FPE was founded in 1969 on its present site in Brighton.
Thirty years ago the company was a manufacturer of resistance welders,
but quickly the product line grew to include custom-manufactured special
FPE prides itself on the concurrent engineering process
of its special purpose machinery. This process begins with the customers'
requirement for new machinery. If the project is welding based, FPE
performs sample welding trials to determine the best method of achieving
the finished product. At times, customers have specifications in mind
for the particular machine, while at other times the customer has an
open mind and blank sheet design begins.
Following agreement of requirements, FPE engineers develop
and produce concept proposals. These proposals are then submitted to
the customer. After some continuing dialogue with the customer, FPE
finalises the concept and submit a detailed project proposal with quotation.
Following successful order procurement, a project programme that marks
major milestones in the process is produced.
Customers are encouraged to dialogue with the engineers
during the entire manufacturing process. The concurrent engineering
process begins as the design and manufacturing teams work in conjunction
to gain a comprehensive engineering prospective on the project.
Designing a new machine can take anywhere from 2 weeks
to 6 months depending on its complexity. As each modular element of
the machine is designed, it is approved by scheduled design reviews
and is immediately manufactured.
The assembly phase gets underway as soon as the project
begins by assembling the framework of the machine and subsequently each
modular part that is manufactured. These modular machine parts are being
assembled at the same time as the other parts are being designed and
manufactured. With the design, manufacturing, and assembling phases
occurring in parallel, the different functions are working in conjunction
throughout the entire process of manufacturing a new machine. After
the machine has been completely assembled, it enters the testing phase
of the process. When testing is complete, the machine is commissioned
and acceptance trials begin at the FPE facility. Acceptance trails are
then carried out at the customers' facility immediately after delivery
of the machine.
The entire process can take anywhere from 4 to 40 weeks
and all machines carry a 12 month warranty. If your company has a special
purpose machine in mind, contact
FPE for proposals and quotations.