From their attention to the market and a capacity for innovation shared by Novomeccanica and Fidia, a very ambitious project took shape: building an extremely flexible machine tool, able to perform milling and turning operations on various materials, from aluminium to steel, on large scale components and with extremely high precision. To meet the various necessary requirements, Fidia proposed a Gantry machine from the GTF series with a comprehensive configuration, incorporating a large rotary table, that can be used for milling and turning, and an automatic system for changing the spindle. Recently installed, the machine tool has given rise to a new and rewarding
Fidia new factory Travelling along the bypass east of Forlì your attention is drawn to the outline of a factory building that differs from the others: a structure with an imposing mass and a precise identity - this is the new Fidia production plant. The project originated from the need to meet the demand for increasing production volumes and to have the necessary space to build large dimension machine tools. A modern, efficient production plant was needed, with the necessary structures and areas for designing and manufacturing the new machine tools and milling systems required by the market. The new plant was constructed incorporating
Listening to the workshop Since its foundation in 1974, Fidia has brought innovation into the world of milling. With its first CNC11 system, Fidia extended the use of numerical control to fields that until then had been the reserve of copying. Thanks to this technology, the machining of moulds, dies and other complex forms has seen significant progress in terms of precision, execution times, reliability and competitiveness. Immediately appreciated in the field of moulds, dies and aeronautical components, Fidia controls soon spread worldwide. Attentive to the requirements and suggestions of its broad Client base, Fidia has over time developed many functions that simplify and
Magna Steyr reaffirms the excellence of Fidia integrated milling systems As part of the expansion of the Canadian industrial group Magna, that has operated worldwide in the automobile sector for over 60 years, Magna Steyr Italia acquired Avio Model in 2008. The Company, which also has a production plant in Shanghai, China, is an independent partner of major OEM manufacturers for the engineering and manufacture of control systems, such as master cubing tools and gauges, and counts FCA, VW, PSA, Volvo and Suzuki among its clients. The main production facility at La Loggia (Turin) has 23 employees including designers, milling machine operators and test
Founded by business partners Gerald Cummings and Jack Allard in 1974 Century Tool started out as a shop with a few manual machines that produced small dies and fixtures in Fenton, Michigan, USA. It just so happens, FIDIA was born the same year. With the help from workers Mike and Kevin Cummings, Century Tool started to work actively in all stages of manufacturing. ‘Hands on Management’ is a hallmark of their business ethic. Through the years, the company has developed into one of the biggest Compression Mold Builders in the country. Century Tool performs everything as a one stop shop: from the complete tooling design, machining, assembly and try-out, working for customers such as General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Peterbilt, Volvo, Mercury Marine, Kenworth. We’ve interviewed Mickey Gukian, Production manager engaged with the company since 1985, asking him to tell us about the positive and long lasting collaboration with Fidia.
Continued technological innovation and ongoing expansion in the reference international markets with high development potential are Fidia’s strategic objectives. Today, Fidia develops milling systems used mainly in the mould-making, aerospace and energy sectors, providing integrated, customized and high-performance solutions. Considerable investment to strengthen the strategic network of international branches has achieved the objective of offering clients ongoing and dynamic support, both to ensure effective and prompt after-sales service and to consolidate relationships built on trust, dialogue and technological partnership with the most prestigious companies in the various reference sectors. An extensive international presence allows for close strategic and operational support in France, Germany, Spain, Great Britain, Russia, Poland, the United States, Brazil, China, India and South Africa.
Starting life as a machine shop in 1956 through the expertise and skill of its founder, Pietro Fontana, the company – which later developed into the Fontana Group – is now a successful multinational constructing dies and producing car bodies for the automotive sector. The company started working with Fidia in the early 80’s when it had just one production facility at Calolziocorte, and then successfully built on this enduring mutual relationship setting up Fontana Kalip, in Istanbul, where the milling machines are today equipped with fifteen Fidia C20 CNCs. There we met the Plant Manager to discuss challenges for the future, note the progress of a large retrofitting programme and gather initial impressions of the application of the new Fidia ‘Velocity 5™’ software.
“Good design is innovative, it interprets new technology.” This is how Roberto Piatti, CEO and founder of Torino Design begins his book ‘Il car design verso nuovi orizzonti’, published by Silvana Editoriale to celebrate the first 10 years of the design centre he created and named after the city that symbolises the Automobile. More than 200 models have been created, an intense design activity encompassing dream cars and standard models, in both the private and commercial sectors, and focusing on strategic markets such as India and China. Following our last interview, published in Fidia InForm in 2003 when he was still Managing Director at Stile Bertone, we caught up with Roberto Piatti to ask him about his new entrepreneurial adventure and the philosophy behind it. A sailing enthusiast, a fan of classic roadsters and a lover of beauty understood as an identity and means of expression that is not defined by fashion trends, Roberto Piatti welcomed us in the luminous offices at Moncalieri where he heads a team of 60 engineers, stylists and designers.
Fidia offers machine tools specifically designed for the machining of light materials and models.
The machine tools have a modular, lightweight structure and are available in a wide range of axis travel.
The mould makers of Farmingtons Automotive rely on a Fidia gantry machine to achieve a perfect surface for trim parts of car interiors. This new milling centre GTF3514/MA2200 comes in addition to milling machines used for roughing, considerably cutting production time and substantially improving quality of machined surfaces.