Preview: Machinery and Tooling
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Machinery manufacturers keep improving their offering all the time, making machines that answer specific production questions being asked by fabricators and making them better – more productive, more energy efficient, more environmentally friendly.
If you’re having trouble deciding where your machinery and tool investments would be best placed, a visit to the Natural Stone Show at ExCeL London, 25-27 April, could help you clarify the issues.
There will be plenty on show there for the first time in the UK, including some developments so new the companies cannot even talk about them yet.
Roccia Machinery, for example, promises it will give visitors to the exhibition in London the first chance to see a new machine from Italian manufacturers GMM, which it represents, that it says stone fabricators will love.
Pat Sharkey Engineering is also intriguing customers with the promise of an announcement at the Show, but says it cannot talk about it yet because there are still a few ‘T’s to be crossed and ‘I’s to be dotted.
Pat Sharkey Engineering has had exceptional success with the Sasso range of saws and edge polishers it sells. They will be on show at ExCeL alongside Spielvogels and the smaller Mondial Mec saws that the company sells.
LPE Group is growing so quickly it keeps having to move into larger premises. It has started this year with a move into premises twice the size of its previous site.
As well as showing the latest developments of Laser Products’ digital templaters from which it takes its name through its European distribution (Laser Products Europe), the Group will also have OmniCubed materials handling products on its stand and Slabsmith, a system to record and digitise (with high definition photographs) slabs for 3D visual layout, streamlined manufacturing, sales & marketing and inventory management.
Within the LPE Group is Comandulli UK, which sells the Italian Comandulli edge polishers, and on the stand at ExCeL will be the new Edil Plus, which is a bit bigger than the Musa but not quite as powerful as the Edilux.
Another company that makes up the LPE Group is Breton UK. It sells top-of-the-range Breton CNC machinery – one UK customer has recently ordered a new Breton line valued at €1.5million. At the Natural Stone Show Breton will not share the LPE stand but will have a booth of its own.
There is a new name in stone machinery introducing itself at the Stone Show this time. It is SMC Stone Machinery. Its headline machines are not new to the industry, however – CMS Brembana CNC machines and Montresor edge polishers. It will also be introducing Bovone vertical edge polishers, BDT diamond tools and a Pavoni small CNC engraving machine.
The company has been established by Phil Birchall, who set up The Glass Machinery Company in 2007 to sell CMS Brembana CNC machinery for glass processing after CMS pulled out of the UK. In August last year he incorporated SMC Stone Machinery.
D Zambelis, which sells Omag, Terzago and Achilli workcentres and saws, will be making more of the tools it sells this time. The company is celebrating its 20th anniversary and is looking back to its roots in the tools and consumables side of the business, which has always been its backbone.
It has published a new catalogue for its tools that it will be giving away as part of a goody bag during the Show. The goody bags will include money-off vouchers on tools bought from Zambelis in the months following the Show.
The tools catalogue will include new saw blades and tools that are being launched at the Show for processing the new generation of porcelain and superdense products.
D Zambelis has performed exceptionally well with its Omag CNC workcentres since introducing them as part of its product range at the Natural Stone Show last time. This time the Zambelis stand will host an Omag Mill 4X four axes CNC milling machine.
Another highly respected marque from Zambelis is its Terzago bridge saws. On the stand will be the new, five axes CUTe 36/Digit.
And while you are there, you might also like to take a look at the Donatoni S6P cross cut saw that will be shown.
Intermac has formed a collaboration with bridge saw maker Donatoni that has already paid dividends for both companies because many stone processors want to buy CNC workcentres, waterjets and bridge saws all from the same supplier, which they now can from Intermac. And because Intermac also owns Diamut, the diamond tool manufacturer, it can offer a comprehensive service to stone fabricators. At the Natural Stone Show, Intermac intends to demonstrate a Master 38.3 on its stand alongside an example of a Donatoni bridge saw, although which one is not yet finalised.
Stone Equipment International will have a Discovery Plus five axes saw from its ever-popular and extensive range of particularly competitively priced machines from Emmedue. There will also be two MarmoMeccanica edge polishers on the stand, demonstrating the vertical and horizontal polishing options available.
Waters Group is another leading supplier of tooling, consumables and machinery to the stone industry in the UK and Ireland. It has more than 30 years’ experience working in partnership with the industry’s leading and most innovative manufacturers. On its stand there will be live demonstrations, industry experts and special offers. Brands on show will include Flow Waterjet, ADI tooling, Rexid hand tools, Bellinzoni chemicals, Integra adhesives, Deltarack and Aardwolf. There will be vacuum lifts, water treatment plant, dust extraction systems and all kinds of innovations to make the lives of those in the stone industry easier.
French company Thibaut will showing a four axes T818 M4 with its working table capacity of 3.4m x 2m and the potential to hold up to 90 tools in its double deck tool magazine. It will also be demonstrating its Octopod hoseless and wireless suction clamps that are compatible with all new and most recent Thibaut CNC workcentres.
These are just some of the highlights. You will also be able to see machinery, tools and all kinds of consumables and accessories used in association with the processing and finishing of stone from companies such as Fickert & Winterling, Flex, Ferrari & Cigarini, Fraccaroli & Balsan, Grani Roc, Hodge Clemco, Jupiter Heating Systems, KGS Diamond International, Leica Geosystems, Officine Marchetti, Sait Abrasives, Prodim…
The list goes on and we apologise for not mentioning everyone. They will, however, all be included in the Natural Stone Show Official Catalogue that will be available at the exhibition and which will be free if you register to attend the Show.
The Catalogue will be on sale at the exhibition for £5 for those who do not register in advance or want extra copies. Registering online will also save you queueing up to fill out a form at ExCeL and you can even get a discount on the cable car across the Thames by showing your badge at the kiosk when you buy a ticket.
And there’s plenty of free CPD opportunities at the show too to improve your knowledge of stone. Click here to choose from 30 seminars over the three days.