Fives Investments in Manufacturing Science Yield Multiple Patents

Innovations demonstrate new manufacturing methods, improved component reliability, and higher quality

HEBRON, Ky. – Fives Machining Systems, Inc. highlights the intellectual horsepower behind heavy manufacturing with 10 recent patents. The patents cover new production technologies and enhancements, quality improvement technologies, and component life enhancements. The developments are concentrated in the fields of metal cutting and composites processing.

Eight of the patents, alone, relate to composite part manufacturing, a technology where Fives holds a world leadership position, as demonstrated at the recent Paris Air Show. The composites patents cover a fiber placement system for small, flat parts; a reversing fiber placement head; a robotic fiber placement system; a six-axis gantry-mounted fiber and tape laying system; and an automatic spool loader.

Patents related to metal cutting systems include two different vibration damping technologies for machine tool structures, as well as a vibration damper designed for rotary encoders.

"We are fortunate to be part of a global multi-disciplinary company like Fives that produces intellectual property in many different fields, and invests a large percent of annual sales in research," said Dan Janka, Chief Executive Officer, Fives Machining Systems. "Sometimes solutions created for one industry lead to new technology in an unexpected area. This cross-pollination of technology is one reason why Fives joined the prestigious Jules Verne Research Institute. Our goal is to increase the rate of our patent applications, because we must constantly study new materials and manufacturing concepts to create solutions needed to make today's 'dream' products a reality."

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About Fives in Metal Cutting and Composites

Fives designs and supplies machine tool and complete manufacturing solutions in a broad range of industrial sectors.

With a strong foundation based upon renowned legacy names such as Cincinnati, Giddings Lewis, Forest-Liné, Liné Machines and Rouchaud, Fives is recognized as the preeminent provider of outstanding manufacturing solutions.

Five Metal Cutting | Composites dedicated teams – approximately 1200 people in over 15 countries – serve key industrial markets including aerospace, automotive and truck, heavy equipment, oil and gas, rail, wind, energy and general machining. With manufacturing and support operations strategically located worldwide, Fives and its Metal Cutting Composites businesses offer comprehensive lines of equipment and technologies including automated assembly, laser welding and cutting, turning milling, composites processing and software with the associated support services (maintenance, spare parts, retrofit, overhauling and upgrading).

About Fives

Fives is an industrial engineering Group with a heritage of over 200 years of engineering excellence and expertise. Fives designs and supplies machines, process equipment and production lines for the world’s largest industrial groups in various sectors such as aluminum, steel, glass, automotive, logistics, aerospace, cement and energy, in both developing and developed countries.

In all these sectors, Fives designs and manufactures equipment and innovative solutions, which better anticipate and meet the needs of its customers in terms of performance, quality, safety and respect for the environment.

In 2014, Fives achieved sales 1.56 million Euros and employed about 8,000 people in over thirty countries.

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