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Industrial Technology Apr 18

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Smart Machines & Factories Dec 18 Industry 4.0 and the language barrier. Various different terms have evolved to describe the Industry 4.0 phenomenon: but are they helping industry to understand the changes ahead or is language a barrier to implementation? Aaron Blutstein looks for answers in conversation with Steve Sands of Festo. Smart Machines & Factories

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The Manufacturer Nov 18 AI in the workplace of the future. What role will artificial intelligence play in the factories of the future, and what technological advances are being made to encourage humans and machines to work more collaboratively? Steve Sands explains what the future workplace might look like. The Manufacturer

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The Engineer Nov 18 Full speed ahead for new disabled driving tech. A look at pioneering new system to ensure racing is fairer. Team BRIT, a motor racing team of disabled drivers that competes alongside able-bodies drivers, has worked with engineers at Festo and Slovenian firm MME Motorsport on an advanced pneumatic system that enables steering, brakes, clutch, throttle and gears to all be controlled purely by hand. The Engineer

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Valve User Winter 18 Optimised for control cabinet installation. Complete customer solutions from Festo provide machine builders with a supply partner who can provide a modular, sub-system approach reducing bottle necks, build and delivery times. Valve User

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Controls, Drives & Automation Nov 18 Industry 4.0 in action. You've heard the theories, now read the realities. Here CDA brings a selection of applications where Industry 4.0 is being successfully put into practice including examples from Festo. Controls, Drives & Automation

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Controls, Drives & Automation Nov 18 Industry 4.0 case study: Smart Maintenance. Steve Sands of Festo discusses the significant impact Industry 4.0 technologies are already having on production at Festo. Controls, Drives & Automation

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Control Engineering Oct 18 Industry 4.0: Accepting the need for change. Suzanne Gill looks at the importance of automation and Industry 4.0 technologies for the food and beverage processing sector, and finds out what is driving industry forward with adoption and what is holding it back. Andy Macpherson, Food & Beverage Industry Manager at Festo gives his views. Control Engineering Europe

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Industrial Technology Oct 18 Pneumatics in the 21st Century and beyond. If the future is digital, what role is there for pneumatics in the world of 21st Centure automation? Andy Parker-Bates from Festo investigates how the technology is adapting to change. Industrial Technology

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Smart Machines & Factories Sep / Oct 18 Grasping 4IR opportunities - Smart Machines & Factories 4IR survey results. The recent Smart Machines & Factories 4IR survey, supported by GAMBICA and EEF, and sponsored by Festo GB, highlights that some manufacturers are already grasping 4IR opportunities, but others are still to take their first steps on their journey. Smart Machines & Factories

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Hydraulics & Pneumatics Sep 18 New Quick Check Tool helps companies prepare for Industry 4.0 adoption. Called Industry 4.0 Quick Check, it enables companies to identify their current Industry 4.0 maturity level and what their next training and development priorities should be. Hydraulics & Pneumatics

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Valve User Autumn 18

BionicFinWave: An underwater robot with a unique fin drive. Nature impressively teaches us what the ideal propulsion systems for certain types of movement in water look like. For the latest concept from the Festo Bionic Learning Network, the bionics team was inspired by the undulating fin movements executed by marine animals such as the polyclad or the cuttlefish and created the BionicFinWave.

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Valve User Autumn 18

Digital pneumatics: breakthrough in fingerboard control, safety, reliability. It’s a technological disrupter with exciting potential applications in oil and gas exploration and production. For example, Festo has used digital pneumatics to control and monitor latch opening on the fingerboard of an oil exploration platform. The benefits include cost and time savings in installation, a reduced safety risk for employees, lower energy cost and increased reliability through preventive maintenance.

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Controls, Drives & Automation Aug / Sep 18 Automation mitigates sector challenges. In common with many UK industrial sectors, food & drink is facing challenges when it comes to training and retention. Automation can go some way toward addressing this. Charlotte Stonestreet interviews experts in the industry including Andy Macpherson, Food & Beverage Industry Manager at Festo. Controls, Drives & Automation

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Controls, Drives & Automation Aug / Sep 18 Marine technology moves into the digital age. Sensors, controls, actuators - Andy Pye takes a look at the technologies that are seeing the marine sector sail into the digital world. He quotes and example where Festo is using digital pneumatics to control and monitor latch opening on the fingerboard of an oil exploration platform. Controls, Drives & Automation

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Industrial Plant & Equipment Aug 18

Rise of the robots. The ever occurring march towards Industry 4.0 means that it has never been more important to invest in robotics and automation. Fortunately, there is no shortage of innovative and cutting-edge models to choose from including the Bionic WheelBot from Festo, as this round up from Charlotte Stonestreet demonstrates.

