Scharnhausen Technology Plant
Shaping the future to be versatile
The Scharnhausen Technology Plant is at the forefront of automation for the future and the leading Festo factory for the production of valves, valve terminals and electronics. The factory is characterised by productive and energy-efficient processes, top-quality products and a pronounced customer focus, as well as sustainable and green fabrication.
ACTING TOGETHER is the guiding principle of the Scharnhausen Technology Plant: cooperation across multiple divisions and close coordination are major factors. This could already be seen during the planning phase, when employees from purchasing, development, IT, logistics, production and human resources worked together, designed the complex factory architecture in the shortest time and turned it into reality. The central location and outstanding infrastructure ensure that the plant is ideally networked with the Festo headquarters, the social environment of the employees and the customers worldwide.
Industry 4.0 in practice
With the new factory, Festo meets current challenges like Industry 4.0 and global competition. Many of the aspects of Industry 4.0 are already a reality in the Technology Plant. For example, employees cooperate in safe interaction with a flexible robot, which takes over assembly tasks that are ergonomically disadvantageous. An holistic energy transparency system will mean that all energy flows and consumption in the factory can be tracked in future. And for service engineers, alongside their usual tools, the tablet represents the principal working tool: with the help of an app, they are able to detect and rectify machine faults as soon as possible and directly on-site.
Focus on people
For Festo, however, the most important success factor for adding value in the production of the future continues to be people. The Festo employees are motivated, sensitised and appropriately qualified for the change in the production world. The Learning Factory integrated with the factory, where employees get practical training, also contributes towards this.