For innovation cycles of less than a year, you often don't even have six months to set up a new production line. Things have to move quickly. Nowadays you can protect your margins in small parts assembly and electronics production with modularisation and standardisation as well as flexible, cost-effective automation solutions. That is precisely what Festo can do for you.
Ready for action faster with standard products
Family-owned British company Harwin Plc specialises in high-performance plug connectors. The demands in this market are increasing just as quickly as miniaturisation is advancing. In the meantime, connectors have reached a pin pitch of just 1.25 mm, yet have to withstand countless mating operations, sometimes under extreme conditions. Harwin produces them in a great many variants.
The new production line for the Gecko series therefore needed to be flexible and offer the highest levels of reliability, precision, repetition accuracy and cost efficiency. The solution was a modular, scalable automation concept from Festo. The advantages include faster production lines that are quickly ready to use, simplified commissioning and easy maintenance.
Advantages of standardisation and modularisation
The maths are simple: money saved during development, engineering and software programming will be reflected positively on your balance sheet. Furthermore, your procurement department benefits from economies of scale. And you can offer your solutions more quickly and flexibly.
Torsten Schulz, Head of Global Key Account Management, Electronics and Assembly industry segment, shows where the biggest potential savings can be made with a sample calculation:
Suitable products for special machine building and assembly technology
Solenoid valve VUVG, plug-in
This universal valve has been newly designed on the inside and now offers an outstanding combination of high flow rates and a compact design. The entire VUVG range, as an individual valve or a valve terminal, is designed to cater precisely for all your requirements.
Servo press kit YJKP
For electrical press-fitting applications up to 17 kN you can simply use matching standard components that can be quickly and cost effectively configured via software, and with system control in real time.
The benefits of Festo for you
The core product range for (almost) all tasks
Our core product range covers nearly 80% of all automation tasks. It includes more than 2,200 products that are kept in stock around the world. Products are generally ready for dispatch within 24 hours.
Electric positioning system OMS
Our Optimised Motion Series allows you to automate simple positioning tasks cost effectively and to configure mechanical components, controller and software quickly and easily, all in a single package.
Testing touchscreens and mechanical pushbuttons
Test platform for mobile devices with the mini H-gantry EXCM
The test device Chameleon from PKC Electronics uses various adapters to test mobile end devices – automatically, quickly and reliably. It includes our planar surface gantry EXCM, a compact handling system.
Automating electronics manufacturing processes
Festo technologies open up an enormous potential for companies that wish to replace manual process steps with automatic ones in the production of electronic devices. Machine builders, too, benefit from our extensive automation expertise.
Using smartphone assembly as an example, we will show what opportunities and advantages are on offer here.