The addition of 14 new tool changer positions on each of the machine’s three spindles takes the total tool availability to 42, while the spindles themselves have been redesigned to be all the same, allowing for a reduction in inventory for spare part replacement. This is said to offer steelwork contractors productivity gains and simplified maintenance.
Mark Jones, MD of Ficep UK said: “We’re a company known for our commitment to R&D, devoting 5% of our annual profits into developing steel fabrication machines that work effectively for the modern steelwork contractor and Valiant is a perfect example of what this research can achieve.
“It takes elements of our leading Endeavour and adds practical, useful improvements that will benefit steelwork contractors in terms of machining potential, productivity and cost efficiencies. We do believe this heralds a new era in drilling equipment for the steel fabrication industry.”