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White Paper: Saving process costs with software support
White Paper: Saving process costs with software support Part 2: Practical tips for phase 4

Product life cycles are becoming ever shorter. Less and less time is available, whether for development of an installation or its possible
modernisation. Companies and their employees therefore try to continuously optimise their processes as that is the only way they can
remain competitive and deal with increasingly demanding challenges.
The software tools provided by system and component suppliers can support them in this; they have been available for quite some time and
their number is constantly growing. The short tips in this white paper are intended as a guide to selecting tools which will help you to save
valuable time.

White Paper: Saving process costs with software support
White Paper: Saving process costs with software support Part 1: Practical tips for phases 1 – 3

Product life cycles are becoming ever shorter. Less and less time is available, whether for development of an installation or its possible
modernisation. Companies and their employees therefore try to continuously optimise their processes as that is the only way they can
remain competitive and deal with increasingly demanding challenges.
The software tools provided by system and component suppliers can support them in this; they have been available for quite some time and
their number is constantly growing. The short tips in this white paper are intended as a guide to selecting tools which will help you to save
valuable time.

White Paper: Saving process costs with software support
White Paper: Saving process costs with software support Part 3: Practical tips for phases 5 – 8

Product life cycles are becoming ever shorter. Less and less time is available, whether for development of an installation or its possible
modernisation. Companies and their employees therefore try to continuously optimise their processes as that is the only way they can
remain competitive and deal with increasingly demanding challenges.
The software tools provided by system and component suppliers can support them in this; they have been available for quite some time and
their number is constantly growing. The short tips in this white paper are intended as a guide to selecting tools which will help you to save
valuable time.

Marketing tools and trainings catalogue for distributors - Edition 2017_EN
Marketing tools and trainings catalogue for distributors - Edition 2017_EN

This catalogue contains a selection of marketing tools and trainings which are considered to be a suitable basis set for distributors. It will be updated on a regular basis with more tools that have been discussed and approved with marketing and sales specialist at Festo.

White Paper: Digitalisation – new opportunities to optimise systems in the process industry
White Paper: Digitalisation – new opportunities to optimise systems in the process industry

This white paper covers the following topics:

  • Digitalisation as an opportunity in the process industry
  • How decoupling software and hardware opens up completely new opportunities for already established technologies, based on the example of the Festo Motion Terminal
  • Why do manufacturers, OEMs and system operators obtain very tangible benefits from analysing the data sent via the IoT gateway to the cloud – and what does this mean for their business?
White Paper: Cleaning is a Must!
White Paper: Cleaning is a Must!

Cleaning is an absolute must if foodstuffs are to be produced hygienically. The highest priority here is afforded to avoiding the spread of germs and eliminating foreign particles. Proper cleaning reduces the downtime of your plant and systems, while protecting the consumer and your brand.

White paper: Automating on/off process valves
White paper: Automating on/off process valves A comparison of actuation methods for pneumatic actuators

On/off process valves can be automated in different ways using pneumatics. This white paper looks at automation using an individual valve, a valve terminal and a digital valve terminal, and compares the three actuation methods in terms of:

• Required hardware/components and the installation

effort involved

• Investment costs

• Potential for compressed air savings and increased

energy efficiency

• Diagnostic and maintenance options

• Potential for function integration

• Possible applications in safety-related circuits

• Possible applications in potentially explosive areas

White Paper guided drives and slides
White Paper guided drives and slides Considerations for choosing pneumatic guided drives and slides

This whitepaper includes information on:

• How pneumatic guided drives and slides work

• Pneumatic or electric? Where pneumatic excels

• Guided drive or slide? Which to choose

• Customization possibilities: bearings, cushioning and more

• Models for special situations

• Sizing the drive or slide for your application

CPX-P
CPX-P
CPX
CPX
White Paper "BioMaRe: Biomass calculator"
White Paper "BioMaRe: Biomass calculator" For transparent and efficient cultivation of micro-organisms

In biotechnology, the content and growth of biomass is an important process variable. There are different ways of quantifying this directly in the reactor. The methods currently used have advantages and disadvantages with regard to optimal process control and costs. This white paper demonstrates how biomass concentration and growth in biotech processes can be calculated using soft sensors and existing measurement signals.

