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Your guide to energy efficiency

Find out about practical ways to increase your energy efficiency

Twelve energy efficiency measures: twelve ways to save energy successfully. In the view of our experts, these measures are extremely easy and quick to implement, especially if you combine them.

    Energy efficiency through correct dimensioning

Correct dimensioning

Correct dimensioning so that components are only as large as they need to be for the application

Always select the optimum size; one size smaller for pneumatic drives

With the Festo Engineering Tools

    Energy efficiency: reducing tube lengths

Reducing tube lengths

Avoiding idle air in tubing volumes

Decentralised valve terminal with optimally routed tubes

With the valve terminals CPV, VTSA, VB12

    Energy efficiency: efficient open- and closed-loop control

Efficient open- and closed-loop control

Good control with little oscillation or controller intervention

Adapt motion profiles and optimise controllers

With the Festo Configuration Tool

    Energy efficiency: recovering energy

Recovering energy

Use the energy saved to accelerate other drives

Save braking energy in the linked intermediate circuit

With the servo controller CMMP and multi-axis controller CMMD

    Energy efficiency: switching off energy

Switching off energy

Interrupt the air supply to systems during standstills

The energy supply to the entire compressed air system is switched off, thus reducing leakage losses

With the on-off valves MS6-EE, HEE and the ball valve QH

    Energy efficiency: reducing pressure level

Reducing pressure level

Energy savings during the non-productive return stroke

Use a pressure regulator to reduce the return stroke from 6 to 3 bar

With the filter regulator MS6-LFR and the standard valve VABF

    Energy efficiency: reducing friction

Reducing friction

Optimised bearing and guiding systems

Use low-friction mechanical components

With the mini slide DGSL

    Energy efficiency: reducing leaks

Reducing leaks

Reduction of unnecessary losses, especially in existing systems

Check for leakages on a regular basis and use condition monitoring

With the Festo Energy Saving Services

    Energy efficiency: reducing weight

Reducing weight

Minimise the moving mass by mixing electrical and pneumatic technologies

Electric handling unit with pneumatic Z-axis and, in the case of moving drives, using light drives

With the T-gantry, polymer cylinder DSNUP and compact cylinder ADNP

    Energy efficiency: using air-saving circuits

Using air-saving circuits

Energy saving by needs-based generation of compressed air

Vacuum handling with monitored switch-off

With the vacuum generator OVEM and vacuum generator VADMI

    Energy efficiency: reducing pressure drops

Reducing pressure drops

Avoiding pressure drops with continuous flow in tubing and piping systems

Optimal line diameters, fewer line resistances and network pressure reduction from 8 to 7 bar

With the MS series service unit in a mix of sizes

    Energy efficiency: choosing the right components

Choosing the right components

Energy savings in air consumption by using single-acting cylinders

Motor with holding brake for long standstills

With the servo motors EMME-AS, EMMS-AS and the stepper motor EMMS-ST


Air-flow analyser SFGA

Efficient measurement and analysis

Product information on SFGA



Pneumatic drives

Use the Festo sizing software to configure and size your entire pneumatic control sequence.

Use the engineering software to calculate the air consumption of cylinders.

You can find these tools in the catalogue

Keine Ueberdimensionierung

No oversizing

  • Size your pneumatic drives correctly as cylinders that are too large use compressed air unnecessarily

Standard cylinder DSNU


Reduce weight

  • Particularly lightweight cylinder due to polymer end cap

Compact cylinder ADNP

Leckagen reduzieren

Reduce leaks

  • Cylinders with round piston rods prevent leaks
  • The combination of drive and guide guarantees ideal operating characteristics and is easy on the seals

Fluidic Muscle DMSP/MASLinear actuators DGO and DGC

Reibung reduzieren

Reduce friction

Actuators with linear guide: guided drive DGRF, guided drive DFM, mini slide DGSL, mini slide DGSC, linear module HMP, mini guided drive DFC

Druckniveau reduzieren

Reduce the pressure level

  • Check whether your system needs the pressure you have preset, or whether this level is needed only at selected points

DPA pressure booster


Electric drives

Use the PositioningDrives sizing software to find the right electromechanical solution with just a few key data.

Energie abschalten

Switch off power

  • Automatic-locking spindles for vertical strokes can sometimes eliminate the need for power-intensive holding brakes

Electric positioning axis DMES

Stromverbrauch senken

Reduce energy consumption

  • De-energise drives when at rest
  • Program energy-optimised travel profiles to prevent high acceleration

Electromechanical drives

Gewicht reduzieren

Reduce weight

  • Reduce moving masses as much as possible

Electromechanical drives: electric toothed belt axis EGC-TB, electric spindle axis EGC-BS, electric toothed belt axis ELGR

Reibung reduzieren

Reduce friction

  • Program energy-optimised travel profiles

Electromechanical drives: electric slide EGSP, electric mini slide EGSL

Energie rückgewinnen

Recover energy

  • Recover braking energy

Servo-controller CMMD-AS