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Formica Introduces SurfaceSet 2020

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Formica Introduces SurfaceSet 2020

Posted on 09 September 2019 by cradmin

Formica has introduced SurfaceSet® 2020, a collection of new woodgrains, solids and patterned Formica® Laminate designs to help interior designers and architects create beautiful and functional commercial spaces.

The 2020 SurfaceSet® Collection is grouped into three key palettes – No Boundaries, Engineered Design and Fluidity – with on-trend, usable design solutions created within each one.

No Boundaries
A combination of raw elements and natural warmth give this palette a familiar sense of security and a hint of exploratory wonder. Organic greens and grounded earth tones contrast with pops of blue sky to create a harmonious connection to the natural world.

Natural Recycled Kraft and Black Recycled Kraft: Utilizing 100 percent recycled pulp and natural additives such as coffee bean chaff from roasting and the fibers from coffee bean bags, this technical paper was produced to be an authentic laminate version of Kraft paper. A mixture of post- and pre-consumer waste streams, the Recycled Kraft Series achieves FSC 100%/FSC Recycled Credit.

Layered White Sand, Layered Sand and Layered Black Sand: This granular design is inspired by large-scale rammed-earth architecture. Various colored sand grains were pounded into bands and layered into a linear furniture-scale layout before being scanned to make a new optical solid visual.

Blond Cedar, Raw Cedar and Noir Cedar: Enhanced by the new Pure Grain finish, this simple cedar structure without knots is the first pine added into the Formica surfacing range in more than 30 years.

Planked Raw Oak and Planked Coffee Oak: Salvaged from an old Hawaiian warehouse, this sun-weathered oak has soft 4-inch planks and sparse knots, bringing warmth into contemporary spaces. The new stain colors reflect designers’ preference for light and dark options.

Earthenware and Algae: Organic meets contemporary, as the outside is brought into interiors through nature-inspired hues.

Engineered Design
Structure and sophistication meet in this future-forward palette that combines synthetic designs with natural materials. On-screen brights, technical grays and strong saturated colors – along with tactile textures like felt – create a playful and bold feeling.

Felt Series (Natural Gray, Yellow, Orange, Green, Blue): As a color carrier, Felt is perfect in gray and bold colors for office and modern hospitality spaces. The Felt visual is a hard-surfacing solution to an all-purpose material common in floors, walls and furniture. The fabric-inspired optical solid is enhanced by a Paper finish, marrying the visual with a tactile touch.

White Washed Birchply and Black Birchply: A casual rotary birch veneer, plywood has become a hero material used in furniture and interiors.

Moonstone, Night Forest and Night Shade: Classic gray and black made modern with a drop of added color for moody interior schemes.

This palette invokes a sensory approach to the digital world in the context of nature to create a generation of new creative possibilities. Soft and ethereal tones like weightless beiges, pastels and iridescent effects make for an atmospheric and dreamlike experience.

Aluminum and Stainless: A realistic, linear brushed-metal design perfectly paired with the reflective Brush finish to create a durable HPL-version of brushed metal that can be used on vertical millwork and cabinetry as well as any hardworking surface, like horizontal tables and countertops.

Cream Softwood, Greige Softwood and Walnut Softwood: Created from the softwood linden tree, this barely-there tinted woodgrain is ideal for applications where a wood “feel” is needed.

Liquid Glass, Blush and Solar Orange: Fluid colors enhanced with glistening finishes blur the line between nature and technology.

You may also be interested in this article about the Playful Collection from Wilsonart.

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Countertop Commercial that Rocks

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Countertop Commercial that Rocks

Posted on 29 March 2013 by cradmin

Here’s another interesting video we ran across, posted by Premier Countertops of Omaha, Neb. This one, however, isn’t a tips sort of a video, but rather an outright sales pitch. While it doesn’t really educate the viewer on any particular aspect of countertops, other than maybe how not to treat your countertops, it is a great example of how advertising can work to draw in potential customers, if you are selling retail. More tips for fabricators who are looking into advertising can be found here.

