Dust Collection SystemA 15-hp direct drive dust collection system is available from Oneida Air Systems Inc. The system provides up to 5,000 cfm at 12 in. static pressure. Its dimensions are 62 by 110 in., and it includes a magnetic motor starter and filter pressure gauge. Various filter and container configurations are available.
Shop Setup ExpertiseFabricator's Choice offers assistance in setting up fully integrated countertop shops. The company handles AXYZ Routing Platforms, CNC equipment for solid surface or stone and CNC-integrated PhotoTop Digital Templating Software from Green Mesa.
Light-Powered Lavatory SystemBradley Corp. has introduced its ndite light-powered handwashing fixture, which converts restroom lighting to energy that activates the flow of water. The new technology uses photovoltaic cells integrated into the company's lavatory systems to convert light into electricity and store it for later use in the battery-free system, eliminating the need for electrical hookups. After an initial charge of 30 minutes, the system will provide power to the sensors and valves controlling activation. It can maintain a charge for up to five days without light and restrooms with 400 lx of lighting will provide enough power to run the system.
Lipping CutterThe Swiss-made Lamello Cantex lipping cutter is available in the United States from Colonial Saw Inc. The cutter has a 45-degree motor that, according to the company, produces a unique shearing action for flush milling of solid wood edges and mini-spot patches. The equipment's helical cutter with three reversing carbide blades helps ensure tear-free work and crisp edges, and the support plate has a scratch-prevention coating. Milling width is 45mm and height is adjusted in increments of 0.035mm (+/-0.7mm). It has an adjustable handgrip, a dismantle gib on one side for entry into edges and comes with a wooden case. Accessories include a suction stub and hose.
Increased Voltage Cordless Hand ToolsMilwaukee Electric Tool Corp. has introduced the V28 lithium battery line of tools. According to the company, the 28-V battery can provide up to twice the life of a typical 18-V battery. The V28 Series of tools includes a circular saw, hammer-drill, Sawzall reciprocating saw, impact wrench and work light, as well as a battery charger.
Business Management SoftwareGlobal E-Sourcing Inc. offers Global Stone Pro modular software, which provides the ability to manage all aspects of a business from quoting and order processing to shop management and inventory controls. The software has a drawing module that allows the user to create a kitchen countertop layout. Additional modules are also available to handle inventory management, production capacity and work center capacity issues. There is also an optional interface to QuickBooks.
Soap Dish Shelf ComboA Swanstone soap dish and shelf combination accessory is offered by The Swan Corp. The 22 1/4 by 15-in. unit is available in 33 colors to match Swanstone bath tube walls, shower walls and shower floors. The two-shelf unit fits within a standard wall stud pocket and has one shelf tall enough to accommodate large bottles. Molded-in runoff channels prevent soap water from pooling.
Templating SystemTem Tech offers a three-axis router and software that allows the creation of templates. The equipment allows users to scan a design using the Cannon scanner that is included in the system's full package or draw their own designs using the systems template profile draw software.
Collet RouterFestool has introduced the 1400 EQ router, which features a ratcheting spindle, chip catcher and double guide column clamping, as well as a high power-to-weight ratio. The 1/2-in. collet router has a 2 3/4-in. deep stroke, toolless copy ring clamping and stepless variable speed.