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Thursday, 4 August 2016

IMTS 2016 is just around the corner

Come see us at Booth S-9186 in Chicago (USA) from September 12-17, 2016.

We'll be proud to introduce you all the latest developments and innovations of our high speed 5-axis machining centres.

We look forward to welcoming you at IMTS 2016.

Stand Breton USA @ IMTS 2014


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Thursday, 21 July 2016

Breton Machine Tools at FARNBOROUGH AIRSHOW 2016

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Well, that’s all for today. 

Sergio Prior

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

The front-line players choose Breton vertical machining centres

A large number of leading companies have invested in Breton 5-axis machining centres. The Machine Tools Division of this ever-expanding machine manufacturer is meeting the requirements of some of the world's most prestigious aerospace industry companies.

The machines are gaining ascendancy on the market for a host of reasons: firstly because of their high performance and suitability for machining materials and parts in aluminium, steel or titanium. Breton's high speed machining centres are the high-tech solution adopted by world-famous aerospace companies to reduce production times and maximise the quality of their machining operations.

Many top-players in the aerospace industry have purchased Breton vertical machining centres:

The following overview illustrates a range of components created using Breton machine tools.

Machining with chip removal of structural components and engines of  aircraft, helicopters, and satellites, including rotary and static parts, made of materials from titanium to carbon fibre.

High chip removal rates, high speed milling also of large size parts. High precision guaranteed on five continuous interpolated axes offering the ease to create the complex geometrical shapes typically found in the aerospace industry.
Aircraft engine structure, from Wikipedia

Among the most common components in aerospace engineering are various types of blisk created using the 5 continuous axes, impellers for starting aircraft engines, or Cases accommodating blisks and impellers. High-precision turning, for the disc, and milling, for the vanes, all performed on the same machine.

The workpieces can be loaded into Breton machining centres through an automatic pallet changer for higher throughput and greater flexibility of daily production schedules, with a live load capacity on each pallet of up to 2000 kg and a static load capacity of 2500 kg, as on the Xceeder machines. 

While the maximum swing over bed in this case on the  Ultrix, another machining centre that is especially suitable for the aerospace industry, is 800 mm (Ultrix 800 RT), 1000 mm (Ultrix 1000 RT) or 1500 mm (Ultrix 1200 RT).

There are several possible solutions. Just as installed on the  Breton Maxima machining centre: a special pallet changer system for turning with round pallets (1600 mm diameter) for rotation of 350 rpm at maximum precision.

The machine can operate in pendulum mode. For example, Alenia-Aermacchi produces a range of engines and structural components with its Breton Flymill machining centre, a machine series that is especially suitable for the aerospace industry.

Piaggio Aerospace has actually acquired  6 Ultrix machining centres, with pallet changer and unique ergonomic design to facilitate operator access to the workpiece. The Indian company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), has a Flymill with double beam, double carriage and double head: two machines in one; an even more sophisticated pendulum system in which machining operations can be performed simultaneously on both sides of the machine on different workpieces or on the same workpiece, thus slashing production times.

Conversely, TAI (Turkish Aerospace Industries) has chosen 3 Flymills with automatic mobile table changer, as shown in action in the video clip.

Also the new Matrix machines can be customised, with some clients opting for a K80 version with X axis travel of 8,000 mm.
To minimise costs and times Breton supplies its customers with increasingly automated and unmannedmachining centres connecting multiple pallets and FMS (Flexible Manufacturing System) transfer systems.

The Eagle and Raptor machining centres have proved popular among companies needing especially to work with composites, resins, and fibres for lightweight aerostructures and other components.

For example, take a look at the ultrasound cutting head with a sandwich honeycomb panel, a composite structural aircraft component. This accessory has been developed by Breton for ultrasound cutting, a technology that is already employed by several of Breton's, clients, including TAI; ideal for machining aramid and aluminium honeycomb core materials for structural components that call for ever lower weight combined with greater rigidity.

The following video clip, filmed at Jec World in Paris, shows a Breton Eagle 1400 5 interpolated axis machining centre at work, with both an ultrasound head and a head for counterboring, which drills the holes in an aircraft door thanks to 3 transducers positioned around the drilling tool, with no need for special programming operations.

