[Tampere, Finland – September 18, 2023] The new Fastems Modular Flexible Pallet System (FPS) enables lights-out manufacturing and high spindle utilization in high-mix production with 4- and 5-axis milling and mill-turn machines, also compact vertical 5-axis machines. This modular CNC automation solution handles machining pallets and zero-point plates of 300-630mm and its unique 360-degree design ensures a fit for any shop floor – including tight spaces and low-ceiling facilities. FPS can integrate CNCs of over 90 brands and be extended or upgraded if there is a change in production needs.
What sets the new Fastems FPS apart from other pallet handling solutions are its modular 360-degree design, integration capability with over 90 machine brands, and state-of-art production planning capabilities. To meet the needs for even the tightest shop floor, FPS’ modular design allows machine tools, pallet storage units, and operator loading stations to be placed flexibly on all four sides of the system. With maximum height of only 3.1-4.1 meters, FPS is a perfect fit for low-ceiling facilities also.
To meet the unique production needs of high-mix or low-volume manufacturers, the pallet storage modules are configurable and use the vertical space efficiently. From four to twelve pallets can be accommodated in each module depending on the load size – and the top shelf accommodates higher loads if needed. In addition, the system ends can be also used for storing pallets. All the shelving units have an in-built coolant collection system to keep the produced parts and surrounding areas clean.
The control system of FPS is Fastems’ Manufacturing Management Software (MMS) that is designed specifically for high-mix manufacturing needs. It is a tool for everyone working in production or managing it, giving a real-time view of production activities. Most importantly, it identifies exactly what needs to be done next to ensure timely deliveries and maximum spindle utilization. Not only does the system consider the pallets that need to be loaded in the machine tools next, but it also checks and ensures that all the other machining resources are there in time – NC programs, cutting tools, and raw materials. When a rush job is received or anything sudden happens, MMS automatically adjusts the production plan.
“With the 5-axis machining and mill-turn technologies becoming more popular, the automation systems of today need to be able to handle more demanding objects and reach the machine differently. At the same time, manufacturers need to be able to introduce new workpieces fast and produce high mix economically. Flexible Pallet System is designed specifically for this need, and it fits in various production environments”, explains Fastems’ CEO Mikko Nyman. “FPS brings the benefits of our recently launched Flexible Pallet Tower but for multiple CNCs. The modular system integrates with a wide variety of milling machines, making the automation investment more accessible especially for directly loaded machines without the automatic pallet changer. We are excited to enable the full flexible manufacturing capabilities for this segment and help manufacturers take the most out of their machine tools.”
The first systems will be delivered to the customers during the spring of 2024. More information about the modular solution can be found at fastems.com/fps.
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