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Festo launches online ball valve configurator

By Mary Gannon | October 23, 2020

The new Festo KVZB Ball-Valve Configurator speeds up and simplifies the ordering process for the optimum ball valve assembly. KVZB assemblies start with a stainless steel two- or three-way ball valve and can be as simple as having a hand-lever or built up to a fully automated package…

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Festo Launches Online Ball-Valve Configurator

Posted on 10/19/2020 by Fluid Power Journal

Festo’s new KVZB ball-valve configurator streamlines the ordering of the optimum ball valve assembly. The online configuration process supplies price, estimated delivery date, data sheet, bill of material, 2D CAD data, 3D CAD models, and certificates – all in a matter of minutes. Units arrive fully assembled and tested...

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Festo Launches Online Ball-Valve Configurator

October 14, 2020

The new Festo KVZB Ball-Valve Configurator speeds up and simplifies the ordering process for the optimum ball valve assembly. KVZB assemblies start with a stainless steel two- or three-way ball valve and can be as simple as having a hand-lever or built up to a fully automated package. The online configuration process supplies price, estimated delivery date, data sheet, bill of material, 2D CAD data, 3D CAD models, and certificates–all in a matter of minutes. Units arrive fully assembled and tested…

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Festo takes the Gold in the 2020 LEAP awards for pneumatics

By Mary Gannon | October 6, 2020

Winners of the 2020 LEAP Awards (Leadership in Engineering Achievement Program) were announced yesterday in a digital ceremony, with products across 12 categories. More than 100 entrants were received for the annual competition which celebrates the most innovative and forward-thinking products serving the design engineering space. This year’s winners were chosen by an independent judging panel of 14 engineering and academic professionals…

In the Pneumatics category, Festo took the Gold for its Intelligent Energy Savings Module MSE6-C2M, monitors compressed air consumption and supply, automatically detecting leaks as well as the speed of return.

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Festo’s piezo-based control valve for ventilators, portable oxygen devices

September 29, 2020

The Festo VEMD control valve

is designed to proportionally control air flow in portable oxygen devices, ventilators, bioreactors, and cell-culture fermenters. Piezo-based technology facilitates compact design, dynamic control, and low energy consumption…

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Festo Introduces a Piezo-Based Control Valve for Ventilators and Portable Oxygen Devices

The innovative VEMD mass flow controller is compact, responsive, energy efficient, and costs less than other controllers.

ISLANDIA, N.Y. (PRWEB) September 22, 2020

The new Festo VEMD control valve is designed to proportionally control air flow in portable oxygen devices, ventilators, bioreactors, and cell-culture fermenters. Piezo-based technology facilitates compact design, dynamic control, and low energy consumption. The valve responds more than 30 times faster than comparable controllers to setpoint changes. Additional advantages include no-heat generation, silent operation, and long service life. Festo offers an attractive price for the performance valve…

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Compressed Air Measurement Helps Reduce Energy Use

Installing Festo’s E2M energy efficiency modules helped medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers tackle their environmental footprint, not only saving money but using the data to provide predictive maintenance as well.

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Five Things: Medical Device Assembly

September 10, 2020 John Sprovieri

1. Mikron, Festo Collaborate on Mask-Making Machine

Face masks are in short supply, but a new “factory in a box” designed by systems integrator Mikron could solve the problem. Capable of producing 50 to 100 masks per minute, the system fits in a 20-foot shipping container that can be located anywhere, like a hospital or school…

…With support from automation component supplier Festo, Mikron developed the system in just six weeks. Electric and pneumatic components from Festo ensure reliable unwinding, clamping, shaping, and folding of the nonwoven fabric. An ultrasonic system seals the edges.

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Three tips for designing a trouble-free pneumatics system

Speed, force, and size are vital to the compressed air system, but so are external, internal, and safety considerations.

By Darren O’Driscoll September 10, 2020

  • Pneumatic design has external and internal design considerations the user must consider.
  • External considerations can’t be controlled, but internal ones can. In both cases, the user and designer must adjust to their surroundings.
  • Perform a risk assessment and design for safety.

If designing pneumatic systems were about incorporating size and flow to control an actuator’s speed and force, then every new or retrofitted pneumatic system would be perfect every time. Controlling pneumatic systems, however, is more complex because there are external, internal, and safety factors affecting performance. The three tips highlighted can help guide the pneumatic system design process for users…

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Festo AI Software Named Champion

Posted on 09/03/2020 by Fluid Power Journal

Festo, a manufacturer of pneumatic and electromechanical systems, components, and controls for process and industrial automation, has been named an artificial intelligence champion for its Intelligent Pneumatic Runtime Monitoring project that benefits car manufacturers…

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Festo app aids operation of COVID-19 emergency equipment

Festo and Fraunhofer win one of three top prizes in the Give a Breath Challenge.