Highlights 2020
Highlights 2020 Digitalisation – the key to increased productivity

With this issue of Highlights 2020, you are holding a kind of compass

in your hand. It will show you where the path with Festo might take

you this year.

You will see the first results in our core product range. Numerous new

components like the mini slide DGST or the compact cylinder ADN-S

are useful additions to the portfolio.

A central theme for us is connectivity at all possible levels:

mechanical, electrical and software.

White paper: Minimizing risk SIL for the chemical industry
White paper: Minimizing risk SIL for the chemical industry

This white paper has the following aims:

  • What is SIL, why is the topic relevant for plant operators, and what are the common misunderstandings?
  • What do certificates mean and how do you read them correctly?
  • To what extent do durable components offer a helpful advantage?
FluidDraw P6 user manual
FluidDraw P6 user manual
Catalogue for Process Automation
Catalogue for Process Automation
Electronics and Electrical Engineering
Electronics and Electrical Engineering Learning solutions for basic and advanced training

The guide includes both CE and non-CE products.

A Practical Energy Efficiency Solution for Life Science Utilizing Industry 4.0
A Practical Energy Efficiency Solution for Life Science Utilizing Industry 4.0

“Internet of Things” (IoT) and “Industry 4.0” (I4.0) are buzzwords in the process manufacturing and automation world, with far-reaching benefits understood by most at a high level. But, what relevant and practical data and understanding can I4.0 bring your company in everyday operations, such as monitoring compressed air consumption, process optimization, enabling energy efficiencies, and providing preventative diagnostics?

Automation Technology
Automation Technology Pneumatic and electrical components
  • Pneumatic drives
  • Servopneumatic positioning systems
  • Electromechanical drives
  • Motors and controllers
  • Grippers
  • Handling systems
  • Vacuum technology
  • Valves
  • Valve terminals
  • Sensors
  • Image processing systems
  • Compressed air preparation
  • Pneumatic connection technology
  • Electrical connection technology
  • Control technology and software
  • Other pneumatic devices
  • Ready-to-install solutions
  • Services
Factory Automation:
Factory Automation: Learning systems and services for basic and further training

Today’s advanced manufacturing industry relies heavily on mechatronics and automation technologies, making these technologies fast-growing career fields.

The SLS-generated Soft Robotic Hand
The SLS-generated Soft Robotic Hand An Integrated Approach using Additive Manufacturing and Reinforcement Learning

To develop
a robotic system for a complex task
is a time- consuming process. Merging
methods available today, a new ap- proach for a faster realization of a multi-finger soft robotic hand is presented here. This
paper introduces a robotic hand with four fingers and 12 Degrees of Freedom
(DoFs) using bellow actuators. The hand is generated via Selective
Laser Sintering (SLS), an Additive Manufacturing method. The complex task execution of a specific action,
i.e. the lifting, rotating and precise positioning of a handling- object with this robotic hand, is used to structure
the whole develop- ment process. To
validate reliable functionality of the hand from the beginning, each development
stage is SLS-generated and the targeted task execution is trained
via Reinforcement Learning, a machine learning approach.
Optimization points are subsequently derived
and fed back into the hardware development. With this Concurrent
Engineering strategy a fast development of this robotic
hand is possible. The paper
outlines the relevant key strategies and gives insight into
the design process. At the end, the
final hand with its capabilities is presented and discussed.

Operating conditions and standards in pneumatics
Operating conditions and standards in pneumatics
  • Use, storage and transport conditions for Festo products
  • Standards in pneumatics
  • Compressed air preparation
  • Operating conditions for valves
  • Port designations of pneumatic components to ISO 5599
  • Operating conditions for drives
  • Pressure/force table and graphBuckling load graph
  • Air consumption
  • Pneumatics and explosion protection – ATEX
  • EC directives/approvals
  • Design – Clean room suitability
  • Paint-wetting impairment substances and resistance to media
  • Corrosion resistance class CRC
  • Protection classes according to IEC/EN 60529
  • Functional earth – protective earth – PELV
  • Spark arresting
Automation with function integration
Automation with function integration The pneumatic and electrical modules of the valve terminal CPX/MPA/VTSA

An overview of the automation platform CPX

 

 

