Right from the earliest days of Industry 4.0 Festo has been deeply engaged and has built up outstanding experience in research, production, and process optimisation. Now an impressive automation platform enables their customers to do so too…

Faster: Smart Engineering
Get a digital twin first. The Festo software tools, such as “Positioning Drives” allow perfect product dimensioning according to your application. Right first time with no over-sizing; a perfect fit between axes, motors and servo drives.
Complete handling and gantry systems can be designed within 15 minutes with ‘Handling Guide Online’ including system optimisation and all accessories.
Just one part-number for your custom gantry system; reliable, risk free and convenient.
Using the Festo software tools you can simulate all drive combinations: does the result meet your expectations? Saves cost, reduces risks. And gives birth to your digital twin.
Better: Smart Set-up
For a convenient set-up, the software provides CAD drawings in 45 native formats and Eplan macros. Even more, a new I4.0 style service called Eplan Schematic Solutions gives you a complete eCAD drawing for a customised valve terminal or gantry system with just a click! ‘Pay half an hour and get half a day extra.’
All data is prepared to be integrated into Industry 4.0 host environments by the digital twin; convenient, accurate and time saving.
Next step: The new Festo Automation Suite allows configuration and programming inside one tool – getting electric axes integrated in two clicks and running in under five minutes; faster – better – connected.
Connected: Smart Operations
During operations, users benefit from the seamless connectivity between mechanics, electrics and controls/IoT.
As well as being the expert in mechanics and pneumatic motion technology, Festo offers an outstanding range of electric automation.
This includes the launch of the latest motion controller technology with seamless integration into leading host environments.
Users are supported by even more intelligent software and services: CPXIOT gateways bring data into a cloud, opening up condition monitoring, early warning systems, big data analytics, anomaly detection and offering smart maintenance service tools. See the following three highlights.
Highlight 1: Personalised USB-stick production
This modular demonstration machine uses cyber-physical systems and decentralised automation inside each cell/ module.
With the new Festo CPX-E PLC, including EtherCAT master, Festo offers solutions for complex gantry or handling systems with complete motion control functionality.
All motion is programmed in the subsystem with Codesys and then integrated in the host system either as a slave on PROFINET, EtherNet/IP, or peer-to-peer e.g. via Modbus. Major benefits:
• Faster selection, set-up and commissioning with Festo free of charge software selection tools.
• Easy programming inside the new Festo Automation Suite ensures electric axes are integrated into the sub system with just two clicks and are up and running in less than five minutes.
• A complete, single source solution! No risks due to integrating many suppliers – first class technology in mechanics, pneumatic, electric and software from one source; seamless connectivity.

Highlight 2: Four years Industry 4.0 experience in the Festo Technology Factory Scharnhausen
An outstanding engineering reference. Five assembly lines full of products from the Festo Automation Platform. And all connected to the future via OPC-UA. These five production lines are completely modular, flexible in use and produce all lot sizes our customers demand: down to batch size1 if necessary. And they generate big data which have been recently analysed – and which led to a 15% increase in productivity after optimising the bottle necks identified.
This use case shows exactly how you can benefit from the Festo I4.0 knowledge, experience – and our products and (digital) services.
Highlight 3: Smart Maintenance = Smartenance
Four years ago Festo introduced a mobile maintenance concept in its Scharnhausen factory. The results had been overwhelming: better team utilisation, quicker repairs, higher OEE – and an ROI below six months. Now Festo has turned its learnings and experience into a digital product called Smartenance: all our customers are now able to optimise their maintenance teams and infrastructure by our well-experienced solution.
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