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Piezo valves foster medical mobility Hydraulics & Pneumatics 
January 2013       

 

- Piezoelectric valves are smaller, lighter, and use a fraction of the power of solenoid valves. They are becoming more important with the growing trend in mobile healthcare equipment.

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Biomimetic Robot Future: Top 5 FESTO Creations
Serious Wonder, November 2012     

          

-A list of the Serious Wonder newsletter’s favorite biomimetic robots created by Festo Corporation, with links to YouTube videos of all five.

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Holding System Uses Renewable Energy for Remote Operation
Topomag.com, November 2012          

             

-The energy self-sufficient stormwater holding tank from Festo uses solar and wind energy to power a control unit and operate pneumatic actuators, controlling excess water from the sewer system during heavy rains and relieving pressure on treatment plants.

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Software speeds valve-terminal Commissioning 
Machine Design.com, October 2012          

 

- Valve terminals have come a long way from early beginnings of adding a multi-pin connector on a manifold. Valve terminals now combine pneumatic valves, digital and analog I/O, and evenadvanced functions like servocontrol into a single automation platform with a network adapter.

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Lab Innovation Based on Toy and Material Handling 
Designnews.com, April 2011                          

 

- When Zinsser Analytical GmbH began developing a new sample handler for collecting fractions (very small chemical samples prepared for liquid chromatography), the company sought out automation design advice from Festo to see how small things could be.

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Soaring Innovation, Grounded Goals 
PharmaManufacturing.com, August 2012      

             

-This article briefly highlights some of the new products that the readers of our magazine, have found to be most innovative. One key requirement for consideration was that a nominated technology must have been formally introduced to the market after January 1, 2010.

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Small but mighty beer canning for craft brewers 
Packaging World, September 2012                  

 

- Wild Goose Engineering may be new to the packaging machinery manufacturing game, but its MC-250 system for canning of craft brews is hitting on all cylinders.

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Building People 
Manufacturing & Engineering, Summer 2012

 

-Thiele Technologies Inc. designs, manufactures and integrates high-speed packaging andconverting equipment solutions for industry. Festo is proud to be an automation supplier to Thiele Technologies.

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Industry Viewpoint-Look out solenoid valves… Piezoelectric offerings offer much
Medicaldesign.com, September 2012          

 

- Solenoid valves will remain the workhorses of fluid control for some time. But piezoelectric will continue to offer new ways to look at pneumatic control in the months ahead.

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Automation: The Future of Bubble Mixing?
Compressed Air Best Practices, September 2012           

 

- A question and answer session on Pulsed Hydraulics (bubble mixing) technology used in waste water treatment industry.

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Festo MS9 air preparation units
Design World, August 2012                        

    

- Design World Editorial Director Paul J. Heney discusses the MS9 Series of FRLs, including how they fit in withthe MS4, MS6 and MS12 families. The Series features built-in sensor technology and optimal flow rates combined with relatively small sizes.

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Interview: Festo Americas, LLC Future Concepts and the ExoHand
Roboticstomorrow.com, August 2012           

 

-Festo ExoHand is an exoskeleton that can be worn like a glove, combining smart features invented by the engineers with the smart and flexible solutions from nature. The fingers can be actively moved and their strength amplified; the operator’s hand movements are registered and transmitted to the robotic hand in real time.

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Fluid Power Gets Smart by Adding Electronic Controls
Automation World, August  2012                

                  

- Don’t let the latest hybrid drives and controls take you by surprise. They’re breathing new life into pneumatics and hydraulics, boosting the efficiency of equipment and saving users lots of money.

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Festo introduces hygienically-safe pneumatic drives
Design World, August 2012             

         

- Festo has unveiled three corrosion-resistant and hygienically-safe pneumatic drives that cater to a variety of applications aside from food handling — the DGRF, CRDSNU and the DSBF drives.

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Getting Energy Savings from Pneumatic Systems
MachineDesign.com, August 2012              

                                      

- With pneumatic systems, there are basically three different ways to approach energy savings: leak detection,design, and advanced machine diagnostics. Here’s a closer look at each.

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An educated workforce is key to Reshoring
Machine Design.com, July 2012                

 

- With manufacturing jobs beginning to return to the United States, Festo is proud to have a Didactic program thathas had approximately 42,000 people attend 2,900 courses around the globe last year.