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Electronic Product Design & Test Aug 18 Six steps for implementing Industry 4.0. Many manufacturers in the electronics sector are appreciating the benefits of industrial digitalisation and the potential it offers to improve production efficiencies, reduce cost and be more responsive to customer demands.Those tasked with implimenting the new technologies may struggle with where to begin the transformation. In this article Steve Sands, head of product management at automation technology specialists Festo, refelects on the company's experiences and offers insights into the practical application of Industry 4.0 Electronic Product Design & Test

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Hydraulics & Pneumatics Jul/Aug 18

Festo technical paper demonstrates how to maintain network security while applying Industry 4.0. Industrial automation specialist Festo has published a new technical paper entitled ‘Using the Festo IoT Gateway in Enterprise Networks’. Network security is paramount to ensure the integrity of data when implementing Industry 4.0 principles in the manufacturing industry.

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Machinery Update Jul Aug 18 Is manufacturing really pressing for progress? This year's International Women's Day campaign theme of #PressForProgress prompted Machinery Update to talk to three women about their experiences in manufacturing from different perspectives to see if times were indeed a-changin'. Eliza Rawlings, General Manager of Festo was interviewed. Machinery Update

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Control Engineering Jun 18

Mobile maintenance: proof of Industry 4.0 payback. Eberhard Klotz, head of the Industry 4.0 campaign at Festo, demonstrates what contribution Industry 4.0 is already making to the booming automation technology sector. He highlights the potential improvements in performance and quality of maintenance teams – and thus OEE figures – with rapid return on investment times.

Control Engineering Europe

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Hydraulics & Pneumatics Jun 18

New bio-inspired robots from Festo include rolling spider and flying fox. Festo has unveiled two new lightweight robotic concepts, inspired by nature. The BionicWheelBot and BionicFlyingFox are this year’s creations from the company’s Bionic Learning Network, where Festo’s experts looked at the motion of spiders and bats to navigate complex situations – from crossing rocky terrain to learning efficient flight paths.

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Smart Machines & Factories May 18 Robots, AI and the collaborative workplace. How can artificial intelligence be applied to accelerate the transition to more connected factories, where human and machine work collaboratively? What technological advances are being made, and how can we encourage robots (and humans) to learn? Steve Sands, head of product management at Festo, explains what the future workplace might look like. Smart Machines & Factories

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Manufacturing Management May 18 End game for maintenance. Disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and data analytics are pushing maintenance into a digital future, as Mark Venables explains. Steve Sands, head of product management at Festo contributes. Manufacturing Management

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Control Engineering May 18 Is your Industry 4.0 network secure? Steve Sands, head of product management at Festo, explores how recent work by Festo enables control engineers to ensure the security of networks while providing the benefits of Industry 4.0 connectivity. Control Engineering Europe

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Industrial Technology May 18 Skilled workers are the vital ingredients for Industry 4.0. Andy Macpherson looks at what manufacturers can do to secure a suitably skilled workforce for the future as well as examining what technological advances are now available to help food processors start their journey towards the smart factory. Industrial Technology

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Drives & Controls May 18 Bionic spider rolls or runs, while fruit bat flies overhead. A camera-guided flying fruit bat, and a 'spider' that can both walk and roll, were the latest additions to Festo's menagerie of bionic creatures that made their debuts at last month's Hannover Fair. Drives & Controls

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Design, Products & Applications May 18 How to choose the right valve for optimised machine performance. Increased production demands in recent years have led to a need for more accurate, reliable and durable components. Ironically, as the range of available technologies and pneumatic valve types, models, and properties expands to meet these requirements, specifiers, machine builders, OEM's and plant engineers can find the choice daunting. Andy Parker-Bates, Product Manager at Festo gives a brief overview of the main valve technologies, their operation and respective pros and cons. Design, Products & Applications

