Fastems Automation Guide and Webinar Reveal How to Multiply Machine Tool Efficiency with Production Automation

Automated manufacturing solutions provider Fastems LLC has released a free, downloadable Ultimate Guide for Flexible Automation at fastems.com/automation-guide to examine how one optimized machine tool can perform as well as three underused machines.

[West Chester, OH - April 2021] Automated manufacturing solutions provider Fastems LLC has released a free, downloadable Ultimate Guide for Flexible Automation at fastems.com/automation-guide to examine how one optimized machine tool can perform as well as three underused machines. The guide is available on the Fastems website www.fastems.com and covers the six main production bottlenecks that hinder manufacturing efficiency: production planning, production start set-up, cutting tool management, transfers and loading between process phases, quality and tracing, and machine tools. Also available on the site is the same information in the form of the Six Solution Blocks for Small Batch Manufacturers webinar.


In the average shop, machine optimization - or lack thereof - can cripple a manufacturer's success. Unautomated machines run averagely at 30% utilization (7.2 spindle hours each day). With flexible manufacturing systems (FMS), machines can run up to 90% optimization (21.6 spindle hours a day). This change results in one automated machine running the same amount of spindle hours as three comparable unautomated machines. The automation guide and webinar explain in greater detail how manufacturers can optimize their operations. Machines in the average shop run underused for a variety of reasons. Commonly the spindle doesn't run during setups, material and tools may not be available exactly when they need to be, scheduling inefficiency results in idle time, urgent orders wreak havoc on schedules, and machines malfunction. Further, if a shop is not set up to run lights-out, a machine can only be run for part of the manned shifts, decimating its uptime. In the guide, Fastems reveals three keys to achieving high utilization: make production planning and execution intelligent, automate hardware to work stably night and day, and make processes reproducible.

For more information, download the free Fastems automation guide or watch the free Fastems solutions webinar at fastems.com/automation-guide.

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About Fastems
Founded in 1901, Fastems delivers intelligent factory automation solutions around cutting machine tools and related processes. We are a family-owned business with 40 years of experience and over 4000 installations. Our mission is to help metalworking manufacturers improve their productivity and profitability.

Our application fields are pallet and robotic automation - always equipped with our industry-leading production planning and execution software. We also have solutions for automating the production and resource planning of stand-alone machine tools. We support our systems with a wide range of services.

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