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Festo application engineers and technical support personnel are continuously documenting new ways to maximize the value of our products, and we frequently publish helpful technical tips. This section of our web site is dedicated to the dissemination of these helpful hints.

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Robotics now and in the future

Food Engineering, April 2017

 

With technology advances, robots have convinced many processors that they are worthy of hire, speeding production while improving quality and food safety.

 

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Steady growth makes automation essential

Packaging World, March 2017

 

Beers brewed by this Munster, IN, brewery just 60 miles from Chicago have won their fair share of accolades over the years. Now management is focused on expansion and automation.

 

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What's the Difference Between Poppet and Piston Spool Valves?

Machine Design, February 2017

When designing pneumatic circuits, there are two valve designs to consider. We will examine the differences between a poppet and a spool valve and determine which fits best for your design.

 

 

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Festo thinks assembly in "Industry 4.0" mode

Fluid Power World, February 2017

 

Adaptability, flexibility and the use of the OPC UA communication standard are some key Industry 4.0 features that are typical of the gripper units used for engine block assembly in the automotive industry.

 

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Interview: The Automation Boom in Mexico

Machine Design, February 2017

 

Jeff Burnstein, President of A3, says Mexico may be the next global player in the automation arena, but the international skills gap could be problematic.

 

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HANNOVER MESSE 2017 to focus on connectivity

Today's Motor Vehicles, February 2017

 

Companies to discuss Industry 4.0 technologies to improve manufacturing efficiency, quality.

 

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Integrate Pneumatic Safety Devices into Controls

The JOURNAL Magazine, February 2017

 

See how engineering-in safety has changed in the last several years because of new components and systems.

 

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PACK EXPO Innovations Report Part Two

Packaging World, February 2017

 

Last month in Part One we covered machinery, materials, pharmaceuticals, and analysis. This time around we take a look at Controls, Cloud & IoT, e-Commerce, and Workforce Development.

 

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Configurable Transport System

Automation World, January 2017

The Multi-Carrier-System from Siemens and Festo delivers flexible, Industry 4.0-ready intralogistics.

 

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Robot-Like Cleaner Uses Pneumatics to Scale Large Surfaces

Hydraulics & Pneumatics, January 2017

 

Designing a remote-controlled, pneumatic cleaner that can travel upside down as well as along the sides of huge ships takes rethinking design parameters and the right components.

 

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Automation + Jobs: Not a Zero-Sum Equation

Automation World, January 2017

 

The advance of automation is eliminating some jobs. It’s also creating others. The disconnect between these two realities is not that good jobs in industry no longer exist, but that the requirements have changed. Fortunately, automation suppliers are stepping in to help.

 

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PACK EXPO 2016 Innovations Report

Packaging World, January 2017

 

PACK EXPO 2016 and co-located Pharma EXPO was a record-breaker. Here's out team coverage of game-changing innovations.

 

 

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Butterfly & Ball Valve Automation

Processing Magazine, December 2016

 

Proper equipment and control type selection are key for efficient and cost-effective operation.

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An Evolution for Manufacturing, A Revolution for Training

Manufacturing Business Technology, October 2016

 

The digitization of manufacturing through advancements such as the Industrial Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 has radically changed production.

 

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Smart Motion Boosts Machine Productivity

Automation World, September 2016

 

Collaborative robotics, simplified machine design and other automation advances are helped in large part by intelligence in motion control.

 

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Pneumatic Automation Upgrade

Water and Wastewater International, September 2016

 

German water supply company Landeswasserversorgung saved 10% on investment and operating costs by upgrading to a pneumatic automation solution for a new groundwater filtration system.

 

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IO-Link and the Industrial Internet of Things

Automation World, August 2016

 

The vendor-independent interoperability aspects of IO-Link make this non-fieldbus method of connecting plant floor devices and systems an appealing way to jump-start Internet of Things initiatives.

 

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Four Key Dynamics Driving Effective Outsourcing Decision Making for Lab Automation OEMs

Automation & Microfluidics, August 2016

 

Laboratory automation device manufacturers need to stay flexible in their outsourcing strategies because their make-versus-buy decisions may change over time.

