638-2264
GranQuartz, Tucker, Ga., introduces the Manzelli Exential® vacuum economy lifter line from Liftstyle s.r.l. Redesigning and replacing many aluminum and stainless-steel components with galvanized steel, Exential is a lower-cost vacuum lifter for fabricators focused on their bottom line. The lifters include audible and visual low-vacuum alarms and an easy-to-read color scale vacuum gauge as standard equipment.
Contact: GranQuartz, 800-458-6222
Makita, La Mirada, Calif., introduces the GA4534 4 1/2" Paddle Switch Angle Grinder, including a Makita-built 6 AMP motor producing a no-load 11,000rpm. The unit features non-protruding brush holders and an motor housing that reduce barrel diameter to only 2-3/16". The 4.2-lbs tool also includes an ergonomic grip and a side-handle position at an increased 20° angle for added comfort and control.
Contact: Makita, 800-462-5482
Hilti Inc., Tulsa, Okla., introduces Equidist diamond blades for general purpose use with its portable gas saws, with the ability to handle hard surfaces such as natural stone, concrete and masonry applications. Available in 12”, 14” and 16” diameters, the blades typically outperform standard impregnated segments with as much as 50-percent-faster cutting speed; air-cooling vents reduce blade wobble.
Contact: Hilti Inc., 800-879-8000
MOTOR GROUNDING RING
Electro Static Technology, Mechanic Falls, Maine, offers the AEGIS™ iPRO Bearing Protection Ring to extend the life of medium-voltage motors and safely channel electrical currents away from bearings to ground. It’s available in a range of sizes to accommodate generator/motor shafts up to 30” in diameter; the iPRO split-ring comes in mating halves to facilitate field retrofits. Common sizes (motor shafts between 2.5” and 12” in diameter) are typically shipped within five days.
Contact: Electro Static Technologies, 866-738-1857
INSTALLATION, RENOVATION, RENEWAL
IMPROVED INSTALLATION CART
Omni Cubed Inc., Placerville, Calif., offers the Pro-Cart AT1 with clamp openings now increased to 69mm to accommodate thicker countertops and provide a solution to challenges associated with large and cumbersome installation carts. The unit remains lightweight at less than 50 pounds, and folds down to less than 10” inches wide with use of the accessory folding kit.
Contact: OmniCubed, 877-311-1976
GranQuartz, Tucker, Ga., introduces Stone Putty™, a high-viscosity polyester adhesive with a wide range of applications and uses. Stone Putty™ has a fast setting time of five minutes or less, and can be sanded in 20 minutes. The no-sag/no-shrink formula offers advantages for vertical applications, filling gaps under cabinets, and anchoring blocks to the underside of stone. Gray in color, it works where color tinting is not needed.
Contact: GranQuartz, 800-458-6222
GREEN GROUT SEALER
Daimer Industries Inc., Woburn, Mass., introduces the Eco-Green® Grout Sealer line with compounds composed of bio-based ingredients. The soy-based sealers are engineered to speed the cleaning of tile and grouted surfaces and impart a durable protective coat to grout lines common in indoor and outdoor tile surfaces. The product was chemically tested and engineered for maximum biodegradability.
Contact: Daimer Industries Inc., 888-507-2220
NEW GROUT COLORS
MAPEI Americas, Deerfield Beach, Fla., introduces five new grout colors in earth tones: Chocolate, Cocoa, Light Almond, Bahama Beige and Frost. The new colors are available in the company’s Keracolor™, Ultracolor® Plus, Opticolor™ and Kerapoxy® lines, bringing the palette to 36 colors.
Contact: MAPEI Americas, 800-426-2734
Amerimix, Charlotte, N.C., offers the SI 400 series of Portland and lime mortars preblended to reduce waste from field mixing. Manufactured for stone and other above-grade, load-bearing applications, the mortars are manufactured in an automated blending process for batch-to-batch consistency; the formulation also extends board life for less retempering in hot and windy climates. The products are available in 80-lbs bags or 3,000-lbs super sacks.
Contact: Amerimix, 888-313-0755
Protecto Wrap Co., Denver, introduces the PEEL & HEAT COMPLETE™ line of high performance underlayments for crack suppression and radiant in-floor heating. The system includes pre-wired heating panels, wired for connection to a wall-mounted thermostat, that are installed with a protective 1/8”-thick anti-fracture membrane with pressure-sensitive adhesive. The system is UL-listed and includes a 10-year warranty.
Contact: Protecto Wrap Co., 800-759-9727
BLANCO America, Lumberton, N.J., adds the warm Biscotti color to the line of SILGRANIT® II sinks offered from BLANCO GmbH + Co KG of Oberderdingen, Germany. The earthy and creamy light-brown shade now brings the line’s colors up to six; the sinks, made of 80-percent granite and 20-percent acrylic resin, are non-porous, scratch- and stain-resistant, and heat-resistant up to 536°F. All of the line is available in 21 varying shapes including double-bowl, super-single-bowl, bar and prep-sink.
Contact: BLANCO America, 609-829-2720
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