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Hydraulics & Pneumatics Apr / May 18 Digital transformation and the automotive sector. British Fluid Association members consider the growing trend towards automation and digitalisation within the automotive industry, and the enduring importance of more traditional technologies such as pneumatics within the fast-developing digital transformation landscape. Hydraulics & Pneumatics

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Control Engineering Apr 18 Proof of Industry 4.0 payback - Eberhard Klotz explains what contribution Industry 4.0 is already making to the booming automation technology sector and demonstrates how it is already offering a payback. Control Engineering Europe

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New Manufacturing Yearbook 2018 Driving the manufacturing of the future. Steve Sands looks at how Industry 4.0 is shaping the manufacturing of the future. New Manufacturing Yearbook

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Manufacturing Management Apr 18 Developing the right skills for Industry 4.0. Manufacturers have to consider the impact that implementing Industry 4.0 will have on their workforce, and the skills that will be needed in the future. Neil Lewin reports. Manufacturing Management

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Smart Machines & Factories Mar / Apr 18 Digital transformation and the automotive sector. British Fluid Power Association companies consider the growing trend towards automation and digitalisation within the automotive industry, and the enduring importance of more traditional technologies such as pneumatics within the fast-developing digital transformation landscape. Smart Machines & Factories

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Smart Machines & Factories Mar / Apr 18 Creating a route to Industry 4.0. Festo's senior consultant, Training & Consulting - Neil Lewin, says the company has identified four key creativity techniques that can help develop creative thinking and generate new innovative ideas. Smart Machines & Factories

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Controls, Drives & Automation Feb / Mar 18 Smarter futures supplement - The digitalisation of pneumatics. Andy Parker-Bates, Product Manager at Festo, looks at the latest pneumatic developments from Festo. Controls, Drives & Automation

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Controls, Drives & Automation Feb / Mar 18 Smarter futures supplement - Driving the production of the future. Steve Sands, Head of Product Management at Festo GB, discusses the company's activities around Industry 4.0, its view of production of the future, benefits for original equipment makers (OEMs) and end-users and partners in industrial markets. Controls, Drives & Automation

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Food Processing Feb 18 Pneumatics joins the smart revolution. Andy Parker-Bates discusses the technological advances in pneumatics that are helping food processors start their journey towards the smart factory. Food Processing

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Food Processing Feb 18 A key ingredient for success. There is a crisis in the UK food industry - fewer newer recruits are being attracted into the sector and experienced workers are leaving. What can companies in the food supply chain do to secure a suitably skilled workforce for the future? Andy Macpherson examines the options. Food Processing

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Hydraulics & Pneumatics Jan / Feb 18 Annual Boardroom Report - The game plan. Hydraulics & Pneumatics spoke with leading figures (including Eliza Rawlings, Managing Director, Festo GB) from the fluid power and related technology and services sectors about a number of current key discussion points - including market opportunities, innovation, regulations and health & safety.  Hydraulics & Pneumatics

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Food Processing Jan 18 Smarten up to the future of food manufacturing. Where and why should food and beverage processors start their smart manufacturing journey? Suzanne Gill asked a variety of automation and equipment suppliers for their thoughts and advice including Andy Macpherson from Festo. Food Processing

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Electronic Product Design & Test Dec 17 Making electrical positioning easy to select, easy to connect, easy to configure - with all the challenges machine builders face over the selection, connection and configuration of electromechanical drives solutions, Warren Harvard, Product Manager for Electric Drives at Festo, sheds some light on how to make the process easier. Electronic Product Design & Test

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Hydraulics & Pneumatics Nov / Dec 17 Eventful journey - this issue of Hydraulics and Pneumatics marks its 21st anniversary. To celebrate this milestone, a number of prominent spokespeople within the fluid power and wider motion control sectors consider some of the key technological, political and legislative changes that have come to pass over the past two decades. Steve Sands from Festo contributes. Hydraulics & Pneumatics

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Manufacturing Management Nov / Dec 17 A lean approach - as the Fourth Industrial Revolution approaches, a focus on lean will position your site ahead of the rest. Neil Lewin on the seven traditional 'wastes' of a lean manufacturing approach Manufacturing Management

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Process Engineering Nov / Dec 17 Smart moves - the maintenance sector has been quick to embrace a more automated approach to industrial processes. Festo's Steve Sands considers how implementing Industry 4.0 will continue the momentum. Process Engineering

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