 

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Mechatronics efficiency achieved by designing for functional excellence

Control Engineering, August 2016

 

Mechatronics design looks at complexity of interdisciplinary technologies, and there are a number of aspects such as teamwork, efficient design, and functionality that need to be considered.

 

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Lab automation depends on accurate motion control

Assembly, August 2016

 

The advent of laboratory automation systems has made a significant impact on clinical diagnostics, drug discovery, food and agricultural research, and forensics. Indeed, consulting firm Markets and Markets predicts that global sales of lab automation will grow at a cumulative annual rate of 6.7 percent over the next five years, topping $5.1 billion by 2020.

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Bridging the Gap Between Education and Advanced Manufacturing

Hydraulics & Pneumatics, July 2016

 

As advanced manufacturing moves into the fourth industrial revolution, more commonly known as Industry 4.0, industry professionals increasingly need to become well-versed in multiple disciplines within the automation arena, rather than limit their skills to one area of expertise.

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From AVB to TSN in the automotive industry

Control Design, June 2016

 

Automotive industry’s push from audio video bridging into time-sensitive networking has advanced manufacturing’s quest for deterministic control.

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Advancing Toward Safer Automation Design

Machine Design, June 2016

 

Progress made in safety regulations and standards, along with product safety features, helps ease integration of safety methods for motion-control systems.

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What is time-sensitive networking?

Control Design, June 2016

 

TSN is purported to be the next step toward realizing an Industrial Internet of Things, but let’s define it and understand what it is.

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Latest 3D Printer Design Inspired by Cocooning Caterpillars

Design News, June 2016

 

The engineering and design team at German robotics and automation company Festo are a prime example, with the introduction of a new 3D printer model aptly called the Cocooner, which was inspired by how caterpillars build cocoons.

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How time-sensitive networking enables the IIoT

Control Design, June 2016

 

Industrial Internet Consortium’s TSN testbed brings suppliers together for interoperability and deterministic Ethernet.

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Modern control valves offer communications, diagnostics

Control Engineering, May 2016

 

Better designs, modern materials, on-board intelligence, and communications in modern pneumatic control valves create opportunities and benefits for machine designers but also create new challenges that need to be addressed.

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Festo participates in OPAK Industry 4.0 project

Automation, August 2015

 

Festo participates in OPAK Industry 4.0 project by helping develop a Multi-Carrier System machine transport system that enables high flexibility in work piece transfer.

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More fascinating bionics projects from Festo

Robotics Tomorrow, August 2015

 

Festo has been working intensively on the topic of bionics since the early 90s. In 2006, the Bionic Learning Network was launched - an association of renowned universities, institutes and development companies.

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What to consider when outfitting ball valves & actuators for transport

Water & Wastes Digest, August 2015

 

Ball valves are a common choice in water systems because they are inexpensive and have a high temperature and pressure tolerance. The valve works by rotating a metal sphere (the ball) with an empty cylinder (the bore) drilled through the center.

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Robots and Their Killer Moves

Automation World, July 2015

 

The Robot Block Party is on at the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) in Chicago this weekend, giving visitors a chance to "do the robot" at the dance party both Saturday and Sunday.

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How fast and accurate automation equipment produces a precise Swiss watch

Control Design, July 2015

 

It was clear that only a rebot with delta kinematics could achieve the necessary flexibility and speed required to pick up the small parts in the working area.

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Festo to Display Portfolio of Automation Products at AACC

Clinical Lab Products, July 2015

 

At AACC booth 3955, Festo, Hauppauge, NY, will display its EXCM mini H-gantry automated handling system for clinical laboratory applications.

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Festo Showcases Automation Solutions for Clinical Laboratories at AACC 2015

Benzinga, July 2015

 

Festo features the EXCM mini H-gantry, one of the most effective desktop handling systems on the market today, a semi-automatic capper/decapper, a flexible pipetting system, a family of microfluidics dosing valves.