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Pneumatics is key to human-robotic actuation
PneumaticTips, July 2012                            

 

-The ExoHand, a pneumatically operated robotic assistance system that will create a more humane working environmentin production—and extend people’s scope of action even as they age—by functioning as an assistance system for assembly tasks in production.

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Sophisticated Robotic Hand Also Doubles As A Human Exoskeleton
Forbes.com, July 2012           

                      

-The German robotics company Festo recently unveiled the ExoHand, a sophisticated robotic hand that is capable of the fine motor skills that allows the human hand to have a delicate touch or perform complex manipulations.

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Pneumatic Valve Terminal
Control Engineering, June 2012         

             

-Festo’s new VTUG Pneumatic Valve Terminal delivers high-performance in a compact,  low-cost unit, with many control options for machine builders and end users seeking greater flexibility.

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A New Fast Short-stroke Electric Cylinder from Festo
PRWeb, April 2012       

                            

-The new Festo electric short stroke cylinder ADNE-LAS with integrated linear motor works like a pneumatic cylinder, but is much more dynamic. The electric drive CMFL for short strokes of up to 1.8 inches (45 mm) is easy to commission even without any programming knowledge.

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Automobile Construction: More Flexible Testing and Production
Photonics Online, April  2012          

          

-VISION 2012: innovative 2D and 3D camera systems increasing flexibility and efficiency of automobile and component production, and helping to reduce costs.

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Machine-Mount I/O Go Everywhere
ControlDesign.com, April 2012  

              

-Technical advances, regulatory reforms allow I/O components to do the same jobs outside of their former enclosures.

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Green Is No Gamble 
ControlDesign.com, April 2012         

        

-If you can add sustainability to the usual goals of speed, efficiency, simplicity, safety and security, it becomes justanother required design element and specified operating parameter — and one that can generate substantial savingsfor users and added revenue for builders.

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Pneumatic Valve Manifold 
Hydraulics & Pneumatics, April 2012       

                                          

-A brief overview of the MPA-L valve manifold.

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Mechanical Innovation in Motion
ControlDesign.com, April 2012  

                

-A sampling of innovations in rail guides, slides, gearboxes, actuators and more. Includes the EGSL electric slide from Festo.

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Pneumatic mini slide
MachineDesign.com, April 2012       

          

-A brief overview of the DGSL/DGSL-N pneumatic mini slide.

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Festo: Automation Innovation for the Future
Automation World, April 2012 

 

-A preview of the highlights awaiting visitors to the Festo stand at the 2012 Hanover Fair, dealing with topics from resource conservation in urban infrastructures to the production worlds of the future and the latest developments from Festo Bionic Learning Network. 

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Standard pneumatic grippers from Festo
PneumaticTips, March 2012                     

 

-The parallel, three-point, radial and angle standard pneumatic grippers, DHxS, from Festo are compact and offer reliability in the gripping process.

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Automated gripper set for handling and assembly systems
Control Engineering, March 2012            

 

-Parallel, three-point, radial and angle DHxS grippers from Festo are designed for handling and assembly systems and have gripping force retention and overload protection for safety.

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Integrating Pneumatics into Safety Circuits
Automation World, March 2012               

 

-More manufacturers have been including pneumatics, as well as electric and hydraulic actuation, in their safety circuits.

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Model-Based Design Driven by Embedded Systems
Design News, March 2012                           

 

-Model-based design -- an engineering approach rooted in industries like aerospace and defense --is gaining traction as companies seek ways to reduce the growing complexity of development while reducing time-to-market.

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Valve terminal 
MachineDesign.com, March 2012      

         

-A brief overview of the VTUB-12 lightweight valve terminal.

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Proximity sensors are versatile, reliable
PneumaticTips, February 2012     

             

-Festo proximity sensors SMT-/SME-10M are applicable to a wide range of drive units and offer a new dimension of reliability and cost effectiveness.

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Self-cushioning air cylinders
Hydraulics & Pneumatics, February 2012   

 

- A brief overview of the PPS self-adjusting, pneumatic end-position cushioning.

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Leadership In Automation 2011: First Team Honorees
Automation World, January 2012        

     

-Automation World reports on whom readers partner with to implement automation projects and improve their companies’ bottomlines. This new, annual survey helps you know who your peers have chosen as their “first team” suppliers.

