FICEP launches new steel plate processing machine
Italian steel processing equipment manufacturer FICEP has launched the Tipo G31 CNC machining centre. It is said to be ideal for drilling, milling, marking, scribing, tapping, chamfering and cutting of heavy steel plates up to 100mm thick × 3100mm in width.
FICEP said the Tipo G31 system is one of the most productive and versatile machines currently available for fabricators of heavy structural steelwork who are looking to maximise productivity, minimise production costs and increase accuracy when processing large heavy steel plate.
The new machine can be equipped with dual spindles with independent sub axis which is said to increase the productivity over single spindle lines by approximately 40%.
The dual spindles can drill, mill and scribe simultaneously even if the holes are not in line — and up to 24 tools can be available for each spindle.
The Tipo G31 features a double bridge structure with the spindle or spindles located within the two bridges to maximise spindle guidance and rigidity.
The hold down clamp firmly secures the plate avoiding any vibrations that could compromise the part quality, accuracy and tool life.
Once the material clamp is engaged, the sub axis of the Tipo G31 produces all drilling, scribing or milling operations within the clamping window. This is said to eliminate the need to clamp and unclamp and reposition the material in the length direction for each spindle’s operation.
In addition to the drilling heads, the Tipo G31 can be equipped with two plasma torches (straight or bevel) and up to three oxycutting torches.