Flexible Pallet Container
Easy and Extendable Pallet Automation
Are you looking for an easy and factory tested automation solution for 1-3 machine tools? With excellent options for future extensions? Would you like to have good ergonomics and excellent user experiences?
FPC is a standardized pallet automation solution easily superseding pallet pools or automatic pallet changers. It can be extended for up to 3 machine tools and thanks to the state-of-the-art software MMS, is capable of production scheduling and execution, enabling transparent and reliable delivery times. FPC also features lights out manufacturing.
FPC is a factory tested unit ensuring quick on-site operations and production ramp-up.
Automate Your Milling Machine
FPC is a fast-to-deploy and easy to use automation solution for milling machines with 400 to 1000 mm pallets. The high pallet capacity in a small footprint and various production scheduling options allow for high machine tool utilization and excellent lights out production capacity. The system can also be extended for up to 3 machine tools by just simply adding one or two extra containers!
“Our machine utilization raise from 30% to 70% and the setup times halved. Now we can produce small batches and high mix of parts economically.”
CEO of Kytola Instruments
For 400-1000 mm pallets
Integrate with any machine tool brand
First you select the right horizontal machining center for your production needs. We can automate nearly any milling machine – FPC has already been integrated with hundreds of different machine tools, and the number is constantly rising.
Fast delivery and ramp-up
It is an easy and factory-tested first-step pallet automation for milling machines. FPC is a plug-and-play solution and its deployment only takes days. FPC increases the spindle hours, cuts setup times close to zero and enables lights-out manufacturing. It also adapts to any changes in your job list automatically.
Future Proof Investment
Extends from 1 to 3 machine tools
The world is constantly changing, and the production needs as well. That’s why we want to provide not only a solution for today, but also an investment that pays back tomorrow. FPC can be later extended to run up to three milling machines, thus covering your future growth as well. Plug-and-play.
The Best Automation for 1 to 3 Milling Machines
The wide integration library, extensibility and various scheduling capabilities with real-time production monitoring are what make FPC a superior automation solution for milling machines.
|Comparison||Machine with automatic pallet changer||Pallet pool||FPC|
|Unmanned production capacity||2 pallets||6 pallets||Up to 12 pallets per machine (max. 36)|
|Avg machine utilization||40 %||65 %||85 %|
|Machines run per operator||1||1||3|
|Cost of automation||None||100.000 € per machine||130.000 € + 60.000 € per added machine|
|Extandability||Buy a new machine||Buy a new system||Add a plug-and-play extension|
|Automatic production planning||No||No||Yes|
|Automatic real-time KPI reports||No||No||Yes|
|Floor space (incl. operation space)||40 m2 (120 m2 for 3 machines)||60 m2 (180 m2 for 3 machines)||66 m2 (160 qm2 for 3 machines)|
Streamline Your Production
MMS, the control software of FPC, is always one step ahead by automatically calculating the optimized production workflow and necessary resources based on orders. It adapts automatically to changes in your daily production schedule and displays useful insights to maintain the production output.
1 | Production Planning
2 | Production Resource Check
3 | Production Execution
4 | Following Production KPIs
|Load weight, incl. pallet||750||1000||1500||1800||3000|
|Nominal machine pallet size (mm)||400×400 or 500×500||500×500 or 630×630||630×630 or 630×800||630×630 or 800×800||800×800 or 1000×1000|
(X x Z mm)
|Load rotational diameter
|Load height, incl. pallet
|Storage capacity by container unit||12||16||10||10||12||6|
|Length, base container (mm)||7200||9235||7530||9240||9240||11500|
|Length, extension container (mm)||6910||8980||7270||8980||8980||11500|
|Height, container (mm)||2800||2800||2800||2880||2900|
|Maximum height (mm)||3850||4050||4150||4280||2900|
Automating has lowered the unit cost and cut down the setup times in KP Component’s production.
As the shop’s production mix and volume grew, the time required to construct multiple setups grew as well. The solution was Fastems FPC
Sant Hydraulic Technology
“Our kind of High-Mix, Small-Batch production would have been a challenge without Fastems FPC.”
Hakfelt Produktion AB
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“All this comes with a ROI time for the automation of less than two years” Jarmo Tuohimetsa, CEO
“Being able to gain a real increase in productivity of 25 percent, as promised in advance, was something that really impressed us.”
Automating existing machine tools has increased Supset’s production capacity by nearly 50 percent.
MAN Diesel & Turbo
MAN Diesel is in fierce competition but can utilize the FPC system to keep the machine running without stopping for a long time.
“For us, a medium-sized batch is on average 6 parts, so that we are basically talking about an individual series or small series production.”
“We must remain competitive” says Peter C. Berger, company director, as the reason behind acquiring Fastems FPC-3000.
Download Whitepaper for Automating CNC Milling Machines
This whitepaper discusses topics around shop floor productivity: striving for LEAN manufacturing, what kind of machine tool strategy to select and how to feed the machines with pallet-based automation solutions. We also represent the most typical pallet automation solutions in the market and the production planning methods around them.