Back in 2004, the steel industry was demanding new advances in technology. Italian machinery provider, Ficep decided to adapt its fast beam-drilling machines with milling capabilities. This allowed forward thinking manufacturing companies to scribe on a steel beam all information that was needed to automatically fit the beam to the production process of a whole assembly.
"In 2004, when the steel market was practically demanding new technology as a must-have, we were pushed to launch a new revolutionary solution," says Christian Colombo of Italian machinery supplier Ficep. "Given the fact that drilling had become so fast with new carbide and hard-steel tools, there were possibilities to use this technology even further."
Visionary fabricators' push forward "We enhanced the computer-numeric control (CNC) capability of drilling by using contouring from the thermal cutting machines that we had already developed and proven," Colombo continues, "and combined it with a request from our visionary customer Mueller Inc. from Texas. We decided to adapt our beam drilling machines with milling capabilities in order to allow Mueller to scribe on a beam all the fit-up information that was going to be manually added downstream in the production process."