The transducers come into contact with the carbon fibre surface and define the real spatial position, directly compensating the direction perpendicular to the surface and measuring the precise depth of counterboring.

A unique solution, already adopted by various aerostructure manufacturers, including Sonaca, which now offers higher precision components with far shorter lead times.

The exceptional performance in terms of chip removal rates of the Breton Matrix 1000/K60 Dynamic machining centres is attracting growing interest: up to 11000 cm3/min, torque output in S1, with electrospindles having power rating of 70 kW, capable of rotating at 28,000 rpm.

A machining centre already chosen by Merletti Aerospace and Halgand, with high power, masses of torque and high rpm in a single spindle, to handle processes such as aluminium roughing and finishing.

Breton machining centres are chosen not only for their accuracy and reliability, but also because they are tailor-made.

If you think our machining centres could match the requirements of your production processes, get in touch at .

We'll get back to you promptly.

Well, that’s all for today. 

Sergio Prior

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Countersinking and ultrasonic cutting: two major breakthroughs

Aerospace, the industry continuously searching for innovative materials offering better performance and always looking for micrometrical accuracies.

n industry that needs someone who can promptly develop cutting edge production solutions which could be both competitive and reliable.

That's why many major Aerospace players selected Breton as a partner, the Italian company manufacturing high-speed machining centres who recently introduced two revolutionary technologies that open up new machining horizons for the aero-applications.

COUNTERSINKThe heart of one of these is a machining head that can drill and countersink not only faster but also more precisely than ever before. It can be installed on a variety of 5-axis machining centres, such as those of the Breton Matrix and Breton Eagle families.

No special programing is required since automatically 3 accurate probes around the cutting tool come into contact with the surface of the workpiece to detect the real position in the space, directly adjusting the perpendicular direction to the surface and measuring the exact countersinking depth.

All in one shot!

It's a unique solution, which has already been adopted by various aerostructure manufacturers who now supply components with a higher degree of accuracy in much faster lead times.

Another exciting innovation focuses on the accessories Breton has developed for ultrasonic cutting, ideal for machining core materials with aramid and aluminium honeycomb, for structural components which must be lighter than ever while maintaining their structural rigidity, produced at incredible speed.

Both technologies are automatically managed and are interchangeable with other conventional rotary cutting tools, for a perfect multitasking concept, performing a series of operations with just one machine thus reducing investments, production costs and times, while guaranteeing greater accuracy and more efficient productivity.

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Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Breton Matrix 1000 DYNAMIC, the 5-axis "no-compromise" machining centre

Boosting productivity is a common denominator for companies in the aerospace, automotive, and toolmaking industries. The production of high quality components, of impeccable precision and advanced technology is a plus that only certain 5-axis machining centres can deliver.

Breton Matrix 1000 DYNAMIC, the latest arrival in the Matrix family, combines these features: to introduce you to its prodigious capabilities we decided to provide a sequence of photographs and videoclips of this innovative machining centre.

Tool changer
As you can see, the Matrix 1000 DYNAMIC is ideal for milling medium and large-size  workpieces in steel, aluminium, engineered materials and resin, with strokes of up to  3,000x6,000x1,300mm.

Precision first and foremost: have you seen the type of parts this machine can produce? The parts involved are frequently prototypes, also in titanium or special alloys, that call for absolute compliance with design tolerances.

For example, this version of the machine – the Matrix DYNAMIC K60 presented at EMO in Milan, with a motor spindle power rating of 70 kW - can handle workpieces of up to 6 metres in length with an aluminium chip removal rate of up to 11,000 cm3/min. This is an enormous benefit in many industries in which aluminium is widely employed, such as the automotive and aerospace industries.

The Matrix 1000 DYNAMIC, just like all Breton machining centres, can be fully customised on the basis of the requirements of each customer. Configurable with one or two work areas for pendulum machining operations, the machines can also be fitted with robotic chain or rack type tool magazines with a fast tool changer manipulator to reduce idle times caused by tool changeovers.

A range of bespoke solutions to maximise throughput for any company.
Just take a look at some examples of the machining capabilities:





Please feel free to browse through our catalogue below, for a detailed description of the specifications:

If you're interested in the Breton Matrix 1000 DYNAMIC machining centre, just drop us a line at We'll get back to you promptly.

