CNC Automation for the Subcontracting Industry
Profitable and Flexible CNC Manufacturing For Metal Shops
Automating the contract manufacturing of parts for industrial machinery makes production profitable and flexible at the same time. It enables high spindle hours and resource utilization, fast and reliable lead times, constant quality, full traceability and automated production planning for flexibility even when facing sudden changes. Want to know how? Download our CNC automation guide from below!
Fastems is the leading supplier of CNC automation solutions for variable batch manufacturing. We are an open-integrator with over 40 years and 4000 systems worth of experience – a large portion of it with subcontractors/job shops. We integrate your CNC machines and supportive processes to one highly productive unit operated with our industry-leading MMS control.Get your free CNC automation guide
Typical Applications for Automation within the Industry Include Parts for:
- Industrial machine building subcontracting
- Aerospace & defence subcontracting
- Medical subctracting
- Energy sector subcontracting
- Automotive subcontracting
- Heavy vehicles and equipment subcontracting
Typical Production Challenges Include Factors Such As:
- More customization and amount of variants
- Shorter lead times and planning horizon
- Costs & tied capital reduction
- Demand variance
- Traceability needs
- Availability of workers
- Constant quality
Automate Production – Not Just Movement
Learn how to get the most out of your CNC machines and other equipment in the subcontracting industry. Applying batch production automation best practices summarized below:
- Stabilize and integrate manufacturing process steps
- Automate physical part transfers throughout the value chain
- Benefit from automated, intelligent production planning software
Case Examples from the Subcontracting Industry
This section contains couple of success story examples from the Subcontracting Industry. You can also check all our references by clicking on the button below.
With Fastems MLS and tool management the average spindle utilization of all machines is between 95 and 98 percent.
We communicate the due date and the quantity required, then MMS can ‘play chess’, says Peter Doyle, COO at Hirsh Precision.
Advanced Machining & Fabricating
FMS for Low-Volume, High-Mix shop provides stable, predictable process. Increased requests for complex components? The solution: Fastems FMS.
Development-mindset and flexible automation make a local machine shop pioneer Joensuun CNC-Machining Oy has grown to be a local pioneer of metal shops in Finland. This development is based on significant investments in flexible, automated, and intelligently controlled manufacturing, thanks to which the company has multiplied the value of its multi-axis machining expertise for its […]
You can browse and filter our automation solutions for the subcontracting industry by using our solution finder below. The filtering can be used based on the machine tool process type or by choosing the machine tool brands and models you have or plan to have on your shopfloor. We are also an open integrator and able to automate almost any machine tool, so if you didn’t find what you were looking for, not to worry – contact us directly and we’ll help you find the solution for your needs.
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FPT - Flexible Pallet Tower
Easy plug-and-play pallet tower that supersedes traditional pallet pools and automatic pallet changers.
FPS - Flexible Pallet System
Modular FMS for multiple 4 or 5 axis milling or mill-turn machine tools with 300 to 630 mm pallets or zero-point plates.
FPC - Flexible Pallet Container
Easy and extendable pallet automation solution that supersedes pallet pools and automatic pallet changers.
MLS - Multi Level System
Integrates any machine tools in the world together. Comes with industry leading software, tool automation and various auxiliary processes.
Flexible production of heavier workpieces in varying batch sizes thanks to the Manufacturing Management Software (MMS) by Fastems.
TSC - Tool Service Cell
Tool Service Cell is a robot-based setup cell that automates the cutting tool renewal process.
AMC - Agile Manufacturing Cell
AMC is robot-based manufacturing cell that brings the traditional benefits of flexible manufacturing for direct machine tending.
Robotic Production Cells
Automated machine tending systems with modular design. Integrates to value-adding processes like deburring or measuring.
Automated tool logistics save money by increased unmanned production hours and secured availability.
ALD - Autoloading Cell
Automated raw material loading and ready part unloading with a robot – stable quality and longer unmanned production periods.
RFC - Robotized Finishing Cell
Automated grinding, polishing, deburring and other finishing processes for increased quality and unmanned production hours.