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Factory Automation

By combining the latest system design packages with our wide variety of software control platforms, FAST Technologies can provide a wide range of complete production lines incorporating robotics and special purpose machines and with the very best machine design solutions to companies on a global scale.

With our extensive experience in the industry, our automation solutions team can deliver and demonstrate some of the key benefits of adopting industrial automation & robots for businesses of any size.

Designing any system to incorporate automation solutions requires extensive knowledge in automation machine design and build. At FAST we can apply this knowledge to your project needs with expertise in the following areas.

automation solutions

Designing any system to incorporate automation solutions requires extensive knowledge in automation machine design and build. At FAST we can apply this knowledge to your project needs with expertise in the following areas.

  • Production Line Design & Assembly
  • Vision Guided Vehicles
  • Automated Guided Vehicles
  • Linear Motion & Transfer Systems
  • Robotics – ABB, Kuka, Stäubli, etc
  • Collaborative Robotics Solutions and Integration
  • Monitored Safety Guarding (Light Curtains, Safety Mats, Interlocks, Safety Gates)
  • Safety Control Programming (EN ISO 13849-1 up to PL e and EN IEC 62061 up to SIL CL 3)
  • Various PLC Control Platforms
  • Closed Loop Control Circuits
  • Conveying & Sortation
  • Handling & Feeder Systems
  • Vision & Inspection Systems
  • Product Trace-ability (QR Codes, RFID)
  • Fabric Forming
  • Packaging Automation Solutions
  • Servicing & Maintenance Contracts
  • Upgrades & Refurbishment

SPECIAL PURPOSE MACHINERY

Designing any system to incorporate automation solutions requires extensive knowledge in automation machine design and build. At FAST we can apply this knowledge to your project needs with expertise in the following areas.

  • Linear Motion & Transfer Systems
  • Robotics (6 axis of movement, grippers, accuracy & repeat-ability)
  • Monitored Safety Guarding (Light Curtains, Safety Mats, Interlocks, Safety Gates)
  • Safety Control Programming (EN ISO 13849-1 up to PL e and EN IEC 62061 up to SIL CL 3)
  • Various PLC Control Platforms
  • Closed Loop Control Circuits
  • Conveying & Sortation
  • Handling & Feeder Systems
  • Vision & Inspection Systems
  • Product Trace-ability (QR Codes, RFID)
  • Fabric Forming
  • Packaging Automation Solutions
  • Servicing & Maintenance Contracts
  • Upgrades & Refurbishment

With a fully automated solution evaluated, designed, controlled and tested our final system will enhance the following key areas:

  • Reducing Production Costs & Overheads
  • Improve Quality
  • Increase Production Consistency, Accuracy & Reliability
  • Promoting Workplace Health & Safety

FAST

From an initial customer visit we listen to your needs and objectives, from this information we develop an understanding of the requirement that allows us to collectively pull together design concepts that fall in line with the customers expectations. By understanding our customers need we can improve process reliability, accuracy, throughput and repeatability to maximise the system performance, leading to reduced operation costs and higher production volumes.

Our aim is to design, supply and deliver a high quality solution that satisfies the initial customer requirement. By  using traditional design methods and techniques coupled  with high-end 3D design software packages we can  provide a fully modelled system to scale prior to system  build. This approach allows input and feedback from the customers in order to refine the solution before progressing to the build phase.

With a dedicated systems integration team, engineers and technicians have a full understanding and excellent communication channels open before, during and after system build. This approach ensures quality and consistency whilst maintaining a focus on the project delivery date. Our project planning ensures key milestones are met on time to allow for controls integration and adequate system testing.

Our in-house programming capabilities allows the team to develop complex programming algorithms for critical processes and whether using relay logic, micro controllers, PLC’s or PC based control platforms we can provide a fully automated system that can integrate control devices such as linear drives, vision inspection, closed loop heating / cooling, RFID & 2DBarcode readers for product traceability, SCARA robotics, Cartesian X,Y,Z, conveyors, etc.

We are also experienced middleware  providers offering a single platform to enable Smart Factorywide solutions.

