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Ficep reconfirms its presence again for 2023 at the NASCC exhibition in Charlotte (North Carolina) USA. We are pleased to welcome you inside our booth together with the staff of FICEP CORP and show you live our drilling line for plates P27E .
The P series includes automatic drilling as well as punching lines for plates up to 80mm thick. The P27E ensures high machining accuracy and reliability over time and can perform drilling, tapping, scribing and marking operations.

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We invite you to EXPOMIN exhibition in Santiago (Chile), the largest mining show in Latin America. The trade show is consolidated as a space that promotes the transfer of knowledge, experiences and especially the offer of technologies that contribute to innovation and increase the productivity of mining processes.

Visit our stand to discover the diverse Ficep solutions addressed to the mining sector.

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Since its founding in 1989, the China International Machine Tool Show – CIMT – is China’s most prestigious machine tool exhibition and brings together the most advanced products and in the field of machine tools and tooling.
Ficep together with the staff of Ficep Hong Kong subsidiary will be on hand to show you all the innovative solutions related to the steel construction industry.

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CUTTING WORLD is a unique event: it is the only specialized exhibition that focuses on the entire cutting process chain. For this reason, FICEP could only be present. Inside our booth we will show you, together with the staff of Ficep DE, the latest solutions related to the steel construction industry.

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We invite you to the VTM Summit to be held in 2023 at the Odense Convention Center in Denmark. The focus of this exhibition is the “iSMART” concept, an integration of AM (Additive Manufacturing) and SMART Manufacturing, where innovative solutions, tool manufacturing, automation, and advanced technology meet.

Ficep staff with our local representative IP Maskiner will be on hand to show you high-productivity solutions for the steel construction industry.

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Speed, safety and process reliability: the advantages of a robotic automatic pieces unloading system

Flexibility and productivity are two important subjects for the manufacturers specially nowadays when the energy cost and the raw material availability are often hard to be managed. Ficep faced these themes many times offering different solutions depending on the customers’ needs: contractors, earth moving machines constructors, ship builders, steel fabricators, etc.

Gemini, for example, is a plate drilling and cutting system which can host different technologies, such as:

  • Thermal cutting (plasma with straight or bevel heads and oxy);

  • Marking;

  • Drilling;

  • Tapping;

  • Milling.

The positioning of the plates on the working bench (typically carried out by crane) and above all the unloading of the processed pieces, still represent an issue. The unloading operation is usually done manually directly from the bench or thanks to big magnets which collect groups of pieces, to be picked and organized manually on the floor. The possibility to improve this activity, making it quicker and safer, has always been subject to the market requests and to the machine tool manufactures’ analysis.

Automatic unloading robot

Since the parts processed on the Gemini have different size and weight (within the same plate or on different plates), it’s imperative to find an efficient but flexible solution. The first Ficep prototype of robotic system to unload the processed pieces is the result of a specific customer’s request.

Gemini is made of one working bench and two parallel rails which the gantry slides on. Often the system is configured with two gantry machines: Gemini can be combined with one Kronos. The first one performs all the mechanical operations such us drilling, milling, tapping, chamfering etc, while the second carries out the thermal cutting. On the rails, as alternative to the Kronos, it is possible to install the robotic system for pieces unloading.

Once Gemini ends the working cycle of a plate, it moves to the second plate so that the robot can start the unloading activity on the first one without interfering with the Gemini operations. For this reason the working stations must be at least two (one for the working cycle and one for the unloading) or more, up to a maximum of eight stations.

The picking element is made of two pneumatic-magnetic systems which can symmetrically converge or diverge with respect to the arm center to change the dimension of the picking point. In this way the system is able to pick both small or large and heavy pieces: it is also possible to adjust the magnetic level of the picking element according to the characteristics of the piece to be handled.

The operating software

Although the Gemini and the robotic system are two different machines, they exchange the data to optimize their activities: the position of the piece within the working bench is already known in the software. Gemini in fact is previously checking the exact position of the plate, which is usually not perfectly aligned with the working bench, and the software is rotating and adjusting the program accordingly. This information is very useful also for the robot software in order to program its working cycle.

The whole cycle is therefore based on the information coming from the nesting realized with Steel Projects software, Ficep software house, which uses these data to program the automatic unloading with the robot.
Piece type, position on the bench, weight, barycenter and other data are collected by a software specifically developed to generate the pieces unloading program.
The software also identifies the shape and dimension of the part to define the best picking point.

