ALPHA introduces PSC-600 Pneumatic Stone Cutter

There is no doubt that the electric angle grinder is the most popular portable power tool in stone fabrication. It is normal to see such grinders being used in almost all stone fabrication shops, whether creating dust or blowing dust into a vacuum system.

Alpha angle grinder

The Alpha® PSC-600 Pneumatic Stone Cutter

The new Alpha PSC-600 is a high-performance wet pneumatic stone cutter that will set a new “normal” in stone fabrication shops. It is common knowledge that electric power tools don’t last very long due to the stone dust or the water splash which damages them easily. This is why most of the polishers nowadays are pneumatic-driven polishers. The PSC-600 comes with a very unique center water-feed system to deliver ample water on the both sides of the diamond blade, which will keep the dust down on the floor and also enhance the performance and life of the diamond blade.

In addition, the end case is made with a composite material to prevent freezing by the rear exhaust system, which is a common issue for hands, for greater operator comfort.

The Alpha PSC-600 is smaller and lighter than electric angle grinders and offers better maneuverability along with all the safety features. This turn-key operation stone cutter comes with 15 ft. all–weather hoses and a convenient water quick coupler with shut off valve.

Although the Alpha PSC-600 is primarily designed for stone cutting applications, it can also be used as a grinding or sanding tool with a 7/8” arbor. For grinding applications, a second inner flange is included as a standard accessory. This second inner flange will direct the water to come out of the water channels on the outer flange, which optimizes the water distribution necessary for heavy material removal.

Visit or phone 800-648-7229 for more information.

Alpha introduces AIR-830 & AIR-850 Pneumatic Polishers

The Alpha® Air polisher set a standard as the pneumatic polisher with a center water feed many years ago and changed how stone fabricators polish the edges of hard surfaces. Since then competitors have copied the design in various ways just emphasizing the high Alpha® standard.

two air-polishers from ALPHA

ALPHA Air-Polishers


The latest Alpha AIR-830 and AIR-850 Pneumatic Polishers will make the polishing operation easier than ever. These two models have different maximum RPMs to cover all fabricators who want to create the best polish and/or want to improve their productivities and efficiencies.

Both polishers equipped with a newly developed motor with a 5 Hybrid composite vane design that outputs more power and last longer than their predecessor. The polishers come with new splash guards which block the splash while providing better visibility.

The end case was also re-designed to improve the water and air control operation and minimize the risk of breakage. In addition, a silicon boot for the gear head, and water quick coupler with shut off valve, adds comfort and convenience.

The Alpha polishers always come with an enhanced spindle shaft and full size wrenches for easy tool removal. The all-weather air and water hoses are 15ft. and rated for -40°F or +140°F. The AIR-830 has a maximum no-load RPM of 4,400 and the AIR-850 has 5,500.

Alpha is proud to show off these new tools as it is wasn’t easy to make best polisher better! For more information, visit or phone 800-648-7229.


Lunada Bay’s Namibia Collection Evokes Coastal African Landscape With Texture and Color

(Harbor City, CA, November 26, 2019)  — Rich in vivid texture, the Namibia collection from Lunada Bay Tile evokes the alluring landscapes of Africa’s South Atlantic coast. The three-dimensional ceramic tiles translate the vistas of rippling dunes, flat clay pans, rocky outcrops, and endless sky into modern forms. The individually sculpted, transformative art pieces engage one’s sense of adventure and rejuvenation, like the discovery of a hidden oasis.

Lunada Bay Africa-inspired tile

Namibia Crescent Sunset Bronze

The artisans at Lunada Bay Tile craft each Namibia tile using a special hand-sculpting technique that results in truly one-of-a-kind pieces—no two tiles are the same. The collection comprises four interpretations:

  • Dunes three-piece pattern: Large-format tile pattern of squares and rectangles features the irregular ripples, curves, and peaks of windswept desert sand. The tiles measure 4 x 8”, 8 x 8”, and 8 x 12”, with a varied thickness.
  • Square Ripples 1.25 x 1.25”: These square tiles offer a similar ripple, along with an uneven thickness, much like the outcroppings of a stone wall.
  • Round Ripples 1.5”: The dune-like undulation on these round tiles elicit the effect of a worn shell or stone revealed under the windblown sand.
  • Crescent 2”: These 2” round tiles feature concave forms—an interpretation of the clay pans of the Namibian desert—and combine to form an earthen-yet-modern artistic relief on the wall.
highly textured tiles from Lunada Bay

Namibia Dunes in Dark Silver

“The incredible landscape of coastal Africa is a feast for the eyes, with an interplay of contrasting textures—from the constant movement of the sand to the time-honed curvature of the clay,” says Feras Irikat, Director of Design and Marketing for Lunada Bay Tile. “Our Namibia collection translates those visuals into contemporary forms that move and shift, like the terrain itself.”

