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Festo AG & Co KG

01 Emanating from the central com-

pressed air system, the whole factory is

supplied with compressed air via differ-

ent networks


Environmental targets

• Sustainable and ecologically viable operations

• Forerunner in terms of energy efficiency

• One per cent annual improvement in the key

energy figures

Components are electrolytically treated

there and thus made resistant to corrosion

or given particular surface properties

Instead of outsourcing it, the planners

made the conscious decision to integrate

this costly procedure

Products and components are expected to

pass through the factory as quickly as pos-

sible whilst conserving as many resources

as possible Sophisticated insulation on

the electroplating tank today saves around

15,000 cubic metres of exhaust air each

hour Furthermore, the ventilation system

is equipped with a heat exchanger to

recover energy The waste heat from the

combined heat and power stations is used

to heat water

The generation of compressed air repre-

sents another major consumer of energy

Centre for building services

All the supply facilities – combined heat

and power stations, boilers, cooling

machines, distributors, pumping stations,

cooling towers and the central compressed

air system – are housed in a separate

building on the premises Heat, cold, cool-

ing water and compressed air are fed from

this technical centre to the production lev-

els via an accessible media duct Pipe

routes, which are arranged at an interval

of nine metres, and can be accessed every

three metres, make up a continuous sup-

ply network Production equipment can be

flexibly rearranged at any time, without

changes being necessary to the building

infrastructure The structure also provides

every possibility for a further expansion of

the Technology Plant if required

Data volumes under control

To safely operate the equipment in the

buildings, all consumption data and the

correct function of the individual facilities

are continually recorded The data comes

together in a central building management

system The facilities are automatically

controlled from here Thanks to the clear

visualisation system, any faults can be dis-

played in real time on a computer or tablet

and action taken if necessary By prioritis-

ing the types of alarm, the emergency ser-

vices can estimate whether they are

needed on-site – at night, for instance

Keeping an eye on large facilities

The planners paid special attention to the

large facilities from the start In the Tech-

nology Plant, electroplating is the single

facility that consumes the most energy