Getting It Right With A Work Station Crane Before Production Started
When John Morley Decided to open Regal Granite & Marble in 2004, he did his homework first. He selected top raw materials providers, chose his location carefully, and researched his equipment purchases. Having been in the industry for many years prior to opening his own business, he was aware of the risks associated with handling the heavy, fragile material, and wanted to minimize the risk. “I knew hat in order to handle the granite slabs and move it from one place to another I needed a crane, and I wanted a Gorbel,” said John.
John’s granite and marble workshop is 40′ long and 20′ wide, and features a bridge saw as well as a CNC machine. The granite & marble slabs he works with range from 2′ x3′ and 100 pounds to as large as 5′ x10′ and 1000 pounds. He purchased a freestanding Gorbel work station crane wit a 2000 pound capacity aluminum bridge to cover the work cell and service both machines. Along with the Gorbel crane, Morley purchased a Demag hoist with suction cup tooling to grip the slabs.
When the full slabs are brought into the shop, they are first cut on the saw, and then moved by crane to he CNC machine. Later, it is picked up again and put onto a cart to be finished.