Like the tiles’ texture, Namibia’s color palette of options further reflect their inspiration—White Sand, Dark Silver, and Sunset Bronze.

Namibia tiles can be used for interior wall applications and some exterior use. For more information, visit or call (310) 257-1300.


Schluter Matching Finishes Available on Drains, Shelves and Profiles Make Shower Design Easier

Porcelain tiles that reproduce the appearance of wood, concrete, & stone and genuine natural stone tiles are the surface covering of choice in many bathroom and shower projects.  These natural tones, as well as black and white, continue to be the most frequently used and on-trend colors in tiles. Designers and owners are looking for finishes that can support and complement these popular tones.  Schluter-Systems’ popular TRENDLINE textured finishes will now also be applied to the 4” square KERDI-DRAIN-STYLE series of shower drain grates and the recently launched Schluter®-SHELF shower shelves.

metal shower shelf

Schluter TRENDLINE black floral shelf

The same highly-durable powder coating procedure used to apply these finishes to Schluter profiles is now being used on the drain grates and on all five designs of shower shelves.  In total, six different finishes are available on profiles, grates, and shelves so they can all match for a more cohesive overall design. The finishes are: matte black, matte white, stone grey, greige, cream, and bronze.

The availability of these finishes in drain grates, shelves, and profiles provides the flexibility to have these elements blend seamlessly with the rest of the installation, or to create bold and striking accents within the shower area.  The matte black grates and shelves fit perfectly with matte black faucets and fixtures for a fully integrated design where all elements work together.

metal floral shelf grate

Schluter TRENDLINE shelf grate in floral

The TRENDLINE series of finishes continue to be available in the most popular profile shapes: flat (JOLLY), rounded (RONDEC), and square (QUADEC) as well as DILEX cove profiles and FINEC.  Schluter®-Profiles protect tile edges from cracking and chipping and enhance any tile design. For more information, visit



Infinity Drain Introduces Game-Changing Custom Stainless Steel Shower Base

Amityville, NY, November 2019 – Infinity Drain, the manufacturer at the forefront of architectural and decorative drains, is now offering a game-changing option for commercial bathroom installation with its new Custom Stainless Steel Shower Base. The Infinity Drain Custom Stainless Steel Shower Base is guaranteed for life against waterproofing failure. If the product should develop a leak, Infinity Drain will bear the cost of labor, removal, replacement, and will restore the installation with the same ‘like and kind” materials originally used.

Left: Custom Stainless Steel Base installation
Right: Completed installation

“From the 512 linear drains customized for the TWA hotel at the JFK Airport to the bathrooms and spas at the renowned One57 building located in the epicenter of New York, we have worked with the best in the business to meticulously craft customized drain systems that match exact specifications in a range of applications,” notes Jonathan Brill, President of Infinity Drain. “We’re excited to offer another innovative, customizable solution that makes shower installation a far more seamless experience.”
The new shower base also dramatically reduces the amount of time required to install a new bathroom shower and decreases the need for trade coordination. Because it is ready to tile, pre-sloped and does not require additional waterproofing on the walls, it eliminates many time consuming steps that traditional methods require. In addition to being customizable, additional features of the Shower Base include a curb or curbless option and the ability to use any grate style or tile insert.
“Our dedication to innovation continues to keep Infinity Drain top of mind among interior designers, builders and discerning consumers around the world,” notes Brill. “This product offers substantial time savings and peace of mind for specifiers installing multiple showers.”
Infinity Drain Custom Stainless Steel Shower Base Features
  • Stainless steel shower base is completely waterproof.
  • Additional waterproofing on wall is optional.
  • Ready to tile.
  • Available with any grate style or tile insert.
  • Curb or curbless option.
  • Lifetime guarantee.
  • Custom Sizing.
  • Plumbing code compliant for use as prefabricated shower receptor.
  • IAPMO tested to IAPMO PS-106-2015 standard.
  • Integrated drain body.
  • With a 6″ sleeve on foundation, the 2″ no hub connection through slab allows for 2″ variance in any direction.
  • Shower base sets shower framing for exact wall to wall installation.
  • Factory flood tested as per UPC and IPC standards

Infinity Drain products are proudly fabricated in Long Island, NY, USA. For additional information, visit To watch how it’s installed, click  here.

