Festo is a global player and an independent family-owned company with its headquarters in Esslingen am Neckar, Germany. The company has become the global market leader in its sector over the past 60 years thanks to its innovations and problem-solving competency, as well as a unique range of industrial training and vocational education programmes. Festo supplies pneumatic and electric automation technology to 300,000 customers in the field of factory and process automation in over 40 industries.
Products and services are available in 176 countries around the world. In 2016, the company employed 18,800 employees in 61 countries in over 250 subsidiaries. Its turnover in 2016 was EUR 2.74 billion. Each year, the company invests about 8% of this turnover in research and development. 1.5% of this learning company’s turnover is invested in basic and further training. Training services are not only provided for Festo’s own staff – Festo Didactic SE also supplies basic and further training programmes in the field of automation technology for customers, students and trainees.
Festo in laboratory automation and medical technology
Festo has been developing components and system solutions for equipment manufacturers who specialise in the automation of laboratory processes and the manufacture of medical devices since 2004. Due to the double-digit growth rate, this business area has been a separate division at Festo since 2015 and is being continuously expanded. In addition to standard components, the LifeTech division develops separate components with new technologies that are designed specifically for the Life Science market. In the development of customised automation solutions for its customers, Festo’s approach involves the joint development of engineering concepts together with the customer right from the earliest planning phase onwards. Individual validated process steps can thus be reliably transformed into automated process sequences which can be perfectly integrated into a complete system.
Product range for laboratory automation
Festo develops intelligent, tested subsystems for the automation of liquid media and sample handling applications.
The focus is on:
• Feeding and identification of test tubes
• Opening and closing of test tubes
• Feeding of liquid media and solid particles
The applications involve the use of both electric and pneumatic actuators with motors, controllers and handling systems, as well as grippers, sensors and camera systems. The compact rotary gripper module EHMD, which can not only grip but also turn sample bottles, is unique on the market so far. It opens even the smallest sample vessels with a content of up to 15 millilitres without any problems.
Product range for medical technology
In the field of medical technology, Festo develops products and subsystems for medical devices. Proportional valves with piezo technology are often used in both mobile applications and applications involving the treatment of patients at their bedsides.
The focus is on the efficient open-loop and closed-loop control of medical gases, e.g.:
• Flow control with compact valves for ventilation and anaesthesia devices
• Pneumatic integration solutions for surgical devices
• Closed-loop control of fluids in dental service units
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