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Manufacturing Plants Based on the Lego Principle

Laboratory Network, July 2015

 

Smaller batches and different types of product in the same plant - these are the market demands to which more and more manufacturers in the process industries need to adjust.

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Modular Approach to Water Processing Control & Automation

Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, July 2015

 

"Lego" inspired control concept from Festo creates a better fitting, economical method to automate this critical utility.

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Drive System Software

Tech Briefs, June 2015

 

Festo (Hauppauge, NY) introduced Positioning Drives software for designing single-axis drive systems. Engineers input application requirements and the software details the information necessary to create a Festo component part list.

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Integrating Functional Pneumatic Safety Devices into Control Systems

Tech Briefs, June 2015

 

Over the past several years, control engineers have become adept at applying control systems to machine safety applications. The issue is that safety is a moving target.

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At ACE14, Festo Demonstrates Solutions That Decrease Water Industry Field Service Time And Overall Costs

Water Online, June 2015

 

Festo showcases at ACE14, June 8-12 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, solutions for lowering the time and associated costs in water industry field service.

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Festo Introduces a Fresh Approach to Automating Water/Waste Water Systems at ACE 2015

Wn.com, June 2015

 

The new Festo methodology for automating process systems not only reduces the time and cost of manufacturing those systems, but also makes processing facilities more flexible in terms of meeting changing market conditions.

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Festo's insect-inspired robots act like the real things

Engadget, March 2015

 

German automation company Festo is known for taking cues from nature when designing robots. This time, it has revealed futuristic-looking bionic ants, realistic robotic butterflies and a silicone gripper based on chameleons' tongue.

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This Robot Arm's Water Balloon Gripper is Inspired by a Gecko's Tongue

Gizmodo, March 2015

 

Five fingers at the end of an arm has turned out to be a fantastic tool for humans, but coordinating so many digits is a lot to ask of a robot.

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Assembly Lines Can Float Along Using These Levitating Rollers

Product Design & Development, March 2015

 

A hovering magnet from Festo demonstrates technology that could be integrated into factories monitored by the the Internet of Things.

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Actuators Undergo Inventive Transformations

Design News, March 2015

 

Actuators are getting a makeover with new materials, smoother performance, and greater energy efficiency. They may look the same, and they may do essentially the same tasks they’ve done for decades, but below the surface, these tools are going through a metamorphosis.

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Festo Piston-Spool Solenoid and Pneumatic Valves

Control Design, March 2015

 

The VS series of piston-spool solenoid and pneumatic valves and valve manifolds have a high flow rate and are suitable for simple clamping and locking operations.

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eMotion Butterflies Demonstrate Coordinated Robotic Flight

Engineering, March 2015

 

Festo released new information about its eMotion butterflies last week, another project from their Bionic Learning Network. The butterflies follow the eMotion Spheres and the BionicOpter as Festo's continuing attempts to make smarter flying robots.

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Siemens and Festo Display Optima Transport System

Automation, March 2015

 

Optima consumer GmbH is the first pilot customer for the multi-carrier-system developed jointly by Siemens and Festo.

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Festo Didactic presents the CP Factory

Automation, March 2015

 

Festo Didactic presents the CP Factory with the newly developed CPS Gate for production lines – a module for the communication of process data.

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Festo unveils its latest bio-creations

PneumaticTips, March 2015

 

Festo unveiled what they’ll be showing off at next month’s Hannover Fair.  Here’s a rundown on the trifecta.

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Motion Control Analysis of Miniature Gantries

Control Engineering, February 2015

An increasing need for desktop automation tools is noticeable in numerous markets. Examples of life science applications include: film scanners, DNA analyzers, inkjet printers, assaying, and lab automation.

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Hannover Fair Will Showcase Industry 4.0 Solutions

Control Design, February 2015

 

Exhibits demonstrate a host of innovative solutions for enhancing discrete and process manufacturing applications at Feb. 3 preview in Berlin.

