Plates thermal cutting, drilling and milling


9 axes sections thermal coping


High performance sections multi-spindle drilling, sawing and thermal cutting

Over the years, the service center industry has evolved from warehousing and selling steel to focus on the concept of value added products. The approach of selling steel to clients with some fabrication operations already completed has continued to grow so service centers can differentiate their product offering from that of their competitors.

Initially this entailed cutting material to size primarily with saws and plate burning systems. From this basic beginning the service center industry started to offer parts cut to length with holes (punched or drilled), notched, marked, with weld prep that was thermally generated or milled for example.

The comprehensive nature of the Ficep product line for the fabrication of structural steel shapes and plates has become the preferred solution of service centers around the globe.

The single source solution of Ficep, for diverse automated equipment with fully integrated production software, gives service centers their competitive edge.

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GEMINI - Automatic gantry CNC drilling, milling and thermal cutting systems for large plates

The gantry style Gemini plate processors deliver unique fabrication capabilities in one work center.

When it comes to plate processing, the Gemini incorporates such plate fabrication operations, with one or two independent spindles, as drilling, milling, scribing, countersinking and more.

The Gemini’s spindle or spindles, each features sub-axis spindle positioning. This design permits typical hole patters to be drilled without the need to un-clamp the material, reposition the gantry and then re-clamp the plate after each operation. This feature is ideal also for such other operations as milling where the plate can be rigidly clamped during milling.

The Gemini can also be equipped with multiple oxy-fuel and plasma torches for both straight and bevel thermal cutting operations.

In plate processing applications that do not require milling Ficep’s Kronos maybe the right solution for your firm.

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NOZOMI - Automatic 9 axes CNC thermal coping robot

Ficep has taken advantage of Hypertherms “True Hole” technology by incorporating this with Fanuc robotics. These two technologies have been incorporated with Ficep’s software and rack and pinion material positioning for the efficient thermal cutting of structural steel members.

This marriage of technologies enables such typical operations on structural steel to produce bolt holes, copes, flange thinning, cutoff, weld prep, mechanical openings and more. The torch can also be used for marking and layout on all four surfaces. Ficep’s software can automatically identify and extract all the required intersections of mating sections and perform layout marks at these locations. In addition to layout, the software will generate the program to produce the part number of the mating member, its orientation mark and the required welding symbol.

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VALIANT - Automatic CNC drilling, drilling & band sawing, drilling & coping lines for sections

The Valiant CNC drilling line features unique capabilities when fabricating structural steel.

The Valiant represents the latest evolution in our drill line range and is joined with the Orient and Vanguard drilling lines from Ficep.

This product line is a new three-spindle system for the processing of the complete range of rolled structural steel shapes. These new models are the result of the constant commitment by our Engineering Team in addressing the requirements of the world’s structural steel fabricators. In addition to the many industry leading innovative designs and features of the other structural steel drilling lines in our range, the Valiant incorporates several additional unique features and benefits, as described here below.

• Sub-axis spindle positioning on all three spindles
• Diverse milling capabilities include for example weld prep, rat holes, copes, flange thinning, large holes, mechanical openings and more
• Scribe on four sides simultaneously.
• 14 positioin tool changer for each spindle
• It can be integrated in tandem with a Ficep saw or robot for thermal cutting

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