The unloading can be managed and organized in different ways, for example by properly palletizing the components according to specific criteria.
The pallets are positioned in specific areas and are managed by sensors. They can be moved manually or through AGV. It’s also possible to stockpile the empty pallets: once the first pallet is full and removed, the software automatically recognizes the different height of the new unloading level of the second pallet.

The use of a robotic system with anti-collision devices and photocells to remove the processed pieces from the working bench instead of the manual unloading by the operator allows to highly improve the overall safety of the system.


We have the pleasure to invite you to visit our booth at MECSPE exhibition, the reference exhibition for the manufacturing industry, which will be held in Bologna from March 29th to 31st.

The path within the 13 synergistic halls of MECSPE, will be an important opportunity for visitors and exhibitors to learn about the main technological innovations in the field of industrial processes.

Ficep Spa will be at your disposal to give you all the information about our forging production range, and to show you in person the S30 high-performance disc saw for bars.

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World Smart Energy Week – Wind Expo

Ficep Spa is pleased to invite you to World Smart Energy Week. The exhibition will take place at Tokyo Big Sight Exhibition Center from March 15 to 17 and brings together a full range of renewable energy technologies such as hydrogen and fuel cells, solar energy, rechargeable batteries, smart grids, wind power, biomass, and zero thermal power generation.

Our staff will be at your disposal to give you all the information about our production range and our solutions for the plates edge preparation dedicated to the wind energy sector.

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The Fair of Metal Sheet Processing and Cutting STOM-BLECH & CUTTING has been confirmed once again as the most important exhibition in Poland that gathers supreme quality machines manufacturers and all the relevant players for the steel constuction industry.

Here you will have the chance to assist to live demos on our automatic CNC single spindle drilling line Excalibur and to discover all the latest news in our production range!

Excalibur is a revolutionary single spindle drilling line for structural steel flats and shaped profiles in half the floor space of conventional drilling lines:

• Automated drilling, scribing, milling, tapping, countersinking and more
• Sub-axis spindle positioning for enhanced productivity and capability
• Automatic tool changer to facilitate different applications

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We are pleased to invite you to visit our booth at the 6th Vietnam Onshore Offshore Wind and Energy Storage Summit, which will be held at the InterContinental Hotel in Hanoi.
During the summit, outstanding spearkers will discuss about the different themes of renewable energy sources.
At our booth, our staff will explain you why FICEP can become your ideal partner to satisfy the various production needs in the wind sector.

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We are pleased to invite you to visit our booth in Steefab!
This all in one event focuses on a wide spectrum of industrial segments, with a special focus on machine tools, welding and cutting. In fact, keeping up with this fast evolution will be crucial for all the metal fabrication industries.
We are ready to partner you in all your future challenges!

Don’t miss the chance to visit our stand, our sales staff will introduce the latest news in our production range!

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FICEP’s girder gantry drill revolutionizes the bridge fabrication process

The traditional method to fabricate bridge girders can be described as follows:

  • Manual layout of the holes.
  • Use magnetic drills to generate holes at one end of the girder.
  • Bolt up the connection plates.
  • Bring the next girder in the line and manually position it to the girder that now has the connection holes drilled and connection plate bolted into position.
  • Once the two girders are properly aligned, manually drill the connection holes at the one end of the second girder.
  • Once the connection holes are made in the one end of girder #2, remove girder #1.
  • Move girder #2 to the previous position of girder #1.
  • Proceed to manually layout the second end of girder #2.
  • After drilling the second end of girder #2 and bolting on the connection plates, manually position girder #3.
  • Continue the process described above for the remainder of the girders in the bridge.

As one can imagine, the above process commits tremendous shop space and up to 50+ man-hours for each connection. This traditional method of bridge girder fabrication has historically represented the universal practice in bridge shops around the world.

No machine tool builder had even considered to attack this process with a more productive solution until FICEP accepted the challenge in 2009. This challenge to implement new technology is indicative of FICEP’s commitment to drive innovation. Currently, FICEP offers the only solution to automate this process and eliminate the manual labor associated with girder fabrication.

How did FICEP do it?

