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Latest OSHA Video on Controlling Silica

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Latest OSHA Video on Controlling Silica

Posted on 25 March 2019 by cradmin

At the beginning of 2019, OSHA published a new video titled “Protecting Workers from Silica Hazards in the Workplace.” While it is only 5 minutes long and focuses on general silica protection vs. specific protection for stone/quartz fabrication shops, it is a decent primer for beginning to get an understanding of the problem.
With the recent (March 2019) cases of silicosis found at a countertop facility in Texas, OSHA is sure to be focusing more on the silica issue, which means there will likely be an increase in inspections related to this issue. However, worker safety, of course, should always be a concern for fabricators.

More information about crystalline silica in the countertop industry can be found at OSHA’s website.

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IWF 2018 Offers a Variety of Educational Opportunities

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IWF 2018 Offers a Variety of Educational Opportunities

Posted on 30 July 2018 by cradmin

The 2018 International Woodworking Fair (IWF) is scheduled to run August 22 through August 25 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

The IWF Education Conference offers a broad spectrum of industry related topics throughout the duration of IWF.  IWF 2018 will host 11 all-day symposiums focused on several industry related topics that will take place on August 21, which is the day before the show officially opens. Topics of this year’s symposiums include: Closets, CNC, Countertops & Architectural Surfaces, Digital Printing; Expanding Your Business to the U.S., Finishing; Powder Coating Wood, Quantum Lean – “Easier, Better Faster, Cheaper”, Techniques and Time-Savers for Engineered Surfacing Products, Wood Flooring and Woodworking Network Leadership Forum.

The Countertops & Architectural Surfaces Symposium, presented by ISFA (International Surface Fabricators Association) is a full day educational event focused on the countertop and surfacing needs of the woodworking industry.  Speakers will present on a variety of topics ranging from Project Estimating and Bidding, to New Material and Tooling for Fabrication, to Logistics, and Labor Resourcing.  Each Speaker will provide interactive content, resources to take home and a Q&A session.

In addition, IWF will also be offering a wide variety of Education Sessions that will take place from Wednesday, August 22nd through Friday, August 24th during IWF 2018. Educations Sessions by Track include Business Management, Manufacturing & Design, Marketing & Business Development and New Business Sectors.

To help make planning your show experience easier IWF offers the My IWF Show Planner. You can use the free My IWF Show Planner tool to research and contact exhibitors before the show, browse virtual floor plans, organize personal events and browse conference sessions.

For further information, visit the IWF Atlanta website

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Wilsonart Introduces Slice of Ice by Danny Seo Collection

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Wilsonart Introduces Slice of Ice by Danny Seo Collection

Posted on 01 June 2018 by cradmin

Wilsonart Sapphire Ice

Sapphire Ice

For more than 60 years, Wilsonart has continually pushed the design envelope to recreate the authentic look of wood, metal and stone into sustainable laminate surfaces. And now, an unexpected part of nature is inspiring their latest collection. The “Slice of Ice by Danny Seo” line, which brings a very modern, high end look to laminate, is influenced by the striations that have developed in glacial ice over thousands of years. Working closely with designer, TV host and magazine Editor-in-Chief Danny Seo, the collection of nine designs was developed over the last two years and features “cracked ice” patterns in light icy blues, dark blues, and shades of gray, white and black.

“I find inspiration everywhere in nature, and it seems the beautiful cool tones, colors and patterns you find in glaciers are the last untapped design resources,” said Seo. “The perfect artist is Mother Nature and the stunning patterns are familiar, yet fresh and modern. They work as a gorgeous cool countertop, or to create a stunning effect when used vertically on walls.”

The Slice of Ice line includes:

Sapphire Ice (Fine Velvet Texture) is a large-scale stone design with white and blue veining. This dramatic deep blue design has levels of transparency, creating visual interest.

Onyx Ice (Fine Velvet Texture) is a dramatic black stone design with large white and grey veining. This large-scale design has a beautiful transparency effect.

Diamond Ice (Soft Silk Finish) is a warm white large-scale stone design with large grey veining. This beautiful pattern has visual transparency for a bold look.