With an extensive testing program and fault detection systems we can prove out function and operation to ensure the system performs and functions as specified. The final systems are extensively tested at our facility to ensure customer specifications, safety requirements and quality standards are met before being delivered to the clients site.

VISION GUIDED VEHICLES

As FAST Technologies strive to become your preferred partner for Factory Automation, critical too this is offering world class solutions, therefore we partner with technology providers that set us apart. Enter Seegrid and Dr. Hans Moravec, robotics visionary, invented evidence grid technology during his tenure as a research professor at The Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University in the late 1990s. Pairing evidence grids with stereo vision inspired Moravec to commercialize his invention. Seegrid was founded in 2003—and today hundreds of vision guided vehicles are providing value to customers globally. Simple. Flexible. Our patented Vision technology transforms standard pallet trucks and tow tractors into driverless vision guided vehicles (VGVs). Unlike traditional AGVs, VGVs are 100% infrastructure-free–operating in manufacturing and distribution facilities without lasers, wires, magnets, or tape–for unmatched flexibility.

Their patented Vision technology transforms standard pallet trucks and tow tractors into driverless vision guided vehicles (VGVs). Unlike traditional AGVs, VGVs are 100% infrastructure-free–operating in manufacturing and distribution facilities without lasers, wires, magnets, or tape–for unmatched flexibility.

ADVANTAGES

  • Increase throughput productivity
  • Cut growing labor and operating costs
  • Solve inconsistent labor availability
  • Reduce downtime
  • Improve market competitiveness
  • Exceed customer demands
  • Eliminate forklift accidents and injuries
  • Reduce product, facility, and equipment damage
  • Improve the management of materials

Seegrid gives you the power to direct your robotic fleet.

  • Monitor VGVs for real-time updates on any web device
  • Develop rules of the road commands to ensure efficient traffic flow
  • Create custom business rules for dispatching, work processes, and notification policies
  • Integrate with external control devices or software systems

100% Flexibility: Infrastructure-Free

  1. Simple – Retrain routes in minutes without CAD drawings
  2. Redeployable – Train a single VGV to perform different functions on different shifts
  3. Multi-use – Operate in manual or automatic mode for maximum flexibility
  4. Interchangeable – Transfer route knowledge from one VGV to another with the push of a button

Automated Guided Vehicles – MiR

 

 

Mobile Industrial Robots is a leading manufacturer of collaborative mobile robots

Mobile Industrial Robots is a leading manufacturer of collaborative mobile robots. They are dedicated to developing user-friendly, flexible and safe robots to help companies increase the efficiency of their operations.

 

Their autonomous robots are a new generation of advanced mobile robots which give you a rapid return on investment, often with a payback period of less than a year. These unique, collaborative robots are now used by manufacturers in a wide range of industries and healthcare sectors to automate their in-house transportation. As a first mover in the field, we have enjoyed a rapid, worldwide adoption of our unique and innovative robots.

Products

MiR200™

Increase efficiency and free employees from low-value logistics tasks. MiR200™ easily automates internal transportation throughout your manufacturing, warehousing or healthcare facility.

MiR100™

The MiR100™ is a safe, cost-effective mobile robot that quickly automates your internal transportation and logistics. The robot optimizes workflows, freeing staff resources so you can increase productivity and reduce costs.

MiRFleet™

Optimize your internal transportation with a fleet of MiR robots and easy, centralized, web-based configuration. Eliminate bottlenecks and downtime with 24/7 mobile robot operation throughout your facility.

MiRHook™200

Increase the efficiency of internal transportation tasks with an extended-payload MiRHook™ 200 mobile robot. MiRHook™ 200 is a user-friendly and efficient mobile robot for fully automated pick-up and towing of carts in production, logistics and healthcare environments.

MiRHook

Increase the efficiency of internal transportation tasks with an extended-payload MiRHook™ mobile robot. MiRHook™ is a user-friendly and efficient mobile robot for fully automated pick-up and towing of carts in production, logistics and healthcare environments.

MiRCharge™

MiRCharge™ is a fully automatic charging station that lets MiR robots autonomously reload their batteries as needed. This small, non-intrusive charging station uses standard power and can be easily integrated into almost any environment.

 

 

CUSTOMERS WE WORK WITH

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