Biotech, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics automation

Solutions for the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries

Up-to-date automation makes your plants more flexible and saves time during batch changes. In addition, intelligently automated plants ensure efficient production processes and reproducible product quality. From storage and transportation of raw materials, chemical and biotechnological API production, manufacture of modern mRNA vaccines, formulation to filling, packaging and palletizing. Festo is your partner throughout the entire production process.

Increased productivity from a single source

For decades, we have been working closely with machine, plant and system engineering and construction companies for the biotech, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries. Our experience in automation as well as high-quality and proven components ensure high plant and system availability.

We support you with flexible automation concepts tailored to your needs along the entire value chain: This ranges from planning and procurement through to installation, commissioning and on-site service. We offer products, assemblies and ready-to-install solutions, engineering tools and services as well as practical support from a single source: simple, perfectly coordinated and available worldwide.

In the area of motion and handling, we offer both pneumatic and electric automation solutions from a single source. That is why we provide cross-technology advice, focusing solely on your application.

Efficient automation for research and quality assurance in the laboratory

Shorten time to market with fast, accurate, and repeatable results. From identifying and checking the sample carriers to opening and closing sample vials and dispensing liquids – with Festo you can implement customized applications for sample preparation and analysis.

Learn more about laboratory automation from Festo

Application examples from practice

Corrosion-resistant components

Isolator with the rubber gloves for opening the vessels

In the pharmaceutical industry, cleanliness is the top priority: After each use, the production equipment must be thoroughly cleaned. And of course this makes the system prone to wear. Or, like our customer ROTAN GmbH, you can opt for corrosion-resistant stainless steel components from Festo. They are more resistant.

Safe cleaning for the pharmaceutical industry

Standardization to increase overall equipment effectiveness (OEE)

Infusion solutions

For the new plant, B.Braun wanted to achieve increased productivity, improved process stability and, at the same time, reduced operating costs. In cooperation with Festo, this was implemented through consistent, decentralized standardization of pneumatic automation technology.

Infusion solutions

Control cabinets and mounting plates for process automation

Control cabinets and mounting plates for process automation

Pneumatic control cabinets, valve terminals, compressed air distribution stations or ready-to-install mounting plates are used in all areas of production. We accompany you worldwide from the design to the delivery of ready-to-connect solutions even in potentially explosive areas. We also manage large-scale projects with several 10,000 IO points and thousands of process valves – as in the large-scale plasma fractionation plant at Biotest AG.

Efficient use of blood plasma

Quarter-turn valves

New plant at Boehringer Ingelheim

Configure ball valves and butterfly valves easily and automate them in a standardized way. With global and local solutions, we respond flexibly to your needs. Whether we buy the fittings for you locally or configure them from our catalog is irrelevant to us. You decide, we deliver. Simple, standardized and everything from a single source. Read more about how the close cooperation with Boehringer Ingelheim has led to an exceptional solution in process automation.

When the chemistry is right, so is the physics

Modular, decentralized automation in bulk solids technology

The modular electrical terminal CPX with integrated, decentralized controller CEC and valve terminal MPA

The world of bulk material handling seems straightforward at first glance: moving, filling, delivering. However, the art of dealing with a variety of different materials is in the details, such as the docking and undocking of containers at weighing stations. In the process, cross-contamination can occur and dust can be released. The AZO CleanDock prevents this problem. Its latest generation can do even more: it “thinks” for itself. Directly attached to the dock in a decentralized arrangement, the integrated controller CEC of the modular electrical terminal CPX from Festo ensures additional process reliability and shortened commissioning times.

The dock that “thinks” for itself

Safe assembly and joining activities for insulin pens

The fast way to a safe insulin pen

Festo's YJKP servo press kit performs three joining and pressing steps: from inserting the cartridge, needle and spring to inserting the glass and plastic covers. The precisely adjustable pressing and joining forces ensure consistent quality and low reject rates. The automated systems ensure that the insulin pens from the plant operated by Syntegon Technology Sandved are always in order and can deliver the exact amount of insulin to the patient.

The fast way to a safe insulin pen.

Precisely dispensed with digitized pneumatics

The Sigpack VPF flexible flat bag machine from Bosch Packaging Technology automates with Festo

Pharmaceuticals and cosmetics are now often packaged in small and inexpensive sachets. Flexibility is a prerequisite for realizing different products and packaging sizes on one machine. The world's first freely scalable sachet machine from Bosch Packaging Systems uses the digital pneumatics of the Festo Motion Terminal for this purpose.

Precisely dispensed

Multi-axis handling systems

No matter what you want to move, transport or pack: multi-axis handling systems from Festo move your workpieces and products in all three dimensions. Pneumatic, electric or in combination – perfectly matched.

Custom packaging made easy

Palletizing systems

Before the packaged goods are sent to the warehouse, they are automatically stacked on pallets. But there is not enough room for classic robots everywhere. Festo palletizing systems can be installed in a space-saving manner, directly in extension or next to a packaging machine.