Single-platform solutions

• Digital and analogue standard tasks

• Demanding I/O tasks with single-channel diagnostics and parameterisation

• Temperature, displacement and pressure measurement

• Electrical and pneumatic safety functions

• Integrated, comprehensive diagnostics and condition monitoring

• Subordinate, decentralised installation system

 

Combine these functions directly with the operating elements

• Pilot or process valves

• Control valves for cylinders, grippers, vacuum

• Pressure regulators

• Servopneumatic positioning systems

• Electric drives and axes

 

For control, choose from fi eldbus/Ethernet as remote I/O or the following front-end controllers:

• CPX-FEC (Festo mini control system)

• CPX-CEC (CODESYS controller with 32-bit processor,  400 MHz, CANopen master)

• PC Worx (controller for control environments from Phoenix Contact)

Technology for education and science
Technology for education and science The current range of Festo Didactic products
White Paper: The future role of ethernet and the trend to decentralised control solutions
White Paper: The future role of ethernet and the trend to decentralised control solutions field bus / Industrial Ethernet

The driving force behind progress in Industrial automation in the last 20 years has without doubt been the networking of automation products via bus systems. The importance of industrial communication within machines and installations is increasing exponentially, especially in the context of recent Industry 4.0 (Internet of Things, IoT) discussions. Networking is decentralised from its starting point – communication at control system level – down to the connection of front-end devices, sensors and actuators, which perhaps already feature decentralised intelligence.

White paper: Plants based on the Lego principle
White paper: Plants based on the Lego principle Modular automation with valve terminals

Smaller batches and different types of product in the same plant – these are the market demands to which more and more manufacturers in

the process industries need to adjust. The answer is plants based on the “Lego principle”. Users can add modules or switch them off in line

with requirements. But this is only possible with modular automation.

White Paper - Function integration
White Paper - Function integration Function integration saves time all round

If electrical and pneumatic subsystems are separate, it can often take a lot of time to construct relatively simple systems in terms of system design, purchasing, logistics, installation and  commissioning. Function integration is the answer here, allowing a saving of time throughout the value creation chain. This White Paper shows you how valve terminals can boost efficiency and productivity throughout your company.

White paper: Comparative evaluation of automation concepts for water industry systems
White paper: Comparative evaluation of automation concepts for water industry systems Tools for optimising life cycle costs

Energy efficiency and the optimisation of specific production costs are important commercial and business challenges which we must face for a variety of reasons. Energy-efficient technologies are often more expensive than traditional technologies in the investment phase. However, measures to increase efficiency and reduce life cycle costs (LCC) throughout the entire life cycle of a production plant usually pay off.

White paper: Reduce energy costs in compressed air systems by up to 60%
White paper: Reduce energy costs in compressed air systems by up to 60%

In order to survive in a tough competitive environment, many companies are searching for ways to make savings in their production. Such savings can often be found in their existing compressed air systems, which have generally been in place for years. Up to 60% of energy costs can be saved through optimisation at both the production facility and system level.

White Paper: Quality and an attractive price - The right way to buy valves/valve terminals -
White Paper: Quality and an attractive price - The right way to buy valves/valve terminals -

The global market for valves and valve terminals today is so large that it is almost impossible to maintain an overview. Often, price seems the only buying criterion. But it pays to look more closely, particularly with regard to higher productivity and process reliability. Users of Festo's attractively priced and long-lasting high-quality valves benefit in tough everyday practical applications from the meticulous development processes, including numerous simulation tests and the correct choice of technologies and materials.

 

 This White Paper provides information on:

 

  • Care pays for itself: the development process of valves and valve terminals
  • Caution: not all manufacturer data is comparable 1 to 1!
  • Small differences with a great impact: how to choose the right valves/valve terminals

 

Tech Paper Optimally cushioned pneumatic cylinders
Tech Paper Optimally cushioned pneumatic cylinders More productivity with the right end-position cushioning

With the right end-position cushioning, you can significantly increase the efficiency of your entire pneumatic system.

When used to its full effect, it can improve cycle times and even reduce the size of the components used.

  

And all this for the simple reason that good end-position cushioning decreases the impact forces generated by changing loads and extreme dynamic stress – factors that play a crucial role in defining the travel time and speed of pneumatic cylinders.

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