Festo to showcase Industry 4.0 manufacturing advancements at Manufacturing in America
March 20, 2016 — Festo will showcases the power of Industry 4.0 to improve flexibility and productivity at Manufacturing in America, March 22-23, in Detroit. At the event, Festo and Siemens will demonstrate the Multi-Carrier System, a mass customization transport solution. Festo will provide strategies for smart manufacturing during presentations on Wednesday and Thursday afternoon. The company features its VTSA valve terminal at the Festo exhibit #212 – one product delivering a host of automation solutions.
The Multi-Carrier System enables the customization of batch sizes as small as one. By employing RFID technology and task-specific automation stations, products and product variations can be produced on a single manufacturing line quickly and efficiently. The Multi-Carrier System features zero changeover time and embodies Industry 4.0 manufacturing concepts of modularity, communications, and diagnostics. Each transport carrier – square pucks conveying
products – moves freely and independently from all other carriers. Positioning accuracy for carriers is rated at 50 microns. The carriers in this product transport system move collision-free at constant velocity from station to station.
At Festo exhibit #212, company representatives will discuss productivity enhancement potential through efficiency, security, competency, and simplicity. Key attributes include:
- Proper sizing and selection of products
- Function integration, including safety – PROFIsafe – and IO-Link
- Design tools that simplify user experience, helping to bring products to market faster
- Support through custom solutions and industry specialists
Festo will have the VTSA valve manifold on display at exhibit #212. The VTSA is a pneumatic valve system with the ability to mix and match valves of different sizes. The VTSA system offers more than 10 valve functions in four different flow rates. This gives machine designers flexibility in creating pneumatic circuits. The modular system also enables modification and reconfiguration.
Festo is a manufacturer of pneumatic and electromechanical systems, components, and controls for process and industrial automation. For more than 40 years, Festo Corporation has continuously elevated the state of manufacturing with innovations and optimized motion control solutions that deliver higher performing, more profitable automated manufacturing and processing equipment.
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