Digital engineering tools: Automation Suite

Digital engineering tools

Stop losing precious time in design and layout. Thanks to digitalization and our engineering tools that are available online, you can quickly find the right product for you, design an axis gantry, or apply CAD/ECAD data directly to your plans with just a click of the mouse. See an overview of the most important tools here.

Handling Guide Online: three steps to your handling system

With the Handling Guide Online, you can configure and order your handling system in record time. It encompasses all the knowledge of our experts. Simply enter the data for your application and the Handling Guide Online automatically works out suitable solutions. You then simply select the system you want, which you can order immediately through the Online Shop. This reduces your engineering time and effort to a minimum and guides you to the right handling system in record time.

The benefits of the Handling Guide Online:

  • Fast: the right handling system in just 20 minutes including CAD model and commissioning file
  • Intuitive: simple operation and structured data prompts
  • Efficient: minimized engineering effort
  • Reliable: the net price is displayed immediately
  • Shorter time to market: only around three weeks from configuration and ordering to delivery and installation
  • Versatile: now includes highly dynamic and compact handling systems

GN Thermoforming Equipment user report

GN Thermoforming Equipment

GN Thermoforming Equipment, located in Chester, Canada, is the global market leader for thin, thermoformed plastic objects. When the latest thermoforming system, the GN800, was developed in 2016, GN decided to search for new technologies for the pick & place system and came across Festo and the Handling Guide Online. This enables these systems to be designed and integrated into the machine in a flash. The proposed solutions enabled GN to achieve the desired increase in productivity as well as the ability to execute at least 45 picks per minute.

New technologies wanted. Efficiency booster found.

The containers that are made by GN’s machines using thin plastic and a heat-forming process have a huge variety of applications, including in the food industry. Specially developed tools press the heated plastic into the desired shape. On request from the customer, the engineers at GN also develop pick & place solutions that stack finished products as they come out of the machine – known as robotic stackers.

Faster engineering, simpler ordering

Thanks to rapid engineering, GN800 is also one of the fastest on the market, even with robotic stacking. The documentation provided by the Handling Guide Online saves time too. Laborious searching, for example for spare parts, is no longer necessary. At the same time, development costs are reduced because the design of the linear gantry has already been established and employees can concentrate on other important design elements. Purchasing also benefits from the decision to design the pick & place solutions using the Handling Guide Online. The fact that there’s just one single part number for the entire linear gantry simplifies ordering and data management, and makes them less expensive as well.

Fast assembly and more room in production

Pretested solutions from the Handling Guide Online are preassembled and delivered in one piece to facilitate quick installation and short setup times. This reduces the previous installation time of four working days to four hours. Last but not least, the automatically optimized sizing feature of the handling systems from Festo means the GN800 is smaller and thus requires considerably less space than the previous solutions. Overhead costs are reduced as a result and there is more space at the production location.

Reduced costs and faster time to market

The Handling Guide Online offers advantages along the entire value chain. The management team at GN is very satisfied with this solution. Not only do the cost reductions play an important role for GN, but also other factors such as faster time to market and potential time savings for the employees of GN and its customers.

Configurator for process valve units

From manually actuated process valves to fully automated ones, the new configurator makes selecting the optimum solution child’s play. Simply select your parameters and the configurator immediately suggests appropriate combinations, making engineering faster, safer, and easier.

The benefits at a glance:

  • Fast and simple project management: everything is in one tool, from the product search, configuration, sizing, and documentation to ordering and delivery of the process valve unit. You also have the option of submitting individual queries.
  • Efficient procurement process: information on pricing and delivery is immediately visible, providing complete transparency and facilitating an efficient procurement process.
  • Perfectly matched products: the products all perfectly match one another and are appropriately sized for your specific application.
  • Including system ID and CAD download: together with the individually proposed solution, the configurator generates a system ID for the complete combination that you can save for future orders. You can also download the CAD data for the correct configuration of the complete module. This simplifies your documentation too.

Camera Configuration Studio: get pictures up and running

The image processing software Camera Configuration Studio delivers fast and reliable results for your imaging tasks. With this digital tool, you can configure inspection programs and define, log, and adjust all processes – from image recording to the input and output parameters – and simulate them in advance on the PC.

In addition, the hardware, which includes our high-resolution smart camera SBRD and the specially designed machine vision controller, opens up new options in automation and robotics. The complete image processing program SBRD is suitable for beginners and professionals.

The benefits at a glance

  • Easy and intuitive operation: use the Job Navigator to jump between individual commissioning steps with ease
  • Stable image processing: the results are generated on the basis of a wide range of data
  • Fast parameterization for pick & place applications with the additional CCS xRun tool
  • Unlimited customization by adjusting and evaluating the inspection characteristics for any number of images

Pneumatic Sizing: calculate the optimal pneumatic control chains

You may have already asked yourself: isn’t there a quicker and more accurate way to calculate the optimal pneumatic control chain? Yes, there is! And you get not just one design version but up to three that are suitable for your application. Thanks to Pneumatic Sizing, the pneumatic calculation tool from Festo.

By entering three application parameters such as load, stroke, and positioning time, you will get up to three suggestions: the perfectly precise result, as well as the performance and ecological versions. Makes designing your pneumatic control chain child‘s play.

Pneumatic Sizing allows you to benefit from:

  • Optimal air consumption, or
  • the ideal process time per cycle, and
  • direct connections to the Festo Online Shop.

Automation Suite: ready for operation faster

The Automation Suite makes it easy for you to parameterize, program, and service Festo components using just one software tool. The basic functions of all Festo parts are already integrated, so you can get started right away. Configure and parameterize a fully running drive system in five steps: the electric components are added by dragging and dropping them, linked to each other, and then connected to the controller.

Individually scalable for your electric drive system

The user-friendly interface is uniformly designed and modular. You can also configure the Automation Suite to meet your individual requirements. To do this, simply install plug-ins and extensions directly from the software. With just two clicks, the servo drive CMMT-AS can be integrated into the controller program of the CPX-E. Optionally, the CODESYS extension also enables programming of the motion control and robotics functions for the CPX-E.

Positioning Drives: the simple, effective way to find the right electric drive solution

PositioningDrives speeds up your project engineering and prevents design errors. By choosing the right components, energy efficiency is also improved. Designing drive mechanisms, gear units, and motors separately can increase the safety factors and result in oversized electric drive systems. After entering just a few application parameters, you receive several suggestions from which you can choose the right solution. You then simply save the results list containing detailed information such as the motion profile, dynamic load data, and product characteristics right up to the bill of materials.

  • Combines mechanical and electrical systems in various sorting options
  • Visual representation of axis, motor/gear unit, and controller
  • Degrees of utilization as a bar chart
  • Prevents design errors
  • Improves energy efficiency
  • Complete project documentation in the chosen language