After 60 years, Buffoli continues believing
and giving life to customers' dreams.
Buffoli celebrates its
60-year anniversary in 2018,
commemorating years of
creative ideas, innovative
designs, and quality solutions.
Buffoli was established in 1958,
but its reputation for quality proceeds
to 1952 when Mario Buffoli founded
an engineering office in Brescia.
Over the years, Buffoli has grown
into a complete manufacturing
facility for precision equipment,
always using the latest technology
in order to service a wide
variety of industries.
1952 Engineering Office of Dr. Eng. Mario Buffoli opened in Brescia.
1958 Mechanical Workshop was established in Brescia
Our history as a transfer machine manufacturer began in 1958 with the model TD, a compact linear transfer machine produced until 1972 with over 200 units installed all over the world (including Korea and Japan). Since the early 60's the company has shown a strong affinity for international export, thanks to technological solutions and to excellent quality, reliability and productivity (2000 parts/hour was a remarkable achievement in the 60's).
1961 First Linear Transfer machine
1970 First machine in Asia (Japan)
1972 First Horizontal axis machine Multi-Way TR
In 1972 Buffoli introduced the precision
rotary transfer machine, equipped with double wall frame, pressurized turrets and chucks, Hirth crowns for the turret positioning, and oleodinamic command (instead of pneumatic).
The model 2D, presented at the Milan exhibition of 1972, presented a turret rotation time lower than one second, achieved through a turret rotation system actuated through sinusoidal acceleration/deceleration by means of a connecting rod-crank mechanism driven by hydraulic control. This turret, whose rotation was actuated through hydraulic-pneumatic thrust, was far more reliable than other solutions at that time. Buffoli’s rotating turrets have demonstrated the remarkable ability to maintain a cycle time lower than one second, even after working 24 hours per day for more than 20 years.
1974 First Vertical axis machine with suspended table Multi-Way TG
In 1974 Buffoli was the first to introduce the vertical axis suspended table.
1976 First 4-Direction machine Multi-Way 4D-TG
In this year Buffoli manufactured the first universal 4-Direction machine
able to execute machining in any direction inside 360° and able to work a variety of different parts (today Buffoli owns several patents for precision MULTI-WAY machines which give machining access from up to 4 directions in only one clamping without chuck indexing, and up to 6 directions when using precision chuck indexing)
1979 First Double production machine Trans-Double TRD
1979 New Building in Via Stretta 40 Brescia
In 1979 Buffoli moved to Via Stretta in Brescia where the main facility remains today. Several expansions have been completed, and a new expansion is programmed for 2019.
1981 Transformation into Buffoli Transfer SpA & Buffoli Aut. Ind. Sas
1981 First Bar machine Trans-Bar TRB
In 1981 Buffoli manufactured the first bar machine, known as the TRANS-BAR cnc flex. In the same year, Buffoli installed the first double-bar version in the USA. Buffoli remains the world leader in double-bar machines, whose productivity can reach up to 4 times that of a multi-spindle lathe, while obtaining changover times of 60-90 minutes. (Chip-to-chip)
1982 First Double Bar machine Trans-Bar-Double TRDB
1982 First machine in North America (USA)
1984 First Indexing Fixture machine for 5-sided machining
In 1984 Buffoli introduced the first 5-direction Transfer machine.
The machine was equipped with rotating fixtures and was installed at TRW to produce completely finished steering housings.
1984 First machine with Rotating Part Turning (lathe station)
1985 First machine with Numerical Control
In 1985 Buffoli introduced the first transfer machine with central thrust CNC-controlled ball screw spindle. This robust, patented spindle was designed for heavy or exceptionally-accurate machining. The superior rigidity of this spindle made it suitable for high-speed rotating tools, while its compactness allowed it to be easily installed on inclined slides. In the same year Buffoli introduced the first CNC multi-center machine, which began the era of flexibility.
1985 First FMC/FMS Tri-Center (i.e. 3 NC machining centers around a rotary table)
In the same year Buffoli introduced the first CNC multi-center machine, beginning the era of flexibility.
1985 First line of connected machines
1987 Establishing of Buffoli Inc. in USA with a local partner in Rhode Island
1990 First machine with Buffoli CNC
In 1990 Buffoli designed and developed its own multi-processor CNC, specifically designed for the control of parallel processes. This advanced control has been installed on all Buffoli machines since 1993.
1993 Multi-Processing CNC
In 1993 Buffoli introduced its own multi-processing CNC.
1994 First CNC Indexing Chuck machine
1996 Buffoli joined UCIMU (Association of Italian Manufacturer of Machine Tools)
1999 Buffoli North America trademark registration
2001 First Trans-N-Center Fast (Rotary Transfer machine with 3-axis 3-tool machining centers)
2001 First Omni-Turn (Rotary Transfer machine with multiple lathes)
Every patent is a prize to our passion. In 2001 two new patents were registered: the Omni-Turn, which merges a rotary table with multiple lathes, and the Multi-Process Module.
2005 First 5-axis Torque Motor machine Omni-Flex Quattro
2005 Establishing of a second facility (Buffoli Service in Flero)
2006 First Buffoli CNC with Siemens drive in Profinet (digital real time bus)
2006 First Rotary machine with automatic Tool Changers Trans-N-Center MAXI
In 2006 Buffoli realizes the dream of flexibility: the automatic tool changer for the transfer machine is patented.
2007 Buffoli patents the Trans-Bar Double Clamp, a new version with opposing collets
2008 First Rotary machine with continuous rotating fixtures
2008 Direct presence in the USA (in Hudson since 2010)
2009 Buffoli won the international Award of Mechanical Engineering (Transfer Machines - Innovation)
2013 First FMC/FMS with 5-axis
2013 First Shaft machine Mill-N-Turn
2016 A new type of linear machine is born Linear-Flex
2017 First Coil machine Trans-Coil TRC-20
New machines: the Trans-Coil, the Mill-N-Turn, the Verti-Center and the Linear-Flex spring Buffoli into the future.