FICEP pulled from existing developments and integrated this with leading edge technology to address the challenges and created NEW processes as follows:

  • As part of the task was to reduce the shop space required and girders can extend up to 50meters (150+ ft.), they engineered a gantry solution. As the girder remains stationary and the drill moves, this approach reduced the total length of the CNC system to essentially the length of the maximum girder to be processed.
  • Girders are engineered typically with extensive camber and sweep plus they are not always dimensioned as drawn.
  • The FICEP girder gantry drill does not have a machine datum so it is not necessary to try to manually position a 50 meter (150 ft.) long girder up to some mechanical zero points.
  • Once the CNC process is initiated, laser technology is used to probe the physical locations of the entire girder so the software can establish the required zero points. As there is a tolerance associated with the girder after welding the zero points that are established are unique to each specific girder that is to be processed.
  • After the laser scanning cycle is completed, the three-spindle gantry drill starts to drill the required holes based upon the physical locations of the established zero points of the specific girder that is being processed.
  • More often than not, holes in the flanges and the web do not share the same length coordinates as the web holes are generally skewed, for example, so each web hole has a different length coordinate. Even if holes share the same length coordinate in two of the surfaces, the girder is probably not positioned parallel to the travel of the gantry.

In order to increase the productivity of the Endeavor girder gantry drill, FICEP’s unique solution was for each spindle to have its own sub axis. This design permits the gantry drill to generate holes in all three faces of the girder even if the holes are not aligned.

The web spindle of the FICEP girder gantry can also rotate up to 90° in each direction to be able to perform end milling.

Since the girder is stationary and the spindles have their own independent sub axis, they can also perform the milling of weld preparation at aggressive rates as each spindle is driven by a 31 KW (41 HP) “Direct Drive” so the full motors power is what is being delivered to the tool. There is no loss of power as this is “Direct Drive” and it does not require a gearbox that diminishes the power delivered to the tool.

The extremely large processing envelop, in conjunction with not having a fixed datum, permits large unique weldments to be laser probed and processed.

The Endeavor Girder Gantry drill represents another innovative FICEP first to assist our business partners compete with alternative materials such as concrete.

FICEP “Intelligent Steel Fabrication”

In 1988 FICEP invented ed 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 30 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 drill saw system with sub-axis spindle positioning
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.

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
System sequences

  • Sections are automatically nested to maximize material utilization.
  • Data entry in conjunction with material loading is implemented with bar coding to eliminate possible mistakes.
  • There is no need for an operator to select the proper program to process the part loaded into the in feed conveyor.
  • The stock length is automatically verified.
  • Material routing is performed in the most efficient manner and without any human involvement.
  • 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.
  • Efficiency and productivity is paramount with the system. For example, multiple parts are automatically loaded onto the in feed conveyor of the blaster with the proper spacing between sections to take full advantage of the shot blast pattern.
  • 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.
  •  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.
  • Production data can also be viewed on a Smart Phone in real time. 

Direct Drive Spindle Technology

The drilling of structural steel traditionally incorporated a drill spindle gearbox to reduce the spindle’s RPM’s and increase the torque for the specified requirement. With some hydraulic spindle designs, it was also employed to develop a different RPM range for each spindle of a three-spindle configuration.

The three-spindle configuration is still offered by some manufacturers today to be able to offer up to three different diameters. Unfortunately, the speed range in each spindle is not capable of covering from the minimum to the maximum range. The end result is that some tools cannot be operated at the desired RPM range as stated by the tooling manufacturer because of this spindle RPM range limitation.

Today’s current tooling can require up to 5,000 RPM to achieve the designed performance. Spindles with a gearbox to achieve high spindle RPM’s traditionally require some type of internal cooling system to dissipate the heat generated at this level of rotation.

As the capabilities of spindle drives were expanded, FICEP was able to use a single spindle design, with an automatic tool changer to process different hole sizes. This spindle design could perform the complete RPM range to accommodate diverse tooling specifications.

In 1998 FICEP introduced in their forging products division a direct drive, fully programmable motor. In 2009 this same direct drive spindle technology was incorporated into the drilling product lines at FICEP.

This industry first by FICEP translated into many unique advantages for the fabricator:

  1. Since the gearbox was eliminated, RPM’s of up to 5,000 could be achieved without concern for spindle heat generation and the requirement for a water-cooled spindle.
  2. The elimination of multiple gears, bearing and seals virtually eliminates typical maintenance.
  3. Greater efficiency. One hundred percent (100%) of the horsepower of the motor is what is delivered to the cutting edges of the tool. It is not like a car where a mechanical transmission greatly reduces the power delivered to the wheels, for example.

