Rapid changes in global competition have manufacturers focused on productivity by implementing new technologies, installing automated systems and adapting new management techniques and ideas. A common goal behind this push is to link and integrate all the manufacturing pieces into a Flexible Manufacturing System (FMS). Often called Smart Factories and Industry 4.0, these changes embody the transformation at the forefront of modernizing the manufacturing processes to keep competitive in this fast-changing world.
Intelitek’s FMS solutions are designed to introduce this advanced manufacturing capability to vocational and engineering classrooms. By emulating real world industrial automation and production applications found in modern plants in the classroom, educational programs can train skilled workers to be industry ready.
The core component of an FMS solution is a machine tending station that integrates a robotic arm, mobility components like a slide base, materials handling devices and a machine such as a CNC machine. Each FMS setup or cell is designed to perform a task in the manufacturing process. Our FMS product line includes Intelitek’s CNC machining and turning centers, SCORBOT and MotoMan robots, advanced simulation, programming and control software, and curriculum.
Moreover, Intelitek offers integration packages that accommodate CNC machines and/or robots already in your facility. We can combine your existing machines – whether ours or other manufacturers’ – with our new technologies.
Machine Tending Stations (FMS)
This package can be used as a stand-alone workcell, or integrated within a CIM system. The robot tends the CNC machine and performs other part manipulation and/or assembly tasks.
When used in a CIM system, the robot loads and unloads parts to and from the CIM conveyor. The robot is mounted on a linear slidebase for mobility and larger work area.
Any of the MTS stations can be provided as a standalone FMS.
BenchMill 6100 CNC Milling Center
BenchTurn 7100 CNC Turning Center
A versatile and reliable tabletop robot arm for educational use.
A versatile and light-weight 6-axis robotic arm for educational use.
Linear Slide Base (LSB)
The PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) can control and monitor the flow of pallets on the conveyor with the help of sensors and actuators that are build into the stop stations.
Various PLC types (Siemens, Omron, Allen-Bradley) and field bus systems (digital I/O,
Gravity Parts Feeder
A gravity-operated feeder for delivering parts to a robotic materials handling or machine tending operation. A microswitch sensor detects the presence or absence of parts and communicates with the robot controller by means of I/O connections.
Pneumatic Parts Feeder
A pneumatically operated parts feeder with sensor for detecting presence of objects. There are two options available to choose from:
This feeder supplies square parts and is adjustable for part size.
OpenFMS software provides a comprehensive solution for the operation, control and simulation of Flexible Manufacturing System (FMS) cells. OpenFMS is a platform to design, build and program workcells using Intelitek components.
Flexible Manufacturing Systems (FMS)
CATALOG #: 17-3022-0000
HOURS OF INSTRUCTION: 15
The Flexible Manufacturing System (FMS) course exposes students to automation and industrial applications by combining CNC technology with robotics and materials handling. Students develop and edit programs, record precise robotic positions, accurately mill parts,and synchronize mill and robot operation. Students gain “virtual hands-on” experience in CNC and robot programming, especially in I/O commands. Students design solutions for industrial FMS applications with emphasis on real industrial concerns, such as optimized CNC and robotic programming and accurate machine tending.
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