Standard components from Festo are used for a variety of applications, including some in unusual settings such as the LHC particle accelerator or a superfast buttonhole machine.
Innovation in pneumatics
New product innovations will make a real difference to the way you build and commission your machines. Steve Sands, Head of Product Management at Festo GB, looks at how recent developments are driving the pneumatics sector.
Flexible, yet standardised
Just as PCBs have successfully managed to pack an increasing amount of power into a smaller space, developers of plug connectors are working to accommodate more power and a higher contact density into smaller, lighter plug connectors. The family owned British manufacturer Harwin PLC relies on Festo automation to safeguard the quality and flexibility of its production using equipment such as the servo press kit YJKP and the compact handling system YXMx.
100 metres below ground
At CERN, the world’s largest particle physics laboratory, thousands of scientists are working hard to figure out the unsolved mysteries of physics. Their valuable scientific research is supported by the intelligent and flexible application of automation technology. The Festo valve terminal VTSA controls the analysis processes of the air in the experimentation cavern of the Compact Muon Solenoid detector (CMS).
A stitch in time
Buttonholes are not only functional but also have a visual aspect. However, in textile manufacturing there is generally very little time to produce them. The new automatic eyelet buttonholer 581 from Dürkopp Adler delivers the necessary speed. Thanks to the compact Festo solenoid valves VUVG, it takes just under four seconds to create a buttonhole.
Highly precise dispensing of casting resin
From car parking sensors through to smartphones and electric toothbrushes, sensitive electronic components need protection against undesirable substances. This is where special casting resins come in. The “mini-dis” desktop machine from bdtronic allows high-precision dispensing processes in a very small space – thanks, among other things, to the compact handling system YXMx from Festo.
Five hundred cylinders at the same time
Even though automation technology has become highly sophisticated, there is always potential to make processes even better. A stacking system for blanks shows how even the smallest of innovations in pneumatic cylinders and valves can result in a major leap forward in safety and efficiency.