Fives Cincinnati

2200 Litton Lane
Hebron , KY 41048 US

A Fives Machining Systems Company

Licensing the next generation of surface profilometer for in-process inspection

The National Research Council of Canada and Fives join forces to develop inspection technology for the aerospace sector

As the aerospace industry in Canada and around the world continues to increase its use of automated composite manufacturing techniques to produce large aircraft components, the industry is eager to find solutions to manufacture reliable, safe, and cost effective composite structures. The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and Fives are working together to improve the efficiency of manufacturing composite parts. They are developing an advanced profilometer that will provide faster and more accurate part inspection.

Based on an innovative optical technology, the advanced profilometer for composite placement shows considerable advantages over existing inspection technologies used for the same purposes. This groundbreaking in-process inspection technology will help manufacturers meet strict standards by providing superior measuring information without limiting the process functionality. These faster, better measurements will speed up manufacturing processes, reduce the risk of errors, and help composite manufacturers be more competitive.

Fives has already started the last testing stage of the next-generation profilometer with customers and expects to begin commercializing the technology before the end of 2019. The NRC and Fives will continue to work together to advance this technology and bring innovative manufacturing solutions to the aerospace industry.


Quick facts

  • Manufacturing makes up nearly half of Canada's aerospace sector. Canada is home to more than 700 aerospace companies employing over 85,000 skilled professionals. The aerospace industry contributed $12.6 billion to Canadian Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2017.
  • The NRC's aerospace manufacturing technologies centre supports industry, particularly the aerospace sector, in developing, demonstrating and implementing next-generation, cost-effective manufacturing methods.
  • Fives designs and supplies machines, process equipment and production lines for various industrial sectors and is a major supplier of composite manufacturing equipment to the aerospace industry. The engineering group employs close to 8,700 people in about thirty countries, mainly in Canada, the United States, and Europe. The Metal Cutting and Composites group that worked on this project has over 1,100 people globally.



“The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) is proud to work with Fives to advance the profilometer technology, pioneered by a multidisciplinary NRC team. Our expertise, paired with Fives’ forward-thinking methods, will help achieve the original vision of developing an innovative, high-impact solution that enhances the efficiency of automated composite manufacturing and facilitates the digital transformation of the process. ”

Iain Stewart

President, National Research Council of Canada


“This is an exciting project for Fives as it demonstrates our commitment to advancing state-of-the-art composite application technology with productivity driven innovations, for both new and existing installations.”

Steve Thiry

President and CEO, Fives Machining Systems Inc.


“We have a strong history of supporting innovation. By joining with the National Research Council of Canada, we are once again contributing to the evolution of cutting-edge technologies for the aerospace and defense industries.”

Erik Lund
President and CEO, Fives Lund


About the National Research Council of Canada

The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) is the Government of Canada’s largest research organization. It is a key part of the Innovation and Skills Plan and of Budget 2018’s commitment to supporting Canada’s researchers to build a more innovative economy. To help position Canada as a global leader, the NRC is increasing its collaboration with regional ecosystems and with universities, polytechnic institutions and colleges, and establishing collaboration centres across the country.


About Fives

As an industrial engineering Group with a heritage of over 200 years, Fives designs and supplies machines, process equipment and production lines for the world’s largest industrial players in various sectors such as steel, aerospace and special machining, aluminium, automotive and manufacturing industries, cement, energy, logistics and glass. The effectiveness of its R&D programs enables Fives to design forward-thinking solutions that anticipate industrials’ needs in terms of profitability, performance, quality, safety and respect for the environment.

In 2017, Fives achieved a turnover of €1.9 billion and employed close to 8,700 people in about thirty countries.

A Message from Fives Cincinnati

Company Profile

Company Overview Cost efficient productivity is the name of the game and selecting the right equipment supplier in a fiercely competitive global manufacturing market is more important than ever before.

<p>Quality Machine Tools and Application Expertise Produce Effective Industry Results</p>

Cincinnati Fives, a leading supplier of production machinery for over 125 years, designs and builds a broad range of machine tools and related equipment including Vertical Machining Centers, Horizontal Machining Centers and Cells, Universal Machining Centers, Profilers, Automated Composites Processing Equipment and Special Machines.

As Seen In Modern Machine Shop

Horizontal Machining Center Designed for Hard Metals
IMTS 2018: The HMC 800 from Fives Cincinnati is designed for aerospace, oil and gas, and other hard-metal precision machining applications.

Fives Cincinnati Names President
Steve Thiry most recently served as CEO of Fives Landis Ltd.

Fives Cincinnati six-axis Mega 800 HMC with contouring head

Contouring Head Enables Multitasking on HMCs
Fives offers an integrated contouring head for its Cincinnati six-axis Mega 800 horizontal machining center.

