Flexible manufacturing cell

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A flexible production cell (FFZ) is a processing machine that positions workpieces on the basis of a CNC control and takes over their partial or complete machining and automatically changes tools if necessary.

It usually consists of three components: a machining center , a material flow system and an information system. It is also characteristic that the workpieces are processed on just one machine and that the workpieces are fully automated from the workpiece storage to the machine thanks to the material flow system.

If several industrial trucks are combined with one another, one speaks of a flexible manufacturing system (FMS).


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