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Oneida Air Systems Introduces Dust Gorilla Pro

Posted on 28 December 2017 by cradmin

The latest dust collector by Oneida Air Systems, the Dust Gorilla Pro, was designed to double the airflow performance for CNC machines. Traditional dust collectors move air at a fixed rate, but factors such as reducers, flex hose, and other restrictions, all add resistance to the air itself – reducing the overall CFM. The standard way to compensate for this is to use an over-sized motor and ducting, which can be both inefficient and expensive. According to the company the Dust Gorilla Pro’s patented Smart Boost monitors the system for any suction loss and automatically adjusts the fan motor’s speed to compensate, delivering higher CFM and a higher static pressure.

This reportedly provides up to twice the airflow using the same horsepower motor and increases static pressure at the cutter head. It also allows for longer lengths of flex hose and/or ducting, maximum suction through multiple ports simultaneously and adaptability of opening/closing blast gates without crippling airflow at the tool.

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Cambria Introduces New Augmented Reality App

Posted on 27 December 2017 by cradmin

Cambria’s Augmented Reality (AR) app  now allows customers to see how Cambria designs will look on their own countertops, islands, and more. The downloadable app was designed to help customers envision possibilities for their homes. The app works by first scanning the chosen surface, setting surface outlines and then selecting the Cambria design that a customer wishes to see represented. Currently, Cambria AR can only operate for one surface at a time, so projects must be visualized separately.

To operate the app, first open Cambria AR and move device around the designed space to scan. Gold dots and grid lines will appear, which allows Cambria AR to map the surface. The app will then prompt step two, outlining your surface. Next pinpoints are used to mark the edges of the surface. When the border is set, it’s time to choose the desired Cambria Design. Finally, photos can be saved for later use. Screenshots can also be shared to social media.

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NEOLITH Announces Winners of 2017 Design Competitions

Posted on 26 December 2017 by cradmin

Neolith Design Contest Winner

My Neolith Project-International Edition Ricarda’s Restaurant by O’Connor Group (Commercial Interiors) Kelly O’Connor Lead Designer Toronto Canada

In the middle of the year, NEOLITH launched the fourth edition of NEOLITH Design Competitions, including three categories of competitions aimed to target professionals and students: My Neolith Project, Neolith New Talents and Top Fabricator of the Year competitions.

The winners of the competition will travel to Milan during the Design Week, to attend EuroCucina trade show and visit the NEOLITH stand at the fair, where the awards ceremony will take place.

The following are the six winning projects of the fourth Edition of NEOLITH Design competitions:

My Neolith Project:

Ricarda’s Restaurant -O’Connor Group (Commercial Interiors), Kelly O’Connor Lead Designer – Toronto,Canada

Espai Paris – Meritxell Ribé y Josep Puigdomènech – Barcelona, Spain

My Neolith New Talents:

Wonderwall Hotel – Daniel Martins Leal – Universidade Lusíada PortoPortugal

Minimal – Anastasia Boiko Alioshkina – Art and Design School – Zamora, Spain

Top Fabricator of the Year:

Roma Skyline – Micunco Stone Design – Altamura, Italy

Cafe & Icecream Shop XOCÓ – Arquitectos Rodríguez Martín & Villa Alonso Arquitectura Interior  and Mármoles Lentijo – Valladolid, Spain.

You may also be interested in this article NKBA Announces Winners of Annual Student Design Competition.

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Braxton-Bragg Employees Rally in the Fight Against Breast Cancer

Posted on 22 December 2017 by cradmin

Many Braxton-Bragg employees and family members have recently battled cancer, and they wanted to do something to help those in their community who are struggling with the disease. So, the company supported them by becoming a gold sponsor, and the employees formed a team of more than 40 to participate in the October 21  Susan G. Komen East Tennessee Race for the Cure. The annual race raises funds to provide breast cancer education and breast health services to 24 surrounding counties in the Knoxville and Tri-Cities regions. 

 In addition to the gold sponsorship, the employee team has reached just shy of $10,000, and is still fundraising. Supporting research and services in preventative care for breast cancer is important in the community and Braxton-Bragg was honored to be included in this year’s Race for the Cure.

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Health & Safety Watch: Fatal Occupational Injuries on the Rise

Posted on 21 December 2017 by cradmin

According to an OSHA trade release this month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has compiled the Census of 2016 Fatal Occupational Injuries reports, which shows a 7 percent increase from the previous year. A total of 5,190 workplace fatalities occurred in 2016, bring the rate up from 3.4 per 100,000 full-time workers to 3.6.

The highest category of fatal injury was transportation, which accounted for two out of every five. In addition, workplace violence injuries went up 23 percent, bringing the category into second place. Finally, the report shows that on-the-job drug overdoses have increased by 32 percent and at least 25 percent annually since 2012.

“Today’s occupational fatality data show a tragic trend with the third consecutive increase in worker fatalities in 2016 – the highest since 2008,” said Loren Sweatt, deputy assistant secretary of OSHA. “The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is committed to finding new and innovative ways of working with employers and employees to improve workplace safety and health. OSHA will work to address these trends through enforcement, compliance assistance, education and training and outreach.

She concluded by blaming the national opioid crisis for work-related deaths.

“As President Trump recognized by declaring opioid abuse a Nationwide Public Health Emergency, the nation’s opioid crisis is impacting Americans every day at home and, as this data demonstrates, increasingly on the job.

“The Department of Labor will work with public and private stakeholders to help eradicate the opioid crisis as a deadly and growing workplace issue.”

