Barreto Manufacturing is proudly made in the USA, and over 95% of our manufactured parts and components are fabricated in house. In this article, we are going to give a bit of insight on how we build Barreto equipment.
One of the first steps our material takes on its journey to becoming a quality machine is the Laser Department. This process was implemented five years ago with the introduction of a 4kW Co2 Laser. This exciting new piece of equipment replaced our plasma cutter, allowing us to begin streamlining our cutting process and keep up with the increasing demand for our machines.
Fast forward a few years and we upgraded from the old workhorse Co2 laser to two fiber optic lasers. Fiber optic lasers are a faster, more efficient, and energy reducing solution, utilizing fiber optic cables instead of mirrors to effectively transmit the beam. They are able to cut up to 1” material at speeds ranging from 28 in/min up to 2,000 in/min, handling just about any project we can throw at them. Featuring an auto loading system, the lasers are able to run independently, even overnight, providing an increase in production and allowing our operators to expand and diversify their workload.
State of the art technology has also provided further freedom and efficiency in our engineering department. The accuracy in which the parts are laser cut eliminates the need for fine tuning by hand and allows for more flexibility in design. It has also allowed us to further utilize our robotics department (more on that department later!). All of these things combined allow us to keep up to date with the Barreto standard: “Innovative Equipment Engineered to Last”.
A portion of the parts will move from the laser to the press break where material is bent using anywhere from 60 to 190 tons of force with startling accuracy. While the machines have advanced technologically, the press break has always had a home at Barreto Manufacturing. In fact, our first press break was built by Greg Barreto himself and was still in operation at our manufacturing plant until it found a new home in 2015.
The laser department is just the first step on our manufacturing journey. To learn more about what it takes to be Built Barreto Tough, please subscribe to our blog.