Fives has decades-long experience in equipment manufacturing, plant design and delivery. Our expertise applies to various processes, from greenfield projects and new equipment to modernization projects and plant operation services. It includes material crushing as well as grinding and packing of both grey and white cement.
Our process and mechanical expertise is further developed at our in-house research and testing center. Here, we develop sustainable equipment and technologies to meet the latest industry standards and regulations, and continually improve our solutions for conventional grinding and pyroprocessing plants.
Fives’ research and testing center offers customized services based on a comprehensive offer of trials, tests, analyses and sample manufacturing. Our modern pilot plants and physical and chemical laboratories are dedicated to the cement and minerals industries. They are specially designed to perform raw materials testing, measuring and analysis within state-of-the-art installations.
Innovation: research and development of new proprietary equipment and processes
Representativeness: testing of material behavior on pilot units in real conditions at a representative scale
Accuracy: material characterization for optimized design and sizing of industrial equipment and installations
Our range of tests, supported by in-house software and performed by dedicated experts:
Grindability (according to the Bond Work Index or Hardgrove Index, or our proprietary FCB Index)
Grinding and separation testing in our pilot facilities
Grain size distribution
Abrasiveness and erosion
Rheology of powders
Specific control and measures (e.g. free lime, free silica or carbonate content)
Material reaction behavior
Mechanical measurement (in our pilot plant or on site)
We also focus on ensuring the utmost reliability of conventional grinding and pyroprocessing plants, with technologies such as our FCB Kiln, FCB B-Mill and process control solutions such as the FCB Opti-x software.
Engineering is our core business. Our teams of highly experienced engineers and designers cover multidisciplinary trades, managing any kind of engineering activity—from the basic design of a single workshop to complete turnkey solutions.
Our expertise includes:
Mechanical design: we use computer-aided design (CAD) tools, in-house finite calculation and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling to carry out sizing, mechanical development and integration studies, specifications and general arrangement drawings
Plants and systems: we perform dedicated technical engineering coordination during every phase of a project, from basic design and preliminary sizing to commissioning and performance tests
Civil and structural engineering: reinforcing concrete and steel structures in any kind of building or infrastructure
Electricity, automation and instrumentation: integration of high and low voltage equipment, process control and automation detail programming.
Fives masters all aspects of project execution, from equipment supply to complete plant delivery, whether in greenfield, brownfield or revamping projects.
Our key competencies:
Civil engineering and design
Supply and site delivery
Set-up and commissioning
Training and plant takeover.