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A trio of TITAN CNC Routers at Granite-Tops (MN). Dave Scott (Slabworks of Montana) presenting at the DSE. FUSION CNC Saw/Waterjet Demo Manufacturing Tour of Park Industries at the DSE

Recap | DSE Inspires Shop Improvements

Park Industries recently held its Digital Stoneworking Expo in St. Cloud, MN. The Digital Stoneworking Expo educated over 60 stone fabricators and professionals from around the country on how to increase efficiency, reduce costs, and maximize profitability. The two-day event was packed with shop tours, fabricator presentations with metrics, and animated discussion on the digital fabrication process.  

The shop tours on day one brought a whole new element to the Digital Stoneworking Expo. The tour gave attendees the chance to watch Park machines working on stone slabs in a relatable environment. The first stop was Stone Crafters. A chorus of conversation began in the first fabrication shop and did not stop as the bus carried the group to the next three locations. Attendees were excitedly asking to learn more about the digital fabrication process, machine capabilities, and different techniques.

Each shop filled quickly with a line of tour attendees weaving through the machinery as it sliced and severed stone. The excitement was bubbling up and watching the machines in action sparked questions on machine features, productivity, and new business ideas. The voices of enthusiastic conversation rose above the sound of the saws carving through rock-hard stone.


Machines-During-the-Tour-DSE.jpgAttendees watch the TITAN CNC Router during the tour of Stone Crafters.

The reactions at each machine became predictable. The attendees would do one of two things. For many, their natural instinct was to raise their phone to start videoing and snapping photos of the powerful machines. Others would spin to the person next to them to discuss machine features, or ask the shop owner more about their production and how they make the most of the machinery.

Many questions and intrigued conversations were surrounding each machine. The networking amongst the fabricators, shop owners, and Park Industries employees brought about new learnings and ignited the conversation on strengthening their competitive edge.

The event, in its entirety, reveals how to strengthen your competitive edge. The shop tours and presentation works as an introduction and it allows for discussion to open up reflecting on the attendees’ shops and defining the metrics within their organizations. Fabricators are asked to evaluate their shop’s performance. The analysis helps develop suggestions on how to improve their process efficiency and bottom-line profitability.


Scott-Hanes-Dave-Scott-DSE.jpgIndustry Leaders, Scott Hanes & Dave Scott, shared their shops' stories.

Park invites industry experts and thought leaders to the event, like this May’s speakers Scott Hanes (Majestic Marble & Granite) and Dave Scott (Slabworks of Montana), to discuss how digital technology has transformed their processing of countertops. Fabricators attending the event hear first-hand how the advancements in technology impact their bottom-line. In addition, Park Industries shares insight into what the digital future holds in the manufacturing industry. Park provides hands-on demonstrations with the following partners:

Aside from an abundance of learning through tours, demonstration, and discussion, there is time left to network with others and share the best practices to improve efficiency while reducing costs. The conversation is facilitated around topics that the attendees find most concerning. This event allows fabricators to take valuable knowledge back to their shops at home and make improvements.

Kelly O’Connor, owner of Reliable Granit & Tile, attended this event. He comments, “I have been in business for 40 years of which, I spent 22 years as a Business Consultant in the Manufacturing and Construction Industry. The Digital Stoneworking Expo, without a doubt, is one of the best industry specific seminars a fabrication shop owner could attend. I have come away with meaningful knowledge that has the ability to impact business profitability immediately. This event is a must-attend, no matter where you are in your business development!”

The next Digital Stoneworking Expo is scheduled for August 3rd at Slabworks of Montana in Bozeman, MT. Registration is open now. Learn more about it and register.

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