Island Stone Launches Glass Essentials Tile Collection

glass hex shaped tiles

Island Stone Glass Essentials, Elongated Hex










(Santa Cruz, CA, October 31, 2019) A tried-and-true collection that’s anything but basic, Island Stone’s Glass Essentials offers go-to, everyday-use shapes and colors that blend effortlessly with the company’s designer offerings. As its name suggests, the new line of fused glass tiles provides designers with proven essentials—timeless-yet-modern mosaics ideal for mixing into applications to help control budgets while enhancing the overall aesthetic of any new construction or remodeling project.

The line’s traditional, popular shapes are suitable for nearly any location while allowing designers tremendous flexibility: rectangles in three sizes (2” x 8”, 3.5” x 12”, and 6” x 12”) that install in stack, brick, or herringbone patterns; 3” hexagons; and elongated hexagons measuring 3.5” x 5.5”.

blue rectangle glass tiles

Island Stone Glass Essentials 2″ x 8″ rectangle in Lagoon Gloss

The robust color palette of traditional and future-trending hues is neutral and versatile for effortless coordination with other tiles, a selection of custom brights that provide the opportunity to create a mood with life and expression. Options include Pure Silk, Tule, Mojave, Oceania, Stratos, Azure, Smoke, Lagoon, and Midnight. Gloss and matte finishes are available.

“Glass Essentials allows our beautiful and original colors to be accessible in the most popular formats and finishes,” said Nigel Eaton, CEO of Island Stone. “It complements our extensive range of designer formats, meaning we have a solution for just about any space.”

Like Island Stone’s other products, Glass Essentials tiles are engineered for brilliance in color consistency along with an annealing process that delivers superior performance over others in the industry. For more information visit or call 1-800-371-0001.



LATICRETE Announces 2020 Product Launches at Total Solutions Plus

November 12, 2019, Bethany, Conn. — At the 10th annual Total Solutions Plus conference, LATICRETE, a leading manufacturer of globally proven construction solutions for the building industry, gave attendees an exclusive sneak peek at two 2020 product launches that will move the needle forward for the industry.


SPECTRALOCK 1 grout will launch in 2020












SPECTRALOCK(R) 1 is a pre-mixed, stain-proof grout with epoxy performance offering superior strength, rapid curing and the ability to be submerged while meeting more standards under ANSI A118.3 than any other pre-mixed grout on the market.

LATICRETE(R) SELECT-BOND(TM) is an adhesivesystem consisting of a highly-versatile, polymer-modified adhesive designed to be used either alone or with one of three LATICRETE SELECT-BOND Kits— Rapid, Non-Sag, and High-Performance— for additional performance enhancements.

SELECT-BOND packaging

LATICRETE SELECT-BOND adhesive system will launch in 2020





























The LATICRETE SELECT-BOND system enables contractors to reduce the cost of inventory and the ability to create whatever adhesive is needed on the job-site. Both products will be available for purchase in early 2020.

“With Total Solutions Plus bringing the tile industry together each year, we knew this would be the best place to share our significant product advancements with the industry,” said LATICRETE Director of Product Management Spencer Maheu. “SPECTRALOCK 1 and LATICRETE SELECT-BOND are two new products that stand for everything we believe about addressing our customers’ pain points and helping LATICRETE users efficiently deliver installations that last a lifetime. We want the market to expect more from their products, in the performance and value they deliver, and nothing speaks to that better than SPECTRALOCK 1 and the LATICRETE SELECT-BOND adhesive system.”

With nearly 2,000 team members worldwide, LATICRETE operates in 100 countries and continues to build upon the legacy and values founded by Dr. Henry M. Rothberg and Lillian Rosenstock Rothberg to simplify the installation process with cutting-edge technology, improve the durability of buildings and create lasting customer relationships by manufacturing safe, innovative building materials and treating customers, employees and partners like family. For more information, visit

Crossville Launches Jazz Age Porcelain Tile Collection

Crossville, Tennessee – Crossville, Inc. has launched the Jazz Age porcelain tile collection. This unique collection captures the look of traditional hardwood floors with an authentically-aged patina. Inspired by the character and style of the flooring found in a nightclub of the 1920s or ‘30s, Jazz Age’s surface visual features touches of distressing and marks that would occur over time in bustling, busy venues.

barstools at a bar

Jazz Age by Crossville

“The collection has a very European feel,” explains Lindsey Waldrep, Crossville VP of marketing. “It looks like wood in buildings, cafes, and clubs that have stood the test of time.”

