Fastems LLC will showcase its CNC automation solutions for milling and turning machines at booth 339186 in the South Building at IMTS 2022. The highlight of the booth will be the world premiere of Flexible Pallet Tower FPT, a compact automation solution for APC and no-APC 4 and 5-axis machining centers with 300 to 630mm pallets. FPT accommodates up to 24 pallets in 113 square feet and its configurable storage allows for different pallet heights, helping to increase machine tool utilization and lights-out production capacity. FPT – like all Fastems automation systems – can be integrated with over 90 different machine tool brands.
Fastems will also debut the newest version of Manufacturing Management Software (MMS). MMS Version 8 plans, runs and monitors all Fastems automation systems and integrates with various other software and devices to enable flexible and cost optimized production for any batch size. The highlight of MMS Version 8 is the new Insights module that gathers and digests production data and turns it to practical productivity-enhancing tips related to machine, tool and fixture usage. Version 8 also offers an easy single-view user interface with drag-and-drop production orders for one-machine pallet systems, EasyRoute feature for introducing new workpieces into production in under 60 seconds, and an automatic Order Generator for recurring orders or maintaining a certain stock level.
Fastems offers variety of robotic solutions not only for machine tending but to handle other value-adding processes in manufacturing, such as measuring, tool management – even finishing and deburring – which can be done with Fastems’ new modular Robotic Finishing Cell. These solutions are often used together with Fastems flexible manufacturing systems to achieve consistently high quality and lower unit cost.
To improve the customer value of the automation solutions, Fastems is launching a new myFastems portal providing real-time automation status information, alerts, system and maintenance history as well as easy ways to contact Fastems support. The portal also provides odometry and usage analyses for service interval optimization, and a spare part and maintenance order tool.
Fastems’ participation at IMTS isn’t limited to the show floor. Attendees will want to attend CNC Machining Automation – Best Practices for Flexibility, Resilience, and Profitability, presented by Fastems USA President Nathan Turner at IMTS Conference Wednesday, September 14, 2022, at 10:00 AM in Room W193-A. Mr. Turner will present field-proven ways to produce small, high-mix batches economically by combining the efficiencies of physical movement, process integration, production planning, and employee engagement. “We are excited to be back at McCormick Place for the in-person IMTS 2022,” said Turner. “There is nothing like being able to engage with our customers personally and demonstrating our innovative automation solutions to a live audience. People can actually see the benefits of automation and learn more about how it can help them optimize their manufacturing operations.”
Fastems supplies intelligent automation and digitalization solutions for high-mix-low-volume CNC manufacturing. We are an open integrator and a family-owned business with 40 years of automation experience, over 4500 installations and main markets in Europe, North America, and Asia. Our mission is to help metalworking manufacturers improve their productivity and profitability. Fastems’ main application fields are pallet and robotic automation – always equipped with our industry-leading production planning and execution software MMS. We also have solutions for automating the production and resource planning of stand-alone machine tools. We support our systems with a wide range of services. Read more at fastems.com.