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Breaking down different types of stone

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When working with stone, there are 2 different types you will need to know about in order to know what machine to use for the cutting process. The types of stone include engineered and natural stone.  

Here are the characteristics of the 2 different types of stone: 

Engineered stone: Both stones are the same thing, depending on where you live in the world. They are man-made from natural stone using high heat and resin, glue and recycled materials. Often referred to as “Quartz,” although not to be confused with natural quartz. Currently, “Quartz” countertops are having a moment in the stone industry. 

Natural stone: No additive materials or chemicals are required to create natural stone. Stone is formed naturally by the Earth over time. Several types of natural stone, including marble and gneiss, undergo metamorphosis within the Earth’s crust where extreme pressure and heat transfer the deposit from a more porous material to a harder and denser material. 

Whichever type of stone you’re working with, SIMEC has you covered with the corresponding machine. 

SIMEC offers a special line of cut-to-size machines that give operators an unparalleled level of precision and quality.

SIMEC cutting systems give a machine operator complete control of the cutting process. These cut-to-size systems have been designed to manage every kind of work order possible and to help relieve the operators from tasks of control and programming. In fact, SIMEC systems can operate in complete autonomy from the first step of loading the raw material to the unloading of the finished product.

SIMEC is your stop for all your natural and engineered stone fabricating needs. 

SIMEC Machines to use for engineered and natural stone

SIMEC has you covered regardless of the material you process. Though not made from the same materials or even the same type of stone, the same machine can be adjusted with specific tools or polishing heads to work on all types of materials including concrete.

Different machines can perform similar functions, but their processing times/production capacities will differ. 

The multi-function machines do one-time or rare occurrence jobs, which is great for small companies that have less space and have less staff members. For larger factories or manufacturing facilities who typically prefer machinery performing one job at a high-rate of speed, the automated machinery might work best. Though the machinery can cost more upfront, the return on investment will show that automation clearly pays for itself much faster and is a more reliable method of manufacturing. 

SIMEC has a complete line of machinery to meet just about anyone’s needs and Eurostone is happy to have been working with them for decades. For more information on SIMEC machines, learn more here.

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