Fastems' Version 8 flexible pallet container
Fastems is introducing Version 8 of their flexible pallet container (FPC 8), which provides extendable automation for one to three CNC milling machines with 400mm to 1,000mm pallets. The FPC 8 includes the new FPC-1800, which accommodates 12 to 36 pallets measuring 630mm to 800mm in a small 2.4m x 9.2m footprint. Featuring a library of ready-made machine interfaces for over 100 brands, the FPC 8 integrates horizontal machining centers and offers machine tool utilization of up to 85%, short setup times, and high lights-out production capacity. The system can be extended to include two additional containers, increasing capacity to 24 or 36 pallets running on two to three machines.
The FPC 8 is controlled by Fastems’ Version 8 manufacturing management software (MMS) which offers a new single-view user interface with drag-and-drop production orders, EasyRoute for bringing new workpieces into production in under 60 seconds, and an automatic order generator for recurring orders or maintaining a certain stock level.
The FPC 8 features an optional basic loading station (LSB) with pallet height adjustment, specifically designed for jobs with various fixture heights, to provide personalized work positions for each operator while clamping and unclamping workpieces. For systems with a single fixture height or with just a couple of users, Fastems’ standard option compact loading station (LSC) remains a good choice.