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September 7, 2022

 

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Festo introduces at IBIE 2022 a new and easy-to-use artificial intelligence (AI) software platform, Festo Automation Experience (AX). Festo AX lowers the risk of unplanned equipment shutdown for optimum equipment effectiveness. Festo also shows for the new robotic end-of-arm grippers that function like human hands to gently handle individual baked goods such as sandwich loaves, buns, and rolls. Festo features the Simplified Motion Series (SMS) family of low-cost and easy-to-apply servo-controlled electric drives. IBIE 2022, Las Vegas Convention Center, September 18-21, Booth #1417.

Soft grippers gently hold dough as it is twisted into a pretzel shape

 

Thrive in a tight labor market

Festo AX gives bakeries an easy-to-use tool to succeed in a tight labor market by helping them to maintain uptime and quality with fewer employees. Festo AX provides original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) with a unique capability to differentiate their machines. Machine and process data is sent directly to Festo AX and immediately processed by algorithms for real-time analytics. When data deviates from the “healthy state” of the asset, bakery personnel can be immediately alerted via a notification message that states both the problem and the solution.

Detecting anomalies early prevents unexpected downtime and gives personnel time to secure replacement components. Corrective action can then be accomplished during regularly scheduled maintenance. The same process of learning the asset’s healthy state and anomaly detection is used to maintain high quality products and lower energy waste. These features ensure a more productive bakery.

 

Robotics give bakeries an edge

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The flexibility of robotics is one of the automated solutions most in demand when fewer people apply for jobs. This new generation of soft hand-like grippers from Festo allows robots to be deployed in applications where individual baked goods are handled. Grippers are designed to meet the requirements of the modern bakery. Food safety and ease of cleanability, quick and simple changeovers, and low energy consumption are all part of the design. IBIE 2022 attendees can demo grippers at the Festo booth.

 

 

Designed for each customer’s application, the new Festo soft grippers feature light construction, low energy use, tool free membrane removal, and clean design

 

Electric motion can be as cost effective and simple as pneumatics

Electric drives in the SMS family provide simple motion between two or multiple mechanical end positions. The drives offer optimized motion characteristics, including gentle cushioning, while advancing and retracting into the end positions and pressing and clamping functionality. The family includes belt drive linear actuators, ball screw axis, mini slide, electric cylinder, rotary dive, and electric cylinder. Every SMS device comes standard with Digital I/O and IO-Link.

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The drives are plug and play for fast startup. No additional software or specific know-how is required. The parameters for advancing and retracting speed, as well as pressing and clamping force, are set directly on the drive. End position, cushioning path, and manual operation are also set on the drive.

 

SMS series electric actuators are economical, easy-to-apply as pneumatics and ideal for simple multiple position motion

 

 

At IBIE 2022, Festo also showcases its full line of air preparation units, valve manifolds, valves, cylinders, and tubing that meet FDA standards for sanitary design. The new Festo Essentials Program ensures rapid shipping for a range of quality, cost-competitive components that meet 85% of application needs. The VTEM Motion Terminal is a revolutionary cyber-physical valve terminal that embodies the modularity requirements of Industry 4.0. Utilizing downloadable apps to change capabilities, a single VTEM unit can potentially replace 50 different components.

 

Visit www.festo.com for the full range of Festo automation solutions.

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Editor's Pick: Featured Article


 

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When it comes to power transmission and motion control, SEW-EURODRIVE needs no formal introduction. Counted among the industry leaders in drive technology, SEW-EURODRIVE makes drive-based automation its business. SEW-EURODRIVE, founded in 1931, is a global company that specializes in gear motors, frequency inverters, drive systems, industrial gears, and control software. SEW-EURODRIVE products are distinguished by their modular components and customer-centric philosophy. Their modular components can be built in a multitude of configurations, durable gear housings, offer flexible mounting capabilities, and provide advanced electronics that ensure equipment continuously operates efficiently.

Drives & Control Solutions' sibling, Mechatronics Canada, had the opportunity to speak with Shane Carnegie, Electronics Product Manager at SEW-EURODRIVE Canada, to learn more about MOVI-C, a modular automation system that offers a full solution for automation tasks. MOVI-C has been continuously expanding its reach into the mechatronics space, offering an encompassing solution for machine builders and integrators. Below Shane walks us through some of MOVI-C’s unique features and real-world applications.

Can you explain what MOVI-C does?

MOVI-C is an all-in-one modular automation system. Building on the familiar SEW modular gear motors and previous generation inverters, we now have modular inverters, controllers and associated software which ties everything together. For example, you can have a gear box with an AC induction motor, a permanent magnet motor, or a servo motor based on your application requirements. Attached to that we can provide a motor controller which can be mounted in a panel or directly on or near the gear motor. The positioning or velocity control software can be pre-loaded into the motor controller at the factory and all that is required is to send the same standard process data words from your main PLC to the drive system to perform your desired motion. The software interface looks identical no matter what controller or underlying gear motor system is attached.

What are some of the major features that MOVI-C has to offer?

 

Read more here 


 


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