Offering to the industry the first “Direct Drive” drill spindle is just another example of FICEP’s innovative engineering team’s commitment to our clients!


Ficep will be present with its own booth at EUROBLECH show which will take place in Hannover from 25th to 28th October.

Our staff will be at your complete disposal to show you all the news in our production range, and particularly you will have the chance to see first hand our CNC system for plates thermal cutting and drilling, and our new 9-axes articulated robot NOZOMI.

Moreover, every day we will organize live demo from our Showroom in Gazzada (Italy) to introduce to you our full range!

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We are pleased to invite you to visit our booth at FABTECH show which will take place in Atlanta from 8th to 10th November.

Ficep Italy together with our US subsidiary Ficep Corporation will be at your disposal to give you all the required information about our production range, and to show you first hand some of our most demanded systems for the processing of plates and profiles for the steel fabrication industry:

  • CNC system for plates thermal cutting and drilling KRONOS
  • Monospindle CNC drilling line for profiles EXCALIBUR
  • Angle punching and shearing line A204
  • Plate drilling and marking line P27E

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Our partner for the Portuguese market DNC TECNICA will be one of th exhibitors at MOLDPLAS show in Batalha.

The show is particularly addresssed to molds and plastic industries, but it also leaves high consideration to other sectors and technologies.

Ficep will be therefore present on our parner booth to give you all the required information on our full production range.

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Ficep will be present with its own booth at the biannual appointment with BIMU, the main and most important Italian exhibition dedicated to the industry of machine tools manufacturing, which will take place in Milan (Italy) from 12th to 15th October.

Our staff will be at your complete disposal to show you all the news in our range of machines either for the steel fabrication and for the forging industry.

Particularly you will have the chance to see first hand our CNC system for plates thermal cutting and drilling, and our Automatic disc saw for bars S56.

Moreover, from Wednesday to Friday we will organize live demo from our Showroom in Gazzada (Italy) to introduce to you our full range!

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Come to visit our booth at METAL MADRID show which will take place in Madrid on 19th and 20th October.

Ficep Italy together with our subsidiary Ficep Iberica will be at your complete disposal to introduce to you our full production range, and all our latest news for the steel fabrication and forging industries.

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We are pleased to invite you to visit our booth #A104 in hall #4 at IMTEX FORMING 2022!

Imtex is a significant international exhibition for India and South East Asia markets. We are proud to be present with our staffs from FICEP INDIA office, our partners Pradman Engineering Services and Kalyan Consulting to introduce to our guests all our technologically innovative products and applications both for the Steel Construction and Forging Industries.

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BIEMH will hold its 31st edition with an unprecedented range of technology on offer.
In fact this will be the most ambitious edition in terms of technology, solutions and exhibiting area: leading companies in the fields of machinery, process automation, tools and components will showcase their most innovative solutions, materials and processes to professionals from over 50 countries!

We are therefore pleased to invite you to visit our booth D02 in hall 5!
Our staff will be at your disposal to introduce you to all the news in our production lines for the steel construction and forging sectors.
In our booth you will have the chance to attend to live demo on the exhibited machines:

  • New working center ENERGY for plate edge milling
  • Automatic gantry system KRONOS for plates


It’s good to be back again at MACH in Birmigham!

MACH is the outstanding showcase for advances in the manufacturing industry brought to you by the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA), a UK based trade association dealing specifically with engineering based manufacturing. It is a biennial exhibition which brings together all the best innovations and latest developments to come from the manufacturing technologies sectors under one roof.

Visit our stand to hear more about all the news about our production range.



NASCC: The Steel Conference is the premier educational and networking event for the structural steel industry, bringing together structural engineers, structural steel fabricators, erectors, detailers, and architects. The Steel Conference offers great opportunities, seminars and specific workshops.

Will be nice to meet you all again at our stand #600, where together with FICEP Corporation will present our latests news!


Mactech is one of the reference exhibition in the Middle East: it brings together buyers, sellers and end-users.
Mactech 2021 in particular will have a various range of the latest machineries exhibited with the opportunity to provide direct contact with wordlwide leading producers.

Don’t miss the chance to visit our stand, our sales staff will introduce all the latest news in our production range!

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