Vanguard vision for future

Well-established metal fabrication specialist, ECS Engineering Services, is future-proofing its business and has selected the Ficep Vanguard automatic CNC drilling and saw line to support their journey.

ECS Engineering Services specialises in the bespoke design and construction of heavy-duty metal fabrications and the turnkey supply of water, energy and environmental management installations, with many companies appointing ECS as their preferred framework contractor.

The firm has a long-established relationship with Ficep UK since it invested in its first P803 plate punch machine, in 2003, and so Ficep was a natural choice when the company was looking to modernise and digitise its steel processing. With guidance from Ficep UK Sales Manager, Chris Berriman, ECS placed an order for the Ficep Vanguard CNC system.

The Vanguard offers a three spindle direct drive high performance drilling and sawing line for drilling, scribing, tapping, countersinking and standard milling applications. Ficep utilises the scribing capability along with Steel Projects software to automatically extract the physical locations of the intersecting members in the structure, providing data that eliminates the need to interpret the drawing and manual layout on the shop floor.

ECS MD Mark Watkins, who took the helm at ECS Engineering in 2020, has his sights firmly set on moving the business away from the heavy industrial operation it has been to a leaner and more modern processor, utilising robotics and automation. Mark says: “We are moving towards having smarter workshops and our investment in software and machinery will play a huge role in that. The Vanguard CNC drilling and sawing line will help us speed up our processes, increase our throughput and ultimately elevate our market position.

“Ficep has provided the best solution at the right price point. Their willingness to communicate, on top of providing excellent technical support, made it an easy decision for us to make. We are excited to see what the future holds.”