Fidia machines now in UK from TDT Technology
Effective from 1 January 2016, world class machine tools manufactured by in Italy by Fidia will be available in the UK and Ireland via newly appointed exclusive agent, TDT Technology.
Founded in 1974, Fidia is today an established and respected manufacturer of high speed milling machines and CNC systems. Listed on the Milan stock exchange since 2001, the company is headquartered in Turin and has around 330 employees worldwide. TDT will offer the entire Fidia range with the exception of the company’s standard three-axis vertical machining centres.
At present, Fidia’s worldwide sales comprise 80% machines and 20% from the supply of CNC systems to other machine tool manufacturers. In the UK there is an installed base of around 70 Fidia-controlled machines, which includes a number of the company’s own models. Existing users in the UK and Ireland can now contact TDT Technology for sales, spares and service.
Available in the UK will be the newly enhanced Fidia D range of five-axis milling machines, along with the GTF range of five-axis gantry machines, the Y2G series of double traverse gantry models, the K range of five-axis high speed milling systems, the Y2K series of double productivity five-axis milling machines, the KR series of six-axis high speed mills, G996 high performance five-axis milling centres, H664 compact five-axis machining centres, and Fidia’s full range of CNC systems.
The recently enhanced D range of five-axis milling machines offers both 3+2 and simultaneous five-axis finishing of surfaces with high speed spindles. With hundreds of installations worldwide, the D218 (2000 mm X-axis), D318 (3000 mm) and D418 (4250 mm) are now newly enhanced to ensure rapid return on investment. Today, the D family of machines offers cutting speeds up to 22 m/min cutting speed, a new Z-axis counter-balance system and an active cooling system. Applications include plastic injection moulds, die casting dies, aluminium aerospace parts, graphite electrodes, resin models, tyre moulds and jet engine disk slots, to name but a few.
The Fidia GTF gantry line is characterised by its versatility. Thanks to its modular structure, and taking advantage of a combination of components selected according to weight, stiffness and cost requirements, GTF machines are ideal for a host of applications in sectors such as automotive, aerospace and general machining. Due to in-built modularity, X-, Y- and Z-axis strokes of several metres can be supplied to match customer requirements.
Fidia’s Y2G series of five-axis gantry models further enhances the modular concept of the GTF range. Y2G machines feature two independent heads either working together on the same workpiece, or on different parts (separated by a bulkhead), thus allowing productivity to be doubled.
The K-range of five-axis high speed milling systems is designed specifically for both large plastic injection moulds and aerospace components. The fixed bed type machine structure gives consistency of forces independent of workpiece weight, allowing for optimum milling quality. Several models are available, with the largest machines extending beyond 10 m in the X-axis.
The Y2K series of double productivity five-axis milling machines is essentially two K-series machines facing each other, sharing the same workpiece table. Y2K machines integrate all the benefits and versatility of two independent five-axis milling systems driven by two synchronised CNCs. Productivity is therefore doubled compared with a traditional portal machine.
Fidia’s KR series of six-axis high speed mills is based upon a K-line concept and characterised by the integration of the five-axis head with a continuous rotary table. The rotary table is sized according to the machine application, and allows for the machining of workpieces of more than 2000 mm in diameter. The use of the sixth axis as a rotary workpiece table guarantees maximum accessibility from all sides.
Fidia’s G996 is a compact upper gantry milling system characterised by its strong monolithic structure. It is aimed at the machining of small and medium-size workpieces, regardless material stiffness and toughness. The large cast iron bed of the G996 provides a stable platform, while the open front ensures wide visibility.
Last but not least, the Fidia H664 is a line of compact five-axis machining centres with X-, Y- and Z-axis travels of 600, 560 and 400 mm, respectively. HS664V machines are equipped with a 1000 x 550 mm ï¬xed table, while HS664RT machines have an integrated rotary-tilting worktable.
From a CNC perspective, recent enhancements include new V5 ‘look ahead’ software that features new algorithms for tool path control with three and five interpolated axes including optimisation of the dynamic behaviour of the machine. Tested on the same machine against a well-known German-manufactured control, V5 software ensured that the Fidia CNC delivered 20-30% faster cycle times with better surface finish.
TDT Technology says that a Fidia machine will feature on its stand at the forthcoming MACH 2016 exhibition at the Birmingham NEC on 11-16 April, where the company has booked its largest ever stand (Stand 5440, Hall 5), measuring 200 sq m.