Trends at Stone+tec: Networking and simplification
From 13 to 16 June, technological innovations in stone processing as well as materials and accessories will be a key offering at Stone+tec 2018 in Nuremberg. From mechanical aids to heavy machinery, Stone+tec is where stonemasonry firms find their tools for the future.
At the Stone+tec trade forum, presentations and discussions that focus on technological topics serve as guides for the next investment decision. It is already clear: Rotary head technology and CNC machines are becoming increasingly user-friendly. At the same time, the networking of individual process steps is on the rise. In the past few years, the advent of rotary head saws and CNC technology has changed stone processing and given it fresh momentum. More and more, manufacturers are being drawn to company-internal networking of individual positions and simplification of operation.
Simplified use is one of the main topics on the agenda of some exhibitors. Their focus is on standardizing the operating concepts of CNC systems: For example, this will make it easier for users of rotary head saws to learn to operate processing centres. Even for medium-sized companies, the experts see an increase in integrated lines with fully automated bridge saws with shuttle tables and manipulators for automatically loading and unloading workpieces. What was until recently the standard for industrial companies will also gain acceptance with medium-sized stone processors, based on customer surveys.
At Stone+tec 2018, numerous vendors will be presenting their technological innovations for stone processing. Visitors will mainly find technology providers in Hall 12. There they will be able to compare machines directly and describe their individual requirements in one-on-one conversations with various manufacturers. The trade forum in Hall 9 deals with CNC technology, robotics, and design in daily panel discussions. Robotic systems that can now be installed only in small quantities but open up exciting prospects for applications in historic preservation offer innovative companies material for discussion.