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Trends in Basic Pneumatic Solutions

Rockwell Automation, February 2015

 

Get a glimpse into diagnostics, safety, energy savings, I/O Link and other factors that are advancing pneumatic motion control.

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What's 'Pnew' in Pneumatics?

Control Design, November 2014

 

With Alternative Solutions Available, Machine Builders and End Users Still Find Plenty of Appeal in Pneumatic Systems.

 

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Remote Diagnostics For Water Filtration Systems

Compressed Air Best Practices, September 2014

 

Productivity is more reliable when equipment can be monitored to detect incipient failures andtake corrective action before the plant goes down. But many devices, such as analog control valves, pneumatic valve terminals and field sensors, often do not offer diagnostic feedback, or it is not being used. This white paper describes how this problem is being addressed.

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Saving Energy With Pneumatics

Water & Wastes Digest, August 2014

 

Craig Correira, Festo's Process Automation Industry Manager, discusses how automation technology increases Russian utlility's energy efficiency.

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Festo Optimizes Compressed Air Consumption at Volkswagen

Compressed Air Best Practices, August 2014

 

Sachin Kambli, Product Manager of Festo explains Volkswagen has gone above and beyond with applying efficiency strategies in their own value added chain. 

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Mechatronics Sizzles with Modeling Simulation

Control Design, August 2014

 

Nuzha Yakoob, Festo Product Manager, discusses how optimized mechanical design can increase speed positioning, throughput, and reduce energy consumption.

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Innovative, Automated and Simpler Sample Prep
Laboratory Equipment, June 2014

Researchers want more of everything in the multitude of lab systems they employ for sample prep—throughput, ease-of-use, accuracy and speed are just a few

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Robotic Handling Gets a Boost from Pneumatics
Hydraulics & Pneumatics, May 2014

Fast-acting, lightweight controls for bakery packaging operations speed production, save energy, and minimize downtime.

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Bright Ideas: End to End
Water System Operator, May 2014

 

A complete automation system helps a Philippines city improve control over water pumping and distribution and drive down operating and maintenance costs.

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Saltwater Solutions
Water Quality Products, May 2014

 

This article discusses how pneumatic controls provide a safe, quiet environment for this zoo's dolphin exhibit.

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Energy Savings Through Proper Use of Pneumatics
Fluid Power Journal, April 2014

 

Frank Langro, Director of Marketing and Product Management for Festo, discusses ten tips for saving energy with pneumatic components and systems.

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Automation Solutions: Basic Performance
Packaging Machinery Technology (PMT), March 2014

 

Sometimes heeding the kiss principle can be the answer to the variety of economic choices in the wordl of drives and motors. Learn more in this article by PMT featuring the Festo CMMO-ST.

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How To Utilize Advancements in Automated Screwdriving
Assembly Magazine, March 2014

 

--Assembly discusses how the increase in miniaturization in the electronic as well as the non-electronic industries has resulted in a need for assembly of miniaturized devices with tight constraints on the installation conditions. The assembly process of screwdriving is oftenchallenged due to these constraints.

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Tips for Effective Flow Control
Water & Wastes Digest, March 2014

 

--Water & Wates Digest identifies ways to control the speed of pneumatic actuators, both single and double acting, using effective flow control.

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Virtual Products Increase Understanding of Fluid Power Design
Pneumatic Tips, March 2014

 

--This guest blog by Frank Langro, Director of Marketing & Product Management for Festo, discusses the features, benefits and high demand for the virtual reality system from Festo.

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Jumping for Joy about Hannover Fair
Design World, March 2014

 

--Hannover Fair, the annual German manufacturing exposition, will run from April 7-11 this year. Click to read more about the latest bionic innovations and other products that will be showcased!

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H&P's Best of Industry Awards
Hydraulics & Pneumatics, March 2014

 

--Hydraulics & Pneumatics hosted its first Best of Industry Awards at the 2014 IFPE show. These awards were created to help recognize those in the industry that have done a great job evolving to help provide engineers with the critical information they need.

