Egon Hinss Promoted to Regional Sales Manager
posted on: Friday, September 15th, 2017
Breton USA is pleased to announce that Mr. Egon Hinss has been promoted to Regional Sales Manager for the Stone Division. In his newly expanded role, Egon will oversee relationships with several of Breton’s independent agents as well as be responsible for a number of assigned states and territories throughout the U.S. and Canada.
A native of Elberton, GA, Egon joined Breton USA as a member of the Direct Sales team in 2014 with extensive experience in both capital equipment sales and fabshop operations for the stone industry. Since then, he has proven to be a valuable asset to the company, having successfully spearheaded Breton USA’s development and growth in the central U.S. and Canada.
“Egon has done an incredible job serving our existing and potential customers in the Midwest,” said Breton USA Vice President, Mr. Gianrico Filippetto, in announcing Egon’s promotion. “We are excited to have him expand his role with the company and to continue our mission of providing an unparalleled level of knowledge, experience and support to our diverse client base.”
National Sales Manager, Mr. Gerry Van Der Bas, agreed. “Egon’s work ethic along with his technical and practical knowledge of the stone industry have been a great fit for our company throughout this extended growth period. But what really sets him apart is his service mentality and his commitment to advising clients in their best interests. That is something we look for in our sales force, and we are happy to have him on the Breton USA team.”
Egon will be based out of Atlanta, GA, where he recently moved with his wife and two children.
Please join us in congratulating Egon on his promotion and his many accomplishments with Breton USA.
Featured in photo above are (L to R) National Sales Manager for the Stone Division Gerry Van Der Bas, Arianna Toncelli (daughter of Breton SpA President Luca Toncelli), Egon Hinss, and Breton USA Vice President Gianrico Filippetto celebrating Egon’s recent promotion.
Client Spotlight – Interview with Distinctive Surfaces, LLC
posted on: Thursday, August 24th, 2017
Breton USA Marketing Coordinator, Mrs. Karla Baez Ocasio, recently had the opportunity to talk with Mr. Jon Rupert, Owner of Distinctive Surfaces, Inc. of Columbus, OH, for an exclusive interview. Here is what Mr. Rupert had to say about his experience owning Breton equipment for his company.
Tell us about your company?
Our company has 49 employees, and we service clients mainly within a 1.5 hour radius of Columbus, Ohio. We work with both contractors and homeowners, mostly in the residential market involving both new home construction and remodeling projects.
And how long has it been since you first started using Breton equipment?
Almost two years now.
What made you choose Breton and in what ways has Breton impacted your business?
I’ll admit that I was a little concerned by the cost at first, but I was impressed by Breton’s reputation for quality and customer service. And the more I talked with your sales team, the more convinced I became that Breton was the right choice for us. We were growing pretty quickly at the time, and it was hard to find skilled labor. Breton allowed us to shift from the way we were manufacturing to a more automated system, and that really improved our quality.
Did Breton USA honor the promises we made during the sales cycle?
Absolutely. Breton kept me in the loop every step of the way — from ordering to shipping to installation. We received great training, and ever since the equipment was installed, it has performed just as described. We couldn’t be happier.
Which Breton machines do you own and how easy are they to use?
We own two Contourbreton NC300 K26’s, and they are very easy to operate, even for high school grads. Plus, the reliability is really good. We never worry if the machines are going to work. When we turn them on, we know they are going to work. And that’s important.
Do you think that your relationship with Breton has benefitted your clientele?
Oh yeah. We couldn’t be here today without automation, and Breton helped us every step of the way. Plus, the quality coming from the machines is consistent day in and day out. We don’t have to rely on anything other than a machine to get it out. So our clients are very happy with our quality and they know that they can expect top quality work from us.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
The only thing I would add is that for anyone concerned about Breton being an Italian company and whether that means they will receive slower or less capable customer service, they shouldn’t be. You guys have an office that’s welcoming, staff that is always there on the phone, and more technicians in the United States than I ever realized.
Learn more about Distinctive Surfaces, LLC, by visiting their website at distinctivesurfaces.com
Innovative Technology: Contourfive
posted on: Thursday, August 24th, 2017
It is not often that you find mention of CNC milling centers and great presidents of the United States in the same sentence. But then again, it is not often that you find a piece of equipment as advanced and versatile as the Breton Contourfive, a machine so precise that a bust of President Abraham Lincoln produced by it is on display at the White House.
