Ficep Middle East is one of the 16 branches located all over the world that are part of Ficep Group

FABTECH Usa

This year, FICEP will once again participate at FABTECH in Chicago, the largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event in North America. Together with the staff of FICEP Corporation, we will showcase the latest innovations in the steel construction industry: in our booth we will present our VALIANT + KATANA automatic drilling and band sawing line for beams, our KRONOS thermal cutting and drilling system for plates, and XP punching and shearing line for angles.

Write to us now to schedule your visit and book your demo!

For more info on the show click here: https://www.fabtechexpo.com/

EMO

We are pleased to return to EMO, the world’s leading trade fair for production technology.

On our stand we will present the high-productivity disc saw for billets mod. S30 addressed to the forging sector; for the steel construction market we will have instead two big news: one is referred to our plate processing range TIPO G series, of which we will present a brand new model. The second news involves instead our single-spindle drilling range for profiles, which will be enriched with a new and unique product on the market!

Write to us now to plan your visit and book the demo to preview the new machines!

For more information about the show click here: https://emo-hannover.com/

CIIF

Ficep will participate to the 23rd China International Industry Fair. Our staff will be happy to present you the latest innovation in the steel construction sector and to show you how FICEP solutions can increase the productivity of your company.

Write to us now to plan your visit.

For more information about the conference click here: https://www.ciif-expo.com/home

CONSTRUMETAL

We look forward to seeing you at CONSTRUMETAL, the congress now in its ninth edition, dedicated to steel construction in South America. The focus of this edition is the promotion of modernisation, safety and production efficiency within the market.

Our staff will be happy to let you explore FICEP high productivity solutions for the steel construction sector.

Write to us now to plan your visit.

For more information about the conference click here: https://congressoconstrumetal.com.br/en/

FORJAMEX México

Also this year we will participate in the FORJAMEX conference, one of the most important events related to the forging industry in Mexico.

FICEP will participate to the conference together with the staff of FICEP MEXICO and will present the latest innovations in the forging industry to maximise companies’ productivity.

Write to us now to plan your visit.

For more information about the conference click here: https://www.forging.org/about/events/172

FICEP Intelligent Steel Fabrication

FICEP Invented the first automatic material handling systems in 1988 and have expanded their capabilities over hundreds of worldwide Installations.

That’s right; in 1988 FICEP installed the first integrated structural steel fabrication line with a fully automated material handling system. That was just the beginning as FICEP is the clear leader in automatic systems with hundreds of installations worldwide! During the past 35 years FICEP has drastically expanded the productivity of this automated comprehensive technology. This is the result of FICEP’s continuous devotion to industry leading developments in both software and hardware.

The Challenge

Since FICEP invented the first automated multi-spindle drilling line in 1965 there have been significant enhancements in drilling feed rates and positioning speeds of both the material being processed and the drill spindle axis performance. The process to increase the drill lines efficiency and eliminate non-productive cycles has perhaps plateaued for the moment with the sub-axis spindle positioning to enhance the “chip to chip” time.

FICEP’s focus, since it’s first fully automated material handling system in 1988, has been to enhance the efficiency of the material flow through the line.

The challenge was to increase the percentage of time that the work centers (sawing, drilling, scribing, coping, milling, thermal cutting and shot blasting) are actively engaged in processing and not waiting to start the next section.

How is the Optimum Layout Determined?

There are no two structural steel fabrications firm’s facilities that are identical. The combination of a plant’s layout, product mix, required processes and the needed throughput makes the challenge of designing the optimum layout unique. Actual past jobs of different types are downloaded to generate a specific productivity report based upon the type of contract.

Until FICEP developed “System Simulation” the engineering of a plant layout was typically based upon an interview process with the client. The goal was to try to achieve a layout that was the result of some educated guesses and assumptions. Today, FICEP uses proprietary software to evaluate how different job types and plant layouts can be simulated for a detailed productivity analysis.

Split work cells versus tandem systems, transfer tables capabilities/features and the material buffer zones sizes are just some of the variables that require evaluation.

“System Simulation” is a process where potential layouts are evaluated based upon the manpower requirements, capabilities, throughput and bottlenecks. Actual jobs and or sequences are imported into the PLM software that starts with material nesting and uses powerful algorithms to sequence the production in the most efficient fashion. Once the optimized workload is downloaded, the “System Simulator” shows the processing of the mults and finished parts in a 3D video mode to reflect the actual process times required to fabricate this production release. The “System Simulator” shows where bottlenecks develop and identifies work centers that can be underutilized waiting for material to fabricate. This innovative process enables different layout designs to be compared and further modified to determine which design achieves the maximum flexibility and productivity.

How does “System Simulation” enhance your daily productivity?

Once the preliminary shop loading for the structural steel fabricating line is determined, the software’s algorithms develop the optimum sequences of the selected production release. Prior to starting the actual production, the “System Simulation” can identify possible bottlenecks and any under utilized work centers. Once determined this innovative software can show how the systems total productivity can be increased by modifying or adding to the pending production release.

How does Intelligent Steel Fabrication function?

As the multed sections are loaded onto the line the material handler scans into the system the corresponding bar code from the cut list.

The sections are automatically positioned without an operator or attendant through the system. The path through the line or routing to the appropriate work cells is based upon the required processes and the optimum utilization of the systems capabilities. As a mult or cut part enters each work cell the stock length is verified and the appropriate CNC program is automatically selected to process the required objectives.

Benefits

The benefits of “Intelligent Steel Fabrication” are numerous and cost effective. Most of the systems sold and installed by FICEP today feature “Intelligent Steel Fabrication” capability, as the benefits are extensive and easily justifiable as this automation cost represents a minimal investment as a percentage of the total systems cost.

Benefits Summary

  • Reduction in skill level in the workshop

  • Increased efficiency (loading/unloading/scrap handling done in masked time)

  • Less hours required per ton (human down times goes to zero for manual handling)

  • Production gains (gains from 30 to 50% just for automation in the handling)

  • Fewer mistakes (auto ID) of the beam types and size all areas are managed

  • Added value to process more efficiently

  • Positive bottom line

System Sequences

  1. Sections are automatically nesting to maximize material utilization.

  2. Data entry in conjunction with material loading is implemented with bar coding to eliminate possible mistakes.

  3. There is no need for an operator to select the proper program to process the part loaded into the infeed conveyor.

  4. The stock length is automatically verified.

  5. Material routing is performed in the most efficient manner and without any human involvement.

  6. Loss of time for an operator to organize and move material through the system is eliminated. All material functions occur in masked time while the work centers are performing the required processes.

  7. Efficiency and productivity is paramount with the system. For example, multiple parts are automatically loaded onto the infeed conveyor of the blaster with the proper spacing between sections to take full advantage of the shot blast pattern.

  8. Multiple operators that are required to drive a manual material handling system’s productivity are eliminated and replaced with a single attendant. Typically the attendant has time to perform the loading and unloading on and off of the system.

  9. As the process proceeds, Intelligent Steel Fabrication has 4-D capability to upload the production process back to the 3-D model to graphically show the real time status of the individual sections in the model.

  10. Production data can also be viewed on a Smart Phone in real time.

Take the opportunity to learn more about today’s features and benefits of FICEP’s Intelligent Steel Fabrication!

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