Festo SmartBird takes flight at Canada's National Manufacturing Event CMTS

Festo SmartBird takes flight at Canada's National Manufacturing Event CMTS

SmartBird, Festo’s bionic flight model, will fly at Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show in Toronto
With its SmartBird, Festo will demonstrate how nature provides new inspiration for advanced automation technology at CMTS in Toronto.

With its SmartBird, the global supplier of automation technology, Festo, has succeeded in decoding one of the oldest mysteries known to mankind: How birds fly. At this year's CMTS, Festo’s SmartBird will be taking to the air for the first time in Canada. The German based company will demonstrate how nature provides new inspiration for advanced automation technology  at CMTS in Toronto.  Canada’s leading manufacturing event CMTS which will be held in Toronto from September 30th  to October 3rd. Meet Festo at The International Centre in Toronto in Hall 4, booth 7005.


As a global manufacturer of pneumatic and electric automation technology, Festo’s core business is helping to shape the production and working environments of the future by offering its customers innovative solutions for the production systems of tomorrow and beyond. “Through Festo’s Bionic Learning Network, we turn to nature which provides a vast source of intelligent solutions to technical problems which we can apply in areas of energy efficiency, lightweight construction and functional integration. Festo’s innovative approach to improving productivity is essential for our long-term reputation as a competent partner with a high level of problem-solving skills,” emphasizes Thomas Lichtenberger, President  of Festo Inc, Mississauga, Ontario.


Learning from Nature to Improve Productivity

The Bionic Learning Network is a network linking Festo to well-known universities, institutes and development companies. Its objective is to transfer biological principles to industrial automation technology and to provide innovative solutions  for industrial applications through bionics.


SmartBird – Deciphering the mystery of bird flight

SmartBird is an ultralight but powerful flight model with excellent aerodynamic qualities and extreme agility. This bionic technology platform, which was inspired by the herring gull, can take off, fly and land autonomously – with no additional drive mechanism. Its wings not only beat up and down, but, like it’s natural model, they also twist at specific angles. This is made possible by an active articulated torsional drive, which in conjunction with a complex closed-loop control system makes for unprecedented efficiency in flight operation. Thus, Festo has for the first time succeeded in realizing an energy-efficient technological adaptation of a biological creature. This functional integration of coupled drives has provided Festo with important ideas and insights for efficiency in the use of resources and energy consumption which it can apply to the development and optimisation of hybrid drive technology. The minimal use of materials and extremely lightweight construction of SmartBird lead the way towards resource- and energy-efficient designs.


Festo at a glance

Festo is a global leader in automation technology, and the world market leader in industrial training and education. Festo’s pneumatic and electric drive technology stands for innovation in industrial and process automation – from individual products to ready-to-install solutions. Improving customer’s productivity, global presence and close, long-term partnerships with its customers are Festo’s hallmarks.  With 16,800 employees worldwide in 61 national companies, Festo’s turnover for 2012 was 2.1 billion Euros.


Your contact for inquiries:

Festo, Inc 

Jaclyn Rand 

Phone: +1-905-614-2764 

Mobile: +1 416-949-4795



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Smart Bird at Canada's CMTS in Toronto 1 The design brief for the SmartBird was an energy- and resource-saving structure with minimized overall weight
Smart Bird at Canada's CMTS in Toronto 2 SmartBird flies, glides and sails through the air just like its natural model – the herring gull.