Pushing the limits of traditional production with new processes and materials
Industry is developing new materials and technologies to take on the new issues and expectations of final consumers. They lead to production which is:
- Quicker, to be as responsive as possible to the requirement of a final consumer who benefits from a varied and international offer;
- More flexible and precise, to produce final materials and parts with complex geometry and customized shapes, and improved mechanical properties;
- Safer for operators who use them or work in the manufacturing environment;
- More environmentally friendly, to limit material losses and reduce energy consumption arising from the process of manufacturing the materials and products.
Fives provides its competence, experience and capacity for innovation in terms of mechanical engineering, automation and industrial process control to support manufacturers in their development of these new technologies and the implementation of new materials.
Additive manufacturing, a highly flexible manufacturing process
2015 saw Fives’ entry into the field of additive manufacturing, a revolutionary manufacturing technique based on layering material which offers total flexibility and new advantages for the industry.
Picture: Metal additive manufacturing
Fives Michelin Additive Solutions
Fives and Michelin join forces to create a future major player in 3D printing.
Partnership with BeAM
Fives provides 5-axis machines integrating CLAD® (Direct Laser Additive Construction) technologies.
Transverse flux heating for high-quality steel strips
The transverse flux induction heating technology CELES EcoTransFlux™ is an innovation which allows the highly efficient rapid heating of steel strips to very high temperatures. As part of the stainless steel treatment process, CELES EcoTransFlux™ removes the strip chemical treatment stage during lamination and therefore reduces emissions and acid waste, providing improved metallurgical properties.
Fives is a leader in composite materials laying processing systems
Fives supports manufacturers to increase the productivity of their composite parts production system by including online control and other operations such as drilling and assembly. Composite materials, which benefit from being lightweight and mechanically resistant, are widely used by the aerospace industry, but also by other business sectors such as renewable energies and biomedical; there are still significant development opportunities ahead for the use of these materials.
Picture: Composite fiber placement operation
Fives equipment for the manufacture of complex composite parts
With the Cincinnati, Forest-Liné and Liné Machines brands, Fives offers fiber placement systems, carbon tape laying and placement systems, equipment for finishing and trimming, as well as controls and software for the manufacture of composite parts.
Fives Lund, a specialist in the automatic manufacturing of composite parts
In September 2015, Fives consolidated its aerospace offering with the acquisition of Lund Engineering (USA), specialized in the development of innovative solutions for the automatic manufacturing of composite parts in partnership with major clients in aviation and aerospace.