September 2, 2020 Posted by Mara Bahmer

Festo and Fraunhofer IPA were awarded one of the three top category honors in Munich during the Give a Breath Challenge award ceremony. The two companies developed the Virus Fighters Handbook, an information delivery app for field hospitals, where newly designed emergency ventilators and other new emergency devices are being set up, operated, and maintained for the first time by ad hoc personnel. The app places vital information at the fingertips of care providers about the new machines and how they are applied in COVID-19 treatment. The Give a Breath Challenge offered a total prize package exceeding $1 million…

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Festo honoured for free app showing field personnel how to build, maintain Covid-19 equipment

August 28, 2020

Mississauga, ON, August 2020 – The Virus Fighters’ Handbook, a smartphone app co-developed by Festo and Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (IPA), provides a digital manual for field personnel on how to operate and maintain open source equipment, including ventilators, in the fight against Covid-19. Festo and the IPA were honoured at the recent Give a Breath Challenge awards for designing the app, which will be made available worldwide, for free, for iOS and Android devices and as a web application…

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Piezo-Electric Valves for Hydraulic and Pneumatic Systems

Piezo actuators provide a combination low power, low weight and accuracy.

Ulrich SixtHannes Wirtl Aug 28, 2020

The Festo piezo-based N2 purge system for a silicon wafer maker significantly reduces risks of oxidation caused by particle contamination.

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Meeting the CO2 specifications of industrial customers — and saving money

By Paul Heney | August 26, 2020

Leading industrial companies from the automotive, pharmaceutical and food industries have clear CO2 targets for their products. These require machine builders to make significant energy savings in new machine generations compared with previous machines. Festo’s energy efficiency module MSE6-C2M offers a smart solution for the compressed air system market…

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Compressed Air Measurement Helps Reduce Energy Use

Installing Festo’s E2M energy efficiency modules helped medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers tackle their environmental footprint, not only saving money but using the data to provide predictive maintenance as well.

Aaron Hand Aug 18th, 2020

There are all kinds of good reasons to save energy in your production facility. Aside from desires to reduce the environmental footprint of a plant, perhaps receiving a tax rebate in the process, saving energy also saves money. Using compressed air responsibly—through the use of Industry 4.0 technologies—is a good way to get started down that green path…

… “The reduction of energy is on everybody’s minds,” said Craig Correia, director of life sciences and process industries for Festo. Speaking recently at the virtual Festo Experience trade show along with Frank Latino, Festo’s global product manager for electric automation, Correia was looking to provide practical, tangible examples of how to reduce energy consumption with Industry 4.0 technologies…

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Ahead of the Curve

Ethernet-based systems and smart devices are essential for providing data on the health of key components.

Nate Ventress, Brock Emerson Aug 13th, 2020

People have always yearned to predict the future. And now water industry personnel can do just that using predictive analytics to anticipate component failure before it shuts down a process…

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Unilever Ice Cream Plant Reduces Compressed Air Consumption with Pneumatic Energy Efficiency Module

By Randy DeForge, Festo Cover story in August 2020 magazine

Ice cream is refreshing and with its proteins and carbohydrates are considered a source of energy. However, it also takes a lot of energy to mix ingredients like milk, dairy chocolate, sugar, and vanilla beans into the finished product.

Electricity and compressed air play an important role in the thermal and kinetic processes for everything from mixing and extruding the ingredients, deep-freezing to -13°F (-25°C), dipping into various chocolate coatings through to final packaging. Energy efficiency is therefore right at the top of Unilever’s list of priorities. As part of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, this global corporation has succeeded in saving more than $186 million in energy costs from efficiency improvements in production alone since 2008.

In the area of pneumatics, the use of innovative developments offers the potential to save energy and thereby lower costs. Toward that end, Unilever installed a pneumatic energy efficiency module at its ice cream plant in Heppenheim, Germany, and in the process, reduced the amount of compressed air used to power pneumatics on its ice cream production lines…

… Hemmerich and his team took steps toward lowering compressed air consumption with the installation of the energy efficiency module MSE6-E2M from Festo…

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End-of-line Specialist Moves Toward Condition Monitoring

Fallas Automation places an even greater emphasis on integrating early warning systems for predictive maintenance since COVID-19 set in.

Pat Reynolds Jul 30th, 2020

Fallas Automation is a well-known producer of end-of-line packaging equipment, case packers in particular. Its machine designers have been aware for some time that customers today are struggling to find and retain personnel technically qualified to operate and maintain complex packaging machinery. So a key goal has been to design Fallas end-of-line packaging machines so that they are easier and less technical to operate and troubleshoot…

…In the area of pneumatics, for example, since the beginning of this year Fallas has standardized on the Festo MPA-L/CPX Valve Terminal, a “smart” design compared to previous machine design. “It’s Ethernet-based, whereas before we were just wiring it up with individual wires,” says Maeyaert. “This lets us get a lot more data…”

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Valves Provide Safety, Reliability

EP Editorial Staff | July 20, 2020

This Festo 3/2-way piston poppet valve has extended NAMUR port and TUV certificate, in accordance with IEC 61508. The ability to use Festo solenoid valves universally and their adherence to strict safety requirements were convincing arguments for the decision makers at Bayer Division Crop Science.

