Original Press Release
Fastems to Introduce FPC-3000 at IMTS 2012, Booth S-9148
Press release date: May 1, 2012
[WEST CHESTER, OH] Fastems, LLC is pleased to announce that its newest "Flexible Pallet Container" type automation system will be in action in Kitamura Machinery's IMTS 2012 booth S-9148. Fastems range of FPC systems are a progressive alternative to older "pallet pool" technology and provide end users and machine tool builders with a complete FMS installed in a "container". The "FPC 3000" is Fastems newest edition in its line of entry-level FMS solutions and will be integrated with Kitamura's new HX800iL horizontal machining center. The two companies are collaborating at IMTS for the special introduction of both the FPC and the machine so that visitors can view a complete system in operation.
The FPC 3000 is a single-level flexible manufacturing system specifically designed to handle 800mm and 1000mm pallets. Fastems has replaced the typical crane-style pallet changer with a new, dual-rail guided pallet change vehicle sporting a unique low-profile design. This system accommodates loads up to 3000 kg, heights up to 1800mm and diameters up to 1600mm. The standard FPC 3000 will be shown with one machine at IMTS with a load station and 6 pallet positions. However, the unit can be extended with up to 18 pallet positions and 3 identical machine tools.
The container FMS at IMTS will be directed by the latest Fastems Manufacturing Management System (MMS) Cell Controller. The Fastems MMS5 software can extend from a single manufacturing cell to a full-featured, shop-wide system integrated with other manufacturing plant software programs, such as ERP and MRP systems. It is also fully compatible with MT Connect.
More about Fastems Fastems, LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fastems Oy Ab, Tampere Finland. The company established its Cincinnati-area North American headquarters in 2010 as an open integrator of flexible automation systems. The company provides a variety of extendable and flexible automation systems and robots, including advanced MMS (Manufacturing Management System) controls, stacker cranes, conveyors, loading/unloading stations, pallet magazines and assembly organizers, and raw material stations. These "open" automation systems can be incorporated with virtually any modern CNC machine tool and auxiliary equipment brands. Typical applications range from joining two machine tools together with a Flexible Palletized Container (FPC) to highly sophisticated, factory-wide flexible manufacturing systems. Fastems currently employs 450 people in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.