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Rule of 85 Reality The FUSION 4000 provides the same punch in fabrication as the other Park FUSION models. The CNC controlled saw arbor utilizes a 20 HP motor that rotates 360 degrees and cuts with great speed and efficiency because of the ‘Rule of 85’ reality. About 85% of the countertop production is straight-line cutting (don’t forget about those backsplashes). The results? The Rule of 85 reality results in an extremely fast and efficient production because of the high utilization of the CNC saw. Customers report that the FUSION replaces the work of four bridge saws. Wait - there’s more. Fabricators will incur lower tooling costs because diamonds (CNC saw) are cheaper than garnet (CNC waterjet). Customers report that the FUSION replaces the work of four bridge saws.

Nested Base Stone Fabrication(NBSF) The Park FUSION features the Nested Based Stone Fabricationwhich fabricates parts using common paths or “nested” parts. The results? By cutting along common-line paths, fabrication times are reduced and stone yield increases by nearly 10%.

StreamPilotDynamic Slab Piercing The FUSION 4000’s CNC waterjet is reserved for what it does best – cutting complex and piercing in those hard-to-reach places. The exclusive, StreamPilotDynamic Slab Piercing dual pressure pumps allow for adjustable piercing pressures up to 60,000 psi. The results? The StreamPilotDynamic Slab Piercing results in extremely powerful and accurate waterjet fabrication resulting in higher productivity and slab yield.

StreamPilotAbrasive Sensing The StreamPilotAbrasive Sensing system automatically alerts operators when there is a disruption in garnet flow. The results? Literally zero damage to slabs resulting in higher slab yield.

StreamPilotAutomatic Nozzle Height Sensing The FUSION 4000 includes the intelligent StreamPilotAutomatic Nozzle Height Sensing. Prior to a new water jet cut, this intelligent sensor locates the slab face and adjusts the waterjet nozzle height proportionately. The results? The StreamPilotAutomatic Nozzle Height Sensing system adjusts the waterjet to compensate for uneven slab thickness which results in higher quality cuts, increased productivity, and higher slab yield.

KerfPathCutting Cycle The CNC duos work seamlessly together. The KerfPathblends the cuts between the radius and straight line cuts. The results? The KerfPathfeature results in significant labor savings and higher efficiency savings because there is no need to blend the lines because the lines just don’t exist! Remove the parts from the FUSION and bring them immediately to the CNC or edge polishing machine.

Call Park Industries today at (800)328-2309 or witness the unveiling of the FUSION at COVERINGS in Orlando, April 29 – May 2.

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PARK NEWS

The Economic Stimulus Act of 2008

ENORMOUS TAX DEPRECIATION BENEFITS

President Bush recently signed the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008. This stimulus package enhanced two tax depreciation programs and may provide significant tax savings to companies.

The amount of money that can be expensed under Section 179 has nearly doubled from a maximum deduction of $128,000 in 2007 to $250,000 for 2008. Section 179 allows capital purchases, such as stone equipment, to be deducted from taxable income for 2008 purchases.

Also, you may be able to take advantage of the 50% Bonus Depreciation which was enacted as part of the stimulus package. This program allows companies to accelerate the amount of depreciation expense that can be deducted from taxable income for capital purchases made in 2008. 50% of the amount capitalized after the Section 179 expense is subtracted can be deducted from taxable income.

The effect on—or benefit to—your company depends upon your individual tax situation. Please consult your tax advisor to evaluate this great opportunity and the substantial tax savings this presents.

There are a limited number of machines available to install in 2008. Act now and take advantage of the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008. Call Park Industries today at (800)328-2309!

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    This example is for illustration purposes only. Please consult your tax advisor to evaluate the impact the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 could have on your business.

Service: Get your preventive maintenance and routine service on your machinery scheduled with qualified Park technicians. When it’s time to kick your production into high gear, you’ll be ready. Don’t wait until your production heats up to find out that your machines aren’t ready to meet the demand and the deadlines.

Spare Part Kits: Get ready for maximum productivity! Don’t risk it. Downtime is too costly. Keep consumable and spare parts within reach right in your own shop. Park offers part kits for a variety of our current machines. Save time, money and hassles by stocking parts – even if your machine is under warranty!

Re-Installation: Is your shop set up for maximum performance? Maybe adjusting your machine layout would improve job flow and productivity. Park installation professionals can advise you on shop layout and help get your machines in the right place for peak performance.

Training: Machines aren’t the only part of your operation that could use a tune-up. This is a great time to get machine operators additional training or even a refresher course.

The time is right to get your operation ready for the season. Put Park’s stoneworking expertise and experience to work for you and get ready to rock!

Remember: To help serve you better, please have your machine’s serial number handy before dialing the Park Industries customer service line. The serial number of your machine is located on the inside control panel door. This number will help Park representatives evaluate the entire “health record” of your machine which will aid in troubleshooting.