Profiler Expected to Exceed 100 Cubic Inches per Minute in Titanium
Five-axis, five-spindle machine aims at reduced cost per piece for production of large aircraft components.

Fives Cincinnati modular Precision Mill/Trim five-axis gantry machine tool

Vertical Gantry Mill for Large, Nonferrous Components
Fives Cincinnati’s modular Precision Mill/Trim (PMT) five-axis gantry machine tool is designed for high-speed multiprocessing of large nonferrous components such as composite structures, aluminum skins, molds and patterns.

Major Tool & Machine Adds Large-Part Production Capacity
A multi-million dollar order from MAG IAS includes a major retrofit project as well as two new machine tools.

 Mag HMC 1250/1600 series

Heavy-Duty HMCs Machine Large Parts
Mag’s modular HMC 1250/1600 series is designed for high-precision, high-productivity machining for the aerospace, power generationand off-road industries.

Mag HMC 1250/1600 machining center

Large-Part HMC Series Adds A-Axis Tilt Spindle
Mag’s modular HMC 1250/1600 high-precision, high-productivity series is engineered for machining large aerospace, power-generation, pump, valve and off-road equipment parts.

Vertical Turning Center Adds Gear-Cutting Capability
Mag’s VTC 2500H vertical turning center combines gear hobbing and milling capabilities with its range of turning, milling, drilling, threading and contouring functions for workpieces ranging to 2,700 mm in diameter.

Adjustable Cross Rail Extends Vertical Work Zone
MAG’s adjustable-rail U6 series universal gantry mills provide a vertical W axis to accommodate tall parts.

Investing in the Future
When the current workforce retires, who will be left to man the machines?

five-axis profiler

How is Large-Part Machining Different?
A shop serving the wind-power industry illustrates some of the challenges particular to machining massive workpieces.

5 Axis Volumetric Error Compensation for Large Machine Tools
System simultaneously corrects tool position in multiple axes to tighten machining accuracies on large machines that cut complex shapes.

Horizontal Profiler

Video: Horizontal Profiler For Aerospace Machining
An alternative to the typical profiler design, this machine saves labor by allowing chips to fall out of the way.

Machining Long, Complex Parts
MAG Cincinnati’s E Mill is designed for machining long, small-cross-section parts used in aerospace, construction, shipbuilding and wind power applications. It is useful for titanium, aluminum and composite work on stringers, spars, beams and similar parts, the company says. The machine performs contour machining, routing, drilling and tapping to produce finished, complex, 3D-geometry parts as long as 40 ft.


The In-Cycle Enabler
To achieve 144 hours per week of in-cycle time on its machining centers, this plant relies on software that offers a clear, colorful, real-time view of where the time losses are occurring.

Large duplex mill

A Critical Machine That Needs Moving Requires More Than Heavy Lifting
When your product is vital to the security and defense of America, there is simply no room for loss of critical capacity in the manufacturing process. Manufacturing engineers at this company were keenly aware of this fact when they were recently faced with consolidating and relocating portions of the arsenal's metalworking operations.

Rotary head

A/B Rotary Head Turns Heads
The A/B rotary head module on Cincinnati Lamb's new HyperMach rail-type plate mill might not be the first thing to catch the attention of aerospace shops. Perhaps it will be.


Fit The Strategy, Not The Job
This shop faced two big challenges—keeping an important job from going overseas and positioning itself for future growth. Simultaneous five-axis machining helped the shop meet both challenges simultaneously.


New Contours Of Competition
Toronto aerospace shops improve productivity with faster five-axis machining centers.

Rough Profile Tab

Empowering The Programmer
A project aimed at making military aircraft parts faster shows just how much productivity gain can come from automating the programmer's repetitive tasks.

Product Categories of Fives Cincinnati

All Other Workpiece Handling, Loading & Feeding Equipment not specified
Automated System & Cells for Assembly & Test
Automated System & Cells for Material Removal
Boring Machines
Composite Forming
Horizontal Machining Centers, Five-Axis
Horizontal Machining Centers, Up to Four-Axis
Machine Monitoring Systems
Machining Cells & FMS
Machining Flex Lines
Maintenance & Repair
Milling Machines, Bed-Type
Milling Machines, Planer, Gantry & Bridge Type
Milling Machines, Universal
Pallet Changers/Shuttles & Programmable Transfer Devices
Replacement Parts/Repair Parts
Retrofitting, Rebuilding, Remanufacturing Services
Turn/Mill Machines, CNC
Turning Centers, Horizontal, CNC
Universal Machining Centers
Vertical Machining Centers, Five-Axis
Vertical Machining Centers, Up to Four-Axis
Workholding, Custom

Trade Names

ACES Software
Cincinnati Machine
Cincinnati Milacron
CM 100 CNC
Forest Line'
Freedom eWARE
Giddings & Lewis
Line' Machines
MAG Cincinnati
MAG Giddings & Lewis