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Technology Roundup: Machine Vision Insight Aids Operational Oversight
PharmaManufacturing.com, 2012      

               

-Pharmaceutical machine vision technologies are getting simpler and cheaper, and yet tackling more varied applications.

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Pneumatics ensures food-processing reliability
Hydraulics & Pneumatics, February 2012       

 

-Air-powered sorting and handling systems stand up to high-pressure washdown, harsh chemicals, and temperature extremes.

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Valves and Fluid Control:Drifting Toward Simplicity, Flexibility
Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, February 2012    

                                    

-Prospects are good for a robust process equipment market in 2012; here’s a look at new valves and flow control technologies.

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Compressed Air Leak Detection
Plant services - Blog, September 2011      

      

-Improve energy efficiency of your air compressors by locating and eliminating leaks and designing operating cycles that shut air off when machines aren’t in use.

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Self-adjusting Air Cushions let Machines Run Smoother and Faster
Machine Design, September 2011             

      

-High machine speeds can lead to damaging vibration and impact loads. Conventional pneumatic-cylinder cushions preventend-of-stroke impacts, but require painstaking adjustment. New self-adjusting air cushions adapt to changing loads and operating conditions.

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Motion Scenarios: Gripping & Holding Motion
System Design, September 2011                 

  

-Identifying the best gripper for the application can be a daunting task given the thousands of different combinations, part numbers,and variation in gripper names. Yet there are only three basic types of grippers. Knowing the fundamentals of each can helpengineers narrow their choices and speed the design process.

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German Automation Companies Focus on Market Development
Automation World, August 2011              

      

-Among the automation manufacturers in Germany, you can find a lot of those companies. Management consultant Hermann Simon would call them “hidden champions.” One of these companies is Festo, specialist for automation.

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Focus on Efficiency: Bird Flight Deciphered 
Automation World, June 2011                 

        

-At its 9th International Press Conference held June 16 in Budapest, Hungary, Festo AG exhibited the results of the latest bionic design from its engineering staff—a herring gull that actually flies.

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Management: Manufacturing Matters
Automation World, June 2011            

             

-Sometimes manufacturing people read something from supposedly very smart and experienced people, and it just makes you wonder how companies ever survived at all. 

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Efficiency, Sustainability Driving Global Growth for Festo
Control Design, June 2011        

                

-Automation supplier Festo created its bionic SmartBird to embody the trends it sees driving automation technology into the future: energy efficiency, high levels of mechanical efficiency, functional integration and lightweight construction. 

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Seagulls and Systems Design Innovation
Design News - Blog, April 2011    

           

-So just what is the connection between seagulls and systems design innovation? The answer: Hannover Fair.

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The Pneumatic-Electromechanical Connection
Design News - Blog, April 2011     

          

-Servo pneumatics is emerging as a technology that offers the flexibility of multi-position and force control with position and velocity monitoring.

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Festo Debuts its SmartBird 
Design News - Blog, April 2011         

        

-A video of Festo’s SmartBird which uses hybrid drive (pneumatic and electric) technology as part of a mechatronic approach to simulating bird flight.

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CoDeSys Embedded Controller
Design News - Blog, February 2011    

     

-A brief overview of Festo’s CoDeSys embedded controller for use with its CPX series of multifunctional control terminals.

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Fish Fins Inspire Robotic Gripper Design
Design News - Blog, January 2011           

 

-The design of a super-gentle robotic gripper made with layered polyamide was inspired by fish fins. It can grip irregularly shaped fruit or fragile chocolate eggs without damaging a light aluminum foil wrapping.

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New Robotic Arm Mimics Elephant's Trunk 
Design News - Blog, December 2010        

 

-A research team from Festo, a control and automation specialist, and the Fraunhoferresearch institute received a German technology award for development of the Bionic Handling Assistant,which operates with compressed air and includes a three-finger gripper.

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Cool Additive Manufacturing News at K 2010 
Design News - Blog, November 2010         

 

-Announcing the launch of polyamide powders for rapid prototyping and small series manufacturing by selective laser sintering.

