Using Technology to Produce High Quality Stone Work
ROCK SOLID DIMENSIONAL STONE
Doug Porter, the owner of Rock Solid Dimensional Stone in Mount Airy, North Carolina tried to retire, but working with stone was still in his blood and in 2001 he started his new business. As a second generation stone man, Doug has spent most of his life working with stone. When Indiana Limestone Company encouraged him to start the business to market their stone in the southeast, he went for it and markets primarily the southeast, but ships stone as far south as Key West, Florida and north to Boston.
Early on there were two employees, himself and a draftsman and he was brokering the work and having others fabricate it. But he wasn’t satisfied with the quality of the work and wasn’t getting it on a timely basis. He built a new building in an industrial park two years ago and equipped it with all state-of-the-art numerically controlled machinery and tooling. In the 12,000 square foot fabrication facility, the company specializes in Indiana limestone for high end residential, commercial and institutional building contractors as well as doing countertop work for other fabricators and installers. With high-end custom homes, they supply exterior stone accents and frequently are asked to do additional interior work including fireplace surrounds and countertops. “The architects and contractors look at me as one source for high quality residential stone work,” Doug said. With 11 employees and a lot of business, the company runs two shifts a day.
His Park equipment includes an INFINITY, a JAGUAR and a DESTINY as well as water jets and in-line polishing equipment. With his machine tool and automation background, he uses the latest technology to keep the shop labor intensity low and quality high. Doug said “All my machines are networked to my engineering office so my engineers create the tool paths in their office and post it to the machines. If my second shift pulls up a process to run on any of the machines and they have a problem, the programmer can come in through a static IP and revise the process and re-post it to the machines so I don’t have down time.” Most of his employees have associate’s degrees in computer science and machine tool technology so he doesn’t have to worry about the equipment and can spend more time working with his customers.
Doug describes his company’s niche as using state- of-the-art equipment with the latest technologies to create high quality, not volume, cut stone work and being able to satisfy his customers. “I love what I do. I love creating beautiful products for people and seeing the satisfaction they get from the product.”
To find out more about Rock Solid Dimensional Stone visit www.rocksoliddimensionalstone.com or call (336)789-1996.
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FUSION 4000 CNC Saw/Waterjet System Once again, Park leads with way in stoneworking fabrication technology with unveiling of the fourth generation of CNC saw/waterjet systems. The Park FUSION 4000 is the future of stone fabrication, hands-down.
TITAN 1016 CNC Stone Center The TITAN™ is the hottest CNC machine on the market because of its integrated base frame architecture, step-up easy-access worktable, 24 HP spindle, 50-tool capacity, and 2,300+ rapid traverse rates and optional saw drive systems.
FASTBACK Flat Edge Shaper & Polisher The FASTBACK delivers high-speed, high-quality flat- edge performance with simple touch-screen controls.
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YUKON® II GANTRY-TYPE DIAMOND SAW The YUKON® II is North America’s most popular, automated dimensioning saw offering more power and the ability to program sawing cycles.
PathFinder™ Laser Layout & Digital Photo Station Build a visual library of your slab inventory, or create scaled images for further programming on your CNC stonecenters or waterjet/saws.
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A Newsletter by Park Industries, North America’s Leading Manufacturer of Stoneworking Equipment
VOLUME 19, ISSUE 2 APRIL 2008
Park Unveils the FUSION 4000
COMPACT CNC SAW/WATERJET
Powerful. Efficient. Versatile. That’s the NEW Park FUSION 4000, the forth generation of CNC saw/waterjet systems from Park Industries. This is the future of stone fabrication. We encourage you to compare the FUSION 4000 to any other system on the market.
Here’s why the FUSION 4000 is the THE FUTURE of stone fabrication, hands-down:
StoneSpec™ StoneArch™ Frame Design Park’s StoneSpec™ StoneArch™ frame architecture is FEA-designed providing the ultimate machine rigidity with a smaller shop footprint. The results? The FUSION 4000 is easy to install and performs extremely accurate cutting, utilizing the dynamic CNC duo which results in higher quality, lower production and labor costs, and higher production efficiency.
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FUSION 4000 / 1 & 2
The Economic Stimulus Act / 3
It’s Time to Get Ready for the
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Natural Stone Council / 4
Park Postings / 5
High Quality Stone Work / 6
Park ‘08 / 7
COVERINGS / 8
HyperDrive™ System Park’s exclusive HyperDrive™ System features dual, digitally synchronized servo motors driving precision ground helical gears flawlessly across the hardened rack and pinion system. The HyperDrive™ System uses fewer moving parts than a ballscrew arrangement while offering a quieter operation. Also, the FUSION 4000 utilizes the legendary THK contoured linear guideways. The results? The fast acceleration and deceleration of the FUSION 4000 results in high productivity and less shop labor costs.