New Festo Modular Handling Platform for Electronics, Laboratory Automation

Screwdriving, dispensing, testing, soldering, gripping, opening and closing containers and much more: the Festo modular handling platform forms the basis for a wide variety of desktop applications. This well-matched system kit, comprising kinematics, a controller and software, saves you money and reduces your time to market – from development to programming and commissioning.

Modular handling platform 1. This well-matched system kit comprising kinematics, a controller and software saves money and reduces time to market. (Photo: Festo AG & Co. KG)

The modular handling platform allows precise curved travel paths to be created for transporting workpieces or tools. It is particularly suitable for electronics and light assembly as well as for laboratory automation. Machine and system builders can significantly reduce their engineering costs with these system kits. Predefined function modules from a software library and intuitive application programming with the sequencer simplify programming and commissioning.

Ready to use and reliable
This system kit from Festo forms a basic platform for a wide variety of applications. It is ready to use and can be easily integrated into the application environment of a machine builder thanks to the open interfaces. The perfectly matched components and functions of the kinematics, the controller and software guarantee operational reliability. The use of standard components ensures attractively priced solutions. Kits of this kind open up entirely new potential for savings. They enable machine and system builders to concentrate fully on their core business.

Software provides an easy way to reach the desired result
Programming and commissioning are quick and easy with the predefined function modules of the Handling Motion Lib. The following functions are possible: parameterisation as appropriate to the connected kinematics, reference travel and jogging operation for the kinematics, predefined CNC programs, point-to-point motion, U-picks, circular travel, curved travel, a defined interface for communication and host systems, file management and a message system for error handling and sequential processing. What is more, the basic sequencer with its graphical user interface (GUI) ensures that program sequences can be generated simply and reliably.

Compact and connective
Included in the system kit is a compact controller CECC-X. This allows numerous functions to be carried out in very small spaces. It contains a range of predefined interfaces to a master control system – including the OPC-UA interface for Industry 4.0.

About Festo
Festo is a global player and an independent family-owned company with its headquarters in Esslingen am Neckar, Germany. The company supplies pneumatic and electric automation technology to 300,000 customers in the field of factory and process automation in over 200 industries. Worldwide, Festo's 17,800 staff in 61 companies generated a turnover in 2014 of some € 2.45 bn. Each year 9% of this turnover is invested in research and development. Festo supplies around 30,000 catalogue products in several hundred thousand variants and some 10,000 tailor-made customer solutions each year to customers in 176 countries all around the world. 1.5% of this learning company’s turnover is invested in basic and further training. However, training services are not only provided for Festo’s own staff – Festo Didactic SE also supplies basic and further training programmes in the field of automation technology for customers, students and trainees.

Source: https://www.festo.com/

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