Automation solutions for the biotech, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries

Biotech, pharmaceutical and cosmetics automation

There is a cure for the headaches that come with productivity and cost pressure: efficiently automated systems. They allow you to guarantee reliable, reproducible product quality and make your systems more flexible, from the production of active ingredients to formulation, filling and packaging. Festo has solutions that will certainly get rid of these headaches.

Increased productivity from a single source

The processes and requirements of the pharmaceutical industry, cosmetics production and biotechnology are very familiar to Festo. We understand the production scenarios for personal care products, creams and tablets, the production of active ingredients in clean areas as well as for quality control, filling and packaging.

This is because we have worked closely with machine builders in these industries for many years and support them with flexible, fail-safe automation concepts along the entire value chain. Our support ranges from planning and procurement to installation, commissioning and on-site service. An important advantage of working with Festo is that we offer products, modules and ready-to-install solutions as well as engineering services and practical support from a single source – simple, perfectly matching and available worldwide.

Areas of the biotech, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics industries

Tablet production

Biotech, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries: tablet production

Many of the steps involved in the process for producing tablets offer considerable potential for optimising the automation technology. Components and solutions from Festo provide reproducibility and process reliability, for example in the reactor, without having to sacrifice efficiency.


We offer automation solutions for these steps of the tablet production process:

  • Storing and conveying bulk materials and filling mobile containers
  • Dispensing and mixing the different raw materials in the reactor
  • Inertisation of reactors, tanks and processing equipment
  • Drying the active ingredient
  • Producing a homogeneous granulate
  • Pressing tablets
  • Coating tablets with various substances

Production of parenterals

Biotech, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industry: production of parenterals

The production of parenterals requires reliable process control and effective handling solutions for the biotechnological production of active ingredients and safe aseptic filling. With automation technology from Festo, you can increase the productivity of your parenteral production processes without sacrificing reliability.


We offer automation solutions for these steps of the parenteral production process:

  • Biotechnological active ingredient production
  • Filling vials
  • Compressed air preparation and supply

Cream production

Biotech, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industry: cream production

Optimise the steps in your production process for semi-solid products with components and solutions from Festo. We offer a wide range of solutions, from the automation of process valves and compressed air preparation to individual handling solutions. This enables you to implement extremely reliable processes and increase efficiency from production through to packaging.


We offer automation solutions for these steps of the cream production process:

  • Controlling and proportioning liquid media
  • Storing and conveying bulk materials, filling mobile containers
  • Inertisation of reactors, tanks and process equipment
  • Supplying water safely and efficiently
  • Precisely proportioning and uniformly mixing ingredients
  • Fast and precise filling
  • Efficient packaging, loading and palletising

Proportional valve technology for inert gases

Proportional valve technology is a flexible and cost-effective solution wherever inert gas pressure levels and flow rates need to be controlled, whether in tanks, reactors or processing equipment. It meets the technical requirements and offers the required level of precision. At the same time, it reduces the time and effort required for installation, space requirements and the amount you need to invest.

This white paper on inertisation explains how you can achieve all the above with proportional valves.

White paper: Proportional valves for closed-loop control of inert gases in process automation (PDF)

Energy analysis for compressed air systems

In today’s competitive environment, you can’t afford to waste a thing, and certainly not compressed air. This is an area with tremendous savings potential: by optimising pneumatic systems at both the production hall and system level, you can save up to 60% on energy costs. This white paper reveals, among other information, the costs associated with leakage, how you can improve energy efficiency and who can benefit from which measures.

White paper: Cut energy costs in compressed air systems (PDF)

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