Core applications in machine tools

Lightning-fast tool change, loading and unloading in next to no time, complex machining in just one operating cycle - you have probably heard users request these characteristics many times. The tailored automation solutions from Festo will help you to implement them. For example with handling systems that compress loading and unloading into a single operating step. Here you can find out how we can develop the optimum machine concept with you - including rapid prototyping and FEM.

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Products for applications in the machine tool industry

Machine tool: overview of core applications

Air preparation and valve technology

The benefits to you of suitable air preparation:

  • Longer service life of your machine tools
  • Fewer machine failures
  • Less downtime

Due to integrated monitoring functions, you will always know the status of the compressed air filters which will enable you to plan needs-based maintenance.

One specific advantage is that, thanks to the high flow rates and compact dimensions of our service unit, you can select one that is one size smaller than normal.

It can be configured for all common applications in line with ISO 8573-1:2010 such as for class (7:4:4) as well as for demanding applications that require extremely pure compressed air, e.g. class (1:4:1) for optical displacement encoders or class (1:2:1) for laser cutting systems.

Products, air preparation and valve technology

Valve manifolds VTSA-F for machine tools in the catalog

Automating laser machines

Our products ensure the air is right:

  • Service units with filters ranging from fine to activated carbon filters with integrated contamination sensor
  • Absorption or membrane air dryers improve the dew point of the compressed air up to class 1:2:1 as per ISO 8573-1:2010.
  • Service units with integrated dew point sensor to assess the quality of the compressed air in real time and react appropriately.
  • Proportional pressure regulators VPPM/L are precise and responsive when regulating gases during the cutting process.

Products for laser machines

Automating loading and unloading systems

Customized products for different environments:

  • Additional scrapers
  • Belts made from different materials
  • Chemical-resistant seals
  • Bellows, suction cups
  • Sealing air
  • Vacuum generators
  • Swivel clamps

Our new generation of axes will inspire innovative ideas:

You can combine electric and pneumatic products to get the most efficient and cost-effective solution for your loading and unloading tasks. Using our modules, you can design a complete handling system easily and cost-effectively. This will save you development time which will benefit your core business. Make the most of different technologies (toothed belt, spindle or rack and pinion axis) and various stroke lengths (up to 10 meters for the horizontal axis and 2.5 meters for the vertical axis). By using the best material for belts or seals, you will get a sturdy and reliable system that is optimally suited for the ambient conditions of your application.

Products for horizontal axes

Products for vertical axes

Controlling cooling, lubrication and cleaning circuits

Media valves and automation technology from a single source

You can combine both of these procurement processes and use just one interface for ordering as well as for invoicing and logistics processes. We will find the optimum solution for your requirements in terms of valve technology, the switching frequency required, the pressure range or sealing material.

Products for the cooling, lubrication and cleaning circuit

Make configuration easier with the online configurator for process valves. You can use our configurator to combine a ball valve unit and a butterfly valve unit.

Automating doors electrically and pneumatically

A large product portfolio, from simple servo-lite technologies to brushless technologies with extended integrated safety functions for safety doors

Products for automating doors

Highly dynamic PPK control for doors, hatches or flaps

The dynamics of doors, hatches and flaps are increased significantly due to the specially developed PPK control block. Normally opening and closing times are halved in comparison to conventional controls.

Features and benefits:

  • Significantly increased productivity
  • Robust and reliable system
  • No setting or adjustment necessary
  • Stable control even with signs of wear
  • Vibration-free buffering in the end positions, no bouncing

Pneumatics in balancer applications to compensate for electrical vertical movements

Reduce the size of your electric drive system by transforming vertical movements into horizontal movements and thus compensate for the weight of the load being moved.

The effect:

  • Lower costs for the electric valve actuator
  • Lower operating costs
  • Increased dynamic response
  • Faster system reaction

Checking the correct position of the workpieces

Increase your process reliability with our SOPA sensors.

Every time raw material is clamped in the machine, contamination or splinters could prevent it from being correctly positioned or aligned. Our SOPA sensors will prevent such errors.

Clamping and gripping workpieces

Our products will ensure:

  • Optimum retention
  • Sufficient clamping force
  • Precise positioning
  • Reliable movement.

These tools will help you to select the correct gripper or vacuum system

Engineering tools .

Suitable products for gripping and clamping

Extending tool storage with gantry systems

Moving, rotating or gripping: with our handling technology, you will expand your storage system and will always have the right tool at your fingertips.