Electric automation product highlights

On the road to seamless automation of machines and systems, we offer you a unique range of solutions. Take advantage of one of the most extensive product portfolios of different linear and rotary mechanical systems, servo drives and motors as well as controller solutions and I/O systems. Always complemented by a varied and open range of communication options for seamless automation solutions.

Whether the task involves linear motion, swivelling, gripping or stopping, our electromechanical axes and modules leave nothing to be desired.

Take advantage of the complete flexibility of our perfectly coordinated servo drives and servo motors with direct integration into virtually any automation environment.

Create more flexibility with the I/O system and motion control solutions from Festo: they can be directly integrated into higher-level control concepts or be used as a flexible and modular solution for comprehensive automation concepts.

Solve simple or complex 2D and 3D handling tasks with our ready-to-install systems and configure your solution in just 20 minutes with the Handling Guide Online.

Each application requires different mechanical motion, either linear or rotary. The modular mechanical system from Festo is extremely diverse and offers all the common mechanical motion systems with interfaces that match one another as well as the workpiece and the motor. Discover our highlights for the best mechanical connectivity, which are not only impressive because of the ease with which everything can be optimally combined but also because they are attractively priced!

ELGD – the new generation of electric spindle and toothed belt axes

Excellent rigidity, large feed forces and a durable guide system

The powerful axis series ELGD with the spindle drive ELGD-BS and toothed belt drive ELGD-TB can be easily used for a wide range of electromechanical automation tasks. The comprehensive portfolio with different sizes in both standard and wide versions, stands out thanks to its excellent rigidity, large feed forces and a durable guide system.

10 good reasons to use the axis series ELGD

Ten strong arguments for ELGD

1. Innovative guide technology with optimised axis design developed in-house

  • Excellent rigidity and exceptional load capacity of the guide
  • Virtually vibration-free and very smooth slide movement, extremely long service life

2. Optimised profile design for the best force flow and torque absorption

  • Excellent rigidity
  • Long strokes of up to max. 2.5m for BS and 8.5m for TB

3. Innovative solution with magnetic stainless steel cover strip

  • Magnetic belt deflection without components causing abrasion on the outside
  • Clean surface, no abrasion on the outside
  • Minimised particle emission for use in cleanrooms
  • Reduced ingress of dirt in harsh ambient conditions

4. Different toothed belt materials

  • Polyurethane (PU2) with fabric sheath for long service life and higher resistance to cooling and lubricating fluids. Steel cord tension members enable high forces to be transmitted and also allow the axis to be dynamically controlled
  • Polyurethane (PU1) without sheath, but with a steel tension member for applications in food areas

5. Two different profiles

  • Standard: square profile cross-section with optimised design
  • Wide: reduced profile height for smaller installation spaces and more compact handling systems, high torsional rigidity with lower weight and reduced costs

6. Slide options (TB): longer slide and freely movable second slide

  • For higher axial and lateral torques and higher loads
  • Additional mounting options
  • Longer service life thanks to a second slide that allows the guide load to be distributed

7. Optional extended slide (BS)

  • For higher axial and lateral torques and higher loads
  • Additional mounting options

8. Selectable motor position (TB)

  • Freely selectable at two positions at the end of the axis
  • Motor with cable connection can be mounted 4 x 90° around its own axis
  • Its position can be changed at any time

9. Selectable motor position (BS)

  • Motor mounting options: axial or parallel, for mounting on the right (MR) or left (ML)
  • Axial: motor can be mounted 4 x 90° around its own axis
  • Parallel: a mounting kit can be fitted at 3 x 90° and the motor can be rotated 3 x 90° around its own axis

10. Reliable thanks to optional sensing using inductive proximity sensor

  • Easy to mount up to 2 sensors in the profile slot without needing additional mounting components
  • Flush mounting without interfering edges outside the drive cross-section

Spindle axis ELGT for cantilever systems – economical, compact and rigid

Cantilever systems with the spindle axis ELGT stand out thanks to the advantages they offer for the electronics industry, desktop applications and battery production. But the ELGT can also be used in test and inspection systems, in small parts handling and in assembly systems.

