Cover story - In focus - Flexibility
Preparing for critical change in the automotive sector
Warwick Manufacturing Group work with Horizon and Festo to make commercial production of battery modules feasible for electric vehicles.
Batch size 1 – setup time 0
Highly flexible: the integrated automation solution and the fully automated tool changer reduce setup times for the millturn centres from Stama.
The mini planar surface gantry plays to its strengths in the mobile device test platform developed by Finnish equipment manufacturer PKC.
Leadership 4.0 – Training for a revolution
Neil Lewin, Consultant for Festo Training & Consulting, looks at the potential implications of Industry 4.0 for those who must implement change on the ground.
The production of elastic bandages requires consistent fabric tension. Swiss manufacturer of bandages, Wernli AG, makes full use of the strengths of the fluidic muscle.
A perfect combination
Close cooperation: the automated installation of air intake controls is the result of joint development work and the optimal combination of cylinders, valve terminals and other components.
Easy to select, easy to connect, easy to configure
Warren Harvard, Product Manager for Electric Drives at Festo, discusses the challenges facing machine builders and what can be done to improve the easier selection, connection and configuration of electric drives solutions.
Festo presented three new future concepts at Hannover Messe. Project Managers Dr. Susanne Krichel and Stephan Schauz talk about the challenges and the potential of superconductor technology.