 

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Moving in a Straight Line
Assembly Magazine, March 2014

 

Assembly Magazine discusses the many options for straight-line motion and features the electric heavy-duty axis EGC-HD from Festo.

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Leadership in Solar 2013 Winners
Solar Power World, February 2014

 

--Leadership in Solar is an industry recognition program to acknowledge solar industry excellence across all segments of the industry. The Solar Power World User Community has cast its votes, and Festo was selected as a winner in the components category!

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Turn to Pneumatics or Direct-Drive Linear?
Control Design, January 2014

 

--Control Design interviews several engineers about the benefits and cost effectiveness of pneumatics versus direct-drive linear.

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Safety in Numbers
Packaging Machinery Technology, February 2014

 

--PMT Magazine covers how the next generation of pneumatics keeps the operators' well being in mind, particularly with the MS Series safety valves from Festo--designed to replace basic single-coil pneuamtic exhaust valves used to vent air in an emergency stop situation.

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Improve Business Performance One Project at a Time
Corrugated Today, January/February 2014

 

--Jacqueline MacPherson of Festo examines how Hoshin Kanri strategy deployment can be used by every organization to engage employees in strategic improvements.

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Automation Tales from the Trenches
Food Engineering, January 2014

 

--Food Engineering explores how best practices in setting up and implementing automation systems go a long way to making a processor more successful than its peers.

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Festo Uses Natural Ways to Convey Delicate Items
Design News, January 2014

 

--Design News explores the technology behind the WaveHandling conveyor, which is fast and easy to set up, self- organizing, and requires less programming than in systems in use today.

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Changing Latitudes, Changing Attitudes: Top 50 Automation Suppliers
Control Global, December 2013

 

--Control Global & ARC Advisory Group selected the top 50 automation suppliers with a focus on major acquisitions and a real shift in focus for the automation industry going forward.

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Machine Safety Resource Guide
Automation World, December 2013

 

--Festo assembles a variety of downloadable material on international safety standards and procedures to help OEMs address safety engineering.

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Festo Compiles Information on Machine Safety
Compressed Air Best Practices, December 2013

 

 

 

--For the past several years, culminating with a series of activ ities in 2013, Festo has been dev eloping a range of materials to help OEMs more rapidly and accurately comply with international safety standards.

 

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Festo Develops Grippers for Fragile Objects and Light Assembly
Automation World, December 2013

 

 

 

--Automation World features the DHEB series of bellows grippers, designed for customers in the electronics and light assembly industries.

 

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Bionics and Industrial Automation
Automation World, December 2013

 

 

 

--Automation World examines how Festo continues its research into biomechatronics to influence efficiency, construction, integration and operation of its industrial automation and engineering products.

 

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Sercos Industrial Network Group Gains Festo as Associate Member
Automation World, December 2013

 

 

 

--Sercos International, association of users and manufacturers that is in charge of technical development, standardization, certification and marketing for the Sercos automation bus, announced that Festo Corp. has joined Sercos N.A., the North American promotional alliance for the Sercos interface, as an associate member.

 

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Festo Helps OEMs Comply with International Safety Standards
Control Design, December 2013

 

 

 

--For several years, Festo has been assembling a range of downloadable materials on international safety standards and procedures designed to help OEMs accurately comply with machine and system safety guidelines.

 

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Show Report: Compressed Air & Pneumatics at Process Expo
Compressed Air Best Practices, December 2013

 

 

 

--Compressed Air Best Pracitces features the technology that Festo had on display at Process Expo.

 

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Function Integration--A Dream Come True
Design World, December 2013

 

 

 

--Sean O'Grady, Product Manager, Valve Terminals and Electronics for Festo US examines how pre-screened referenced products open up a whole new generation of automation solutions.

 

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Festo Releases CTEU Fieldbus Node for Pneumatic Valves
Automation.com, December 2013

 

 

 

Automation.com features the Festo CTEU Fieldbus node--making it easy to add Fieldbus connectivity to pneumatic valve terminals.

