Flexible Pallet Automation

Toyoda Machinery (Arlington Heights, IL) offers modular and expandable automation with its Flexible Pallet Automation (FPA) systems that dramatically enhance the production capabilities of HMCs by automating tasks like machine loading and unloading.

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Toyoda Machinery (Arlington Heights, IL) offers modular and expandable automation with its Flexible Pallet Automation (FPA) systems that dramatically enhance the production capabilities of HMCs by automating tasks like machine loading and unloading.

The system is easily upgradeable and can be customized to suit any production environment. A single system can accommodate up to 20 machines and 300 pallets. Ideal when floor space is tight, in-line pallet buffer racks can be stacked vertically at one, two or three levels high. They can be expanded to the left or right, and have pallets on one or both sides of the rail. Different pallet sizes are even allowed within one system so that various machining centers can be linked in a single multi-purpose cell.

Parts are delivered to the machine(s) by a rail-guided vehicle (RGV). Toyoda’s FPA automates machine loading and unloading to achieve spindle utilization well over 90 percent while reducing operator involvement. Toyoda’s PC-based Mach-III Cell Control software centralizes control of all machines, workstations and pallets.