With a birotary head for interpolated 5-axis machining, easily accessible 360-degree work area, and vertical travel of up to 1,200 mm (nearly 48 inches), the Contourfive is ideal for producing architectural and funerary art. In fact, it is the perfect machine for cutting, contouring and turning almost any complex piece from marble, granite, compound or engineered stone.
Structurally, the Contourfive features floor-anchored shoulders made from either masonry or (on request) heavy-duty metal to ensure unparalleled stiffness, as well as wide-opening front doors for protection and ease of access. A steel worktable separated from the shoulders allows operators to approach the surface from all sides — with no steps to mount — and the worktop height of 13.8 inches, plus the height of Breton’s advanced suction cup system of 9 inches for anchoring workpieces, enables easy handling of pieces while in production.
But the Breton Contourfive is about a lot more than its shell. The machine’s high-speed HD electrospindle offers rotating speeds up to 7,500 RPM to provide industry-leading precision, as well as a fully-automated tool change for quick transition between shaping, contouring and sawing. An optional lathe package is available as well.
Driving it all is a Siemens digitally controlled numerical control system that is Windows-based for ease of operation. The system features a 15-inch touchscreen (19-inch for the Contourfive NC 1200) with color monitor, a joystick for controlling features like the machine axes, spindles and tool store, as well as a USB port that provides fast uploading and downloading of data from CAM files.
In short, the Breton Contourfive allows users to perform a variety of different and complex machining operations that were previously only possible when purchasing multiple pieces of equipment. That is what we mean when we say that Breton is driven by innovation. And we have a president to back us up.
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Breton USA Celebrates 13th Anniversary
posted on: Thursday, August 24th, 2017
Management and staff from Breton USA, as well as their families, gathered at Michael’s On East Tasting Room in Sarasota on Friday, August 11, to celebrate our 13th anniversary as the official North American branch of Breton SpA.
Joining us as special guest was Ms. Arianna Toncelli (pictured above with Breton USA Vice President Gianrico Filippetto), granddaughter of Marcello Toncelli. It was Mr. Toncelli who founded Breton SpA in Castello di Godego, Italy, in 1963 with a commitment to innovative ideas, superior quality craftsmanship, and unparalleled service to the customer. More than 50 years later, those same attributes remain hallmarks of Breton SpA and its satellites worldwide and have helped turn the company into a global leader in advanced technology equipment for the stone and machine tool industries.
Throughout the evening, members of the Breton USA team celebrated this special occasion with an assortment of delicious food and wine and paid special tribute not only to our dedicated staff but to our long and growing list of customers.
We thank you for the trust you have placed in us and promise to continue to meet your needs with exceptional quality products and services for many years to come!
Breton Preventive Maintenance – Lubrication System
posted on: Thursday, August 24th, 2017
Records show that even in times as long ago as ancient Egypt engineers left detailed instructions on the importance of proper lubrication for the maintenance of their machines and equipment. A lot has changed since then as far as the types of lubricants used – olive oil in ancient times – and the sophistication of the machinery involved. But one truth remains the same: a well maintained and lubricated machine is essential for better productivity, reliability, longevity, energy efficiency and environmental responsibility.
The following instructions are designed to help extend the longevity and reliability of your Breton machines and equipment and to ensure that they remain operating at peak performance throughout their lifetime.
AUTOMATIC VERSUS MANUAL LUBRICATION SYSTEM
All Breton machines come equipped with one of the following types of lubrication systems:
- Automatic Lubrication System (ALS):
Often referred to as a centralized lubrication system, this system automatically delivers controlled amounts of lubricant to multiple locations on a machine while it is in operation.
- Manual Lubrication System:
This system consists of designated areas on the machine where the machine’s operator(s) must manually lubricate components by using proper tools in specified locations.
Both systems are designed to protect components, such as bearings, linear guides, sliding parts, etc., where they come into contact with each other and are critical to the lifetime durability and reliability of your Breton equipment.
Breton strongly recommends using MOBILUX EP004 (from Mobil) for lubrication of ALL Automatic and Manual Lubrication Systems found on our equipment. Mobilux EP004 is a low viscosity grease that has been proven not to clog the lines on your Breton equipment.
