The third of six fields of activity with regard to corporate responsibility
Materials are becoming increasingly scarce and consume energy and important resources during manufacture, usage and waste disposal. Some materials are already scarce commodities these days or are a burden to mankind and the environment through their life cycle. With our products and services, we thus aim for solutions whose constructive design provides the best possible capacity performance and material usage.
Making optimum use of product service life
With condition monitoring we make it possible for our customers to use energy and resources in an optimal manner, from the best utilisation of the product service life through to maximum availability. How that works is demonstrated by our new software package for condition monitoring, our compact handling system YXMx. It consists of kinematics, a control system and software as well as an optional camera connection and a data link with the OPC-UA standard protocol, which is common in Europe for Industry 4.0.
Reusable thanks to flexible programming
Digitisation offers new opportunities for conserving resources: The Festo Motion Terminal provides visible evidence of this. Due to the enormous variety of its functions and the ability to be quickly and flexibly reprogrammed, the Festo Motion Terminal can be simply reused in new machines with a different valve function.
Bionic Learning Network: taking the principles of nature as a role model
Whether it involves energy efficiency or lightweight construction, functional integration or the ability to learn and communicate – in nature we discover all kinds of adaptation strategies, which can be transferred to engineering. By deciphering basic bionic principles, we provide impetus for industrial applications and the efficient usage of materials.
Researching new technologies and materials
Using our research platforms, we try out new technologies, production techniques and materials. Consistent lightweight construction and the intelligent combination of pneumatic and electric drives enable unique, energy-efficient motion sequences and savings on material.
Miniaturisation of products: making more with less
When developing new products, we try to consistently reduce material usage whilst achieving the same or improved performance. Examples of this can be found in all product groups: with drives, valves and valve terminals, service units, but also with small components such as magnets, plug connectors and sensors, the trend is towards miniaturisation.
Example of continuous development: the DRVS semi-rotary drive
Our DRVS semi-rotary drive, for example, has continually developed over the years and enabled increasingly higher outputs. In the process, however, design solutions enabled its weight to be reduced by over 25 per cent compared to its predecessor.
Alongside this, we are continuously reducing the use of wet chemical processes in production and are increasingly making use of plasma and heating processes for surface finishing or for joining components – for instance, by laser welding or friction welding.