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Monday, 26 September 2016

World premiere Breton at Bi-Mu: Ultrix 1200 EVO

Coming to Bi-Mu, the new Breton Ultrix 1200 EVO five-axis gantry machining centre that guarantees a wide operating range while ensuring a reduced installation space, without sacrificing the dynamics of a compact machine

Breton stand at BI-MU: Hall 9 - Stand D 09




Making its first official public appearance, the Breton Ultrix 1200 EVO is a high-performance multitasking machine featuring five interpolated axes, designed to guarantee the highest performance in heavy milling and turning of difficult materials such as special alloys, light alloys and composites.

Breton Ultrix 1200 EVO



Ultrix 1200 EVO was made for machining 3D shapes that require milling, drilling, turning and threading. Operations that make it a suitable product for many sectors: from the aerospace industry to mould production and even general engineering.

The advantage of this machine is that it can make complete parts, reducing the need for different configurations and positioning to a minimum, thereby ensuring quality and accuracy that is well above average.

The machine’s notably solid structure has a base onto which the gantry movement guides are fixed, while the automatic magazine is in a specially designed cavity on the left column.



Following Breton’s tradition, the material used for the structure is Metalquartz®, a polymeric resin that fills the electrowelded structure, giving it impressive rigidity and unequalled vibration damping capacity. 


These characteristics then translate into above-average machining quality with very high finish levels and a longer tool life than any machine tool user could possible image.

The GANTRY is made of electrowelded normalised steel and moves along the top of the two columns thanks to high-precision roller guides.

Two digital brushless AC motors drive its movement. Linear optical encoders with micrometric resolution, positioned on both sides, detect the bridge’s position.

The RAM is anchored to the front of the bridge and is also made of normalised steel. The RAM runs on the bridge, driven by a system of ball bearings and a preloaded double lead screw nut.

All powered by a brushless motor. Also in this case, the accuracy is ensured by Heidenhain optical encoders with micrometric resolution.

At the bottom of the RAM, near the motor spindle, there is a three-axis accelerometer sensor, which is very useful for monitoring the tool balancing during machining. 

This highly accurate system, with its software suite to establish the monitoring and intervention thresholds, reduces damage due to accidental collision, even during manual operations.

The TURNING TABLE can be tilted from -120° to +120°, providing the 4th and 5th axes. The structure supports the C-axis direct drive motor, which can be used as a high-precision, high-speed 5th axis for turning.


Breton Ultrix



It is hardly necessary to mention that each unit and bearing is kept at a completely stable temperature by a dedicated chiller and is controlled by high-resolution direct encoders.

Distinguishing points of the Ultrix 1200 EVO:



  Less floor space used (1700x1600x1000 travel)

• Easy operator access to the work table thanks to wide front door openings.

• Dedicated boring tool, as is usual on the Breton Breton ULTRIX 
range.

• Accessory management (additional heads, special tools, turning heads with transmission etc.) in the machine’s dedicated internal magazine, with automatic tool change.

• Tilting table available with dual Direct Drive or Dual Drive A axis with play recovery and max torques of up to 9000Nm.

• 
Milling/turning table with torques of 2000 to 5000Nm, max speed 450rpm.

• Heavy Duty HD version available with milling motor spindle with torques of up to 900 Nm and maximum speed of 14000rpm. 
Thanks to its high rotation speed, this solution allows significant roughing and excellent finishing of the workpieces, without changing machining centre.

• 
Symmetrical structures to reduce the impact of thermal expansion to a minimum

• Base filled with Metalquartz® Breton ensures vibration damping and thermal stability


For more info about NEW vertical machining center  Breton Ultrix 1200 EVO write at mail@breton.it.

We'll get back to you promptly.
Well, that’s all for today. 

Bye-bye
Sergio Prior

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Innovation and quality for aerospace applications by Breton

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

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

That's why many major Aerospace players selected Breton as a partner, the Italian company manufacturing high-speed machining centres: continuous research and innovation are in its DNA.

From the most affordable machine configurations up to the large and complex automated manufacturing systems, Breton is always focused in providing its customers with the best ‘Return Of Investment’ solutions.

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At their engineering and manufacturing headquarter in Northern Italy as well as in the other 6 service centers worldwide, a dedicated staff of experts is performing preventive part and process analysis in order to determine the most effective and efficient way of producing aerospace parts using a very wide mix of technologies including turning, milling, grinding or in-process probing.

Breton competences are ranging from the lightest composite materials up to the toughest special alloys and,doesn’t really matter if the application is around an aero-engine part or a large structure, their vertical gantries provide an answer even to the most specific demands.


HIGH DYNAMICS

There are multiple advantages offered by the architecture of the Breton machines (vertical trunnion tables, large overhead gantries and moving portals) such as reduced footprint, greater  and comfortable accessibility, very high dynamics, thermo-symmetry and thermal stability combined to a user-friendly programming and a low maintenance requirement.



These benefits become even more evident when a single machine is capable of performing more than one task simultaneously in a perfect multitasking approach, a concept in which Breton is well-experienced.

As an example, in its ceaseless research for innovation, Breton has recently introduced two revolutionary technologies that open up new horizons for the machining of aero-applications.

COUNTERSINKING

The 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.

ULTRASONIC CUTTING

Another exciting innovation focuses on the accessories Breton has developed for ultrasonic cutting, ideal for machining core materials with aramid and aluminum 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, performing a series of operations with just one machine thus reducing investments, production costs and times, while guaranteeing greater accuracy and more efficient productivity.

INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY

Considering the important existing order backlog in several aerospace programs, the rump-up stage of many others and the extremely positive outlook for the future of the air transportation, there is no doubt that most of the international aerospace players need to increase productivity and be prepared for incoming growing demand.

In such a context  the selection of a reliable and dependable machine tool partner is becoming more and more important every day. If you need a robust supplier granting stability and innovation for the years ahead, Breton is the one.

BRETON MACHINE TOOLS DEPARTMENT





For more information write to mail@breton.it.

Monday, 29 August 2016

Breton, the highlights of Farnborough Air Show 2016

The visit of the italian minister for defense, Roberta Pinotti
We want to use this video to thank everyone who visited our stand in July at Farnborough International Air Show 2016.

All visitors, all customers, all dealers and agents.






Keep in touch with Breton, in the next months we'll have a lot of news regarding our 5-axis machining centers which can be flexibly adapted to your manufacturing requirements.



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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For more info about the exhibition and requests about Breton machine tools, write now to mail@breton.it.


Thursday, 21 July 2016

Breton Machine Tools at FARNBOROUGH AIRSHOW 2016








 For info and requests about Breton machine tools, write now to mail@breton.it.
Well, that’s all for today. 
Bye-bye

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.



LARGE SIZES
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

BLISKS AND IMPELLERS
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.


AUTOMATION
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.

COMPOSITES
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.




PERFORMANCE
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 mail@breton.it .


We'll get back to you promptly.

Well, that’s all for today. 
Bye-bye

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.

A
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.




ULTRASONIC
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.




MULTITASKING CONCEPT
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.

For info and requests about Breton machining heads, write now to
mail@breton.it.

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