A heroic stride forward for capability as Valiant enters the steel processing arena

In response to the increasing demand for greater control and flexibility in the steel processing industry, leading machining manufacturer, Ficep, has further pushed the boundaries of possibility in CNC drilling lines. 

The new Valiant offers over double the number of tool changer positions than its popular predecessor – Endeavour – whilst a 300mm extended auxiliary axis increases the window of operation for scribing, milling and sequential drilling. This significantly increases production gains because there is less movement of the beam or section when processing.

Developed by a specialist team of 20 technologists, the launch of Valiant represents the increasing capability of Ficep to meet the demand for improved optimisation in the steel fabrication process. This is a sign that the industry continues to look forward despite political uncertainties. 

The addition of 14 new tool changer positions on each of the machine’s three spindles takes the total tool availability to 42 tools, whilst the spindles themselves have been redesigned to be all the same, allowing for a reduction in inventory for spare part replacement. Again, offering customers 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 structural  steel processing machines that work effectively for the modern fabricator 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 fabricators – in terms of machining potential, productivity and cost efficiencies. We do believe this heralds a new era in drilling equipment for the structural steel processing industry.”

Indeed, the additional features on Valiant are numerous and extensive,this including the latest steel projects software and ergonomic  design reduces the required space in steel workshops.

Mark added: 

“Valiant is, in all respects, is a drilling machine for forward looking customers preparing for smart factories, automation and Industry 4.0.”