Wherever your production process requires its special features, where the conveying path should not be obstructed or where the machine layout is determined by maximum compactness, you can't go wrong with this very compact and cost-effective ELGT. Systems with ELGT can be perfectly combined to create 2D and 3D cantilever systems and can also be directly combined with linear axes ELGC or the mini slide EGSC.

  • Double guide of the axis slide and extra-wide individual guide ensures high level of rigidity and durability
  • The guides and the spindle drive cover are of a hard design.
  • Very lightweight yet extremely sturdy connectors for precise connection between all axes
  • Cost-effective and simple position sensing thanks to proximity switches and adapter kit for opto-electrical sensors commonly used in Asian markets

Toothed belt and spindle axes EGC – high load-bearing capacity and very rigid

The extensive range stands out thanks to its maximum rigidity and capacity to absorb high loads and torques, especially in the heavy-duty versions EGC-HD. Not only that, but the axes also offer high maximum speed and impressive dynamic response, even with long strokes up to 8.5 m.

Electric toothed belt axis EGC-TB-185 with 8.5 m stroke (0:47 mins)

Maximum connectivity of the hardware and software, the best possible efficiency and easy operation with servo motors and servo drives from Festo. They form the perfect link between your mechanical systems and control technology and are quick and easy to commission as a complete drive system with the Festo Automation Suite. Put together a combination of electric products that completely meets the requirements of your application, irrespective of your electromechanical system and control environment – perfectly integrated with electric connectivity from Festo.

The fast and easy drive adventure

Even a small automation task, such as simply moving a workpiece from A to B, can become an endless undertaking. Just looking for the right-sized components can turn into a complex project, while commissioning can take even longer.

Find out in this video how it can be done faster and, above all, easier (2:14 min.).

Servo drive CMMT and servo motor EMMT-AS

Extremely compact and versatile

The CMMT-AS is one of the most compact servo drives in the area of low-voltage controllers. The price- and size-optimised servo drive offers extremely dynamic and precise point-to-point and interpolating motions. The low-voltage drive CMMT-ST is a simple and extremely cost-effective solution for positioning tasks and motion solutions with low power requirements.

Both servo drives can be seamlessly integrated into Ethernet-based system environments and controller-specific function blocks are available to download. A major plus point offered by the CMMT series is simple and error-free commissioning in just a few minutes and in just a few steps with the Festo Automation Suite.

The AC synchronous servo motor EMMT-AS is suitable for the CMMT-AS, is very easy to control and has great path accuracy, making it an outstanding choice for positioning tasks for all kinds of demanding and dynamic applications. Connecting the EMMT-AS to the CMMT-AS with the one-cable solution (OCP) reduces installation effort in your machine and saves space.

Compact and cost-effective, easy to install and convenient to connect

  • Multi-protocol: the desired Ethernet protocol can be selected in the Festo Automation Suite or directly on the servo drive
  • Save space in the control cabinet
  • All connections and the operating panel CDSB are at the front and on top of the servo drive with the CMMT-AS
  • CMMT-ST is 50% more compact than the smallest servo drive CMMT-AS
  • Its extremely compact size makes it one of the smallest servo drives compared to its competitors
  • Unique high-density assembly of the servo drive thanks to good series connection

Good to know: combining low-voltage and extra-low voltage servo drives for high performance and excellent economic efficiency

The servo drives CMMT-AS (low-voltage servo drive) and CMMT-ST (extra-low-voltage servo drive) make the perfect combination thanks to their common platform concept, enabling every individual motion of the application to be optimally designed and operated. The CMMT-ST covers the power spectrum from below 50 W up to 300 W and the CMMT-AS enables outputs of between 350 W and 6.5 kW, with 12 kW planned for the future. This also optimises the space required in the machine and especially in the control cabinet. The same fieldbus interfaces and the seamless, consistent integration into an Ethernet-based system environment offer simple and convenient project planning and operation of the entire servo drive family.

Installation and control concepts influence each other. This means that architectures must be cleverly networked to achieve seamless connectivity. Whether you’re looking for a stand-alone control concept with motion control and remote I/O for greater modularity and flexibility in the system layout, perfectly connected I/O systems and control solutions with other control concepts or an optimal, seamless integration into your system environment with Ethernet-based protocols: anything is possible. We call this intelligent connectivity.

