In addition, Fastems has developed the user experience and has added functionalities that support use of modular fixtures. According to Fastems, the new software allow for higher production mix with smaller workholding investment. Version 8 will be available during the spring of 2022 either new or as an upgrade to existing Fastems automation systems.
The new MMS Insights module provides CNC companies with highlights and suggestions on how to improve their production processes based on data gathered from the automation system, including all the integrated machinery and data systems. MMS oversees the whole production and comes up with suggestions, such as adding or removing certain tools or fixtures based on usage rates or updating NC-program runtimes for more precise order scheduling.
For manufacturers that use simple pallet automation systems like Flexible Pallet Container (FPC) or Flexible Pallet Tower (FPT), Fastems is introducing a new single-screen user interface with drag-and-drop pallet ordering and a new MMS EasyRoute function that allows the operator to bring entirely new workpieces into production quickly. In addition, for the manufacturers that do not produce purely based on customer orders, there is a new Order Generator that automatically creates production orders based on rules defined by the user. For instance, the system can automatically maintain a certain stock level or produce a recurring batch at regular intervals.
For manufacturers producing high mix and therefore needing a lot of fixtures, Fastems has built a new, optional Fixture Resource Management module. It allows the use of modular fixtures that enable higher production mix with fewer pallets. Using modular fixtures can generate cost savings on fixture investment, space savings on pallet storage, and time savings from less fixture building.
“With version 8, we’ve enhanced our pallet handling features based on customer feedback, resulting in a new single-view user interface for the simple CNC automation systems, and ability to bring new workpieces into production in under 60 seconds,” said Mikko Nyman, Fastems CEO. “The Insights module helps manufacturers to make data-based decisions with the real-time reports on resource usage.”
Fastems is hosting a live launch event to demonstrate MMS Version 8. The online event is scheduled for Tuesday, November 30 at 12 PM Eastern time. (The time zone for New York, NY.). Registration is free at www.fastems.com/mmsv8-launch.
Fastems supplies automation and digitalization solutions for high-mix, low-volume CNC manufacturing.
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