2016 News archive

1752 church organ rejuvenated with 21st centrury technology

Fresh wind through old pipes


Majestic, delicate or complex, whether in the classic church setting or in modern rock music: the organ is the queen among musical instruments. It remains unequalled in terms of its variety of sounds. Whilst the sound is generated electronically on modern organs, air still sets the tone on the classic instruments. Instead of relying on human muscle power, however, the arduous work of generating wind is assumed by machines in the meantime.  More...


BTEC Engineering students visit Festo

BTEC Engineering students visit Festo


We were pleased to welcome pupils from Tuxford Academy in Newark to our Northampton head quarters. They are studying for their BTEC in Engineering and keen to see what an automation company does. More... 

Festo sponsors UK Skills 2016

Festo sponsors UK Skills 2016


This year’s UK Skills event took place over the 17th – 19th November at the NEC and as a global partner Festo were once again sponsoring the Mechatronics and Industrial Control sectors. Ben Nolan and Joshan Tailor from Festo GB took part in the Mechatronics competition and fought hard but the competition this year was very tough. More...

Northern Automotive Alliance Awards

Northern Automotive Alliance Awards highlight innovation in the region’s automotive businesses


The winners of the Northern Automotive Alliance (NAA) Awards 2016, sponsored by Festo and GEFCO, show that there is widespread and diverse innovation in the region’s automotive companies. The NAA Awards, which showcase the successes of vehicle manufacturers, supply chain companies and service providers in the region, took place in Manchester on 10th November 2016. More...

Wearable electronics

Electronics to wear


Whether it is smart watches, fitness wristbands or data glasses: so-called wearables are in high demand. In the private sphere, the devices offer many ways of acquiring data. For example, distances covered, sleep patterns or body temperature can be checked.  More...

Festo & Siemens win two awards at the PPMA Group Industry Awards 2016

Festo & Siemens win two awards at the PPMA Group Industry Awards 2016


It was a double win for Festo & Siemens who won two awards on the night: Most Innovative Automation System and Partnership of the Year. The PPMA said “Their innovative and flexible system devised by these two industry giants offers truly flexible automation while offering Industry 4.0 opportunities”. More... 

ELRIG - Drug Discovery 2016 - Liverpool, ACC

Drug Discovery 2016, ACC Liverpool 13th-14th Oct 2016


At this year's Drug Discovery event, Festo, the leading supplier of automation equipment, will be exhibiting an exciting and innovative live lab automation model on stand F9.

Drug Discovery 2016 will bring together 1,000 delegates and 50 world-class speakers from academia and industry, each representing critical areas in drug discovery. More...

Festo - Eriks Safety event

Eriks & Festo Machine Safety Event


On 13th July 2016 Eriks in conjunction with Festo held a Machine Safety Event at Festo GB Headquarters in Northampton.  This Event proved to be a great networking and educational opportunity for all of the 50 delegates attending many of whom were from leading organisations including Pirelli Tyres, Knauf, Renishaw, Warburtons and Ford. More....

Tech in 60 secs: Parametric Design

Technology in 60 Seconds: Parametric Design


The Water Cube Olympic swimming pool in Beijing and the walkable roller coaster Tiger & Turtle in Duisburg clearly show that the statics and shape of buildings have left the geometric limits of straight angles and parallel walls and ceilings a long way behind. Diverse organic shapes and bizarre-looking design – fantasies in the minds of designers and architects turned reality – are possible thanks to the methods of parametric design.

With the help of CAD systems, designers and architects can create and design products and buildings in virtual space.


The Big Bang 2016

Festo DJ robots prove to be a big hit at the Big Bang Event 2016!


Six leading food and drink manufacturers along with Festo teamed up to offer many exciting engineering activities to the 75,000 young visitors attending this year's Big Bang Fair at the NEC in Birmingham (16th - 19th March). The Big Bang Fair is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths for young people in the UK.

GCSE Product Design students visit Festo

GCSE Product Design students visit Festo


We were pleased to welcome pupils from Caroline Chisholm School in Northampton to our head quarters. They are studying for their GCSE in Product Design and keen to see what an automation company does. 

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This months edition of Trends in Automation magazine is packed full news, insights into future technology, innovations and application stories from around the world.  Make sure you don't miss your opportunity to find out what is happening in the world of automation!

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