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Ronbow’s Aravo Solutions Offers Endless Configurations

Posted on 20 December 2017 by cradmin

Ronbow has introduced Aravo Solutions, a customizable vanity designed to be personalized and configured in hundreds of different ways. Variations in sink tops, metal hardware, legs, sizes and finishes, allows for hundreds of design possibilities. Solutions also offers for customizing of smart storage solutions and a variety of complementary LED mirrors and medicine cabinets.

The vanity is available in two finishes, Empire Gray or White, featuring soft-close full-extension drawers. Ronbow offers three knob shapes to choose from in brushed brass, brushed nickel and polished chrome finishes. Leg options include classic cube, the trendy modern cone, and the timeless toe kick leg. A variety of sink tops are available. Accessorize with a make-up tray, storage tray, or bamboo sink bridge. Many different LED mirrors, such as Marquee or Radiance are available, as well.

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Amy Miller Named Executive Director of ISFA

Posted on 19 December 2017 by cradmin

Amy Miller ISFA Executive DirectorAmy Miller was hired to serve as the Executive Director of the International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) at the end of November. Of note is that Miller has the honor of being the first woman to serve in this highest position on the ISFA staff.

Previously, Miller was the Director of Business Development for the L.E. Smith Company, a third-generation, family-owned, premium quality surface fabricator and distributor with more than six decades of service to the construction, cabinetry, millwork and retail industries.

As the Director of Business Development for L.E. Smith for more than seven years, Miller was responsible for sales and marketing strategy implementation, new product development and brand awareness, among other key functions. She also served in various management and sales positions previously and earned a degree in marketing from Miami University.

Additionally, she was elected to the ISFA Board of Directors in late 2016, serving on the board from Jan. 1, 2017, until she stepped down to take the position as ISFA Executive Director. Miller has stepped in to fill the position held for the past year by Bryan Stannard, who is now pursuing other opportunities in the industry.

“My goal is to not only increase the membership of ISFA, but also to refine and improve the depth of member benefits the association offers,” said Miller. “I am excited to take on this responsibility and spend more time with our members discussing how we can better serve them as the organization moves forward.”

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MSI Stile Gauged Porcelain Slabs

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MSI Introduces Larger Format Stile Gauged Porcelain Slabs

Posted on 18 December 2017 by cradmin

MSI Stile Gauged Porcelain SlabsM S International, Inc. (MSI) recently introduced Stile Gauged Porcelain slabs in a larger format. The slabs, that mimic the look of natural stone, are suitable for use on interior and exterior projects in both commercial and residential properties.

Stile Gauged Porcelain slabs are significantly lighter than natural stone slabs and tile. The lighter weight allows for easy installation. Stile Gauged Porcelain slabs are designed for quick installation over existing surfaces, which reduces the waste typically associated with installation.

Gauged porcelain slabs are nonporous, etch-, stain- and heat-resistant, making the material suitable for a variety of kitchen and bathroom projects. Stile Gauged Porcelain is a suitable substitute for natural stone slabs and tile. Whether used to create focal walls, floors,  backsplashes or countertops, Stile Gauged Porcelain provides the seamless look of continuous natural stone for a fraction of the cost of stone. Unlike natural stone, Stile Gauged Porcelain slabs require no routine maintenance and because of their large formats are installed with minimal grout lines.

Stile Gauged Porcelain slabs are available in 13 colors and come in two sizes 118 in. by 59 in. and 126 in. by 63 in. and weigh 2.81 and 5.8 lbs. per sq. ft. respectively.

You may also be interested in this video about working with porcelain slabs.

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Trick for Trimming Laminate Countertops without Damaging Edge Banding

Posted on 15 December 2017 by cradmin

This video, listed as posted by “Manley Design” was shared by someone who is obviously a professional countertop fabricator, as you can see his shop and CNC machine in the background. In it, an unnamed man offers a trick of the trade or tip when trimming laminate to size that helps to avoid damaging the edge banding.

The man in the video explains where he came up with the idea and walks the viewer through his process. For those who work with any amount of laminate for countertops, this tip may very well be worth trying.

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Ruvati Introduces 45-in. Workstation Sink

Posted on 14 December 2017 by cradmin

Ruvati 45-in Workstation SinkRuvati introduced the 45-in. Workstation Sink. Kitchen functionality is taken to a whole new level with this 45-in. long workstation sink that converts the kitchen sink to a full-fledged work space. It is made from 16 gauge premium 304 grade stainless steel (18/10 Chromium/Nickel) and is resistant to rusting. Heavy duty sound guard padding and undercoating on the outside of the sink on all sides provide sound insulation against noise and thermal insulation against condensation.

The sink comes with an array of built-in accessories and two tiered tracks on the front and back for the accessories to slide on. Both the included cutting boards will fit on either top or lower track, and can slide one on top of the other. The cutting boards are flat on one side, but when flipped, convert into a tray with raised edges. When more countertop space is needed, the two cutting boards can be placed side by side on the top or lower track and will cover almost the entire sink. The reversible cutting boards are constructed of sapele wood (African Mahogany) – a luxurious hardwood that has a beautiful finish and handles water well.

The 10-in. deep bowl gives plenty of space in the sink and features a 1-in. slope from one end of the sink to the drain. The sink is reversible so it can be installed with the drain on left or right side.

Also included with the workstation sink are two stainless steel colanders – one deep and one shallow that slide on the lower track. The roll-up rack fits on the top track and is ideal as a dish drying rack. It is constructed of stainless steel bars and a flexible silicone frame allowing it to be folded to the right size or rolled up tightly for storage when not in use. Two stainless steel rinse grids sit on the bottom of the sink and cover the entire bottom of the sink bowl.

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