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About Festo

Global player Festo is an independent family business based in Esslingen am Neckar (Germany). The company provides pneumatic and electrical automation technology to 300,000 factory and process automation customers in more than 35 business sectors.

Festo products and services are marketed in 176 countries. With around 21,000 employees in more than 250 locations in 61 countries worldwide, Festo achieved a turnover of approximately 2.8 billion euros in 2020. Annually, approximately 8% of this turnover is invested in research and development. As a learning company, Festo invests 1.5% of its turnover in basic and follow-up training.

Your motion, our solution

Pneumatic actuators

In pneumatic cylinders, compressed air is used to exert force on a cylinder piston in order to move it in a certain direction. The movement of the piston is transmitted via the piston rod or the magnetic force lock to the workpieces to be moved. A pneumatic cylinder is an actuator that is operated with compressed air, usually to a maximum of 12 bar, to generate a linear or rotary movement. A distinction is made between single-acting and double-acting cylinders (working in one direction only or in both directions). Typical application areas for pneumatic actuators are clamping, lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, feeding, rotating, gripping, clamping and holding, connecting, stopping, stamping, embossing and many more. Pneumatic actuators are characterized by high acceleration and deceleration. The achievable speeds are between 10 mm/s and a maximum of 3 m/s. Pneumatic actuators are robust and flexible due to the compressibility of the air.

Standard cylinders are pneumatic cylinders with standardized dimensions and mounting interfaces. With regard to these dimensions, standard cylinders are identical to a standard. There are standards for piston rod cylinders in round design (ISO 6432), in compact design (ISO 21287) and for large cylinders (ISO 15552).

Simplified Motion Series

The step to electrical automation technology is not easy. Besides extensive knowledge of electricity and software, you also need a relatively high budget. So it's no wonder that, until now, the benefits of electrical automation have been reserved for complex motion specifications. That is now changing: with the Simplified Motion Series we offer you an automation solution that bridges the gap between easy-to-install pneumatics and smart electrical automation. Make your production more efficient: simple with plug-and-work.

Electric drives and seamless connectivity

Seamless connectivity!

Mechanical, electrical and intelligent: The unique, scalable electrical automation platform combines electrical diversity and proven servo technology.

On the way to seamless automation of machines and plants,
Festo offers a unique range of solutions. We help you to connect your
and modules with one another, so that they always
at any time, mechanically, electrically and intelligently interact.

This enables you to implement numerous applications, from simple
from simple machine and control systems to the prefabrication of complex mechatronic subsystems.

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    Festo - SFAM
    Because the SFAM is a pressure and flow sensor in one, machines need only one component to measure multiple values. By measuring compressed air pressure, flow and consumption, among other things, the SFAM provides full insight into the compressed air system. This insight is the first step in a more economical, safe and sustainable system.
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    Festo - Proportional pressure control valve VPPI
    With the VPPI proportional pressure control valve, all nominal sizes are controlled directly; without the need for pilot valves or pre-stages. Due to the pressure compensating element, the valve regulates dynamically and accurately; even at the larger nominal sizes. The powerful and low-friction voice coil makes the VPPI highly dynamic. The integrated position controller contributes to high stability.
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    Did I miss out on that advantage?
    Familiar components in a new machine? Often it can be smarter! Festo's portfolio develops annually with around 700 new products. This innovative strength lends itself extremely well to a lower cost price. With the itsme factory scan we would like to help you find smart applications that fit in with the current focal points in machine building.
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    A simple combination
    Pneumatics are still the tool of choice for simple motion and positioning tasks. However, in an increasingly digitized world, electrical automation and a continuous flow of information from the workpiece to the control system and to the cloud is becoming indispensable. With the Simplified Motion Series, Festo offers an automation solution that bridges the gap between easy-to-install pneumatics and flexible electrical automation.
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    Enduro - Complete package for heavy-duty work
    Enduro Softslings builds machines for the manufacture of its own heavy lifting soft slings. For a new machine, it called in itsme for the full package: advice on the drives, supply of components and programming of the controls. “We completed the entire project in just over six months. That’s fast for such a specialised machine.”
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    Sparck - using air to remove air from boxes
    Drachten-based Sparck Technologies builds automated packaging machines that make customised boxes for online retailers. The company focuses on energy-intensive pneumatics at a number of points for its innovative, high-speed machines. This ensures maximum benefit for customers: less air in the box, less cardboard consumption, higher packaging capacity and less dependence on manpower. itsme supplies the Festo standard components for this and also ensures that Sparck-specific pneumatics products are made.
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    Solid relationship extended with air
    Welding company and machine builder Leenstra has had itsme as a regular partner for the supply of electrical engineering materials for more than twenty years. Thanks to a recent machine building project, the relationship broadened to mechanical products, in particular Festo pneumatics. This involved a machine for the manufacture of concrete elements. It only makes the cooperation between Leenstra and itsme more solid.
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    When time pressure rules your schedule
    Design and delivery of industrial turnkey projects, automation of operating systems; Mario Claes, owner of Etec Systems in Balen \(Belgium\), has been drawing on a continuously growing source of experience since fourteen years now. Each situation reveals unique challenges. Each solution contributes to an ever expanding range of knowledge
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