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Stone Equipment & Supply Alliance

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Stone Machinery & Supply Vendors Form Trade Group

Posted on 11 May 2021 by cradmin

A group of 37 U.S. and European based companies in the stone equipment and supply industry have formed The Stone Equipment and Supply Alliance. The purpose of the newly formed group is to communicate as a unified voice regarding industry events and trade-shows.

A board of directors has been formed and is composed of the following industry leaders:

  • President – Mike Schlough – Park Industries
  • Vice President – Rick Stimac – BB Industries
  • Treasurer – Ivano Tirapelle – Comandulli NA
  • Secretary – Nick Wadenstorer – BACA Systems
  • Member at Large – Michele Ragno – Biesse America


Nick Wadenstorer of BACA Industries stated, “This is a great opportunity for stone equipment and supply companies to make the trade show experience better for both exhibitors and fabricators.”

The group has engaged Jon Lancto of Big Fish Consulting to facilitate communications with trade show representatives. For more information or to join this alliance, Lancto can be reached at 843-860-4150 or [email protected]

You may also be interested in this article: Natural Stone Institute Updates Board of Directors

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Weha Granite Shop Cart

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Weha Introduces New Line of Shop Carts

Posted on 12 May 2020 by cradmin3

The New Weha Granite and Stone Drywall Fabrication Shop Carts are available in four different models. The Weha Stone Fabrication Cart is made like a drywall cart but built to be more heavy duty to work in the granite and stone environment. The Weha Granite Drywall Carts are great for storing remnants or moving cut pieces from the shop to the remnant rack and back.

The Weha Granite Fabrication Shop Carts have been redesigned to work with the large format slabs that are currently being fabricated. Now slabs that are 65-, 70-, and even 80-in. tall are being produced and the traditional carts are not made to handle this height, as they will tip over much easier as the load gets higher.

The Weha Shop Cart now has a wider wheel base with total width at 28-in. This additional width allows the full weight load of the taller slabs to stay between the wheels, drastically reducing the possibility of flipping over. For standard slabs it becomes the safest drywall cart/shop cart on the market.

The weight capacity for the welded fab shop cart remains at 2000 lb. capacity. Additionally, deck storage space has been extended from 12- to 14-in.

You may also be interested in this article: Rack Engineering Division Introduces Vertical Slab Storage Unit

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Rack Engineering Division Introduces Vertical Slab Storage Unit

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Rack Engineering Division Introduces Vertical Slab Storage Unit

Posted on 27 June 2019 by cradmin

Rack Engineering Division, a manufacturer of heavy-duty storage solutions and material handling products, recently released information about the newest addition to its product offering, the Vertical Slab Storage unit.

Rack Engineering Division’s NEW Vertical Slab Storage unit easily and safely stores slabs of marble, stone or granite. Materials can be stored in a high-density area while being at your fingertips for viewing and showing to your clientele.

Built for slabs as large as 60 in. high and 144 in. long, it has up to 2000-lb. capacity per shelf. The 2-in. wide shelves glide out easily and safely.

“The Vertical Slab Storage unit provides yet another industry access to our storage units high capacity roll out shelving, one of our best-known storage unit features.” Says Rack Engineering Division General Manager.

You may also be interested in this article about material handling equipment by Weha.

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Weha Introduces New Material Handling Equipment

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Weha Introduces New Material Handling Equipment

Posted on 17 June 2019 by cradmin

Weha has recently made two new introductions to its offering of material handling equipment; the T-31 Anchor Machine and the Cut Stone Trolley.

The Weha T-31 Anchor Machine does not require the stone to be flipped over to cut the Anchor Slots. Once the counter top or vanity is on the work table then cut out and polished, simply put the T-31 Anchor machine inside the bowl, slide in the Anchor machine to the depth that you need, and make the anchor slot. According to the company this drastically speeds up the time it takes to make the slots, reduces labor to flip the counter top, cuts down one less time of handling the counter top and reduces the risk of breaking the top.

The T 31 Anchor Machine can also be used upside down to make anchor slots on top. For example. If you cut out a vanity or sink on a CNC machine with the top face down, before you remove the top from the pods you can easily take the T 31 Anchor Machine and cut out the slots before it ever leaves the CNC. If the top is completely polished, this would eliminate any need to put it on a work table to cut the anchor slots.

The design of the Weha Cut Stone Trolley allows a back-friendly placement of workpieces. By tilting the side adjustable strut you can store shorter workpieces. To keep the pull bar from getting in the way, it is hooked in an upright position when not in use.

