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Compact, Flexible Pallet Automation for CNC Milling

Nov. 11, 2021
The plug-and-play Flexible Pallet Tower package fits any machine with 300- to 630-mm pallets, reducing set-up times and supporting lights-out manufacturing.

FASTEMS LLC launched the new Flexible Pallet Tower (FPT), a compact pallet automation solution for a single CNC milling machine with 300 to 630 mm pallets. FPT integrates with any machine and offers a wide choice of ready-made machine tool interfaces. It will increase machine tool utilization by reducing set-up times and supporting lights-out manufacturing. The plug-and-play automation system also shortens the lead times and allows for higher part mix with smaller unit costs, no matter the production batch sizes.

Compared to similar systems, Fastems FPT is compatible with any machine tool brand and integrates with milling machines, whether or not they have automatic pallet changers.

The system footprint is extremely compact: FPT-500 for 300- to 500-mm pallets requires only 100 square feet; and FPT-1000 for 500- to 630-mm pallets requires 175 square feet. Instead of having a fixed storage, like most of the comparable units, FPT can work with different load heights and pallet sizes with a configurable pallet storage that can hold up to 24 pallets in two to four levels.

The first FPT-500 for 300- to 500-mm pallets will be delivered in February 2022, and the FPT-1000 for 500- to 630-mm pallets will launch in late spring 2022. These packages can be delivered within 16 weeks of order placement.

FPT is controlled by a new version of Fastems Manufacturing Management Software (MMS) that presents a single-view user interface with drag-and-drop production scheduling and allows bringing new workpieces into the system in under 60 seconds.

The system automatically tracks and reports the key performance indicators in real time. With the plug-and-play installation and “fast-to-learn” use, FPT brings immediate automation benefits to the shop floor. “With this solution we can serve also the customers looking for affordable automation for smaller milling machines, both with and without the automatic pallet changers,” according to Fastems CEO Mikko Nyman.

“With the compact footprint and the configurable pallet storage, FPT really fits for all kinds of manufacturers. With the new, simplified MMS user interface and the ergonomic workpiece loading station we can bring a whole new level of ergonomics to the operators,” Nyman added.

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