Agile Manufacturing Cell
What is AMC?
Flexible Batch Manufacturing
In the past the benefits of flexible manufacturing have been challenging to realize on machines that don’t use a pallet such as turning machines. This has been because:
- Control software features were under-developed
- Automatic set-up changing technologies were not widely available
- Set-up changes, including robot cell re-programming, have taken too much time
Fastems Agile Manufacturing Cell (AMC) is a robot-based manufacturing cell that brings the traditional benefits of flexible manufacturing for direct machine tending. In practice it consists of:
- Fastems control software MMS
- Machine tool(s) and other processes such as measuring or marking
- Automatic set-up change technology for machine tools and robot
- Suitable material storage solution for needed unmanned time with limited investment on fixtures
Automation for flexible batch sizes
Easy introduction of new work pieces
Transparency through automatic production scheduling
Manufacturing Management Software
AMC comes with industry’s finest production planning and execution software, MMS. It is capable of scheduling flexible batch production. This is based on combining handling orders and resources (tools, nc-programs, set-ups, materials) with the hardware control – all in one software.
More about Agile Manufacturing on our Blog
Run smaller batches economically (1/3): Part fixturing to machine
This is the first post of a three part blog series written by our Solution Architect, Seppo Pyykkö, who introduces technical approaches on how to make small series production more economical – starting with the part fixturing to machines.
Run smaller batches economically (2/3): Robotic handling and gripping
Delve into the second post of Seppo Pyykkö’s three part series introducing ways to achieve economically feasible production of small batches. In this post, Seppo hones in on robotic handling and gripping.
Run smaller batches economically (3/3): NC programming and resource management
In the last post of the three-part economical small-batch production series, our automation expert, Seppo Pyykkö, focuses on the software and NC programming that he claims needs to be rethought when moving towards very small batches or pure 1-offs.