Features of the Cut Stone Trolley include: Load Capacity of 3086 lbs; 46-in. height; 42-in. width; 48-in. length; two fixed and two locking swivel wheels with an 11-in. tire size; 2- x 1 1/8-in. wood struts; and 22 1/2-in. from floor to shelf .

 

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Braxton-Bragg Named Exclusive Distributor of Elephant Lifters

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Braxton-Bragg Named Exclusive Distributor of Elephant Lifters

Posted on 14 February 2019 by cradmin

Braxton-Bragg has now become the exclusive North American Distributor of Elephant cranes, hoists and vacuum lifters. The first three products offered are the Elephant Lifter, as well as the Vacuum Multi-Position Air-Powered Lifter 1100 and 2200.

“This exclusive agreement will provide innovative air-powered natural stone lifters that are designed specifically for our stone fabricator customers,” says Rick Stimac, Braxton-Bragg CEO. “These first three skus are easily mountable, with simple features to make the job easier.”

Advantages:

  • Structure with 0-90° powered tilting able to block in horizontal/vertical position
  • Anodizated aluminum continuous vacuum pump powered by compressed air –
  • Air consumption 100 lt/min
  • Vacuum gauge in stainless steel with glycerine
  • Reserve vacuum tank in aluminum
  • Powerful and quiet vacuum generators with reduced air consumption of 100lt/min
  • Operating pressure 4/6 Bar
  • High-limit yielding steel suction pads made of first quality materials
  • Grip and release control by anodized aluminum sliding valve
  • Acoustic and luminous alarm system
  • Vacuum filter

Elephant was founded in 1979 in Italy and distributes throughout the world, primarily in Europe, and now in America through its distributorship with Braxton-Bragg. The company has excelled in providing products designed to solve engineering problems in the careful handling of materials in the industrial and artisanal fields, including cranes, hoists, and vacuum lifters. To date, Elephant has more than 70,000 systems for lifting and handling materials deployed worldwide.

You may also be interested in this article about shop carts from Weha.

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Aardwolf Introduces Vacuum Assisted Miter Clamps

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Aardwolf Introduces Vacuum Assisted Miter Clamps

Posted on 17 September 2018 by cradmin

Aardwolf has introduced its Vacuum Assisted Miter Clamps. The new patent-pending design for these clamps allows fabricators to face up mitering with speed and ease. The clamps are reportedly capable of handling bird beak edges as well as 45 degree miters. The Miter Clamps – Vacuum Assisted set contains the vacuum unit, which consists of a battery operated vacuum pump together with vacuum reserve tank, pressure switch and vacuum gauge and four vacuum pads (two corner pads and two single pads), along with legs containing threaded adjustments rods and rest arms for supporting aprons.

Features of the Vacuum Assisted Miter Clamps include:

  • Heavy duty vacuum pads that provide a strong hold: essential for a proper glue up.
  • Slide button to get the rest arm in close proximity to the apron width.
  • Threaded leveling adjustments, up and down as well as in and out allowing the ability to finely adjust the level of the edge material.
  • Easy to use knobs ensure proper clamping pressure.
  • Miter pieces are installed finished side up and out so that you can see the seam and work with the glue for a finished piece.

You may also be interested in this article about the Prism Miter Saw.

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Business Sense: Appraising the True Value of Fabrication Equipment

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Business Sense: Appraising the True Value of Fabrication Equipment

Posted on 07 June 2018 by CRadmin2

By Harry Hollander of Moraware

It takes machinery to fabricate countertops in the stone industry: big, heavy, expensive pieces of equipment. From an accounting perspective, the value of the equipment on the shop floor is determined by a depreciation formula, which may or may not reflect its true replacement value. How much you could actually get for your equipment on the open market might be something entirely different.

There are good reasons why you should be aware of those assets’ true value. “For one, you’re going to want to know for insurance purposes what your assets are worth so you could get the proper insurance,” explains Terrance Jacobs of TCL Asset Group, a machinery management and advisory firm. “In many cases, when dealing with a bank or a leasing company, you want to pledge assets that are paid off to improve the manufacturing end of your company.”

Determining Value

The only way to know the market value of fabrication equipment is by using the Sales Comparison Approach. “Instead of just saying a piece of equipment is going to depreciate by 5 or 10% every year,” Jacobs says, “we go out into the market and we look at similar or the same items and see what they’re selling for. That’s how we determine what the asset is worth.”

