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Rowecord purchase heavy duty FICEP Gemini HD36 machine

Rowecord purchase heavy duty FICEP Gemini HD36 machine

Added to MTDCNC by MTDCNC on 25 January 2013

Rowecord has experienced a very successful 2012 and the substantial projected increase in orders for 2013 has prompted the company to look to increase the output of plate for fabrication from their fittings shop to meet this increased demand.

After much research it was determined that only one machine would meet all their requirements and Rowecord were the first company in the UK to purchase the heavy duty FICEP Gemini  HD36 machine, complete with the latest plasma bevelling head, for the production of complex parts from flat plate.

It was the ability of the Gemini to cut, drill, mill, tap, machine, bevel and scribe that impressed Rowecord as these different machining applications were traditionally undertaken by subcontractors or in-house secondary machining operations. This capability has improved the company's optimisation and reduced handling, transportation and labour costs.

The Hypertherm HP260 plasma bevelling option provides the required flexibility on bevelling and contour shaping of edges for weld preparation.

Currently the Gemini has the flexibility to produce both long parts, up to 9 metres in length, for larger structures and the capability for high speed production of standard fittings for structural applications such as base plates, rafter end plates and gussets. Rowecord will most likely look to increase the size of the machine's gantry bed to 15 metres or more in the near future.

The fast delivery and installation of the Gemini has also enabled the company to be in production in a matter of weeks rather than months, a testament to the efficiency of FICEP and the modular design of the machine.

Andrew Hoppe, Managing Director of Rowecord, commented,

“The FICEP Gemini was chosen for it's ability to increase production of our existing type of work and for the flexibility and savings the machine can make on future new projects with its capability to produce complex and profiled parts from plate with just one set-up.”

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