Festo is renowned as one of the leading pneumatic automation suppliers. Over the years, they have also set the pace in both Process and Electric Automation. This is backed by their proven record of reliability and product performance in these industries. Their ability to provide complete solutions has placed Festo at the heart of absolute automation as very few companies can provide solutions for all three technologies without requiring third-party components. ‘The Heart of absolute automation’ is also the theme for their new 2021 campaign!
Tying into this theme, their Process Automation solutions are regarded as the veins that help keep the heart beating. In anatomy, the veins are the channels that provide blood to the heart. This is the same in Festo real-life applications. With their process valves and configurator tools, they give their customer’s production a seamless and unstoppable media flow. Continuing with this analogy, the global company‘s Electric Automation solutions are the conduction system that provides seamless connectivity from the brain to the heart. In industry, their seamless connectivity solutions aim to reduce the complexity of automation tasks from the workpiece to the cloud, making different interfaces simple and easy to handle. Russell Schwulst, the Head of Process Automation and Marcus Gericke, Head of Electric Automation, delve more into the unique Festo offerings in these industries.
Process Automation technology for basic and sophisticated tasks
Festo offers a complete range of Process Automation products extending from a mechanical process valve to pneumatic, electric, and hybrid solutions. Their diverse product range and services include Linear Actuator DFPI, Quarter-turn Actuator DFPD, Angle Seat Valve VZXA, KVZA butterfly assembly just to name a few!
“With our diverse product range and our modular automation concept, Festo provides solutions for basic and sophisticated tasks. We can integrate our products as a complete solution and seamlessly tie them into your existing process, “ said the Head of Process Automation at Festo South Africa, Russell Schwulst. He also added that their Customised Solutions department can assemble, test and commission butterfly valve assemblies locally to save their customers time. They can also manufacture state-of-the-art panels that comprise of PLCs, HMIs, drives and all peripherals in-house.
Their team of local Process Automation experts combined with their engineering tools, years of expertise and international support allows them to provide their customers with the highest level of efficiency. They help designers specify the best solution for applications. Their passion for automation, industry and service excellence inspires them to provide customers with world-leading service. They take great pride in solving Process Automation challenges and providing customers with tailor-made solutions.
Connectivity with Electric Automation technology
“When we developed our automation platform, priority was placed on seamless connectivity from the outset. The mechanical system, drive system with motor and controllers, as well as software modules were designed as one unit“, said Head of Electric Automation at Festo South Africa, Marcus Gericke, as he elaborates on their Electric Automation offering. This applied to the mechanical, electrical and intelligent interfaces. Furthermore, compatibility with the many third-party controller manufacturers was also key, he added.
For example, the latest generation of Servo Drives CMMT and Servo Motors EMMT from Festo, together with the intuitive commissioning software Festo Automation Suite, makes integration easier and speeds it up significantly. These components can be integrated seamlessly into all commonly available ethernet-based external controllers, and users will not notice that the hardware manufacturers are different. A seamless communication chain is established from the simple sensor or IO link device, PLC, to the cloud. With the new Remote IO system from Festo, the CPX-AP-I connectivity extends directly to the valve terminals, bringing all the diagnostic advantages. This opens end-users and OEMs to advantages such as preventative maintenance and faster fault finding to name a few. Festo seamless connectivity from the workpiece to the cloud offers solutions to many of the challenges faced by today’s machine builders. Reducing the complexity of the automation task enables faster, more reliable build times, reduced work-in-progress, and lower costs.
Reliable partner for technical training
Festo understands that to become competitive; system users and commissioners need to be adequately trained. As leaders in technical training, Festo also offers CPD accredited webinars such as Electro-pneumatic and Introduction to PLC. They further provide face-to-face training courses such as Process valves and actuation technology to equip the machine users with skills to excel in the industry.