The commercial uses humor to draw in the audience and also demonstrates not only the durability of high-quality countertops made from such materials as granite, quartz surfacing or solid surface, but also the beauty. This company sure went out of the box with this one, and makes a real effort to draw in the viewer.

It certainly brought a smile to our faces here at CountertopResource.com. We hope you enjoy it also…


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EPA Supports Claims Cupron-enhanced Eos Solid Surface Kills Bacteria

Posted on 03 November 2012 by cradmin

Eos Surfaces Cupron-enhanced solid surface product has been confirmed by the EPA to kill 99.9 percent of bacteria, according to a joint release by Eos and Cupron. Cupron Enhanced EOS solid surface has received the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) approval to make a Public Health Claim that the copper-enhanced material can kill greater than 99.9 percent of Gram negative and Gram positive bacteria* within two hours of exposure. Prior to this, only elemental copper and certain copper alloys held this official distinction.

The approval is based on Cupron Enhanced EOS Surfaces’ ability to kill specific disease causing bacteria, including Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Staphylococcus aureus, Enterobacter aerogenes, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Escherichia coli (O157:H7). MRSA is one of the most common strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and a well-recognized cause of healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs). The two companies expect this material to help health care organizations and infection control specialists manage HAIs. The product is approved for use in a wide range of applications, including healthcare.

“The EPA’s approval of our public health claims surrounding Cupron Enhanced EOS Surfaces is a pivotal moment in not only the commercialization of our technology, but also how health care facilities combat hospital infections,” said Paul Rocheleau, chairman of Cupron.  “HAIs have a devastating effect on the health care environment, causing thousands of deaths and costing billions of dollars each year. While we fully acknowledge our surface won’t end this problem, we believe these innovative materials will provide an additional layer of protection in managing the risks associated with microbial control.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates HAIs affect 2 million individuals and result in about 100,000 deaths annually. The use of antimicrobial materials for frequently touched surfaces may be an effective supplement to existing CDC-prescribed hand-washing and disinfection regimens.

In order to submit these claims to the EPA, the surface first had to achieve a 100-percent pass rate of thousands of samples at an independent testing laboratory under the highest laboratory standards available. The samples were tested in various environmental conditions, cleaning protocols, and for  efficacy after repeated exposure. EOS Surfaces also performed extensive ASTM testing to support mechanical performance claims.

Specifically, the following statements are included in the EPA registration:

  • “This surface continuously reduces bacterial* contamination achieving a 99.9  percent reduction within two hours of exposure.”
  • “This surface kills greater than 99.9 percent of Gram negative and Gram positive bacteria* within two hours of exposure.”
  • “This surface kills greater than 99.9 percent of bacteria* within two hours and continues to kill 99 percent of bacteria* even after repeated contamination.”
  • “This surface helps inhibit the buildup and growth of bacteria* within two hours of exposure between routine cleaning and sanitizing steps.”

*Testing demonstrates effective antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus (ATCC 6538), Enterobacter aerogenes (ATCC 13048), Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA-ATCC 33592), Escherichia coli O157:H7 (ATCC 35150) and Pseudomonas aeruginosa (ATCC 15442).

“This approval affirms what we’ve known for a while, that our surface has the potential to make a real impact with infection rates among hospitals and other health care institutions,” said Ken Trinder, CEO of EOS Surfaces. “Our next goal is to establish a network of distributors, fabricators and end-use partners to get these materials in the field so that it can begin saving lives, keeping people healthier and reducing costs. The EOS Surfaces are designed to be used for countertops, nurses’ stations, wall panels and building components, showers and lavatory fixtures, furniture and tables, and a broad range of other products.”

Cupron and EOS Surfaces will set up a product stewardship program to support the responsible use of the technology and obtain feedback from users of the surface. Cupron and EOS, together with various health care partners, will further evaluate the benefit of antimicrobial-protected surfaces (hard surfaces and textiles) in reducing the amount of disease-causing bacteria in medical facilities.

Cupron and EOS Surfaces jointly developed this material with a range of performance characteristics that provides the mechanical properties of nonporous solid surfaces, the aesthetics for design flexibility and high antimicrobial performance. Because the Cupron technology is embedded throughout the surface, it will not lose its effectiveness over time and wear-and-tear. In fact, it can be fabricated, polished and modified as needed.

