Festo at MEDICA 2018

Components and automation solutions for medical technology and laboratory automation 

Lifetec

We were exhibitors at MEDICA. The world’s leading trade fair for the medical sector took place in Düsseldorf from 12 to 15 November 2018. At our stand, we presented products and solutions for liquid and sample handling for laboratory automation and for controlling gases in medical technology.

  • Medica 2018
  • Medica 2018
  • Medica 2018
  • Medica 2018

‘This year we had predominantly international guests, which shows that we are also attracting interest worldwide with our relatively new business unit and product portfolio,’ said Dr Frank Jacob, head of the LifeTech business unit at Festo, pleased with the numerous international visitors. ‘We were able to discuss a number of very interesting future projects with a wide variety of customers,’ added Matthias Gößner, director of sales for LifeTech, as a positive summary of the trade fair.

These were our three highlights:

So far unique on the market is the compact rotary gripper module EHMD, which can both grip and rotate sample vials. It opens even the smallest sample vessels with a capacity of up to 15 millilitres without any problems.

The rotary gripper module EHMD in use
The rotary gripper module EHMD in use

Another highlight was the mass flow controller VEMD. It regulates gases precisely, works quietly thanks to piezo technology and is also energy-efficient. Therefore, in addition to use in bioreactors, it is also ideal for portable oxygen devices.

The VEMD is used, for example, in inpatient ventilation in a clinical environment. Small and light piezo valves regulate the gas flows and pressures, whose metering of the oxygen is infinitely variable.

In addition, we presented the modular dispensing head VTOE, which precisely dispenses fluids. This simplifies and accelerates sample preparation. It can be modularly configured with regard to the number of dispensing channels, the internal diameter of the dispensing nozzles and the materials in contact with the medium.

The VTOE dispensing head in use
The VTOE dispensing head in use

Festo in the life science market

Festo’s LifeTech business area has been developing components and system solutions for plant manufacturers specialising in the automation of laboratory processes and the manufacture of medical equipment since 2004. Due to the annual double-digit growth rate, this business segment has been a separate division of Festo since 2015 and is being continuously expanded.

Since the United States is at the forefront of the global life science market, it is there that most industry-relevant innovations and new technologies emerge. In order to participate in these developments at an early stage, Festo began setting up a development centre in Boston at the end of 2017.

In laboratory automation, the focus is on the development of intelligent, tested products and subsystems for the automation of fluid and sample handling. In medical technology, Festo develops products and subsystems for medical devices. The focus is on the efficient regulation and control of process and medical gases.