Festo Brings Its One-Stop-Shop of Electric and Pneumatic Automation to MODEX 2024

Innovative electric and pneumatic components and systems push/sort, grip/pick, and lift/convey.

ISLANDIA, NY, March 6, 2024 — Festo shows the company’s world-leading electric and pneumatic components and systems at MODEX 2024. Festo solutions enable intralogistics motion automation – pushing and sorting, gripping and picking, and lifting and conveying. MODEX 2024, March 11-14, Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Booth #C4476.
“No material handling competitor comes close to Festo’s breadth of electric and pneumatic components and systems, robust supply chain, and ease of commissioning systems into the top control architectures,” said Frank Vanderpool, Industry Segment Manager, Logistics Systems, Festo. “Festo’s one-stop-shop brings products to market faster, with less engineering overhead.”
Bin Picking
Festo showcases a dynamic demonstration of 7-axis robotics in a simulation of efficient bin picking. The demo features two robots on a 7th axis for high-throughput bin picking within a compact footprint. The robots are from two different manufacturers, which demonstrates the flexibility of Festo’s controls. The company also emphasizes its innovative bin-picking grippers, including the adaptive shape gripper DHEF, the adaptive finger gripper DHAS, and vacuum gripping solutions.
Pushing and Sorting
The Festo Simplified Motion Series (SMS) electric axes are comparable to pneumatics in cost and ease of installation, yet deliver the advantages of electrics. SMS axes offer lower energy consumption than pneumatics and generate a wealth of data. SMS axes deliver two-position motion through onboard controls. Or through IO-Link, a standard SMS feature, these axes can be programmed for infinitely variable positioning for flexible pushing and sorting.
For areas where pneumatics is the optimum cost/performance solution, Festo features its DFSP pneumatic stopper cylinder, the DSNU ISO standard round-body cylinder with self-adjusting end position cushioning, and the compact, double acting ADN for fixed or self-adjusting cushioning.
The rugged ELGA and ELGC actuators, EMMT-AS one-wire servo motor, and innovative multi-protocol servo drive CMMT-AS offer the ideal package for Z-axis motion. Easily add additional Festo axes and gain X and Y motion for lift and position capabilities. This solution offers low vibration and high rigidity.
Festo’s New Remote and Decentralized I/O Platform
Festo shows both the CPX-AP-A distributed I/O and CPX-AP-I decentralized I/O. Whether physically attached on-terminal or connected via cable, all components such as PLCs, valves, motors, drives, and I/O appear to the programmer to be incorporated within one smart terminal under a single IP address. Having the entire distributed and decentralized I/O topology under a single IP address significantly reduces hardware and installation costs while lowering system complexity. Since many PLCs come with a limited number of IP addresses, the Festo solution means more capabilities are possible per PLC. Festo is a leader in adopting and applying IO-Link, and customers will find IO-Link capabilities integral to the new I/O automation platform. This I/O platform is ideal for effective conveyor control.
Productivity Tools
Festo engineering productivity tools for electric motion include:
SMS solutions finder
Electric Motion Sizing for error free sizing of linear and rotary electromechanical systems
Festo Automation Suite for simplified commissioning
Festo configuration tool for the CMMT-AT and CMMT-ST servo drives, and
PartdataManagers – all CAD data in 2D/3D for 33,000 products.
Festo features the Handling Guide Online productivity tool for configuring 1D, 2D, and 3D linear planer motion systems. As the motion system is being configured, the Festo Motion Control Package (FMCP) software automatically designs the multi-axis control panel. The FMCP control panel enables the setup of a multi-axis system in days, not weeks.
Mechatronic Training From the Industry Leader – Festo Didactic 
Festo Didactic, the training arm of Festo, has developed the Festo Learning Experience, Festo LX, a digital learning portal. Festo LX offers training module access where and when it is needed and makes it easy to create individual learning experiences for trainers and trainees.
“Festo components move goods dynamically and reliably – no matter how large or small, heavy or light, robust or highly sensitive,” said Vanderpool. “We offer efficient automation solutions for intralogistics all the way from operationally reliable components to ready-to-install systems and the services to match. Festo ensures that end users can transport their goods reliably, day in, day out.”
Visit the intralogistics page on the Festo website for additional details. For more information on the advantages of working within the Festo ecosystem of less engineering overhead, fast time to market, seamless connectivity, and high-quality components, visit www.festo.us
About Festo U.S. 
Festo is a leading manufacturer of pneumatic and electromechanical systems, components, and controls for process and industrial automation. Celebrating 50 years in the U.S., 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. Through advanced technical and industrial education, Festo Didactic Learning Systems and its partners prepare workers for current and future manufacturing technologies.
Frank Vanderpool
Industry Segment Manager

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