- April 03, 2017
- Festo Corporation
Festo has introduced the Festo Motion Terminal VTEM, designed to move pneumatics into the era of Industry 4.0 ‚Äí with apps that can replace over 50 individual components. All this is made possible by developments in piezo technology and software.
This method of function integration – combined with software apps – is intended to simplify the value chain, since only one piece of hardware will be required.
Piezo technology, integrated stroke and pressure sensors together with control via motion apps will open up new perspectives for machinery and plant manufacturers. The fusion of mechanics, electronics and software featured in the Festo Motion Terminal will transform a pneumatic product into an Industry 4.0 component, and enable production. Changes in pneumatic functions and adaptations to new formats are controlled via apps by changing parameters The integrated intelligent sensors for control, diagnostics and self-learning tasks will eliminate the need for additional components.
When the VTEM is launched, ten functions will be available via motion apps: from basic modification of the directional control valve functions to energy-efficient motion, and from proportional behaviour to different motion profiles. The same valve hardware is used for everything. Thanks to the fast activation of new functions via apps, machine developers can create a basic machine type and then select the relevant apps to equip it with different functions and features as per the customer requirements, Further apps are in development.
Assigning functions via software protects against tampering since it is not possible to tell from the outside which functions the valves are executing.
The specially developed motion apps as well as the leakage diagnostic function save energy during operation. However, the energy-saving piezo technology for the proportional valve's preliminary stage also plays its part.
The air consumption can be adapted to the requirements using the apps “Selectable pressure level” and “ECO drive”. With the selectable pressure level, a digitally selected pressure can limit the pneumatic force to the level required for the application