The Future of Resin treatment for difficult materials
The evolution of natural stone markets has led manufacturers to seek out more unusual and harder to treat materials to maximize consumer interest in the search for the uniqueness and exclusivity that are the quintessential properties of the product in its natural state.
Materials such as exotic or super exotic granites, semi-precious stone or quartzites are in ever growing demand for the creation of surfaces in high prestige spaces.
However, these materials need to be treated carefully adopting methods and technologies that are very different from the customary approaches. Since they are very frequently non-homogenous in nature and composed of many chemical elements of varying types.
The lack of viable alternatives meant that producers were obliged to return to the original methods, overcoming the absence of industrial technology by the intensive use of skilled manual labor to recondition, consolidate, and upgrade the appearance of blocks and slabs.
Clearly, process costs and times have been radically affected by this type of approach.
When Hyperock was first conceived in the Breton Research Center based on an idea of ING. Toncelli, thoughts were focused on this new market.
Hyperock technology was made possible and industrially viable by a group of researchers who spent more than a year on the project.
Only by means of a pressure-impregnation process was it possible to perform the necessary quantum leap in terms of reduced times and cost processing difficult materials.
With the first series production plant fully operational at the Antolini Stone Processing Plant in Verona, the results achieved outperformed expectations. Especially in relation to the economic/production advantages provided by the new system.
The ability to produce consolidated slabs, not glued or patched as with the classic resin treatment process, in a single pass rather than the two or three more needed in the past means the production costs can be reduced by 50-60%.
Like other discoveries in work history this generational change has triggered a series of chain reactions that are accelerating the evolution of work processes.
Breton is now ready to offer a different version of Hyperock, consolidation without the use of reinforcing meshes or mats, particularly suitable for translucent materials.
In addition, Breton can build plants of various sizes and production configurations to meet all requirements.
The compact resin lines that treat slabs in a single pass allow companies to optimize their production times and costs with only a relatively modest level of investment.