With global markets consolidated in the marketing of blocks and slabs, companies in the stone sector are looking for innovations that aim to turn the gross product into decoration and design pieces. The industry’s approach to specifiers, architectural firms and designers requires investments in technologies that enable amazing results with the use of stones.
Machine and equipment companies, aware of this market demand, are seeking to develop increasingly automated, innovative processes that allow, through robots, to provide different finishes and directly linked to the design and architecture markets.
Dardi, for example, takes advantage of Vitoria Stone Fair to launch its five-axis 3D waterhead cutting machine. According to the representative of the company’s commercial area, Carlos Toledo, in the first two days of the event have already appeared American, Chinese and Uruguayan businessmen interested in exporting the news.
In operation during the fair, the technology was created to develop innovative and complex cuts in curved and / or tapered surfaces. The equipment, according to the manufacturer, meets the high precision requirements in the industries, guarantees the result of cutting the natural stones in vertical, horizontal, angular, circular and tube shapes, and can cut pieces with chamfers, miter, countersunk and cuts. at various angles.
In order to meet the demand for cut-to-size pieces, Brasigran has invested in innovation and acquired an Italian machinery, with CNC cutting technology, which makes it possible to enhance the natural beauty and the multiple possibilities of using stones in decoration, while create various finishes and dimensions carved under these materials.
Architect Vivian Coser states that the equipment, which can be found at the Espírito Santo beneficiation center, makes it possible to exploit the full potential of ornamental stones. “3D cutting transforms natural stone into design pieces, sculptures and artwork by directing the cutting edge direction. We can say that this execution is cutting edge, a true technological evolution in the exploration of machinery by sculpting the stones and turning them into true decoration jewels ”.
INNOVATION EXPANDS COMPETITIVENESS
In addition to meeting the demands of the architecture and interior design sectors, technological developments allow companies to increase productivity, efficiency and flexibility in production, as well as broaden their competitiveness, reflecting the country’s economic growth.
The use of intelligent robots and Internet-connected equipment, characteristic of Industry 4.0, brings the industry in line with the latest in industrial production.
Betting on this evolution, with remote monitoring of the machines, is Hedel: the company launches to the market a new generation of Delta Wire 2 multi-wire machines. “The FORCE model has the ability to cut 80 sheets in a single downhill using wires. diamonds with a thickness of 5.3 mm. The machine is run by a professional with remote control and has the IOT (Internet of Things) system, which allows the connection between physical and virtual things, providing optimization in production and maintenance planning ”, explains the commercial manager, José Roberto Ferreira da Silva.
The Portuguese Fravizel also invests in technological advances and introduces Quarry 4.0 technology, which allows real-time communication with the machine from anywhere on the planet, enabling production information and profitability. “Through the integrated system, the customer will be able to know if the work will be completed on time or if it will have deviations”, explains the commercial director, Adérito Joaquim.
Intelligence is also the differential of one of Breton’s releases. First introduced in Brazil during the Vitoria Stone Fair, Genya is a bridge saw described as “the low cost genius”. This is because the machine has lower production cost and makes cutting, drilling and moving materials through suction cups. “We expect the machine to be well accepted in the market by optimizing processes at a much more affordable cost for companies,” said Pedro Cesar, Breton’s director in Brazil.
MARKET NUMBERS REFLECT DEMAND
A survey by Findes International Business Center (CIN-ES) found that in 2018, imports of machinery and implements into Brazil’s ornamental stone sector increased by $ 143.4 million, approximately 23% more than in the previous year. Italy led the sales of machinery and supplies to the Brazilian rock industry.
Data from the Brazilian Association of Ornamental Stones Industry (ABIROCHAS) also point out that Brazilian businesses in the sector, in domestic and foreign markets – including services and marketing of machinery, equipment and inputs – have moved around US $ 5 billion. in 2017.
The data indicate that the Brazilian market is still aware of the opportunities to expand the niche and increase competitiveness. In this scenario, seeking innovation in industrial parks, optimizing the production process and agility to meet the new demands that arise in the latent market, Vitoria Stone Fair 2019 presents in addition to natural stones, new machinery, inputs and improvements from various countries.