Knowing the street value of your equipment can come in handy, for example, when you are ready to expand the business and want to finance capital purchases through a bank or leasing company. “It’s difficult to get money if you’re just using your receivables for collateral,” Jacobs explains. “It’s a lot easier to pledge something that’s tangible and can be resold right away.”

As a buyer and seller of specialized equipment, Jacobs has a piece of advice for anyone considering going the used machinery route. “

One of the main things to look for is the date of manufacture as opposed to the date of purchase,” he says. “So when you’re looking at a piece of equipment and someone tells you that they just purchased it, you might assume that it’s brand new when it really was manufactured 15 or 20 years ago. Also, if you look at a piece of used equipment and it’s shiny and beautiful, with no scuff marks on it, you might question why it looks that way. The stonework industry is messy, there’s a lot of water, so you expect to see some wear and tear. If something has recently been repainted you might wonder what is hidden under that new paint.”

The Hidden Costs

And, finally, start with the end in mind. If you ever wanted to sell your equipment, for example, or use it as collateral for a loan, how much would it cost to get it out of your facility? “It could be a beautiful piece of equipment; brand new and never used,” Jacobs says, “but if it’s inside four concrete walls and it was dropped in with a crane on the 10th floor of a building, it’s going to cost a lot of money to get it out. Therefore, even though it’s a really nice piece of equipment, the value’s going to go down.”

For further information on machinery appraisals you can contact Terrance Jacobs at [email protected]

Listen to Terrance & Patrick Foley of Moraware talk about equipment value and auctions: Listen to StoneTalk

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Wood’s Powr-Grip Offers Inteli-Grip Vacuum Lifters

Posted on 19 October 2016 by cradmin

inteli-gripHandling large sheets of glass, stone, metal and other materials can be challenging and inherently risky. As a result, work is continually being done to improve products by making them safer, more efficient and more responsive to the customers’ needs.

In anticipation of those needs, Wood’s Powr-Grip developed the next generation of vacuum lifters featuring the company’s proprietary Intelli-Grip™ technology. This state-of-the-art design reportedly monitors the lifter’s vacuum and power systems, adjusts resources as necessary, and notifies the operator when something requires special attention. It tells the operator what they need to know, when they need to know it, allowing them to focus on the material handling job and not the nuances of lifter operation.

Vacuum lifters with Intelli-Grip™ communicate critical information at a glance via a color LCD display screen. A flashing amber strobe light and audible alarm warn about conditions that may compromise safety. These vacuum lifters also host a variety of safety features that help prevent anyone from performing dangerous actions. On every lift Intelli-Grip™ tests for a good vacuum seal and checks for low power. If the battery is dangerously low, it also prevents the lifter from attaching to loads. Every time the vacuum lifter is powered up, Intelli-Grip™ automatically performs self-diagnostics, to make certain the lifter is ready-to-go. Unique service codes quickly identify potential problems, minimizing lifter down-time. Smart power management enables the lifter to work longer on a single charge.

You may also be interested in this article about Powr-Grip’s vacuum pad with replaceable ring.

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Improved Metabo Grinders Available from GranQuartz

Posted on 12 October 2016 by cradmin

granquartz-metabo-grindersGrandQuartz is now offering the recently re-engineered Metabo grinders. The improved grinders reportedly provide more torque and power with less vibration, allowing you to get the work done faster. According to the company the grinders now provide up to 50 percent more torque than the previous generation, up to 20 percent more power than previous models and up to 20 percent more overload capacity in extreme applications. The grinders are also equipped with a patented mechanical safety slip clutch that reduces the risk of grinder kickback. The anti-vibration systems can reduce hand/arm vibrations by 60 percent and extend wheel and tool life up to 100 percent (not standard on WEV-10-125).

You may also be interested in this article about polishing wheels from GranQuartz.

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StoneTalk Episode 20: Terrance Jacobs

Posted on 22 March 2016 by cradmin

Listen to Episode 20 of Moraware’s StoneTalk podcast right here. In this episode, host Patrick Foley speaks with Terrance Jacobs of TCL Asset Group. The two discuss last year’s auction of Breton equipment and much more:

  • Reasons for having your equipment and machinery appraised
  • Differentiating between an asset audit and business valuation
  • How to spot red flags before buying machinery

A full transcript of this episode can be viewed at the Moraware website: Episode 20 – Terrance Jacobs.

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