In the event that MOBILUX EP004 is not available in your area, Breton recommends the use of one of the following alternative lubricants for your Breton machinery:
- RETINAX CS00 (from Shell)
- MOLUB ALLOY MPG00 (from Castrol)
- MARSON EPL00 (from Fina)
INSTRUCTIONS FOR FILLING THE GREASE TANK ON AUTOMATIC LUBRICATION SYSTEM (ALS)
In order to fill up the grease tank on a Breton machine with an Automatic Lubrication System, please follow these instructions:
- Turn off the power of the machine.
- Open the cabinet where the automatic lubrication system is located.
- Remove the red cap indicated on the picture.
- Pump in grease MOBILUX EP004 using a manual or a pneumatic grease pump.
For more information, please refer to Chapter 6 in your machine’s Owner’s Manual.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR FILLING THE GREASE TANK ON MANUAL LUBRICATION SYSTEM
If your Breton machine has a Manual Lubrication System, then please follow these instructions:
- Locate fittings on the machine marked with a grease sign.
- Using a manual or a pneumatic grease pump, apply MOBILUX EP004.
- Repeat as indicated in your machine’s Owner’s Manual.
For further questions about maintaining the lubrication systems on your Breton CNC contouring and/or Optima machine, please contact our Service Department at: Service@BretonUSA.com
Click HERE for a printable version of these Preventive Maintenance Instructions from Breton USA.
Breton Rolls Out the Red Carpet for Marmomac 2017
posted on: Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017
Breton USA and its parent company, Breton SpA, are set to make a big splash at this year’s Marmomac 2017 trade fair, taking place in Verona, Italy, on September 27-30. The largest stone, design and technology expo in the world, Marmomac 2017 will feature nearly 1,700 exhibitors and is expected to draw more than 70,000 attendees over its three-day run.
Breton will be there in the heart of things with a display of 1,400 square meters. That’s more than 15,000 square feet! Please visit us in Hall 4, spaces A6-A7-A8-B6-B8-C7-C8.
Here are some of the Breton machines you can expect to see at this year’s Marmomac:
- Breton Worthy Optima – A CNC monoblock bridge saw with a rotating head, fixed bench and powerful suction cup system designed to move heavy workpieces with ease.
- Breton Smart-Cut 550 Optima – The ideal interpolated-axis cutting center for kitchen countertop producers, including multicup suction system, tool changer and rodding.
- Breton Smartflex – A CNC cutting center with three cutting spindles and an integrated “multicup” suction system that’s ideal for fabshops involved in medium to large series production.
- Breton Contourbreton NC300 K19 EVO – An advanced technology CNC contouring machine that features the company’s patented MetalquartzÒ workbench and a large workspace, all in a compact design
- Breton Contourfive NC1200 – A 5-axis CNC contouring work center, ideal for the production of large and complex 3D shapes.
- Breton Combicut DJ/NC – An interpolated 5-axis, CNC combined bridge saw and waterjet cutting center designed for the production of cut-to-size slabs.
Plus, you won’t want to miss Breton’s digital fabshop, where we will be showcasing the company’s newest software, and our composite stone area, where you can explore and learn about innovative, engineered stone products like Bretonstone, Bretonstone Cement and BretonTerastone.
Contact the Breton USA sales team at machinesales@BretonUSA.com to learn more. Or visit the Marmomac website at marmomac.com to register today.
We hope to see you there!
Join Breton USA at Westec 2017
posted on: Tuesday, August 15th, 2017
The West Coast’s leading manufacturing event is just a few weeks away, and Breton USA will be there. We would like to invite you to join us!
That’s right. Westec 2017 is taking place in Los Angeles, California, on September 12-14, and the Breton USA sales team will be at the heart of the action in Booth #827.
Sponsored by corporate giants that include HP and IBM and featuring more than 500 exhibitors from around the world, Westec offers attendees the opportunity to discover the latest equipment, tools and technologies that are powering today’s manufacturing and machining sectors. These include machines like Breton’s Ultrix 1200 EVO, Matrix 1000 Dynamic and recently-released Eagle, as well as the company’s advanced lines of dedicated software.
Industries as diverse as aircraft/aerospace, industrial and commercial machining, automotive manufacturing, medical/surgical equipment, 3D imaging, and more will all be represented during the 3-day event. Besides the chance to meet with industry experts, attendees will also enjoy the chance to participate in a variety of educational events, keynote addresses, new product presentations and other activities. All are designed to give your business a competitive advantage.
To learn more about Westec 2017, visit the show’s website at WestecOnline.com.
We hope to see you there!