 

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Festo Demonstrates a Modular Conveyor System that Moves and Sorts Products through the Action of Intelligently Directed Wave Formations
MotionControl.com, December 2013

 

 

 

--MotionControl.com examines the new conveyor system from Festo that demonstrates an entirely new concept in conveying and automatically sorting such delicate items such as fruits and vegetables.

 

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English Teacher Jill Biden Talks High-Tech in Shelby
Charlotte Observer, November 2013

 

 

 

--Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez and Jill Biden, wife of Vice President, Joe Biden, visited the Cleveland Community College in Shelby, NC to celebrate the school's role as a leader in training workers to keep the US infrastructure going. Utilizing Festo products and solutions, the College developed a program where students can learn about Process Control and Hydraulics Control completely online.

 

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Small Valve Vendor Provides Value Through System Integration
Control Global, November 2013

 

 

 

--Control Global examines the benefits of system integration and the benefit of utilizing Festo for plant automation needs.

 

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Pneumatics: Back to Basics
Control Design, November 2013

 

 

 

--Control Design interviews several engineers about how to decide whether or not pneumatics should be used at all.

 

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Lean Manufacturing Optimizes Everything
Design News, November 2013

 

 

 

--Rob Spiegal, Senior Editor at Automation & Control blogs about lean manufacturing and how it translates into less waste, less cost, and less energy.

 

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Pneumatic-based Motion System Keeps MAP Machine Productive
Automation World, October 2013

 

 

 

UltraSource partnered with its pneumatics solutions partner to ensure that critical motion actuation systems offer the highest performance and reliability.

 

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Ten Tips for Better FRL Efficiency
Hydraulics & Pneumatics, October 2013

 

 

 

--Hydraulics and Pneumatics provides guidelines for supplying clean, compressed air at the lowest cost.

 

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Meyn Honors Supplier of the Year 2013
World Poultry, October 2013

 

 

 

 

--Meyn Food Processing Technology has recognized Festo as one of its best global suppliers of the year.

 

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Festo's Pneumatic Valve Terminal Offers More Control Options
Design News, October 2013

 

 

 

--Design News explores the VTUG, designed for engineers building machines looking for more control options in a compact package.

 

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Pneumatic-Based Motion System Keeps MAP Machine Productive
Packaging World, October 2013

 

 

 

--UltraSource partnered with Festo to ensure that critical motion actuation systems offer hte highest performance and reliability.

 

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Festo Celebrates National Manufacturing Day
Control, October 2013

 

 

 

--Control Magazine's Walt Boyes discusses products, services and solutions from Festo Corporation and highlights the Company's dedicated to supporting the manufacturing industry.

 

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Safety Takes Center Stage at PackExpo
Pneumatic Tips, October 2013

--Festo speaks about the issues and importance of machine safety at PackExpo 2013.
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15 Steps to Help with European Union's Machinery Directive, EN/IS
Control Engineering, September 2013

 

 

 

--Machine safety compliance is more flexible and interpretive than in the past. Featuring Michael Guelker of Festo, this article covers basic definitions and steps.

 

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Sweet! Readers' Choice Voters Showed Their Core Tastes When They Picked This Year's Crop of Crisply Performing Automation Suppliers
Control Design, September 2013

 

 

 

--Festo won in two product categories: Pneumatic Cylinder/Actuator and Pneumatic Systems Controls/Components.

 

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Motion Packs More Punch: Drivers and Motor Advances Make Motion More Flexible and Powerful
Control Design, September 2013

 

 

 

--Control Design's survey on motion components revealed that 36% of respondents now employ high-efficiency motors such as the CMMP-AS-M3

 

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Design Breakthroughs Bring Next-Gen Robots Into Lab Automation
Design News, September 2013

 

 

 

--Featuring the EXCM-30, this article focuses on the important role that robotics play in lab automation and in automated medical device production.

 

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Packaging Machine's Pneumatics Stand Up to Washdown
Hydraulics & Pneumatics, September 2013

 

 

 

--This article discussing the benefits of pneumatics and modified atmosphere packaging in the food and beverage industry.

