Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Breton Smartflex: the ideal solution for the laboratories of the building-furnishing sector

Article first published on MM International n. 98
Towards the end of the 70s, Luigi Scapin, with his three sons Vincenzo, Gianni and Romeo, built the first factory specialized in the crafting of stones for the building sector. Scamar-Scapin Marbles was then born in Tombolo (PD, Italy).

The company works with natural stone, marble, granite and engineered stone for building construction and furniture design.

The company's core business is kitchen worktops, alongside several related products: bathroom counter-tops, table tops and furniture accessories, floor and wall surfaces, bath tubs, carved blocks and sculptures.

The first step for the company’s success was to increase the level of precision of the work processes, which was achieved by adapting the existing machine tools and purchasing the first NC stone working machines.

The second step was to change the company’s name with one that communicate confidence: "Marmo Arredo, the stones for the furniture".

The most important markets for Marmo Arredo are currently Italy and other European countries, in relation to the daily output of kitchen tops, bathroom tops and furniture accessories. On the worldwide stage, the company operates through contracts or with custom-made projects.

In the near future Marmo Arredo envisions a more heterogeneous market demand that includes both engineered and natural stones, as well as a significant increase in ceramic based materials.

Marmo Arredo is now on the market more and more effectively and efficiently and its research vocation is constantly being proved by constant development of state-of-the-art patents and technologies; in this being also supported by custom-made machineries and solutions developed by Breton. 

Breton has recently provided a SmartFlex: a CNC cutting center with 3 spindles, belt rotating work bench and twist head. One of the spindles comes with a head with suction cups for taking the material and optimizing the surface to be cut. It is a flexible and productive solution, ideal for building products and home furnishings (kitchens, bathrooms, etc.).

The company has specific and complex needs and was looking for an advanced multi-disk cutter that could easily and quickly combine inclined and non-orthogonal contour cut-outs for construction jobs with more complex cuts typical of applications for the furnishing sector.

SmartFlex, thanks to the ability to make sloping cuts on a variety of product types, and to easily use drilling tools, is an "excellent, fast and accurate tool".
Remote programming of the machine without on-site human intervention is another essential advantage which facilitates the production process.

Compared to previous machines, SmartFlex is steps ahead both from the mechanical point of view (higher speed and precision) as well as for the handling of materials.
The machine at some moments "seems to be dancing: the combined movements of spindles and disks are fast, harmonious and accurate".

Thanks to on-the-field experience and Breton collaboration, the company will be able to further refine the software to optimize slab load / unload and tool change cycles, and to further enhance the overall cutting optimization algorithm.

“Breton S.p.A., since 1963 innovation and technology at the service of the operators”.

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Sergio Prior

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