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RoboCell ONE – flexible production of different-sized batches, in particular of heavy parts


The Fastems RoboCell ONE sets new standards in relation to extremely adaptable – and consequently flexible – machining, in particular of heavy workpieces within batches of different sizes. The easy-to-configure robot cell is primarily designed for handling heavy workpieces weighing up to 80 kg and for automating up to two machine tools of the same type (lathe or milling machine). The solution consequently comes into its own at the point where existing automation systems reach their limits solely due to the maximum weight of the workpiece.


Highly productive for different batch sizes and a wide range of different components

The RoboCell ONE has been specifically developed for the flexible production of different batch sizes including a wide variety of components. A special feature of the robot cell in this regard is an optional, automated gripper change system for the flexible handling of workpieces and the simple implementation of new components even without interrupting production operations. The robot can accordingly be fitted with single, double or special grippers, and up to six different grippers may be used for handling workpieces in specific production operations.


Optimal use of machine capacity even with a highly diverse range of products

A single robot that can be operated in one linear axis is consequently able to supply two machines with workpieces in a flexible manner. In addition, different products can be simultaneously produced by using both machines together. To do this the robot automatically changes its grippers for loading/unloading the respective unit. The result is optimal use of machine capacity even when orders are frequently altered.


Intelligent planning, control and monitoring

Above all through its use in combination with the Fastems Manufacturing Management Software (MMS) for controlling the robot cell and the machines that are connected to it, RoboCell ONE provides virtually unrivalled advantages for production operations. The MMS automatically plans the entire production process based on the production orders, including the changes of workpieces for batches of different sizes, and taking account of all the resources that are needed. In addition, the software shows the current production status in real time (order progress, schedule, etc.), it calculates the machinery capacities for outstanding orders, and it shows the operator in advance the machinery retooling operations that are needed. This means that not only are production costs per workpiece reduced, throughput times are also cut thanks to the anticipatory MMS detailed planning.


Configuration while the machinery is operating – without the need for robotics specialists

When the RoboCell ONE is first switched to the production of a new workpiece, virtually no knowledge of robotics is required. This greatly simplifies production, above all in the case of groups of components. Instead of the robot having to be laboriously taught, it is configured through parametric programming via the MMS. The necessary values and/or parameters for workpiece handling are stored in the control system via the intuitive MMS interface. This means that new parts master data and orders can be produced both quickly and simply during production operations, i.e. whilst the machine is actually running.

Another major benefit of the RoboCell ONE’s versatile productivity is the option of incorporating additional processes, e.g. a measuring machine or a marking system, within the automation system.

(© Gladiathor/ / Fastems Systems GmbH)

Fastems in brief

Fastems is a leading manufacturer of automated material handling and manufacturing solutions for cutting machine tools and related processes.

The range includes consulting services in the field of material handling up to flexible manufacturing systems, robot-based automation solutions, software for production control, portal and gantry systems as well as a comprehensive range of services. The capacity utilization of machine tools can be increased with these solutions and the processes can be optimized. With the help of the intelligent software MMS production and tool management are efficiently planned, forecasted, controlled, visualized and monitored. Due to the openness to different systems and interfaces, the opportunities offered by new technologies, digitalization and integration are consistently implemented in customer-oriented software and hardware solutions.

Fastems has its headquarters in Tampere (Finland). With manufacturing facilities in Finland and Germany as well as a global sales and service organization, the company generates an annual turnover of approx. 90 million euros. Fastems employs approximately 450 people.

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