Flexible Manufacturing System (FMS)

Flexible Manufacturing System

Flexible manufacturing system (FMS) is the most effective way to automate mass production processes, allowing you to switch from one product design type manufacturing to another with minimal waste of time or labor.

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What is FMS?

A flexible manufacturing system is a complex of technological tools consisting of one or two multi-purpose CNC machines or CNC metal-cutting machines able to make automatic changes to the working tools, materials, and transport them from the warehouse to the processing area using various transport means, such as self-propelled robotic carts. 

This complex system is operating on a Unified Software Process that facilitates manufacturing by creating custom automated processes modes that have minimal human intervention.

Flexible Manufacturing System Advantages


By using FMS  dangerous work (such as lifting heavy weights) the risk of workers injuries can be eliminated. Labor creates health risks. If robots work instead of humans, humans will never be in danger. The greatest safety measure can be taken into account to prevent people from doing dangerous work.

Reduce Work Time

Because the automation processes are performed by robots it will permanently and reliably maintain an optimal working state, which reduces the need of human work time.

Preserve Product Quality

Automation eliminates dependence on individual skills, eliminates work variations, and preserves the product quality. This is because even with “touch”, tricks, and experience that only experts can have, if you create software for an industrial robot, you immediately create a robot. A machine that is doing exactly the same every time it works. Elimination of personalization in the manufacturing process not only contributes to maintain optimal product quality, but also reduces the cost of training and recruiting personnel.

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FMS Disadvantages

There are also disadvantages to introducing FMS (automation) in your factory. Be sure to check it thoroughly before implanting, alongside with its benefits.

Initial investment in Equipment & Software

Industrial automated machines are essential for FMS Implementation.  Unlike simpler jigs and tools, industrial robots for automating the entire process are not cheap. Therefore, a large sum of money is required as initial investment. Purchasing automated equipment is a big expense, even if the whole reason for the implementation is to reduce costs.

Industrial Robots Selection & Teaching

Another disadvantage is to select the right industrial robots for your projects and to teach them how to operate correctly. Even if it is possible to invest in the initial equipment, specialized knowledge and skills are required to implement FMS (automation), which consists of a high level of expertise.

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