Fastems and Gardner Denver agree partnership for new smart factory in Finland

Fastems, a provider of CNC automation solutions, has announced that it is involved in designing the automation elements for a new factory being built by Gardner Denver, a company that supplies flow control and compaction equipment.

With Fastems’ help, Gardner Denver hopes to accelerate the manufacture of its products and support Fastems in its continued development of MQL software for the modern workshop.

Fastems also showed several of its automation solutions at Robotics and Automation 2022.

Gardner Denver, part of the American Ingersoll Rand group, is planning to build a new factory in the Messukylä industrial zone in Tampere next to the company’s old one. It was also reported that Ingersoll Rand has already invested several million euros in the project.

This is because its current production facilities, equipped with two Fastems Flexible Manufacturing System (FMS) lines, are too small for the growing production needs, which are reportedly requiring both new space and new technology.

In addition, Gardener Denver hopes the investment can result in increased unmanned hours and greater flexibility for any short-run production.

In addition, the use of intelligent automation solutions is to be installed so that production plants can recognize in advance when and if human assistance is needed.

The new factory is planned for early 2024.

Gardner Denver describes the factory under construction as an “intelligent production facility of the future”, with which it intends to significantly increase its efficiency.

“Our goal is to bring the OEE value (Overall Equipment Efficiency) to 85 percent,” says Jani Mannila, production and development manager at Gardner Denver. According to the two companies, the average OEE in the industry is around 60 percent.

“The goal is to reduce inconvenient work like night shifts and secondary, physically demanding tasks,” Mannila added.

“We can provide Fastems with valuable first-hand information.

“If we combine the know-how of both companies, we can go even further with flexible automation systems.”

Gardner Denver has reportedly been a Fastems customer since 1995. This factory investment aims to actively participate in the development of Fastems’ MQL software.

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