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Technical expertise

A wealth of experience in process technologies and mechanics

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 & testing center: innovation and expert analysis

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.

Key capabilities:

  • 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)

Fives’ renowned innovations in grinding and crushing include the FCB Horomill® and the FCB Rhodax®, which enable producers to enhance plant performance in terms of energy savings and product quality.

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 experts for a wide range of project types and sizes

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.

Exceptional management of any kind of industrial engineering project

Fives masters all aspects of project execution, from equipment supply to complete plant delivery, whether in greenfield, brownfield or revamping projects.

Our key competencies:

  • Process design

  • Plant installation

  • Civil engineering and design

  • Supply and site delivery

  • Civil engineering

  • Set-up and commissioning

  • Training and plant takeover.