Updated MMS Optimizes Sustainability Efforts

FASTEMS announced version MMS 8.2 of its manufacturing management software suite, which controls Fastems automation systems and helps CNC machining operations apply automation to measure, report, and optimize production sustainability efforts. Users can measure energy consumption of NC programs, minimize power consumption during machine idle times, and dedicate specific machine tools to process certain metals for high-quality chip recycling.

MMS version 8.2 will be available as a new feature and as an upgrade to existing Fastems automation systems beginning summer 2024. V8.2 \ is developd to help manufacturers to achieve sustainability goals, especially in the area of high-mix manufacturing.

Automating CNC machines has always been a sustainable choice. Benefits include safer jobs; increased profitability; and reduced manufacturing emissions by half achievable by lessening machining, facility energy consumption, scrap, outsourcing, and logistics. With more than 5,000 automation systems installed globally and a willingness to learn from its customers, Fastems has implemented new features into its automation systems to help manufacturers their sustainability measuring and reporting obligations.

One of the most important requirements for manufacturers is to begin measuring and reporting the carbon footprint of their produced parts. MMS 8.2 measures and reports the machine tool energy consumption of each NC program, allowing the manufacturers to calculate the energy usage in part level. The information can also be used to adjust the inefficient NC programs, or running certain parts overnight when the electricity demand is lower.

To minimize unnecessary energy usage, the new “Auto-Power On/Off” function turns machine tools off automatically when there are no planned NC-programs to run. With the automatic wake function, the machine starts and warms up before by the next NC-program start time.

Since metal is a non-renewable and valuable resource, recycling is an extremely important to sustainability efforts. MMS 8.2 comes with a material-dedicated feature that allows users to rout the jobs with specific material to specific machine tools. This way, high-quality chips can be easily separated and recycled.

“When it comes to CNC automation, sustainability and profitability go hand in hand,” stated Heikki Hallila, vice president of Digital Manufacturing and Automation at Fastems. “The idea of automation is to remove the unnecessary, frustrating, and repetitive work – and our goal is to also make the sustainability work as easy as possible for our customers. These are our very first sustainability-reporting features, which we are extremely proud of, and we already are working on the next developments regarding sustainability,”

To learn more about the new automation features and their availability for your machine tool, and how CNC automation helps in measuring, reporting, and developing sustainability on the shop floor, watch Fastems’ webinar, 5 Steps Toward More Sustainable & Competitive Machining.

Learn more at www.fastems.com/sustainability.