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Flexible Pallet Tower Automation Solution for CNC Milling Machines

Fastems LLC offers the Flexible Pallet Tower (FPT), a compact pallet automation solution for a single CNC milling machine with 300 mm to 630 mm pallets.

FPT integrates with any machine with a wide library of ready-made machine tool interfaces and multiplies the machine tool utilization up by cutting down set-up times and enabling lights-out manufacturing. The plug & 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 other similar systems in the market, Fastems FPT is compatible with any machine tool brand, and it integrates with milling machines whether or not they have automatic pallet changers," said a company spokesperson. In addition, the system footprint is compact: FPT-500 for 300 mm to 500 mm pallets requires only 100 sq. ft., and FPT-1000 for 500 mm to 630 mm pallets requires 175 sq. ft. 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 store up to 24 pallets in two to four levels.

These solutions can be delivered within 16 weeks of order placement. The FPT completes the Fastems pallet automation offering for smaller pallets and even tightest shop floor footprint requirements.

FPT is controlled by the new version of Fastems Manufacturing Management Software (MMS). MMS offers a single-view user interface with drag & 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 & play installation and fast to learn capability, FPT brings immediate automation benefits to the shop floor.

Fastems CEO Mikko Nyman said, "With this solution we can serve customers looking for affordable automation for smaller milling machines, both with and without the automatic pallet changers. With the compact footprint and the configurable pallet storage, FPT is a fit for all kinds of manufacturers. The simplified MMS user interface and the ergonomic workpiece loading station bring a whole new level of ergonomics to the operators."

For more information contact:

Fastems, LLC

9850 Windisch Road

West Chester, OH 45069

866-702-0611 / 513-779-4614

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