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European Commission President Barroso visits Festo 01 February 2011

Strengthening EU locations with innovation, technology, education and knowledge. President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso and European Commissioner Günther Oettinger visited Festo AG, in Esslingen, Germany, on Thursday, 20 January 2011, during Barroso’s visit to the German state of Baden-Württemberg....

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The delayed directive - how to play safe 14 December 2009

Festo has introduced a one-day orientation course for machine builders struggling to interpret the latest requirements of the new Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, which could be delayed for a period of up to three years....

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High performance linear motor based actuators 07 July 2009

Festo has unveiled a class of electric actuators, based on very high performance linear motors. The first product in this class is an ultra precise linear motor axis with an air bearing, which is available for immediate delivery. Subsequent products, due to be launched progressively throughout this year, include three types of electric cylinder, all featuring unique – and heavily patented – tubular motor technology....

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Promoting the use of vision systems in automation 06 July 2009

Festo UK has entered into a strategic partnership with the specialist machine vision company V-viz, to promote the use of intelligent vision systems in automation. The affiliation comes at a particularly pertinent time for manufacturers seeking to counter the effects of the recession by maximising the efficiency and quality of their production processes – these are areas where high speed image capture and analysis can play a vital role....

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Order placed to develop a generic IODD- Interpreter and DTM 06 July 2009

Members of the IO-Link-Consortium, consisting of the companies Sick AG, Phoenix Contact, Turck, Bosch Rexroth, Wago, Festo, Pepperl+Fuchs and Heidenhain, have jointly decided to place an order to the M&M Software for the development of a generic IODD- Interpreter and DTM. ...

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Maintenance overheads at water plant reduced 23 June 2009

As Guernsey’s only water company, Guernsey Water is tasked with supplying high quality drinking water to over 24,000 households and businesses. Nearly 66,000 people rely on the company’s daily output of about 12 million litres – a figure which rises significantly during the summer months, when the island’s population is boosted by tourists....

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Category 4 safety valve for pneumatically-operated automation 02 June 2009

Festo has launched an electrically-operated pneumatic soft-start and exhaust valve that provides safer start-up and quick and reliable venting of compressed air supplies in the event of an emergency. Known as the MS6-SV, the valve provides a compact, all-in-one solution for maximising the safety of automation systems. It is fully compliant with the EN ISO 13849-1 standard on machinery safety and is certified to categories 3 & 4....

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Cost saving control solutions for the water industry 26 May 2009

Festo has launched a series of products, including modular controllers, real-time communications modules, sensors and actuators that enable system designers to minimise cost and maintenance overheads. ...

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Innovations strengthen future prospects 24 April 2009

Despite the noticeable downturn in the world’s economy, Festo succeeded in posting global sales of EUR 1.7 billion in 2008 (prior year: EUR 1.65 billion). Under adverse conditions in a declining global market, the company was able to grow its share of the automation market both in Germany and in its key foreign markets. Festo also created jobs in Germany and abroad during the first half of 2008. ...

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Bionic penguins exhibit collective behaviour at the Hannover Fair 23 April 2009

Festo's Bionic Learning Network has developed two colonies of bionic penguins that demonstrate collective behaviour. This type of behaviour - which psychologists also call crowd behaviour - refers to social processes which emerge in a spontaneous manner when members of a group interact....