Furthermore, EOS is building a new state-of-the-art facility in Norfolk, Va., for the large-scale manufacturing of Cupron Enhanced EOS. The new facility, expected to begin operation in early 2013, will have specialized equipment that has been designed to commercialize the proprietary technology for a range of products. The new plant will manufacture various thicknesses of Cupron Enhanced EOS cast slabs, perform finishing operations and will have the capability to manufacture premade vanities and other ancillary surfacing products for microbial control.

The use of the Antimicrobial Cupron Enhanced EOS Surface is a supplement to and not a substitute for standard infection control practices; users must continue to follow all current infection control practices, including those practices related to cleaning and disinfection of environmental surfaces. The Antimicrobial Cupron Enhanced EOS Surface has been shown to reduce microbial contamination but it does not necessarily prevent cross contamination.

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Great Insight For Specifying Tile, Stone

Posted on 05 October 2012 by cradmin

If you work in the commercial arena – whether fabricator or specifier – there is a great article I ran across that you should check out. It’s entitled “Good Specs Mean Good Tile and Stone Installations” and can be found here.

The article ran in the December issue of the Construction Specifier magazine and was penned by Donato V. Pompo, CTC, CMR, CSI, CDT, MBA, of Ceramic Tile and Stone Consultants, Inc. (CTaSC).

Not only does it discuss the importance of meeting critical industry standards and writing a spec for the specific job rather than just cutting and pasting in generic language, it also talks about quality control and the value of using a quality product, and just as important, a quality fabricator/installer that has been properly trained.

And it was awarded by the Construction Specifier Institute as the best article of the year, so others are taking note too.

Read it, share it and send us your feedback – we’d love to hear your opinion…

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Label Printers for Fabricators

Posted on 09 August 2012 by CRadmin2

Label printers can be an important piece of hardware for manufacturers and large or commercial fabricators. Labeling prevents mishaps and mix-ups, and it makes it simple to sort and categorize both stock and finished product.

Labeling can be part of a countertop fabricators inventory process, to help identify brands, colors and lots of a particular piece of scrap or sheet/slab, and can also be valuable in identifying what pieces of fabricated material go to what job or even where at a particular jobsite. This can be of extreme value when handling large or commercial projects where there may be numerous similar pieces of material.

Labeling finished product can take the guesswork out of installers hands, and can help eliminate problems color-matching.

One of the top models of label printers is the Epson ColorWorks C3400-LT Color Label Terminal, which includes a fully functional computer. This makes all of the printer’s features available in one stand-alone unit, and there are no connectivity hassles or compatibility issues that may be experienced with accessory printers.

Compact and All-Inclusive Label Printing

The Epson C3400-LT comes complete with a high-speed processer and a 12.1-inch color LCD touchscreen monitor that includes XGA and TFT technologies. The touchscreen makes the printer simple to control, and it uses space efficiently because neither a mouse nor a keyboard is required.

It uses an onboard 1.0 GHz Intel Atom E640 computer processor, which works in conjunction with 1 GB of preinstalled RAM that can be upgraded to a maximum of 2 GB. In addition to the CPU and memory, this printer includes a 250 GB hard disk drive (HDD), six USB ports and a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port.

To bring all of the hardware together and make the printer simple to control, it includes the Windows POSReady 2009 operating system streamlined for use in business equipment that primarily serves in a limited capacity, such as printers and cash registers.

Fast, Efficient Printing

Coupled with the computing capability is a fast and efficient color inkjet label printer with Just in Time color printing technology. This technology virtually eliminates wasted labels and reduces the overall cost of label printing. Using this system, labels don’t have to be preprinted on full sheets, which can cause hundreds of labels to go unused. You are able to print only the labels you need at the moment they are needed.

The inkjets in this printer use MicroPiezo inkjet technology, which includes automatic nozzle checking and allows for high-speed color printing. It uses two ink cartridges: a composite black cartridge and a single CMY pigmented ink cartridge.

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