(June 2009) The 16th Stone+tec, which took place from May 20th – 23rd in Nurnberg, showed a multitude of creative ideas pertaining to stone. The German company Wimag unveiled a new generation of vacuum lifters, which can be used on rough surfaces. The rechargeable battery packs have enough power to last 3 hours and are much lighter than those used in the past generation.
The Portuguese company d2 technology presented a novel idea for waste disposal. With the help of its patented die-stamping machine dubbed „puzzle“ tesserae can be turned into mosaic or cobblestone for paving. According to the company, one m² costs 0,30 € plus man-hours. A comparable machine was presented by Bellani whose machine is dubbed „Krea“.
Bideseimpianti presented „Gold 56V“, a multiple wire saw, which allows users to simultaneously cut slabs of different types of stone and in various thicknesses. The machines configuration can be adjusted to customer needs. Among the advantages of this device are reduced time requirement for changing saw-blades and cutting.
New developments in thin stone layer cutting was presented by the German company Seeberger: a sandwich glass allowing delicate stone to be exposed to outdoor use or great material stress – the 5 mm stone is mounted on an 8 mm glass pane upon which another 4 mm pane of safety glass is laminated. Another development uses thin stone slabs for kitchen countertops whereby the stone and supporting glass are 30 mm thick in total.
Many a new design idea was presented at the fair, of which BusinessStone.com passes on but a few examples.