Thank you for your interest: we're looking forward to hearing from you!

Your solution: Breton Matrix 1000 DYNAMIC for automotive industry

Innovative products incorporating the technology which has made Breton one of the leading enterprises on the world market for vertical machining centres for AUTOMOTIVE sector.

The Breton range of machines are acknowledged worldwide for the superior quality technology, their excellent production performance, the innovative solutions offered and unequalled quality of the products and services this company provides to each individual customer.
The gantry machining center with moving cross beam Matrix 1000 DYNAMIC was designed and built to respond to high-speed machining requirements in Automotive applications.

Breton Matrix 1000 Dynamic
Conceived for large complex parts, with its distinctive properties of rigidity and dynamics, it can handle several types of parts at the highest speed, with excellent removal capacity.

The speed of linear axes up to 60m/min, the Direct Drive head with rotation speed up to 100RPM and the C axis with continuous rotation offer outstanding capabilities for profiling complex workpieces with 5 continuous axes ensuring and guaranteeing maximum machining precision and performance.
The direct drive twist head, which can be positioned at any angle thanks to the powerful hydraulic brakes, uses fitting spindles up to 40kW, with 89 or 137Nm torque and rotational speed up to 28,000RPM.

The different configurations of the Matrix Dynamic (Z=1,000, X = 2,200, Y from 2,500mm to 4,000mm,) make the machine perfect for machining medium and large workpieces made of steel, aluminium, resin and composite materials.

Various solutions for the best machine configuration to satisfy each need, conform to the highest standard of innovation and quality. Read the catalogue:

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Friday, 18 March 2016

Breton = Leading edge technology

With the purchase of Breton's new high speed 5-axis vertical machining centre for milling of parts in superalloys, steel, aluminium and engineered materials, Focus On Molds can assure its customers the impeccable quality standards befitting the company's high reputation on the market.. 
(by Edoardo Oldrati and Flavio Della Muzia - TM)

High machining quality, prompt delivery, reliability and competitive pricing are the cardinal points of Focus On Molds' strategy. Specifically, since 2002 and with the current management at the helm, the company has followed a continual path of growth leading to its current status as one of the most widely recognised toolmakers for the automotive industry in Italy and worldwide thanks to a workforce of more than thirty experts engaged in the design and production of moulds for injection moulding, die casting and semi-solid metal casting.

Operating primarily on the European market, which accounts for around 80% of sales, Focus On Molds has implemented a long-term development plan that saw the 2011 acquisition of the current production site in Cologne in the north Italian province of Brescia, previously headquarters of Astornova, an engineering concern specialised in series machining operations that has now become a member of the Focus On Molds group

In parallel with this initiative, in 2004 company management also incorporated a new company called Plastinject on the Bedizzole site. The newly-formed company is dedicated exclusively to testing the moulds produced both by Focus On Molds and by other toolmakers that turn to Focus On Molds to make their samples. 

Specialists in the automotive industry
«Our operations are mainly addressed to the automotive industry to which we dedicate our full resources, receiving 3D models of the parts and then moving on to the mould project development step in close liaison with the customer, through to production and testing of the part with the customer's assistance at Plastinject – In the words of chairman/CEO Giuseppe Ghilardi, : "Basically it's a full turnkey service  - We've got an engineering department in which our designers use the latest CAD tools to translate the customer's needs into tooling for their production processes, frequently operating in a co-design formula with the companies involved in order to arrive at the most suitable shapes for moulding». 
The Cologne plant produces moulds from 2 to 20 tonnes in weight, with the facility for parallel production and handling of multiple jobs in response to the fast-moving needs of today's market with its obsession with ever shorter lead times from the initial quotation to delivery of the product, with the not infrequent complication of additional requests that reach our company even when mould production is well advanced.

This dynamic has forced the Brescia company to embark on an internal reorganisation process in order to optimise all the management stages and boost its flexibility, starting from the employment of increasingly highly qualified personnel. 
«Another key factor was the upgrading of capital equipment, currently consisting of around twenty advanced machining centres capable of producing exceptionally high quality products with stable and efficient processes.
Giuseppe Ghilardi explains: "One of the basic requirements we consider when choosing our machines is their ability to work within these very tight production times, with the facility to work over several shifts and in unmanned conditions, at high speed and precision: with these requirements in mind we analysed the market offering carefully and decided to contact Breton to order the Xceeder line, which matches all our specifications in full.
In fact, we got to know the company back in 2004 when we purchased an excellent Matrix series machining centre that we continued to use until our 2011 relocation, after which we purchased a new 5-axis gantry machine – again from the Matrix series – that's still hard at work in the plant to our full satisfaction
So on the back of our positive experience, since we needed a new high-speed machine with 5-axis control and turntable, we decided to contact Breton once again».

