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Thursday, 11 May 2017

Breton Shapemill of MARGRAF shapes an amazing Corinthian capital


 

After the modillion and the "peach blossom" marble column, Shapemill CNC milling center shapes an elegant Corinthian capital and amazes for its flexibility and reliability.

This interpolated five-axis machine with fixed bench allows you to perform multiple operations without the use of additional tools, ensuring accurate results with low machining times.


A GREAT MACHINE FOR A GREAT COMPANY


The capital was built for Margraf (originally called Industria Marmi Vicentini), headquartered in Chiampo (Italy). It is a historic company that since its inception in 1906 has been characterized by a strong focus on research, environment and technological innovation and by several collaborations with renowned architects.

Its catalog ranges from big projects to the realisation of individual natural stone and marble products such as monuments, bathtubs and much more.


FROM THE RAW MARBLE BLOCK TO THE FINISHED PRODUCT

In the following images you can see the various working phases that led the Shapemill to create a Corinthian capital starting from a raw marble block.









BRETON SHAPEMILL'S POTENTIALITY AND DISTINCTIVE FEATURES

Margraf was able to create this small work of art thanks to Shapemill's unique technical characteristics, such as:

  • Birotary head for interpolated 5-axis machining. ± 200° rotation around its own vertical axis and the second element ("A" axis) rotating from 0° to +115° and housing the high-frequency spindle;
  • Carousel tool magazine with 27 cells;
  • Superior quality components such as racks with precision up to hundreths and 6 DIN 3961 Alpha quality grade, Siemens CNC unit and digital brushless-type motors.
Shapemill stands out for its top-category performance:

  • "Fast" movements up to 40 meters per minute; 
  • Giant work-table up to 4,000x3,500 mm; 
  • Powerful 39.6 kW electric spindle; 
  • Cutting disc max diameter: 1,000 mm; 
  • "C" axis rotation: ± 200 °; 
  • "A" axis rotation: 0 ° to + 115 °; 
  • "X" axis travel: 4,000 mm;
  • "Y" axis travel: 5,500 mm; 
  • "Z" axis travel: 1,600 / 2,000 mm; 
  • Possibility to work with disks, shaped tools, cutters, etc. 



You can find all the features in the following table: 



DO YOU NEED MORE INFORMATION? WRITE US!

For any questions and detailed information, write to mail@breton.it: we will answer you in a short time.
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See you soon!
Sergio Prior

Friday, 5 May 2017

Linea for Breton - Machine to polish straight edges



Linea for Breton - Machine to polish straight edges and shape natural and compound stone pieces.

The edge polishers "Bellani for Breton" are the result of more than 40 years of experience of the Bellani family, which customized them expressly for Breton's customers using Breton certified and approved components, enhancing their fail-safe devices still more and equipping them with centralized lubrication. 
The technical assistance is guaranteed by Breton Worldwide Service Network ensuring a rapid and effective service anytime, anywhere. Workpieces to be processed are conveyed by a rubberized slat system specially designed to get the workpiece moving in a perfectly rectilinear way, contrary to what may happen using the common belts. An automatic plant guarantees that all the moving components of the system are perfectly lubricated.

          
"Linea" is an automatic edge polisher with rubberized slats, for the continuous shaping and polishing of flat and linear profiles, shaping of special profiles, calibration, execution of bilateral bevelled edges, drip grooves and slots on horizontally placed, natural and engineered stone workpieces. 




"Linea" is an all-round machine, suitable to be produced in different configurations in order to meet the user requirements. Besides holding 8 edge polishing spindles, "Linea" can be equipped with:

  • 1 manually positionable calibrating/grinding spindle driven by electric motor, to be fitted with the diamond tool suitable to execute one of the following operations (one operation excludes the others):
      a) thickness calibration on the lower stripe 
      b) execution of slots on the edge, mounting a disk on the calibrating tool
      c) edge profiling with a diamond shaped wheel mounted on the calibrating tool (the working height is manually adjusted through a hand-wheel) 
  • 2 or 4 chamfering spindles
  • 1 spindle for the drip groove execution
For more information and prices, on Linea for Breton, contact mail@breton.it.
We’ll get back to you promptly.

