Industrial electrical automation

Would you like easy and seamless connectivity? Integrated into future-proof and compatible concepts? With open platforms, even for Industry 4.0? On your journey to seamless automation of machinery and systems, Festo supports you with mechanical, electric and intelligent automation modules that fit together perfectly and do not impose any technical limitations. Find out in this overview what our portfolio of electric automation products and suitable engineering tools has to offer.

Seamless connectivity

Take advantage of the comprehensive solutions from Festo, which ranges from mechanics, complete servo drive systems, state-of-the-art communication and control concepts to digitalisation with the right cloud solutions and is complemented by innovative software solutions for engineering, configuration and commissioning.

Automating systems in motion, on one integrated platform

You will always have the flexibility you need with Festo because you decide how much you want to automate with us and which of our products you want to use together with your in-house standards, now and in the future.

Mechanical connectivity

Our electromechanical axes and modules leave nothing to be desired when it comes to linear motion, swivelling, gripping or stopping. They can be used for the majority of standard automation tasks in machines and systems, and can be optimally matched with our servo motors or your in-house devices.

Highlights of our mechanical systems

Electrical connectivity

Mechanical systems and control technology are easy to combine with our servo drives and servo motors. Benefit from simple engineering, perfectly matching hardware and complete flexibility thanks to direct integration into virtually any automation environment – not to mention commissioning in just a few steps in the Festo Automation Suite software.

Highlights of our servo drives

Intelligent connectivity

Take advantage of free and diverse communication options as well as complete and direct integration into higher-level control concepts. Make your automation solutions more modular and flexible with uniform, decentralised motion control solutions from Festo that are supported by innovative software solutions.

Highlights of our control range

Seamless connectivity in a nutshell

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Highlights of our electric automation products

Installation and control concepts influence each other. This means that automation architectures must be cleverly networked to achieve seamless connectivity. Hardware and software work together intelligently on the Festo Automation Platform – a perfect and seamless combination of controller, servo drive and mechanics. The wide range of mechanical systems offers a solution for virtually any motion requirement. And the Festo Automation Suite software ensures quick and perfect commissioning of all electric and mechanical hardware components.

The latest products and solutions at a glance

Toothed belt axis

Toothed belt axis ELGC-TB

The reasonably priced axis family ELGC allows you to realize incredibly compact dimensions and make the most of your installation space – for small parts handling, desktop applications and much more. The toothed belt axis offers precise, durable rail guidance.

Servo drive

Servo drive CMMT-AS

Compact servo drive for point-to-point and interpolating motion, suitable for various Ethernet-based bus systems and can be integrated directly into system environments of different control manufacturers.

Servo drive

Servo drive CMMT-ST

The extremely small servo drive CMMT-ST positions and moves highly economically, dynamically and precisely up to 300 W, point-to-point or interpolating. It is also commissioned simply via Festo Automation Suite and integrated Auto-Tuning in the shortest of time.

Servo motor

Servo motor EMMT-AS

The servo motor EMMT-AS for demanding and dynamic applications is characterised by very good controllability and path accuracy for positioning tasks, while the space-saving, single-cable solution significantly reduces installation effort.

Electric cylinder unit

Electric cylinder unit EPCE-TB

EPCE is an electric cylinder for short strokes and cycle times, with minimum zero stroke and the best price/performance ratio. It is ideal for use in testing and inspection systems as well as for labelling, in simple centring tasks and for aligning workpieces.

Spindle axis

Spindle axis ELGC-BS

The reasonably priced axis family ELGC allows you to realize incredibly compact dimensions and make the most of your installation space – for small parts handling, desktop applications and much more. The spindle axes also offer impressive guide precision and a ball screw drive.

Digital engineering tools

With our online engineering tools, you can design your solution easily and reliably, regardless of your level of expertise. This means that you can quickly create the correct configuration, accurately select components, create the necessary documentation and perform the required calculations. And get your solution up and running in just a few steps. Take a look at the overview now and find the right tool to make your day-to-day work easier.

In practice

A new part every 2.5 seconds

Primon application

Primon Automazioni relies on Festo expertise

Many system integrators are asking themselves whether they should be using electric drive technology instead of traditional pneumatic drives. This is a strategy the Italian company Primon Automazioni has been following for many years. It has enabled Primon to gain valuable experience in terms of reliability, flexibility and modularity. The latest example is the new production line for assembling hydraulic plugs for automotive applications.

Greatly accelerated cycle times

Electric automation at Primon

The Italian machine builder’s latest system development is a completely autonomous assembly line for hydraulic plugs for the automotive industry. It consists of several fully automatic assembly stations featuring electric axes, brushless motors and servo drives from Festo and can produce a part every 2.5 seconds. The machine stores the programs for all 30 possible plug configurations in its memory so the production line can automatically configure itself and adjust the working strokes of all axes based on the workpiece that has been loaded. This high system flexibility is all thanks to the in-house developed software that also ensures the system is easy to operate for the customer, while fast technical updates continuously optimise the solution’s function and efficiency.

From traditional pneumatics to electric drive technology

Electric automation at Primon

Festo has been a leading provider of electromechanical drives for many years. Alongside its partners, Festo is actively shaping technological change, as shown by the new servo drives CMMT, the servo motors EMMT-AS, the brushless stepper motors EMMS-ST and the Festo Automation Suite which was introduced in 2018. Primon Automazioni’s strategic vision for fully electric automation is reflected in the combination of the new compact axes ELGC/EGSC and the high performance of the new servo drive CMMT. By gathering, monitoring and analysing the data provided by the CMMT and integrating it perfectly into the host systems, the company is taking a huge step forward in its digitalisation journey. At Primon Automazioni, remote management and remote assistance are established practices. Using the Festo Automation Suite via a VPN connection set up by the customer, the operation of the assembly line can be continuously monitored and adapted, without having to be present on site.

The company

Primon Automazioni logo

Primon Automazioni, based in Verbania, Italy, was founded in the 1970s and specialises in the development of customised machines according to customer needs. This includes synchronous and asynchronous pallet transfer lines, rotary tables, test islands for leak tests and robotic assembly and test stations.