With the MMS Version 6, Fastems is presenting the latest release of its software for automated pallet handling for the metal cutting industry. The software not only manages all NC programs required for production, it also administrates the data of all tools and monitors their service life. If an unforeseen situation should arise, the MMS can automatically rearrange the production plan in real time, taking into account the changed production process priorities.
The new Release 6 of the Manufacturing Management Software (MMS) from Fastems is claimed to offer decisive benefits to users, both on the shop floor and at the management level. As the company explains, the user interface is now based on HTML 5 technologies. As that supports various hardware platforms and operating systems, the new interface is said to create the key prerequisites for the smooth transformation of production processes as defined by Industry 4.0. For example, as a browser-based solution, it is possible to access current production information from anywhere in the world via secure Internet links. The use of smartphones and tablet PCs also enables users to plan and access the system and to monitor live production data wherever they are located.
The customer-driven improvements include utilities for advance production order planning long before they are in queue for machining. Another new feature is the simulation of the anticipated capacity utilization level in an automatic production process, along with the related order-dependent production schedule. Therefore, according to the German developers, the automation software not only provides more concise insights into the ongoing production processes, but also enables users to plan future manufacturing runs much more precisely. The new version contains a new set of software tools with which future production resource requirements can be verified, for example by assessing the availability of materials, tools and the upcoming capacity requirements of the machines.