Thank you for the attention and best regards.
Bye-bye
Sergio Prior

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Micron for Breton - Machine to shape and polish straight edges

Micron for Breton - Machine to shape and polish straight edges with a round regular shape of natural and compound stone pieces.




The edge polishers "Bellani for Breton" are the result of more than 40 years of experience of the Bellani family, which customized them expressly for Breton's customers using Breton certified and approved components, enhancing their fail-safe devices still more and equipping them with centralized lubrication. 
The technical assistance is guaranteed by Breton Worldwide Service Network ensuring a rapid and effective service anytime, anywhere. Workpieces to be processed are conveyed by a rubberized slat system specially designed to get the workpiece moving in a perfectly rectilinear way, contrary to what may happen using the common belts. 
An automatic plant guarantees that all the moving components of the system are perfectly lubricated.

"Micron" performs the following operations: continuous shaping and polishing of profiles either flat and linear or with a regular round shape (such as bullnose, half bullnose and quarter bullnose edges, etc.), shaping of special profiles, calibration, execution of bilateral bevelled edges, drip grooves and slots on horizontally placed, natural and engineered stone workpieces.


Besides holding 8 edge polishing spindles, "Micron" is equipped with: 

- 1 manually positionable calibrating/grinding spindle driven by electric motor, to be fitted with the diamond tool suitable to execute one of the following operations (one operation excludes the others): 
  a) thickness calibration on the lower stripe 
  b) execution of slots on the edge, mounting a disk on the calibrating tool 
  c) edge profiling with a diamond shaped wheel mounted on the calibrating tool (the working height is manually adjusted through a hand-wheel) 
- 2 grinding spindles to prepare the edge before it is shaped with the oscillating spindles
- 4 chamfering spindles (2 upper and 2 lower spindles) 
- 1 spindle for the drip groove execution


 
For more information and prices, on Micron for Breton, contact mail@breton.it.
We’ll get back to you promptly.

Thank you for the attention and best regards.
Bye-bye
Sergio Prior

Friday, 14 April 2017

Breton Shapemill of Lapicida on House & Garden

https://www.lapicida.com/journal/house-garden-february-2017-a-new-stone-age.html

The February 2017 edition of House & Garden explores how with the help of computer aided technology, Lapicida are carving out a new niche and creating A New Stone Age. 

Modern CNC shaping mill technology and CAD have completely revolutionised the process and opened up completely new possibilities with natural stone.

For more information and prices, on the 5-axes stone working center Breton Shapemill, contact mail@breton.it.
We’ll get back to you promptly.
 
Thank you for the attention and best regards.
Bye-bye
Sergio Prior

Monday, 3 April 2017

Breton XpressTOP, Smart suite for Top fabrication

Good morning,
are you looking for a software to manage the whole kitchen top production cycle? 
Come to Orlando “Coverings” exhibition and visit us at Breton and BretonUSA Booth #2985 from 4th to 7th April. 
Breton, in collaboration with Dietrich Software, realized “XpressTOP”, the most advanced modular solution for those companies aiming at managing the whole kitchen top production cycle and increasing its productivity, reducing costs and being more competitive in a market with ever higher quality standards.
 
XpressTop Platform allows to . . .
Save resources thanks to a precise and highly detailed management of the process

Monitor the product life during all its phases.

Speed up and check the procurement and picking-up of raw materials for the order processing.

Keep a high quality standard of the product.

Determine the criticality and variables that have affected or may affect the product quality.

Avoid mistakes during production thanks to an accurate knowledge of the BOM (Bill of Materials).

Computerize the whole process, thus minimizing the use of paper trail.

Provide each office with the required technical know-how so as to minimize the need of specialized operators in the various production departments.

 

Module SALES XpressTop Platform
XpressTop Platform SALES module is specially conceived for the trading department and allows to make quotes for the customer in a simple, quick and reliable way. 
Once the quote has been confirmed, this module allows to generate the production order and to schedule all the activities, so as to respect the agreed delivery date.