Breton USA Celebrates Success at Amerimold 2017
posted on: Tuesday, August 1st, 2017
The Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois, was bustling this past June, as Breton USA participated in the 18th Annual Amerimold trade show. Each year, Amerimold brings together more than 200 leading suppliers and equipment manufacturers from the injection plastic mold manufacturing industry to showcase their products and services to some 3,000 attendees, who include owners, executives, engineers and managers from some of the country’s leading OEMs and contract manufacturers.
This year marked the first time Breton had participated in the two-day event, which is the largest of its kind in the Midwest. On hand to represent the company were Mr. Aldo Salvaneschi from Breton SpA in Italy and Mr. Daniel Rochowiak, National Sales Manager for Breton USA.
As interest in 5- and 6-axis machining centers continues to grow for both traditional fab shops as well as those involved in advanced contouring, shows like Amerimold provide a great opportunity for our sales team to introduce mold manufacturers from throughout the USA to our company’s advanced line of industry leading equipment, like the recently-released Breton Eagle.
A 5-axis, vertical, CNC milling and machining center specifically developed for work with composite materials, resins, aluminum and light alloys, the Eagle is the ideal solution for high-speed production of even the most complex jobs. Plus, its innovative design provides maximum work area flexibility, whether machining single pieces or as part of batch operations.
All of us at Breton USA and Breton SpA agree that Amerimold 2017 was a success, and we want to salute the event organizers for hosting this worthwhile event. We also want to send special thanks to all of our current and future customers who stopped by and visited our booth during the event.
For more questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We wish each of you continued success!
Preventive Maintenance – Suction Cup Systems
posted on: Friday, June 23rd, 2017
Breton CNC contouring and Optima bridge-saw machines offer advanced technology that allows operators to easily move and process stone pieces via one of three state-of-the-art suction cup systems. Providing regular maintenance on these systems, as detailed below, will help ensure optimum performance and durability for your Breton machine.
Breton’s Three Suction Cup Systems
- Vacuum Suction Cup System for bridge-saw machines (e.g., Smart-Cut Optima and Worthy Optima)
- Breton Robocup System (available in all CNC machines)
- Blick Suction Cup System (available in all CNC machines)
Why Regular Maintenance is Important
Regular maintenance of the suction cup system on your Breton CNC contouring and/or Optima bridge-saw machine can help prevent several key issues that may impact the performance of your machine. Consider the following:
- Maintaining the suction cup gaskets in good condition will prevent stone pieces from moving on the work table and helps retain the machine’s proper profile on the stone surface.
- Regular maintenance prevents the suction cups from sucking in and retaining water that can contaminate your machine’s vacuum system, including the vacuum pump, oil tank, and solenoid valves.
- Routine observation and maintenance of the TOP neoprene gasket on each suction cup assures a good grip for polishing stone surfaces.
- Monitoring the BOTTOM gasket on each suction cup helps properly secure the cups with the workbench.
Step-by-Step Maintenance for Breton Optima Vacuum Suction Cup Systems
- Turn the “Maintenance/Work” key selector switch to the “Maintenance” position.
- Press the “Safety Guards Lock/Release” key.
- Open the safety guards.
- Check for any wear on the vacuum pod gaskets.
- Replace if necessary.
Step-by-Step Maintenance for Breton Robocup and Blick Suction Cup Systems
- Breton USA recommends inspecting suction cups on these systems 1x/week to check for visible damage and/or wear.
- For maximum performance, the suction cups should lay flat on the workbench and stone slabs should lay flat on the suction cups.
- Regularly monitor the wear on gaskets. If there is any noticeable damage, do not hesitate to replace them – ideally once a year.
Additional Maintenance for Breton Robocup Systems
- Regularly examine the pushing pin for wear. If the pin is cracked or considerably reduced in size, it should be replaced.
- At least one time every two weeks, inspect the two small holes in the middle, circular section of the suction cups and spray a corrosion-resistant lubricant, such as WD40, in the holes. Then clean the holes with air pressure.
For further questions about maintenance on your Breton CNC contouring and/or Optima machine, please contact our Service Department at: Service@BretonUSA.com
Click here for a printable version of these Preventive Maintenance Instructions from Breton USA.
Client Spotlight: Marques Countertops
posted on: Friday, June 23rd, 2017
Breton USA Marketing Coordinator, Mrs. Karla Baez Ocasio, recently had the opportunity to talk with Mr. Christopher Marques, Owner of Marques Countertops, for an exclusive interview. Here is what Mr. Marques had to say about his experience owning Breton equipment for his fabrication shop, which is located in Chalmette, Louisiana.
