The company, FPT Industrie S.p.A., which we visited at its headquarters in Santa Maria di Sala near Venice, has over 44 years of experience in the production of machine tools. Since it was founded in 1969 the enterprise has continuously extended its market share domestically and internationally. Its success is due to innovative developments, particularly its own research in the area of optimising processes and products. FPT delivers machines with the highest level of technical equipment. With e-chains® from igus®.
“Dinox” is a model of the series of vertical milling machines. Design plays an important role for the Italian manufacturer. e-chains® that fit in well with the overall look of the machine are connected on the axes
We took a closer look at machine, a boring mill from the “Spirit” series. FPT is particularly proud of this machine because the firm’s experience in building large machines and in the area of hydrostatic technology are optimally combined in this device. Our e-chains® are on all axes: For vertical motion for the downward movement of the tool, and at the front for the tool changer.
On the milling and boring machines of the “Spirit” series, the lines for the energy supply, data cables, and numerous hydraulic hoses are routed in e-chains® on all axes. The detail photos on the left show them for vertical movement (top) the downward movement (middle) and closed in front for the tool changer
Of special interest here, is the fact that on the back of the unit there are open chains, although the chains in front are closed. The reason is that processing only takes place at the front, and the lines on the back do not need to be protected against swarfs or cooling fluid. Lines for the energy supply, data cables and numerous hydraulic hoses to supply the appropriate drives are in the e-chains®.
FPT Industrie and igus® have now been collaborating for 14 years. Over this 14 year period technical difficulties have been extremely rare. If technical difficulties did occur, there was always technical consulting and support, if desired. This reliability convinced the Italian tool maker of igus®’s capacity. And naturally the versatility of the e-chains®, as well as their accessories, such as crossbars for optimal guidance of individual lines, were also impressive.
Our group photo also gives an idea of the dimensions of the machines that we were involved with at FPT Industrie S.p.A.
The “iglidur on tour” thanks FPT Industrie S.p.A. for the impressive tour. And for the fact that again and again they provide applications in which our e-chains® fulfil their intended destiny.
igus® and the “iglidur on tour” team