 

 

 

 

 

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VZQA Featured as a Most Valuable Product in PharmaManufacturing's 2013 All Star Innovators
Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, August 2013

 

 

 

--Selected by Pharmaceutical Manufacturing fans, the VZQA was selected as an "All Star Innovator" for the process hardware category.

 

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Printing Press Builder Delivers Lowest Total Cost of Ownership in New Generation of Flexographic Presses
Control Design, August 2013

 

 

 

--This article explores how printing press builders are lowering operating costs and supporting high throughput

 

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Grippers Allow for High-Speed Testing
Hydralics and Pneumatics, August 2013

 

 

 

--Read about how the grippers help accelerate the manufacturing process--achieving throughput of 240 valves per minute.

 

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Espresso Book Machine by On Demand Books Uses Festo Pneumatic Components and GE Quick Panel HMI
Control Design, July 2013

 

 

 

--This article discusses the merging of old and new technologies and why books will never have to be out of print again.

 

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Servoactuators that Run on Air
Machine Design, July 2013

 

 

 

--Combining servopneumatics with other electromechanical technologies provides machine builders and OEM's with a spectrum of solutions to meet a variety of motion-control needs.

 

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Fly Like a Dragonfly with Motion Control Intelligence
Design World, July 29, 2013







--The mechanical dragonfly that incorporates flight characteristics from
airplanes, helicopters and gliders--and can be controled from your phone.

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Skilled Labor Tops List of Employee's Needs
Times Daily.com, July 2013

 

 

 

--Festo Mechatronics working to build the workforce of tomorrow.

 

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AI Teaches Itself How to Grip
Today's Medical Developments, July 2013

 

 

 

--The LearningGripper--an automated gripping system that looks like the abstract form of the human hand. The Gripper is an automated gripping system that uses artificial intelligence to teach itself how to manipulate different shaped objects.

 

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Packaging Basics: Linear Motion
Packaging Machinery Technology, July 2013

 

 

 

--Trends show that machien builders and OEM's are increasingly inclined
to employ more flexible solutions in machine design to accomodate different products of varying dimensions and batch sizes.

 

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Software & Products: Heavy-Duty Electric Actuator Uses Recirculating Ball Bearing Guides for Multi-Axis Positioning
Control Engineering, July 2013

 

 

 

--The EGC-HD actuator is available as toothed belt or ball screw types with two parallel recirculating ball bearing guides. Perfect for gantry & cantilever systems.

 

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Engineering Answers: The Bionic Dragonfly
Product Design and Development, June 2013

 

 

 

-Developers at Festo’s Bionic Learning Network took on the challenge of modeling the dragonfly at a technical level.The result was the BionicOpter, a small, ultra-light aircraft with the capability of carrying out highly complicated flight maneuvers

 

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Should Machine-to-Machine Scare Us?
Control Design, May 2013

 

 

 

–Managers from several different companies discuss the best ways to utilize Machine-to-Machine communication, and how to avoid common problems.

 

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Festo Shows Innovative Gantry at Hannover
Automation World, May 2013

 

 

 

-Festo’s H-gantry EXCM provides precise and fast positioning in cramped installation conditions.

 

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Robotic Dragonfly Takes Flight
Machine Design, April 2013







–Detailed analysis of the componentes that make up the BionicOpter the robotic insect can fly in any direction - even backwards -turn and accelerate quickly, hover, and glide without beating its wings.

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Is Wireless the Right Solution?
Control Design, April 2013







-Managers from several companies discuss the benefits and drawbacks of machine-mount wireless controlers and I/O.



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Control Platform for Water Treatment Enhances Efficiency
Water System Operator, April 2013

 

 

 

-Festo has introduced the CECC modular controller and a scalable control system designed to make control system installation and renovation more affordable for small to medium-size water treatment facilities.

 

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Improving Mechanical Muscle in Machine Design
Control Design, April 2013

 

 

 

–Different mechanical design solutions from numerous companies are showcased including the DGSC microslide from Festo.