White Iceberg (Fine Velvet Texture) is a large-scale white stone design with black and grey veining. This design was created from actual photos of glaciers.

Blue Iceberg (Fine Velvet Texture) is a large-scale pale blue stone design with black veining. This design and its coloration was created from actual photos of glaciers.

Polar Hex (Fine Velvet Texture) is an abstracted stone design made up of hexagons. This medium-scale design is in blacks, greys and white.

Frozen Hex (Fine Velvet Texture) is a medium-scale abstracted stone design made up of hexagons in blues, greys, white and black.

Arctic Voyage (Soft Silk Finish) is a large-scale stone design in warm white and greys. The design was inspired by ice packs found in the Arctic sea.

Arctic Expedition (Soft Silk Finish) is a medium grey and charcoal stone design. This stunning large-scale design was inspired by Arctic ice flows.

The “Slice of Ice by Danny Seo” collection is now available online as part of the Wilsonart® Virtual Design Library.

You may also be interested in this video about trimming laminate countertops without damaging edge banding.

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Gemstone Announces Changes in Leadership

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Gemstone Announces Changes in Leadership

Posted on 30 May 2018 by cradmin

Gemstone of Elkhart, Ind. announced that Larry Sensenbaugh, after 19 years of leadership, has decided to retire as president. Sensenbaugh will remain on the board with an ownership stake. “Larry has done a great job of leading Gemstone to where we are today. While he will be missed in day to day operations, I know I can always reach out to Larry when needed” says Jeffrey Smith, Gemstone’s Sales & Marketing Manager. Sensenbaugh joined Gemstone in June of 1999 and guided Gemstone’s growth from a regional manufacturer of solid surface countertops to the leading solid surface sink manufacturer that it is today.

At the same time as Sensenbaugh’s departure, Mr. Tim Cole is welcomed into Gemstone’s Management team as Operations Manager. Cole comes to Gemstone from Welch Packaging in Elkhart where he was most recently General Manager. Prior to that Cole also served roles as an Account Manager, Plant Manager and Quality Manager at Welch. “Tim Brings to Gemstone a rich production and quality background. While we believe we make the best sinks in the business, we know we can make our operations more efficient and we plan on leaning on Tim to help us do that,” says Ed Jarrett, Gemstone’s General Manager. In prior positions Cole has held, he has implemented Value Stream Mapping, ISO 9000 compliant quality control programs, and KanBan inventory management systems among other skills that will help Gemstone launch new and innovative programs in 2018 and 2019.

You may also be interested in this article about new members of Artisan Group.

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Radianz Quartz Adds 19 New Colors

Posted on 12 March 2018 by cradmin

With 19 new colors, Radianz Quartz by LOTTE Advanced Materials gives fabricators a greater range of design options. Now in 50 colors, Radianz is suitable for both commercial and residential projects.

Thirteen of the new colors have been added to the Cirrus Collection, offering an elegant look with veined patterns and the feel of quarried marble. The remaining six new colors have been added to the Classics collection and reflect contemporary trends.

Radianz high-gloss quartz surface is nonporous and claims hygienic properties that stone can’t offer. Heat- and scratch-resistant, it is approved for nearly any commercial use, including healthcare and food service. Colors are consistent sheet-to-sheet, making joining patterns at seams easy. In addition to countertops and working surfaces, Radianz can be used for flooring and interior walls.

You may also be interested in this article MSI Adds to Carrara White Marble Collection.

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MSI Introduces Stile Gauged Porcelain Slabs

Posted on 13 February 2018 by cradmin

MSI Stile Gauged Porcelain SlabsM S International (MSI) introduced Stile, a lightweight gauged porcelain slab available in two sizes (59- by 118-in. and 63- by 126-in.), two thicknesses (12mm and 6mm) and 18 natural stone looks including those resembling marble and travertine.

According to the company Stile is suitable for virtually every interior design project including flooring, feature walls, showers, backsplashes, fireplace surrounds and countertops for the 12mm thickness. Stile can also be used outdoors even in freezing climates. The slabs can easily be installed over existing surfaces.

