Nate Ventress from Festo Corporation

Nate Ventress is currently an water industry specialist for water at Festo. Craig Correia, Head of Process Automation for Festo US, recently spoke with Nate to discuss his role at Festo. Read below to learn more about Nate's work.


What does your job entail?
At Festo I work with filtration skid manufacturers and provide consultative, technical solutions with automation. This is done through our extensive product line of industrial and process automation components, and the ability to provide complete automated packages from the control panel all the way down to the process valves.


How do you transform people’s lives with your job?
The transformation (making things simpler) comes when you can remotely monitor and control a water skid form anywhere in the world via the internet. Bringing transparency to the operations and efficiency of a filtration system saves time and money to all parties involved.


What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
We all enjoy clean lakes and rivers, so I’ve always like knowing in some way that I helped clean up the effluent from an industrial project or municipality to make our environment a better place. And of course having a customer see the value of automation and buying the automated solution that we were able to put together to fulfill their needs.


If you change one thing within the water industry, what would it be?
Adding remote diagnostic capabilities to all water filtration skids. There are many challenges when making sure you have a robust automated filtration system. Some people in the water industry are afraid of just don’t want to pay for new technologies that can make their equipment more efficient. From the PLC down to the media valves, the component technology selected truly defines the quality and efficiency of the filtration skid. A poorly designed system can cause down time in the field and costly field service to a water skid manufacture. We have solutions in the Festo product line that can increase the equipment’s up time and lower the risk of field service to the OEM.




If you had to take away one thing, what have you learned or what has impacted each of you the most since you started working in the water industry.
The biggest take away was how important it is to have clean fresh water supplies, and without clean fresh water all of our food and industry would literally evaporate. I learned about the virtual water trade concept and how it’s created awareness of the water problems at global, regional, and local levels and their connections. The impact from what I’ve learned about the water industry has me working to efficiently automate water systems that can filter and reuse the fresh water we currently have available to us.