She goes on to describe the details of the surface visual that are achieved through Crossville’s digital plus technology.

“We developed Jazz Age so that each detail on the tile planks tells a story. You’ll see what appears to be wear from nightly dancing on the wood graining, and we mimicked the high-low sheen club floors get from waxing. We even included the look of scuffs and subtle undulations that would come from chair legs and tapping feet.”

Waldrep points out that all these authentic, timeworn wood details are interpreted in durable and enduring porcelain tile that is ideal for high traffic and wet areas in which true wood could never be specified.

“Jazz Age is a distinct evolution in wood-look tile that will give designers a great alternative for so many projects and unique applications,” she shares.

The collection’s four wood-look hues (Louis, Duke, Count, and Billie) offer natural tones with lasting appeal and are offered in an 8” x 48” plank tile size that makes the wood appearance even more convincing. Two mosaic options—the standard 2”x2” square mosaic and a fashionable herringbone mosaic—invite creativity to complete any design. The covebase and bullnose trim allow for fully finished looks.

In contrast to its true wood predecessor, Jazz Age is easy to clean and maintain, even in high traffic areas in commercial or residential settings.

For more information on this collection, visit

An Age-Old Graining Technique Meets Digital Technology in Story Teller, the Latest Porcelain Tile Collection From Crossville

The Look of the Ancient Art of Cerusing Results in Nuanced Tile Style in Four Color Pairings

Crossville, Tennessee – Crossville, Inc. has announced the launch of its new Story Teller porcelain tile collection. This unique wood-look collection captures the graining effect achieved through the antique art of cerusing with modern digital technology to provide a mirrored, light-and-dark woodgrain appearance. Cerusing is a 16th-century contrasting technique developed to highlight the graining of wood, yet its stunning effects are as current today as when they were first discovered long ago.

Story Teller in Fact

Story Teller in Fact

“Story Teller has a key story to tell. Apart from being a beautiful and very realistic wood in porcelain tile, it also works as four color pairs. These are light and dark versions of tones inspired by cerusing and reverse cerusing,” explains Scott Jones, Crossville director of product development. “If a designer wanted, Story Teller offers built-in coordination for wall-to-floor or floor-to-floor transitions.”

Each of Story Teller’s four pairs of colorways—Satiric and Serious, Falsity and Fact, Villain and Hero, and Evil and Good—is designed to reflect the pale and deepened tonalities generated by this cerusing process.The contrasts offer visual transitions between floors and walls and strike a unique balance in design.

Story Teller in Satric

Story Teller in Satric

Story Teller comes in a 6” x 48” plank tile size that is ideal for creating a variety of custom tile patterns. Designers may also incorporate the collection’s standard 2”x2” square mosaic or the 1”x6” brick mosaic to add interest to any design. Additionally, the covebase and bullnose trim finish installations in style.

Responsibly manufactured in the U.S., Story Teller is suitable for interior floors and walls and covered exterior walls in commercial and residential settings. It’s a certified porcelain product and GreenSquared certified.

For more information on this collection, visit


Aliquippa, PA (November 4, 2019) – ARDEX Americas, a leader in the manufacture of specialty building products, announced today the launch of ARDEX FEATHER FINISH XF™ Self-Drying, Cement-Based Finish Underlayment.

ARDEX FEATHER FINISH XF joins ARDEX FEATHER FINISH® and ARDEX’ full line of high-quality patching compounds designed to eliminate flooring installation problems associated with disbonding, crumbling, mold, mildew and staining. 

Like classic ARDEX FEATHER FINISH, ARDEX FEATHER FINISH XF is a self-drying, finishing underlayment, designed to provide a smooth surface prior to the installation of floor covering over a variety of substrates. It installs from a true feather-edge, up to unlimited depth in defined areas and can receive floor coverings in as little as 15 minutes. Also suitable for castor wheels, ARDEX FEATHER FINISH XF is mold and mildew resistant.

Jody Proudfit, ARDEX Product Category Manager Patching and Finishing, said, “ARDEX FEATHER FINISH XF is a welcome addition to our patching solutions. It’s a great product that you can trust to deliver the highest quality just like our classic FEATHER FINISH.” He added, “FEATHER FINISH XF offers our customers another excellent choice when it comes to patching solutions, one worthy of carrying the esteemed FEATHER FINISH brand.”

To learn more about the ARDEX FEATHER FINISH XF, and all of our patching solutions, please visit

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