Automated saw line drives efficiency

Ficep UK has installed a new automated saw line at Norway-based Contiga AS, helping the business to improve production processing time by up to 40%. The new system consists of a Ficep Orient, a CNC-controlled drilling and combined thermal coping line equipped with rotary single spindle. To prove the time and cost savings of the system and process, Ficep prepared time studies that presented clear indications of the returns achievable from the investment.

Contiga AS designs and develops steel solutions tailored to individual projects, delivering between 7-8000 tons of steel structures to the Norwegian market every year.

Says Mark Jones, Ficep UK managing director: “We overcame several challenges, not least that the machinery was installed during a period of Covid restrictions, but also that the space was limited, and it was important to minimise disruption and reduce operational downtime. There were also added contractual obstacles to overcome due to Contiga now being part of the huge Heidelberg Cement group, with additional levels of communication required across several countries.”

Thor Egil Einarsrud, factory manager at Contiga in Roverud, adds: “We use modern technology and work processes, as well as the best machines, to guarantee that all our steel products offer high quality. To ensure competitiveness, automation is absolutely necessary, and we’re already seeing that in several of our production processes. We save up to 50% in time by using the new automated sawing plant compared with manual operations. The system has transformed our business, allowing better efficiency and precision.”

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