CNC Automation for Milling Machines
Machining Center + Automation = Rewarding Investment
One automated universal machining center can produce as much as three non-automated ones. Fastems supplies pallet automation solutions ranging from single machine tool production cells to extendable linear pallet system with a dozen of machines.
With Fastems, you can also integrate tool automation, turning machine automation and a wide variety of other machinery and processes into the same system. See the case video as an example of a highly-automated milling manufacturing!
What Kind of Milling Machines Do We Automate?
We have solutions for all kinds of milling machines: 3-axis, 4-axis, 5-axis, mill-turns and so on. Automatic pallet changers (APCs) typically used in 4-axis horizontal machines help with quick pallet change and easy table reach but the non-APC machines like 5-axis trunnions or turn-mills are just as suitable for flexible automation.
The pallet sizes vary from 300 to 1600+ mm, and we handle traditional as well as zero point pallets that require workpiece centering. Pallets are moved with industrial robots in the lighter end and with stacker cranes in heavier payload solutions. AGV based systems are also entering the shop floors.
Why Should You Consider Automating Your Milling Machines?
Flexible automation does not only allow for higher production capacity – it helps businesses to scale when demand fluctuates, save time from repetitive work such as production setups and manual transfers, and reduce money tied in WIP and inventories. And much more.
Higher revenue and profits with less tied capital
Improved financial results are of course driven by development in operations such as higher utilization of resources, more throughput, higher quality or more proactive production planning. The effect in short: the production achieves higher volumes and profits and operates with less money (less stocks and WIP).
Less idling, more capacity, higher quality and easier production planning
Automation transforms the daily operations making them much more productive, efficient and stable. By automating and with the help of intelligent planning and resource management features of MMS control, the production can achieve high flow and resource efficiencies.
Happier people, customers and planet
Automation helps fighting the challenges of finding and keeping skilled labor and being able to deliver quality on time. By increasing resource efficiency and making jobs more meaningful, safe and accessible it also supports in reaching sustainability targets.
Milling Machine Automation Success Stories
Here you can find interesting customer stories of milling machine automation.
Smothers knew to expect increased savings when he incorporated the FMS, reorganized the cell layout, and made lights-out production possible. What he didn’t expect was just how much USNR would save.
SKF Aeroengine France
Flexible manufacturing system takes care of pallet and workpiece handling – SKF manufactures bearing components in a highly automated process The production of small batches down to single workpieces is not something generally associated with highly automated systems – especially if the production involves complex machining, with additional, sometimes difficult process steps, and when […]
CNC Industries invests in Fastems FMS. The result? Maximized spindle uptimes and flexibility to schedule for just-in-time delivery to customers.
Sant Hydraulic Technology
“Our kind of High-Mix, Small-Batch production would have been a challenge without Fastems FPC.”
Find just the right solution for your 3 to 5 axis milling machines or turn-mills with our easy solution finder. If you don’t find a solution for your machine with this tool just contact us directly – we are an open integrator and can automate almost any machine tool!
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FPT - Flexible Pallet Tower
Easy plug-and-play pallet tower that supersedes traditional pallet pools and automatic pallet changers.
RFC Robotic Finishing Cell
Modular RFC, a robot-supported automation system for the flexible deburring of different workpieces
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.