FICEP Innovation Series Archives
Milestone developments by the FICEP engineering team to enhance industries productivity.

FICEP Innovation Series

As a family business, founded in 1930, we believe success is based upon innovation through the continuous understanding and improvement of our own and our customers' value streams. This philosophy of always being the industry's innovator has translated into unprecedented growth to become the largest machine tool manufacturer of structural steel and plate fabrication equipment in the world today. The graphic below illustrates our focus and commitment to our business partners.

In the 40's we started to extend our innovative technology to the area of machine tools for the fabrication of structural steel - first in the area of mechanical ironworkers and later in the 60's into the area of automated drill, saw and angle lines.

This technology, the first available to the industry, is keeping with our commitment to be the first with innovative new processes for our business partners.

The article, Reinventing Construction Through a Productivity Revolution by McKinsey best states the productivity challenge that our industry faces when compared to the general manufacturing sector of our economy. The basis of this report highlights why it is essential that our mission must be to drive innovation to levels never previously thought to be attainable.

The FICEP inventions explained below are significant firsts, but as you can conclude from the McKinsey article, we are just scratching the surface. Thus our corporate commitment to our partners is to constantly reinvest our profits back into product development to help promote the competiveness of structural steel as well as their businesses.

Listed below are just some on the many innovative industry firsts that have been engineered by FICEP to strengthen the competitiveness of our business partners.

Maximizing the Plate Fabrication Efficiency of Your Facility

Most firms today are faced with the common challenge of trying to gain maximum use of their existing facility to achieve enhanced productivity. Typically, the greatest potential to increase productivity rests with a plant's layout to minimize the required material handling steps and duration.
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Review of Drill Line Systems Designs

Structural steel drill line productivity has been debated by fabricators and machine tool manufacturers as firms started to enter this market after FICEP introduced the first one pass drilling line to the industry in the early 60's.
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Direct Drive Presses: Working with the right energy

Ficep meets the requirements of the forging sector with a range of products that makes use of all the necessary technologies for the development of a complete line, from the cutting of the bars up to the hot forging presses. The flagship of the range is represented by the Direct Drive presses (DD).
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Evaluating Plate Processor Design

The creative nature of machine tool manufacturers has, over time, attacked the fabrication of plate components or parts with different approaches and characteristics.
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DIECI SRL Installs One and Done Plate Fabrication Capability from FICEP

The firm of Fratelli Dieci was founded in 1962 by the Dieci family. During the initial years of the firm the three Dieci brothers grew the product line to include precast, multiple diverse mobile vehicles with telescopic arms and cement mixer trucks. The firm continued under the ownership of the Dieci family until September 1st 1997.
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NEWS_06-2020_Done-in-one.pdf

"Done in One" for the CNC Machining World and in the Fabrication of Structural Steel and Plate

Regardless of where you travel in the world today, Industry 4.0 is the buzzword that is cast about as all industries try to explore how they can enhance their competitive edge. Many countries in the world today predict that this new industrial revolution will reduce manual labor by up to 40% in the next 10-15 years. This strongly indicates that the change in productivity in the next few years is not a wave but rather a tsunami!
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NEWS_05-2020_Fabrimet.pdf

Fabrimet Inc. Continues to Endorse FICEP's Innovative Labor Saving Technology!

In the town of Drummondville, Quebec which was founded in 1815 to house the British in their battle against the Americans in the War of 1812, is where an enterprising and inventive young man by the name of Georges Guerette with his son Gilbert founded the company Guerette Machine Shop in 1944. As Gilbert had seven children he needed to generate some aggressive growth to provide for his family going forward thus he grew the initial company into three diverse divisions under the name of General Manufacturing Company...
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NEWS_04-2020_Scribing.pdf

The History of Scribing

Beam lines (punching and drilling), when introduced to the structural steel fabrication industry, drastically reduced a fabricator's cost per ton. The cost reduction was realized by the elimination of the layout associated with the required holes and in the process also reduced some of the material handling.
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NEWS_03-2020_Temsan.pdf

The company TEMSAN Inc. in Kuwait updated their total plate fabrication capability with FICEP

Temsan Inc., located in Turkey, was founded in 1972 and has built their business over the years by expanding their focus to include multiple aspects of diverse steel fabrication projects. The comprehensive approach implemented by Temsan Inc., as part of their business plan, includes the full scope of construction project activities ranging from design, production, installation, testing and commissioning.
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NEWS_02-2020_Lean_Manufacturing.pdf

How Does FICEP Manufacture Over 100 CNC Different Fabrication Lines in a Cost Effective Manner? Lean Manufacturing

Since their founding in1930 FICEP has built their reputation as the world's most dominant and largest manufacturer of CNC fabrication lines for plate and structural steel. Their global strategy and reason for their worldwide dominance is centered on developing the most innovative and cost effective solution for each unique market. The ideal solution in one market could be a single spindle drilling line where a different market requires a multiple spindle drilling line that also provides scribing and milling capability.
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Structural Steel Carbide Drilling

Structural Steel Carbide Drilling

In conjunction with HMB, FICEP innovated high performance drilling of structural steel in the 90's using carbide technology for feed rates of up to 48" (1200 mm) per minute.
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Direct Drive Spindle Technology

Sub Axis Drill Spindle Positioning

FICEP invented and patented the innovation of incorporating sub axis positioning for each spindle in a drilling line for performing multiple operations and functions. This innovation permitted spindle utilization on all three faces of a structural steel section simultaneously even when they do not share the same length axis.
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FICEP Endeavor Drilling Line

FICEP's Endeavor Drilling Line

FICEP, using the capability of drill spindles with a sub axis positioning, innovated diverse milling routines to expand the versatility of their drilling lines for structural steel.
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Intelligent Steel Fabrication

Intelligent Steel Fabrication

In 2002 FICEP introduced to the industry the first fully automatic system that later became known as Intelligent Steel Fabrication. This innovative technology eliminated the need for an operator to operate and coordinate the material handling system to the respective CNC lines.
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>Mechanical Drill Spindle Feed

Mechanical Drill Spindle Feed

FICEP pioneered the innovation of ball screw spindle feed system for carbide drilling of structural steel some 25 years before the competition started to abandon hydraulic feed of drilling spindles.
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Multi-Tasking CNC Technology

Multi-Tasking CNC Technology

Multitasking CNC Technology was engineered and introduced to the market by FICEP for production cell innovation using the concept of tandem sawing/thermal cutting with drilling.
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FICEP's Girder Gantry Drill

FICEP's Girder Gantry Drill

The traditional method to fabricate bridge girders was to manually layout the girder, use portable drills to generate the holes as part of the lay down process to confirm accuracy. In 2009 FICEP developed new technology to eliminate the manual labor, the lay down process and free up vast shop space.
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Integrated Software Solutions

Integrated Software Solutions

FICEP started in 1985 the development of a platform of integrated software solutions that automates the processes from the 3D model to the completion of the fabrication process.
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