Slabs are available in polished and matte finishes, with the matte finish featuring a low-gloss shine and stone-like texture. The collection also includes five book matched options.

Stile is also impervious to germs and bacteria, etch, stain, is heat resistant and requires no routine maintenance. Additionally, Stile’s large format minimizes distracting grout lines, aiming to achieve a seamless appearance.

Stile is NSF Certified, meets GREENGUARD air quality standards, and LEED points may be accredited when using Stile Porcelain Slabs. Every product in the Stile line is Kosher certified with the Seal of the Kosher Trust (Seal-K), as well.

You may also be interested in this article Clé Introduces New Tile Shapes.

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Lapitec Wins German Design Award 2018

Posted on 14 November 2017 by cradmin

Lapitec’s six Arabescati in the Lux, Satin and Lithos finishes have been awarded the 2018 German Design Award in the Kitchen Countertops category.

The German Design Award is one of the most coveted international prizes. The event has grown steadily since its first year, receiving ever higher levels of attention from industry professionals and the general public. The German Design Council makes a point of selecting products and companies that deliver high levels of quality in the design field.

The German Design Award recognition confirms the growing level of appreciation for Lapitec. The kitchen countertops category is one of the most prestigious areas of application of full-body sintered stone, and the importance of the sector is confirmed by the top names in the field of kitchen furniture that have chosen Lapitec. These include Pedini Cucine, which uses full-body sintered stone in the Lux, Satin and Vesuvio finishes for the kitchen countertops and side walls of its Arts & Crafts series.

In a separate application, Valcucine worked with Lapitec to develop Carbontec by Lapitec, an exclusive collection that utilizes a carbon micro woven roving to allow the use of reduced thickness countertops and more slender profiles. Maistri Cucine, on the other hand, opted for Lapitec for its Giza kitchen: a dynamic alternation of Bianco Crema and Ebano, in the Satin finish for its countertops , cabinets and drawer panels. Minotticucine aslo chose Lapitec to create kitchens that combine natural stone and sintered stone in novel ways. And these brands are joined by three more major companies that have chosen to work with full-body sintered stone: Scavolini, Effeti, and PoggenPohl. In fact, to date 2017 has proven to be a particularly significant year for Lapitec, having seen the consolidation of several strategic partnerships including Arredo3, Arrital, Lube and Brummel.

You may also be interested in this article BLANCO Launches its First Ever Design Contest.

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Laser Products Industries Opens New Training Academy

Posted on 25 October 2017 by cradmin

Laser Products Industries (LPI) has announced the opening of a new training center at its Romeoville, Ill. headquarters. Named for the company’s founder, the Daniel P. Louis Training Academy reaffirms the company’s commitment to providing the best training for its customers across the full portfolio of LPI’s products including its flagship laser templating systems. 

Highlights of the training academy include 2,000 sq. ft. of remodeled training space, six separate training stations for templating and measuring countertops, cabinets, showers, islands/bars and stairs. The space also includes a classroom-style area with the ability to train up to 35 tradesmen/templators on site and global video and on-line training capabilities.

You may also be interested in this article MSI Updates/Expands Houston Showroom and Distribution Center.

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Video: Working with Porcelain Slabs

Posted on 17 August 2017 by cradmin

This video produced by MSI shows how to install gauged porcelain slabs, such as the company’s Stile® slabs, and to create beautiful countertops and edging without lines. Special handling of these porcelain slabs is required, and this short video aims to teach best practices that include preparation, cutting, placement and edge finishing.

You may also be interested in this video on TPB Tech porcelain-based compact surface that includes built-in induction heating.

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Video: Maintaining Soapstone - Mineral Oil vs. Wax

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Video: Maintaining Soapstone – Mineral Oil vs. Wax

Posted on 28 July 2017 by cradmin

For many years, mineral oil has been the standard method for maintaining the dark, rich look of soapstone countertops. However, many companies have moved to recommending special wax formulas. This video produced by Green Mountain Soapstone, explains maintenance using both methods and discusses some of the pros and cons. Of course, the discussion centers around a proprietary wax “enhancer” compound made by the company, but there are a variety of alternate options available.

 

You may also be interested in this article about soapstone.

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