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A Message from the CEO

Nicholas Mione, CEO of Desert Diamond Industries“I believe in a world without conventional abrasive blades! I believe that every worker has a right to use the safest, most effective tools to perform their craft and to contribute to society as a whole.”

Desert Diamond Industries, was founded in Las Vegas, NV on February 1, 2008, by my brother Gionni and I. Together we had one thing in mind – “To make a change and a difference in the way the diamond blade industry operated and treated their clients.”

In our industry today, companies all over the world are taking risks with low quality designs which hamper efforts to “go green”, to decrease costs and litigation, and to increase safety. The light bulb was one of these first products “built to break”.

In 1921, General Electric and several other companies set up the Phoebus Cartel to limit the life of the light bulb. They standardized each bulb at 1,000 hours and fined producers when bulbs lasted longer. This resulted in the reduction of competition in the light bulb industry for almost fifteen years, and an accusation that this prevented technological advances that would have produced longer-lasting light bulbs. This is called “Planned Obsolescence”, and I believe this needs to stop.

The elimination of “Planned Obsolescence” today has never been more needed than in the metal working industry. Every day, students, employees, and people are injured by conventional abrasive blades supplied by the Multi-Billion dollar companies that specialize in abrasives. These same companies can simply stop making these discs and start using superabrasives, and yet they choose to not move to this alternative. This technology to use superabrasives not only saves clients thousands of dollars, but it eliminates the hazardous dust that is emitted, along with the potential life threating injuries caused by conventional abrasive blades when they explode.

Desert Diamond Industries’ goal is to ban abrasive blades all over the globe. Focus is starting with America first. Our vision is a world without conventional abrasive blades, a world where students in vocational programs and employees can operate discs that do not explode during use or emit cancer-causing dust. It is our commitment to the safety of those that use our products that drives the design of each blade.

The track record has been one of phenomenal success and growth for the clients using our superabrasives over the latter, and it is my personal goal to develop the structure and support teams needed to inspire and motivate people to join our cause to change the face of the welding industry today.

“We believe that every worker has a right to use the safest, most effective tools to perform their craft and to contribute to society as a whole.”

Nicholas Mione
CEO, Desert Diamond Industries

How Different Types of Construction Affect Roof Ventilation, by Firefighter Nation

We posted a series of articles a few months ago by Lt. John Hayowyk, Jr. of the Passaic, NJ Fire Department on how to access the roofs of Type 3 buildings during fires. That got us thinking: Just what is a “Type 3” building?

Capt. Randy Frassetto of the Surprise, AZ Fire-Medical Department has the answer over at Firefighter Nation. And since we sell roof ventilation blades, this article is about roof ventilation, too.

As you know, buildings can be grouped into five types based on their fire resistance. According to Frassetto, each type influences safe roof ventilation in surprising ways:

  • Type 1 (Fire-Resistive): Buildings of this type are made of fire-resistant materials like concrete and steel. They include high-rises and skyscrapers. They’re almost impossible to ventilate vertically or horizontally due to their height and heavy construction materials.
  • Type 2 (Non-Combustible): Buildings of this type are made of non-combustible materials like reinforced masonry and tilt slab. They include big box stores and strip malls. They often have metal roofs that are prone to early collapse and that resist most ventilation blades (but not the Fire Rescue Safety Blade).
  • Type 3 (Ordinary): Buildings of this type typically have non-combustible walls and wood roofs. They include a wide range of new and old construction. Vertical ventilation is often effective on Type 3 buildings, but their roofs and walls are sometimes unsafe for ventilation crews.
  • Type 4 (Heavy Timber): Buildings of this type are made of heavy, large-dimensional timber. They include many buildings built before 1960. These buildings normally resist fire well. However, their timbers may be poorly maintained or infested with termites, forcing roof ventilation crews to take extra care, and are heavy enough to slow cutting.
  • Type 5 (Wood-Framed): Buildings of this type are made of combustible materials like wood. They include many modern homes. They’re often roofed with ceramic or asphalt shingles over lightweight trusses or oriented strand board (OSB), materials that are easily cut by most roof ventilation blades. These buildings can collapse quickly, but they respond well to roof ventilation, especially over isolated room fires.

Read more at Firefighter Nation, and let us know what you think in the comments here.

Capt. Randy Frassetto, Firefighter Nation, “Understanding Building Construction Types

How Ductile Iron Water Pipe Is Made, by the Science Channel

Water Articles on Desert Diamond Industries' BlogIf you’re a water utility employee, you probably work with ductile iron pipe every day. Have you ever wondered what goes into making that pipe, though?

Wonder no more! This video, from the Science Channel‘s show How It’s Made, shows you, well, how it’s made.

Remember, we’ll be at the Tri-State Seminar On-The-River in Las Vegas, NV from Sept. 24 to Sept. 26! Visit us in Booth 1222 at the South Point Convention Center. See our press release for details.

How to Cut Padlocks with a Rotary Saw, by Fire Engineering

Firefighting Articles from Desert Diamond IndustriesCutting padlocks can be hard, according to Capt. Robert Morris of the New York Fire Department’s Rescue 1, because you have to manhandle your saw into an awkward, horizontal position and then cut both sides of the lock’s shackle. Morris shows you how to do both in this training video by Fire Engineering magazine.

Fire Engineering, “Cutting Padlocks with a Rotary Saw

We’ll be in Booth 943 at Firehouse Expo 2013 in Baltimore, MD from July 25 to July 27! Read our press release for details.

How to Change Your Diamond Blade’s Cutting Speed and Life

Desert Diamond Industries - Frequenly Asked QuestionsA lot of factors affect a diamond blade’s cutting speed and life, including its bond, the hardness and abasiveness of what you’re cutting and whether you use a water feed. We’ve never seen all of them organized in one place, though – until now, that is.

Esch Construction Supply has a handy table that groups together all these factors with their effects on both cutting speed and blade life. Just go down the table if you’re thinking of changing anything about your blade to find out if you’ll be cutting faster or slower and replacing your blades more or less often.

Esch Construction Supply, “Variables Which Affect Diamond Blade Performance