Having reached the position of a point of reference in the production of multi-function high-precision machining centres, the company based in Castello di Godego (Treviso) currently has a 700 strong workforce engaged in the design and construction of high-tech systems for multiple industrial sectors including aerospace, automotive, shipbuilding, energy, toolmaking and the manufacturing industry in general.

Top-level performance
Designed to meet the most exacting requirements of companies working in the aeronautical, precision engineering and toolmaking industries, the new Xceeder CNC plant forms part of the innovative range of high speed vertical machining centres produced by Breton, with gantry architecture, advanced Metalquartz technology and a direct-drive rotary tilting table. 
Capable of guaranteeing high throughput rates, with compact dimensions and higher rigidity than a steel or simple polymer composite frame, Xceeder has a vibration absorption coefficient that is 10 times greater than that of cast iron, combined with impeccable dynamic performance that forms a benchmark in the machining of complex parts on 5 axes.

The special thermally symmetrical structure and the temperature stabilising systems also guarantee the utmost accuracy of machining processes regardless of changing environmental and working conditions in the 900 RT version, which offers a generous working range with travel of 900x900x700 millimetres on the X, Y and Z axes, speeds of up to 60 m/minute, an 800 mm diameter worktable, and continuous "C" axis and "A" axis with rotation from +110° to -30°, capable of handling loads of up to 1000 kilos.
The unique characteristics of the Xceeder are completed with 4 different electrospindles, all with an integral temperature control circuit, the first of which with power of up to 85 kW, 300Nm of torque in S1, 480Nm in S6, and rotation speed of 14,000 rpm. This electrospindle makes it possible to machine even with special alloys such as Titanium and Inconel with the maximum chip removal capacity. 
The second and third electrospindles, with power of 40 kW, torque of 100 and 64 Nm respectively, in S1, and rotation speed of 18,000 and 28,000 rpm, ensure the maximum versatility of the machine when working with lightweight alloys, while the fourth electrospindle, which is especially suitable for superfinishing and machining of aluminium and engineered materials, reaches 40,000 rpm while maintaining the same power as the two preceding electrospindles.

Finally, all versions of the machine can be equipped with a tool magazine with up to 200 positions, automatic pallet changer and a full range of optionals capable of meeting the most complex requirements. «We use this machining centre in our production shop to perform multiple tasks and, primarily, to produce special screw anchors (with a consistent finish level and very tight tolerances) that the machine can produce to unparalleled quality levels – adds Mr Ghilardi - We are extremely pleased with the performance of our new Exceeder, also because it complies with the logic around which we have organised our production cycles, which are usually managed over a single shift, optimising the work processes on the machine, with automated 30-position tool changer, to exploit the facility for unmanned operations in the plant to its full potential». 
In addition, as underscored by Mr Ghilardi, one of the main distinguishing features of the Brescia company is their diligence in their production operations, which are conducted with the utmost transparency towards the customer, who is provided with a feasibility study of the part involved showing, right from the pre-sale stage, any criticalities to be discussed together before proceeding.

So thanks to the new Breton machining centre, Focus On Molds is now able to guarantee compliance with sampling start times, a highly critical requirement to maintain the confidence of customers who are thus reassured that they can always rely on the Cologne-based company. «The role of our internal quality control function is essential throughout this process: in relation to the moulds, we use qualified external consultants responsible exclusively for validation activities, because having an external and unbiased assessment helps to ensure our customers get the quality levels they rightly expect from our company – concludes the Focus on Mold chairman and CEO – a quality level that we are able to achieve thanks also to constant updating of our designers and engineers, who receive adequate training in relation to the mechanical aspects and, especially, in relation to software (a constantly evolving field) and the types of tools available on the market time by time».

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Well, that’s all for today. 
Sergio Prior

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