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Engineering Key to Surviving the Downturn
Machine Design, January 2010                        

 

-Some companies are making gains despite the hard times. Festo AG, Esslingen, Germany, for instance, reports its market share is increasing four to six times faster than in prerecession times, depending on the geographic region.

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Self-adjusting Cushioning for Pneumatic Cylinders Design World, 
December 2009                  

                              

-Without any need for manual interventions, self-adjusting cushioning PPS from Festo now ensures an optimum cushioning action every time, even if parameters such as friction and pressure change. 

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Control Systems Keep the Rockettes in Motion
Design News, December 2008       

                             

-A senior systems design engineer with Festo’s Customer Solutions group, Sandoval designedthe motion control system for the show's largest moving set element: a full-scale bus that carries 35 Rockettes plus one very lucky stagehand.

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How to Streamline Air Circuits
Machine Design, October  2008              

                      

-A guide to calculating flow capacity to prevent oversized valves, aviod leaks, and save energy.

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Sizing Circuits for performance and efficiency
Hydraulics & Pneumatics, September 2008        

         

-A guide circuits for pneumatic systems to optimize performance and reduce energy costs associated with compressed air. 

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Automation increases speed and accuracy for modified atmosphere packaging
Packaging Digest,September 2008

 

-Modified-atmosphere fill/seal machine produces trays of salad components for a fresh produce supplier as part of a one-step salad system 

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Monitoring Pneumatics Makes All the Difference
Machine Design, August 2008                  

                        

-A new condition monitioring system lets manufacturers watch the performance and energy consumption of air-powered equipment.

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Keeping an Eye on the Air
Hydraulics & Pneumatics, July 2008   

 

-Monitoring compressed air consumption on the plant floor can reduce operating costs improve reliabilty And extendmachine life. It also helps to ensure cost-effective production and quality products.

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Expertise at the Point of Air Consumption
Compressed Air Best Practices, May 2007

 

-Compressed Air Best Practices interviewed Dr. Christian Boehm, Ph.D. (Manager technical engineering center) and phillip Klaschka (special Applications Engineer) of Festo Corporation

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Unlock the Mysteries of Cv
Hydraulics & Pneumatics, May 2007

 

-A detailed explanation of flow rate through valves and the effects of manipulating flow. 

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Self-Monitoring Pneumatic Systems
Machine Design, April 26, 2007

 

-Built-in flow sensors improve machine effiency, reduce downtime, and cut costs.

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Pneumatics breathes new life into old books
Machine Design, November 22, 2006

 

-With the help of Festo a machine was designed that can preform on-demand and short-edition book binding due to it’s ability to self adjust. This makes short runs, and even single copies economically feasible.

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Helping Hand from Robotics...
Machine Design, July 2006

 

-Artificial muscles mimic the action of their human counterparts to synthesize novel kinds of motion.

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An arm's length in front
Hydraulics & Pneumatics, March 2006

 

-The CPX/MPA valve terminal helped Kuka Roboter GmbH design a smaller robot arm for loading and unloading plastic parts on injection molding machines.

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  Modular controls for electronics and pneumatics on robots
Machine Design, April 9, 2006

 

-Engineers at Festo developed a fluid and energy supply that lets designers choose from a range of components and then tailor the supply to suit most applications. 

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  Patented spray pump system
Trends in Automation

                           

-Festo was responsible for developing the control and automation systems for the machines that assemble caps for the Twist-N-Mist spray bottles. 

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  Pneumatics boosts manufacturing efficiency
Machine Design, November 2005

 

-Valve terminals keep pace with the latest control systems and communications networks.

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  Cylinders help save space on conveyor line
Packaging World, September 2005

 

-Compact cylinders offer power and efficiency on a filling line conveyor system.

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  Clean-design valves ensure sanitation
Packaging World, March 2005

 

-Clean-design pneumatic valve terminals and actuators offer a high level of hygiene, as well as low maintenance.

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  Water jugs get the deluxe threatment from pneumatics
Pneumatic Systems, 2004

 

-Festo’s compact performance valve manifolds with intergrated profibus nodes help Aquatyzer Engineering fill and recap 5 gallon returnable water jugs.

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  Precision Machines Help Make Designer Genes
Medical Design News, March 2002

 

-Designers are taking many different aproaches in an attempt to tap the rapidly expanding market for automation in genetics labratories.

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