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INDUSTRY NEWS

Natural Stone Council

INITIATIVES HAVING IMPACT

The Natural Stone Council (NSC) is a collaboration of businesses and trade associations that have come together to promote the use of Genuine Stone in commercial and residential applications. By pooling resources, the goal of the NSC is to increase the understanding of, preference for, and consumption of Genuine Stone. Last year, the Natural Stone Council (NSC) laid out a progressive and aggressive three year plan. The plan targeted three primary goals focusing on branding, sustainability and fundraising.

Branding The NSC plans to invest over $1 million between 2007 and 2010 to support a national branding effort. This comprehensive multimedia campaign will position Genuine Stone® as a truly one-of-a-kind material that brings unique enhancements to any building or landscaping project.

Genuine Stone will be promoted by a continuing presence at tradeshows and through www.GenuineStone.org. To date, the NSC has delivered this brand message to over 6 million people through advertising and public relations.

Genuine Stone® is naturally elegant, pure, and a solid indication of your personality. Whether you intend to beautify your home, or to frame your vision, make sure your creation is as genuine as you.

Sustainability Genuine Stone’s impact on the environment and how it supports environmentally-friendly building methods and principles are still in question. That is why the NSC is working to define a place in “green” building before it is defined for us.

The NSC’s Committee on Sustainability has partnered with the University of Tennessee’s Center for Clean Products to test the environmental impacts and benefits of building with natural stone. Genuine Stone offers many attractive, environmentally-friendly benefits such as durability, ease of care and maintenance, recyclability, and an enduring life cycle. The NSC is working to document and prove the fact that natural stone is a sustainable material.

Fundraising As you might imagine, all of this progress has a financial price tag. In the short-term, the NSC is relying on major contributions from stone industry associations as well as the generous donations from individual companies. The NSC aims to raise a minimum of $500,000 per year. The NSC was able to reach this goal in 2007 and is asking for industry support to reach their 2008 fundraising goal.

Certainly, the more successful the NSC is in creating brand awareness and establishing stone products as “green”, the more fabricators and quarries will see the positive impact on their business. For more information regarding the NSC, please contact Brenda Edwards, NSC Fundraising Committee Chair at brendatexastone@hotmail.com or (432)354-2569.

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PARK POSTINGS

Tradeshow

Visit Park Industries at COVERINGS, Booth #3191 April 29 – May 2, at the Orlando Convention Center, Orlando Florida

Maintenance Tips

ATTENTION ST-3250 TURN TABLE OWNERS: It’s important to lubricate the three air brakes on your turn table every six months.

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    Pull out the air line and add two drops of oil into each of the elbow fittings and reconnect the air line. To pull the air lines out of the fittings, push in the end of the fitting and pull out the air at the same time.

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    Pull out the in-coming air line and add two drops of oil into the fittings and reconnect the line.

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    Use a low viscosity oil such as SAE-10. Synthetic lubricants are not recommended.

Safety First. Remember to follow the manuals safety instructions before conducting maintenance on your machines. For example, the table must be the down position before lubricating the breaks and should only be performed with the brakes engaged. Remember, the brakes are spring-applied and require air pressure to release. Do not attempt to pull air lines off with air in the system!

ATTENTION ALL PARK MACHINE OWNERS: It is very important that your machine operators are properly trained on how to operate your Park machine(s), both from a safety and efficiency perspective. Only properly trained employees should be operating Park equipment.

Remember - Park Industries can help you with your training needs. Call (800)328-2309 to find out more about Park’s after-market training programs.

Used Equipment for Sale

POLISHERS Comandulli Luca Marmo

Montresor Park Industries

Sasso

Synthesis (2000), Speedy D 88 Super LCT 522 CAI (1996, 1998), LBF-1 (2001), LCV 711 Lara 80-s2 Pro-Edge (1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006) Flying Flat (2006)

SAWS Achilli Alpe Denver Harris IMER Matrix Ogden Machine MAS Gantry Saw Space 2001 (new in 04) (2) saws Combi-Cut 3000 (2007) Sebring Master Cut 32 bridge saw (2003) Accucut (1987, 1992), Jaguar (2000), Prodigy (1998), Sierra (2003, 2007), Yukon (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006) Sawing Systems 515C (2003) Park Industries

Terzago

GLS-37-T1 (1987)

Zambon

Hydro Junior

CNC Flow Intermac

Mac System Park Industries

Ravelli

Twin-Bed Waterjet Stonemaster 2300 (1996), MasterStone 4-Axis CNC (1998), Master 43 (2005), TopMaster 655 Alvin 2K CNC Machine Odyssey (1998, 2002), Destiny (2003, 2005) 2001 CNC

SAWING EQUIPMENT

Carl Meyer

7 headed saw model 470

Sawing System Park Industries

s 24” Gantry Saw 20HP 480v TT Accu -cut TB 24, Cobra TB64 ( 600 v ), Jaguar (C4000), TB 120 Block Saw, ThinStone TXS-4500, ThinStone TXS-5500

SPLITTING EQUIPMENT

Park Industries

48-16-300 Splitter, 60-24-300 Splitter, 96-600T Splitter

For information on USED EQUIPMENT for SALE Call (800)328-2309

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