Whether you are at home, in the office or on the street, looking around you will surely find elements made of natural stone, such as the floor tiles, the skirting board, the kitchen worktop or the covering of the facade of a building.
Well, most likely Boart & Wire tools were used to cut the stone you have observed. In fact, Boart & Wire products cover 90% of the multi-wire stone cutting sector in Italy and 40% in the world. An even more appreciable result if we consider that it was achieved in just 15 years, those that have passed since the foundation of this company in 2005 in Fara Vicentino, in the Italian region of Veneto. An excellent example of how an Italian medium enterprise can become an international reference point in a highly technological sector such as stone cutting.
The advantages of stone in architecture and construction
Stone was the first material used by man for the construction of buildings and tools. Its first use in architecture can be traced back to 3,100 years before the birth of Christ, when pagan priests decided to build a temple in southern England in the locality of Stonehenge. The 4-ton limestone blocks used for the construction of this monument, as well as the stone used for the Egyptian pyramids and the marbles found in the Acropolis of Athens, demonstrate the fascination that this kind of material has constantly exerted on every civilization from prehistoric times to the present age. A charm that can be said to have never been literally "scratched" by the use of artificial building materials.
First of all, because stone is synonymous with resistance, as demonstrated by the state of conservation of human works that for millennia struggled and overcome the wear and tear of time and atmospheric agents.
It is a profitable material, in fact its durability and low maintenance costs compensate for the initial investment required for its purchase.
It is versatile, as there is a wide range of kinds each suitable for a specific use: granite, marble, sandstone, quartzite, travertine, basalt and onyx, each with various shades of colors and veins.
It is sustainable, because the stone can also be used in the domestic environment without having to modify its natural composition.
The Boart & Wire diamond wires
The workers who built Stonehenge in the Bronze Age probably took years to remove the stone blocks from the sandstone quarry, inserting wooden wedges into the cracks in the walls and using pieces of rock as hammers. These were the only means they had at their disposal.
Today, modern technologies offer different extraction methods. One of them is the diamond wire, consisting of a steel cable into which diamond beads fixed by means of plasticizing or rubberizing processes are inserted. This tool was introduced for the first time in industrial cutting processes towards the end of the sixties in Italy, precisely in the marble quarries of Carrara. This is the sector where Boart & Wire is at the forefront with a "core business" dedicated to the production and marketing of diamond wires with a nominal diameter of 8.30mm - 7.30mm - 6.30mm - 5.30mm - 4, 30mm for single or multi-wire looms that guarantee faster cutting times, longer tool life and reduced energy consumption.
The cutting of quartzite
The Boart & Wire diamond wire for cutting quartzite represents an excellence recognized by the world market.
Thanks to the development of a particular formula of diamond pearl, the R&D team was able to create this exclusive and innovative product for the cutting of slabs from hard quartzite blocks. Its use has guaranteed our customers a net increase in productivity offering at the same time a perfect quality of both the thickness and the surface of the slabs.