Assembly line in automotive production

Automation in automotive production

Management says it needs to be faster. And more flexible. And at the same time, energy-efficient. We achieve this with pneumatic and electric solutions that get the best out of both technologies, across the entire vehicle manufacturing process chain.

Extensive competency from Festo

Learn more about our solutions for your specific area of automotive production. Simply click on the corresponding production area to view the matching products.

Precision handling in the press shop

The bottom line here is that the systems have to operate accurately at the highest possible speed while exerting enormous forces. As a result, functional safety is extremely important. For the press shop, we primarily offer solutions for high-precision handling and gripping that have proven to be sturdy, durable and economical, whether for separating and feeding the sheets, securely fixing and lifting them or during transport.

Such as, for example, our vacuum suction nozzles OVEM and OVEL. These vacuum generators combine vacuum generation and monitoring in one compact unit. With its integrated air saving function, OVEM has energy efficiency built in. A check valve prevents compressed air from being used unnecessarily for holding. Both vacuum generators are effectively maintenance-free.

Another advantage:
The built-in IO-Link® technology makes the vacuum generators Industry 4.0-capable.

High-precision welding and handling in the body shop

Body manufacture in automotive production is a job for welding robots. Here, sturdy solutions have to position the sheet metal with great accuracy and repeatability, supply the line with small parts and the welding guns with compressed air and cooling water. As part of a specific focus on the body shop, Festo has developed Industry 4.0-capable components for servo-pneumatically actuated welding guns. We offer complete, application-specific solutions to guarantee a reliable supply of compressed air and cooling water for individual welding robots or entire welding lines. The design is pretested, tailored precisely to your body shop specifications and ensures that you have a structured and bundled media supply. As a result, the welding points remain reliably reproducible.

And our flagship product, the valve terminal VTSA with the terminal CPX, is also on board. It combines I/O modules, valve functionality and safety functions to ISO 13849-1 into one unit, including the exhausting of system components, reversing and protection against restarting. The high degree of function integration and the flexible connection to all common fieldbus systems transform this automation solution into the decentralised intelligence in Industry 4.0 scenarios.

Industry 4.0 command centre

Automate your production with the decentralised CPX/VTSA solution. It combines valves, I/O modules and safety functions with extensive fieldbus and IO-Link® options.

Buy the valve terminal VTSA with CPX terminal now

Pneumatics for spot-welding

Highly precise, fast and flexible, regardless of whether used with X or C guns, our servo-pneumatic drive solution for body shop welding guns delivers the full force right from the first welding point (up to 24 kN).

Product information on the welding gun (PDF)

Compressed air and cooling water supply

Customised installation plates: our ready-to-install complete solution controls and monitors the compressed air and cooling water supply of welding cells and welding robots.

Application example of compressed air and cooling water supply (PDF)

Error-free, high-speed painting systems

A precise compressed air supply with the required air quality plays a key role in ensuring that the car bodies pass through the paint shop at high cycle rates and with consistent quality. Festo provides a range of solutions and components for this task.

With our service unit components from the MS product series for compressed air preparation, you can combine different sizes, filter cascades and air dryers for the required, energy-optimised compressed air quality.

The compact proportional flow control valves VPCF from Festo are designed to deliver accurate spray jet control in critical environments such as painting systems. It is IP65-classified, has ATEX approvals and is free of PWIS, of course. The high dynamic response enables variable cycle times: never more than is needed and avoiding any time loss.

Record-breaking speed in drive train production

Festo offers components and systems for the rapid and precise movement of loads, ensuring both fast transport and the implementation of extremely precise monitoring tasks.

The range of electric or pneumatic stoppers brings loads of up to 800 kg to a stop reliably, gently and without any vibration. It is designed for the typical conveyor belt speeds found in drive train production.

And our flagship product, the valve terminal VTSA with the terminal CPX, is also on board. It combines I/O modules, valve functionality and safety functions to ISO 13849-1 into one unit, including the exhausting of system components, reversing and protection against restarting. The high degree of function integration and the flexible connection to all common fieldbus systems transform this automation solution into the decentralised intelligence in Industry 4.0 scenarios.

Reliable final assembly

We deliver suitable solutions for fully automated motion sequences and for safe, flexible human-machine interaction. This includes components for reliable positioning and an extensive product portfolio for handling and assembly as well as various grippers and vacuum systems.

As part of the human-machine interaction, our servo-pneumatic balancer system YHBP moves loads around during assembly as if they were weightless. And it also adheres to the safety standard Performance Level d for loads up to 999 kg. And if the power fails, the load will be prevented from falling.

We also have a world first for you: the clip fix tool AGTC. It takes care of laborious, ergonomically stressful tasks with a perfectly reproducible compressed air pulse that automatically fixes the assembly clips in position. This creates a more reliable process and relieves the strain on your colleagues in production.

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