Advantages
• Management of raw material suppliers
• Creation and maintenance of a customer database (contact details, delivery terms, email storage, etc.)
• Sales documents: issue of quotes, sales orders, invoices, etc.
• Price list management
• Scheduling of different activities, such as: measurements at customer’s, production date, shipment, transport, installation and possible technical assistance
• Management of the task assignees (driver, technician for installation and/or measurements, technician for assistance, etc.)
• Sales reports and statistics (orders per month, sales prices before and after discount, internal production costs)
• Real-time visualization of the order status (together with the production module).
• Possible issuing of production estimates according to the current scheduling of the company (together with the production module)
• Possibility of committing or issuing a slab purchase order (together with the inventory module).

 

Module DESIGN XpressTop Platform
XpressTop Platform DESIGN module is specially conceived for the engineering department and allows to realize even complex projects thanks to the use of CAD interface and libraries with a wide variety of items.

 

Advantages
• Creation and maintenance of a customer database (contact details, delivery terms, email storage, etc.)
• Project drawing by means of:
    o CAD functions.
    o parametric shapes.
    o DXF file import.
• Export of the whole project in DXF format.
• Management of the archive containing the developed projects.
• Management and maintenance of DXF files provided by customers. 


• Input of all the information needed for the final project realization (edge shaping, finishing, various items).
• Issue of the Bill of Materials.
• Customized report displaying the project layout.
• Possibility of committing or issuing a slab purchase order (together with the inventory module).
• Issue of a quote on the basis of a specific drawing (together with the sales module).



Module INVENTORY XpressTop            PlatformXpressTop Platform INVENTORY module is specially conceived to manage all the information about raw materials. It allows to follow the various phases of block and slab processing, starting from their purchase.
 

Advantages
• Management of raw material suppliers
• Management of raw material purchase prices
• Identification of slab dimensions and characteristics and creation of a digital photo database
• Inventory control and related procurement suggestions, with possible confirmation of the suggested purchase order
• Material tracking within specific warehouse areas
• Tracking of the material dispatched by the supplier or delivered to the customer
• Issue of purchase documents (quote requests, purchase orders, transport documents)
• Possibility to commit some material to sales, production, or transfer from a site to another
• Warehouse inventory management
• Creation and control of slab residues
• Inventory reports and statistics (material handling, purchase orders and invoices). Possible integration of a mobile device for the warehouse management
• Quality control over the purchased material and possible issue of non-compliance instances.

 
Module PRODUCTION XpressTop Platform
XpressTop Platform PRODUCTION module is specially conceived to program, plan and follow the different phases for the project realization.
By means of a production sheet, it is possible to track the use of raw materials and components, to have a real-time monitoring of the resource employment and status, and to provide the operators with an activity schedule.
This allows to keep track of the finished and semi-finished products that have been produced, as well as of the activities carried out by the operator, so as to minimize mistakes.

Advantages

• Creation and maintenance of a customer database (contact details, delivery terms, email storage, etc.)
• Definition of the production process for each piece
• Slab and piece tracking on the various machining centers
• Programming of the slab cutting scheme and 3D rendering display
• Easy programming of the different machining centers for stone contouring
• Automatic transmission of the working schedules to Breton machines
• Scheduling of the production phases
• Forecast of the time needed to realize a project
• Analysis of multiple solutions to realize each piece
• Check of the progress of each order phase (cutting, contouring, packing, installation etc.)
• Management of the production capacity and work load of each machine
• Production reports and statistics (number of processed orders, processing times, production costs, etc.)
• Check of rejected or broken pieces and their reintegration in the process
• Sorting out of material requests to the different warehouses: slabs, residues, pieces (together with the inventory module).

 

With XpressTop, you can go from an IDEA ...

. . . to the REALITY


If you'd like to receive a quotation please feel free to write to mail@breton.it
We'll get back to you straight away!

Thank you for the attention and best regards.
Bye-bye
Sergio Prior

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