Connectivity in real time

If you are faced with the challenges of having limited installation space, a shrinking number of control cabinets, of having to achieve high network capacity and good energy efficiency, then you’re probably asking yourself: what about decentralised automation?

In this video (2:38 mins), we’ll show you how you can tackle these challenges with our CPX-AP-I.

Decentralised automation with remote I/O: the system

System topology:
Starting from the bus interface, one or two lines can be set up using the daisy chain principle. Star and tree topology will also be possible in the future.

Fieldbus communication:
Connection to the higher-level controller via Ethernet-based bus protocols as well as EtherCAT and PROFIBUS.

AP system communication:
AP communication technology combines a host PLC with IO-Link devices, digital and analogue inputs and outputs, and data transfer to the cloud in one easy package.

IO-Link communication:
Several IO-Link masters with up to four IO-Link devices can be connected to one bus interface, which theoretically allows up to 316 IO-Link devices per bus interface within existing system limits.

Decentralised automation with remote I/O: CPX-AP-I

CPX-AP-I offers you an efficient, open and expandable remote I/O system. You can integrate powerful I/O modules, existing valve terminals and many IO-Link devices and electric drives straight into the major host systems. And based on the innovative AP system communication, the remote I/O system offers seamless communication from the workpiece to the cloud. The remote I/O system CPX-AP-I is designed for use in applications with limited space such as assembly machines or modular machines and system designs, in handling and tool changing systems, and in moving applications where low weight and compact installation space are important. Or in fast manufacturing processes with real-time communication. And much more.

  • Real-time capable: bus cycle times up to 250 µs
  • Communicative: direct integration in EtherCAT, PROFIBUS and Ethernet-based networks
  • Powerful: up to 500 modules on one bus interface in the final configuration
  • Unique: existing Festo valve terminals can be directly integrated

Handling systems – pre-assembled and tested

Our ready-to-install systems provide you with a fast and reliable complete solution for your application that is fully assembled, tested and perfectly matched – electric, pneumatic or a mix. It includes an energy chain for cables and tubing, connection technology and matching servo drive package.

The modular and scalable systems

  • 1D single-axis systems
  • 2D linear and planar surface gantries
  • 3D gantries and cantilever systems

include extremely compact and cost-effective solutions on the one hand or offer an impressively high level of mechanical rigidity and sturdy design on the other, whether for light or heavy payloads or large workpieces and very long strokes.

Handling systems configured and digitalised in record time

Traditionally, designing and developing handling systems has been very time-consuming and expensive. With our unique Handling Guide Online, you can design a 2D or 3D system in just 15 minutes.

How does it work? We'll show you in this video (1:32 mins).

Handling Guide Online – designing handling systems

Configure the right handling system, from a single-axis solution to a 3D gantry, quickly and easily with the Handling Guide Online. You only need to enter the axis definition, payload, etc. and in just 20 minutes you will have a perfect ready-to-order system. We supply it together with CAD data and commissioning files, either ready to install or partially assembled.

Start the Handling Guide Online

Our product managers’ view of the technology

"With our Simplified Motion Series, we’ve managed to combine the simplicity of a pneumatic system with the benefits of electric drive technology. This provides our customers with a cost-effective, electric solution for the simplest motion and positioning tasks."

Bernd Schäfer
Product Management Electric Actuators, Festo SE & Co. KG

"The decentralised remote I/O system CPX-AP-I plays a central role in connecting your machine and prepares you for the requirements of the digital factory of tomorrow. Extremely simple to integrate into your control environment, CPX-AP-I seamlessly connects CPX-AP-I sensors, valve terminals or electric actuators, whether digitally, analogue or via IO-Link.

René Neumann
Product Management Controls, Festo SE & Co. KG

"Thanks to its electrical connectivity, our customers can simply integrate the low and extra-low voltage servo drives CMMT, from less than 50 W to 6 kW today and soon up to 12 kW, straight into their Ethernet-based control systems, i.e. PROFINET, Ethernet/IP, EtherCAT and Modbus networks.’

Tim Otto
Product Management Electric Drives, Festo SE & Co. KG