Radan and Edgecam Help Fife Fabrications

consistently improve quality and service across the whole operation.


“Our continuous improvement systems, key performance indicators, dedication to lean manufacturing and total quality

management focuses the attention of the entire workforce on the need to maintain the highest possible standards of

excellence,” explains engineering manager Dougie Smith.


“Radpunch speeds up the process from start up engineering through to punching and improves our efficiency and

accuracy. We have increased output dramatically – typically, a job that used to take us four hours is now completed in

just 30 minutes.”


RadbendCNC has proved invaluable in allowing FiFab to import customer models of sheet metal parts and

assemblies and unfold them accurately. Offline programming and simulation improves first off reliability while the

collision detection feature greatly reduces expensive errors.


“With many of our customers involved in high tech industries such as aerospace, telecoms and medical equipment,

Radan gives us the flexibility and reliability to provide innovative solutions for a broad range of requirements,” says

Smith. “Furthermore, working with expensive materials such as aerospace-grade titanium, our ability to maximise

material utilisation and automate nesting allows us to streamline production and keep our costs down – savings we

can then pass on to the customer.”


Radview enables the drawings to be viewed by the quality and production departments, saving time and improving

efficiency throughout the business by allowing feedback from users and increasing overall control.


Continuous investment in world-class equipment has resulted in FiFabs’ steady business growth, allowing this

progressive company to compete successfully against low cost manufacturers in the Far East. This forward-looking

attitude led to the more recent purchase of Edgecam’s system for NC part programming, based on the positive

experience with Radan software, service and support. This installation was key to FiFab extending its precision

machining capability to meet the exacting demands of customers in the hydraulics, telecoms, oil, aerospace and

defence markets.


“Edgecam allows us to make 3D models and tool up our lathes and milling machines,” says Smith. “We chose this

package following endorsements from other users, which were verified by demonstrations of its 3D modelling

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