 

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Ethernet-enabled Servo Drive
Packaging World, April 2013

 

 

 

-Providing Ethernet IP, ProfiNet, EtherCat, Profibus, and DeviceNet networkability; the Festo CMMP-AS-M3 servo drive delivers safe-off capabilities for faster machine restart and shorter machine downtime.

 

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Filters Promote Air-System Reliability
Hydraulics & Pneumatics, April 2013

 

 

 

–A look at some of the new products on the market in the area of filtration for pneumatic systems inculding Festo’s MS9

 

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Festo Introduces New Safety-Enhanced Servo Drive
Design News, April 2013

 

 

 

-Original equipment manufacturer Moore Controls used Festo HGPLE electric grippers to help an automaker’s transmission operations eliminate costly changeovers.

 

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Ethernet Enabled Servo Drive CMMP-AS-M3
Automation World, April 2013

 

 

 

-The new Festo CMMP-AS-M3 servo drive offers Ethernet IP, ProfiNet, EtherCat, Profibus, and DeviceNet networkability.

 

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CANopen-fieldbus and MotionControl Success
Packaging World, April 2013

 

 

 

-End user productivity went up 30% after a state-of-the-art retort-basket unloading system was designed by Festo as a replacement for a largely mechanical predecessor.

 

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Automation Solutions: Salinas Control Solutions
Water & Waste Digest, April 2013

 

 

 

-ERS Industrial Services selected Festo to provide a low-cost, high-performance interoperable automation system at a Las Palmas, Calif., wastewater treatment facility.

 

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Scholarship to Support Chicago's Advanced Manufacturing Educational Initiative
Automation World, April 2013

 

 

 

-Summit Media Group will donate the 2013 David A. Harvey Memorial Scholarship to Chicago’s Austin Polytechnical Academy Advanced Manufacturing Career Program. The scholarship will be awarded during The Automation Conference, May 14-15 in Chicago.

 

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Products used: Automaker changes gears without changing grippers
Control Engineering, April 2013

 

 

 

- Original equipment manufacturer Moore Controls used Festo HGPLE electric grippers to help an automaker’s transmission operations eliminate costly changeovers.

 

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Grippers Allow for High-Speed Testing
Hydraulics & Pneumatics, March 2013

 

 

 

- Automation specialist PCE Automation Ltd., Beccles, England, offers a unique high-speed machine for testing medical inflation check valves. The machine makes extensive use of Festo HGP parallel grippers to help accelerate the manufacturing process, and achieves a very high throughput of 240 valves per minute.

 

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Bellows Grippers Provide Safe and Gentle Means of Handling Fragile
Work Pieces
Hydralics & Pneumatics, February 2013

 

 

 

-Handling fragile workplaces, such as drinking glasses, plastic or glass bottles, and other items with circular openings can be tricky. DHEB series of bellows grippers from Festo can be used across a variety of processing and manufacturing industries to avoid breakage and make smooth, controlled transfers.

 

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How to Achieve High Speed Pick & Place Performance with Minimal Engineering And AssemblyTime
Assembly, March 2013

 

 

 

-The handling modules HSP and HSW from Festo are a new generation of high speed function modules for the automatic transfer, feed, and removal of small parts in confined spaces. These modules are more compact and do not require any engineering or assembly time.

 

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Festo Introduces A Series of Pneumatic Safety Valves
Design World, February 2013

 

 

 

-Festo introduced the MS6-SV and MS9-SV safety valves. These safety valves offer many features including compact size, soft start functionality, and advantageous price versus performance ratio.

 

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Accurate Position Sensing
Machine Design, January 2013

 

 

 

-Position sensing and feedback are vitally important to the sucess of automated contouring. Options include inductive optical and actuator feedback sensing.

 

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Keeping Ahead of the Curve
Packaging Machinery Technology, January/February 2013

 

 

 

-As technology advances, companies in the packaging and bottling industry continue to invest in speed, efficiency, safety and sanitation

 

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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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