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 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 annual double-digit growth rate, the LifeTech business area has been a separate division at Festo since 2015 and is being continuously expanded. The USA is at the forefront of the global life science market. This is where most industry-relevant innovations and new technologies emerge. In order to participate in these developments at an early stage, Festo began setting up a development center in Boston at the end of 2017.
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.
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 regulation and 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
Highlights at MEDICA 2018 Hall 3, Booth D95
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.
Another highlight is the mass flow controller VEMD. It precisely controls gases and, thanks to the piezo technology used, operates quietly and is also energy-efficient. In addition to use in bioreactors, it is therefore also ideal for portable oxygen devices.
Festo is also presenting its modular dispense head VTOE, which precisely doses liquids. This simplifies and accelerates sample preparation. It can be configured modularly in terms of the number of dispensing channels, the internal diameter of the dispensing nozzles and the wetted materials used.
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