Tell us about your company?
We have been in business now for 21 years and are primarily a custom countertop facility with middle to upper-end clients. Our costumes generally have wants and needs that go beyond typical countertop applications. They want waterfalls and other elements that have a little more character and a little more individuality, and they want materials like quartz and higher end marbles, and that sort of thing.
Because almost everything we do is with digital templates, it’s important for us to have the most precise machines out there. That is why use Breton. We use all of the Breton software and we trust the Breton equipment to manufacture things with precision. Plus, we can use the same system for all of the products we make.
So we love using Breton equipment. We love the software, and we are very, very happy with the process and the tools that we have at our finger tips to make it all happen. The equipment is easy to operate, and it makes it easy to deliver to our customers the quality that we promise them. I couldn’t be happier.
Who are some of the top clients you work with?
A lot of what we do is through designers, architects, kitchen and bath dealers, and contractors. But probably 90% of that work is with the same 20 people. So the expectation is set. We know what they want, and they know we can deliver the quality they need.
It makes business so much easier when you can develop those sort of wonderful relationships, where our customers don’t have to worry about what we are going to produce and what they are going to get. And I credit that all to the systems we have in place.
How long have you been a Breton USA customer?
To answer that question, let me first give you a little background. About 12 years ago, I was in the market for some new equipment, so I searched out some different manufacturers. At the time, I wanted to go with Breton, but I talked myself out of it and decided to go with a different company. But over the course of a couple of years, we soon realized that the equipment we had purchased from this other company was not going to last very long. There were more problems and bumps on the road than we cared to deal with on a daily basis. So we decided we were going to get rid of all of that equipment and replace it with new stuff.
That second time around I got with Gerry (Breton USA National Sales Manager, Mr. Gerry Van Der Bas), and there was no talking me out of it. We bought all Breton equipment within about an hour, and I’m not going to tell you this, we have never regretted it once. What really separates Breton apart is how they handle any problems and issues. They are very good about answering our calls, getting us parts, and walking us through issues and problems.
To this day, we could have a software issue come up and give them a call, and there is always someone there to answer the phone. They will walk us through the problem, and most of the time it’s just a matter of a few minutes before we are back up and running. While in the past, when I was with other companies, it often would take days or even weeks to fix even small problems.
In any manufacturing process there are going to be issues that come up, but having that kind of support really helps set Breton apart.
Did Breton USA honor the promises we made during the sales cycle?
Absolutely. There were things in the sale process that Gerry recommended we do, and we did them and they were good calls. For instance, he’d say, “You know I don’t think you really need that, you are just doing countertops. Instead of spending that money on such and such an accessory, I’d rather see you upgrade your software.” And he was right on target every time.
Even today, I’ll call Gerry or someone else at Breton to ask a question, and if they don’t know the answer they will put me in touch with someone who does.
How was the installation process?
We have a Contoubreton NC260 and a Smart-Cut 550 Optima bridge saw. It’s been five years now, but the installation process was very smooth. We received a binder with step-by-step instructions that covered everything in great detail. Installing equipment costs a lot of money, so you can get a little nervous, but with Breton I knew the entire time we were installing the machines that it was being done correctly and with precision.
How about the training you received from Breton USA?
Following installation, Breton USA made sure we were trained and could run the machines on our own before they left. We definitely used the support line for the first six months on a very regular basis, but they were always very helpful and able to answer our questions. In fact, it’s been a little long now, but I even think they sent a tech back out to do some follow up training at a later date, just to make sure everything was where it needed to be.
Do you think that your relationship with Breton USA has benefitted your clientele?
Yes. I think having Breton equipment has allowed us to do things that are very, very precise. And, for us, that’s important. We are very meticulous in everything what we do and how we do it. We want that precision and accuracy to show in our finished projects, and it does. Our customers appreciate that and they come back again and again because we can deliver above and beyond what our competitors are capable of doing.
Do you find that jobs are easier to get out the door now that you are automated with Breton?
Absolutely, I think the equipment is second to none. I don’t think there is a better line of equipment on the market.
We’d like to thank Christopher Marques for taking the time to talk with us and for sharing his experiences owning and operating Breton equipment. We wish him and his company continued success in the years ahead!
To learn more about Marques Countertops, click here.