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Fastems New software domain can plan, control and monitor

| Editor: Steffen Donath

Work Cell Operations (WCO) makes it possible to include all manual production tasks, work cells, and stand-alone machines in the IT-supported planning, control and monitoring of production.

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Fastems automation equipment and software can be installed in phases, with each stage growing in capability and functionality.
Fastems automation equipment and software can be installed in phases, with each stage growing in capability and functionality.
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“MMS Work Cell Operations, or WCO, brings the unique Fastems features like automatic, predictive scheduling and full transparency of manufacturing operations, for stand-alone machine tools and other manually operated workstations,” said Tomi Kankainen, CDO and VP of Fastems MOM Software business.

WCO promises a whole range of advantages for work preparation, shop floor and controlling, including time-optimised, automated production planning that takes the entire process chain, managed by WCO, into account, along with automatic detailed planning that allows production with smaller part buffers, among other parameters. In particular, employees on the shop floor have a clear view of what tools and materials are needed and which resources may be missing. Additionally, employees always know exactly which tasks are due in a shift as they are provided with clear, prioritized work lists. These various triggers improve the timeliness of resource ordering and transfer logistics so that tools and materials are always delivered on time to the machines, cells, or FMSs. If permitted, the employee at a machine or work cell also has access to all important production documents and instructions via the WCO module. Against this background, WCO also offers greater transparency with regard to current information on manufacturing capacities, production output, and order status.

These few examples illustrate the potential of WCO, which has a positive influence on the key parameters for efficient overall production, including higher utilisation of production capacities, increased production output, shorter lead times, higher delivery reliability (e.g., through automatic planning based on real production orders, due dates and quantities) and less WIP (Work-in-Progress).

As with all of Fastems products and services, WCO is offered at several levels of engagement and application for the comfort and practicality of a customer’s operations and goals.

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