Festo TechTalk 2020
Festo provides answers to the digital transformation in industry
Festo’s activities in 2020: taking our clients through the digital transformation process – from regional medium-sized companies to global corporations. You can also visit the Festo Virtual Exhibition on 15 and 16 July 2020.
What does ‘Industrial Transformation’ mean for us as a leading global company in the field of automation technology? What opportunities does digitisation also open up in terms of energy efficiency? Why does education play an important role in digitisation? What could future human–robot collaborations look like?
Answers to these questions were provided in Festo’s TechTalk by Dr Frank Melzer, Member of the Management Board for Product and Technology Management, Dr Hans Jörg Stotz, Member of the Management Board for Festo Didactic SE, Karoline von Häfen, Head of Bionic Projects, and Marcus Stemler, Product Manager for Digital Pneumatics.
Watch the TechTalk 2020 here!
Topics at a glance:
‘Digitisation makes our customers more efficient’
‘Thanks to smart products such as the IoT Gateway, we have the ability to bring the data directly from the plant to our dashboards and work with it, whether at the machines, in the factory or in the cloud.’
Dr Frank Melzer, Member of the Management Board for Product and Technology Management
‘Education plays an important role in this age of digitisation’
‘Technology in itself is useless if you can’t use it properly. Digitisation is not a flash in the pan. We will see a steady flow of new technologies and business models changing the industry at an ever faster pace. Many companies will have to train or further educate their employees in Industry 4.0.’
Dr Hans Jörg Stotz, Member of the Management Board for Festo Didactic SE
Digitisation makes our customers more energy-efficient
The digital valve terminal allows the compressed air to adapt to the actual demand without having to convert the system. In addition, the C2M module measures the consumption of a system and automatically switches to energy-saving mode when on standby. With the C2M module, leaks can be detected and repaired at machine level.
New from the Bionic Learning Network: autonomous and self-sufficient assistance system
The BionicMobileAssistant moves autonomously in space and can independently recognise objects, grasp them adaptively and work on them together with humans. The processing of the acquired information is performed by a neural network that has been trained in advance using data augmentation. The mobile assistance system is modular and consists of three subsystems: a ballbot, an electric robot arm and the BionicSoftHand 2.0 – a pneumatic gripper inspired by the human hand.
The animal kingdom also served as a source of inspiration: as a second project, Festo is showing the BionicSwift, an artificial bird that can fly as a flock in a defined airspace using a radio-based indoor GPS.