Fifteen years running, solenoid valves make a difference.

Solenoid valves VOFC and VOFD, from Festo (Islandia, NY, festo.com), can be supplied with TÜV certification to SIL 3. These valves, in accordance with the latest SIL classification from TÜV Rheinland, guarantee a failure probability rate of 2.41 E-4 and a safe failure fraction of 75%. If used properly, a maximum of one faulty operation will occur in 2,410 switching cycles…

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Ethernet-based systems and smart devices are essential for providing data on the health of key components

People have always yearned to predict the future. And now water industry personnel can do just that using predictive analytics to anticipate component failure before it shuts down a process. Predictive data comes from smart devices that may already be in operation at the plant or on a skid. And if not there yet, these smart devices can be quickly, easily, and cost effectively installed. Predictive analytics is not an all or nothing proposition. Water system operators can add predictive analytic capabilities at their own pace.

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Festo Introduces a Harsh-Environment Filter Regulator

The Festo PCRP filter regulator offers reliable pressure control in unforgiving process-industry applications.

Festo introduces the PCRP filter regulator for harsh process industry environments, including oil and gas. The PCRP filter regulator series withstands corrosive atmospheres, has a wide temperature range, features resistance to explosive atmosphere ratings, and delivers reliable pressure control at high flow rates. PCRP regulators also feature an all-in-one regulator and filter space-saving design…

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Festo introduces PCRP filter regulator

Festo introduced the PCRP filter regulator for harsh process industry environments, including oil and gas. The PCRP filter regulator series withstands corrosive atmospheres, features resistance to explosive atmosphere ratings, and delivers pressure control at high flow rates…

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IIoT-Enabled Pressure Sensor Reduces Costly Pneumatic System Losses

Festo announces availability and support for the new DPC family of inch series compact ‘pancake’ cylinders – high-force short-stroke cylinders designed for tight spaces. Two versions of these long-life cylinders are available – the DPCA for new machines and the DPCB for maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) applications with ‘drop-in’ compatibility to other manufacturers…

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Festo Pancake cylinders

The DPC family of inch series “pancake” cylinders offer high force and short stroke for tight spaces. The DPCA for new machines has an aluminum body and is clear-anodized for corrosion resistance…

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Festo: Compact cylinders

The DPCA and DPCB compact round body “pancake” cylinders from Festo are designed for space-constrained applications or anywhere high force and shorter stroke are required.

The DPCA is designed for new machines and the DPCB is designed for maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) applications with ‘drop-in’ compatibility to other manufacturers…

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Solenoid Valves - Festo VOFC/VOFD valves and VACC coils enhance safety in petroleum, chemical operations.

Festo has developed its VOFC/VOFD solenoid valves and VACC solenoid coils that increase process safety across the entire system…

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Festo’s OVEL vacuum generator designed for small spaces close to the gripping area.

Festo unveiled its latest compact vacuum generator, the OVEL, suited for applications that involve quick, reliable small-parts handling…

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Trade Shows:

Pack Expo Preview: Festo

October 22, 2020—

The Festo Simplified Motion Series electric drives combines the simplicity of pneumatics with the benefits of electric automation. These new electric drives equipped with Digital I/O and IO-Link enable a range of operational and productivity benefits and deliver intelligent IIoT communication…

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Robotics Summit Offers a Different Look at Robots

This year’s Robotics Summit hosted some interesting robotic discussions, from cobots and 5G to how the cloud plays into robot technology.

… Festo was on hand as well. The company provides everything from hydraulic grippers to industrial automation robots. For instance, Festo had a simple, inexpensive electric gripper replacement for hydraulic grippers as many sites are moving away from hydraulic systems.

The firm also likes to show off its technology, including a few drones based on insects like the butterfly…

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Festo Introduces Its Second-Generation Fingerboard- Latching System at OTC 2019

This innovative pneumatic system eliminates the high cost and reliability issues associated with electronics degrading in salt air.

ISLANDIA, NY, — Festo showcases at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), NRG Park, Houston, the company’s latest pneumatic Fingerboard-latching system for drill-rig tubulars…

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Bionics:

Automation helps with COVID-19, energy efficiency, robotics, non-contact motion control, STEM

By Mark T. Hoske August 10, 2020

Electric, pneumatic and process automation help interconnect engineering-related workers during the COVID-19 pandemic; Industry 4.0 and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) support and enable optimized automation architectures; bionics (robotics mimicking nature) inspire future engineers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and offer innovation to integrate into operations; training courses and automation modules help students and teachers; contactless motion control uses superconductivity. These were among the innovations discussed and demonstrated by Festo in several online events in July leading up to a planned Festo North American online tradeshow Aug. 5 and 6, which is expected to be archived until Sept. 5…

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Pneumatic Robots Shake Hands with Artificial Intelligence

Whether its grabbing, holding, touching, or typing — in everyday life, we use our hands as a matter of course for the most diverse tasks… What could be more natural than equipping robots in collaborative workspaces with a gripper that is a replica of this model of nature that also solves various tasks by learning through artificial intelligence?...

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