Fastems Introduces New Automated Robotized Cells

Fastems Introduces New Automated Robotized Cells

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Fastems Introduces New Automated Robotized Cells

Fastems will be presenting its automation equipment, software, and expertise for manufacturers attending EMO 2019 in Hannover, Germany from September 16 – 21. 

“We will be engaging with customers and prospects to explore the optimal way to take a conventional machining cell or manufacturing operation and automate it,” said David Suica, president of Fastems LLC, the North American subsidiary of Finland-based Fastems Oy Ab. “We can discuss everything from a modular system incorporating a robot to a comprehensive and complex FMS solution, and all the various iterations in between that spectrum. Automation solutions require a customized approach and a collaborative effort with our customers. While we provide equipment such as pallet stackers, robots, load/unload stations, and sophisticated software, the design and configuration of all the pieces require experience and proven success. That’s what Fastems brings to each and every customer’s particular automation needs.”

In addition to relaying their entire scope of automation solutions, the company is highlighting its most recent introductions, including new services and a new version of the simulation software for Robotized Finishing Cells (RFC) called FastSimu; its latest version of its Manufacturing Management Software – MMS Version 7; and the RoboCell ONE.

For the Robotized Finishing Cells (RFC), Fastems is launching new simulation services and a new version of its FastSimu software at EMO. The simulation services are comprised of packages pertaining to activities before and after an RFC acquisition. For instance, Fastems conducts a preliminary study to assure that the RFC is designed with an optimal configuration based on the customer’s specific processes. There are also services involving simulation planning for new tools or production options before implementing them, and performance evaluations of deburring methods, tools, and estimated cycle times. 

The new version of FastSimu is an offline software tool for the RFC that graphically simulates various finishing operations such as deburring and milling. Programmers can view realistic simulations of the process and conduct virtual testing of new tools and optimize the operations as necessary to avoid collisions. Using an offline approach enables programming and interacting with FastSimu without interrupting production.

The Fastems RoboCell ONE sets new standards in relation to extremely adaptable and flexible machining, particularly heavy workpieces within batches of different sizes. The easy-to-configure robot cell is primarily designed for handling heavy workpieces weighing up to 176 lbs. (80 kg) and for automating up to two machine tools of the same type – either lathes or milling machines. 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. 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 is an optional, automated gripper change system for the flexible handling of workpieces and the simple implementation of new components – without interrupting production operations. The robot can accordingly be fitted with single, double, or special grippers. Up to six different grippers may be used for handling workpieces in specific production operations. A single robot can be operated in one linear axis is able to supply two machines with workpieces in a flexible manner. Further, different products can be simultaneously produced by using both machines together. To accomplish this scenario, 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. 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. Another major benefit of the RoboCell ONE’s versatile productivity is the option of incorporating additional processes, for example a measuring machine or a marking system, within the automation system. 

The new MMS Version 7 combines three previously separate manufacturing facets in a single, powerful software solution that links all relevant processes – part handling, pallet handling, and workcell operations. The manufacturing processes in the individual areas can be planned, forecasted, controlled, and monitored separately or in combination as required. This allows the full transparency of manufacturing operations by providing a detailed overview of the entire production process. MMS users will therefore not only find it easier to plan the production and the resources required for it as a package, but also to control it more effectively and adapt flexibly to future orders.

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