2020/07/01

Festo TechTalk: Energy efficiency thanks to smart products

How does Festo support its customers during the "Industrial Transformation"?

This year, the Hannover Messe will be launched as a virtual trade fair under the motto "Industrial Transformation" – with the main topics of digitalisation, individualization, climate protection and demography. In our Festo TechTalk, four experts from Festo are giving answers how we support our customers in this transformation. In focus: smart products that help companies to produce energy-efficiently, educational measures that empower employees for lifelong learning as well as for the digital working world and, of course, our Bionic Projects 2020. Our Festo TechTalk is available from today on – exclusively for journalists until 5th of July: www.festo.com/opc.

This year's speakers are Dr Frank Melzer, Member of the Management Board Product and Technology Management, Dr Hans-Jörg Stotz, Member of the Management Board Festo Didactic SE, Karoline von Häfen, Head of Bionic Projects, and Marcus Stemler, Product Manager of Festo Motion Terminal.

Digitalisation helps to save energy

Dr Frank Melzer answers in our TechTalk how that works. He explains how we collect, visualize and evaluate data thanks to smart products. "Only those who have process transparency will be able to carry out optimisations in terms of energy efficiency," he emphasizes. Marcus Stemler has a concrete example: he explains how the Festo Motion Terminal, Festo's digital valve terminal, helps customers to reduce their energy consumption. Look forward to a live demonstration: how much savings potential can be realized with little effort? Dr Frank Melzer: "What’s the most energy efficient solution depends on the application. Festo offers pneumatic, electrical and combined solutions".

Know-how is the key to success

The smart products of Industrie 4.0 can only develop their full potential if the employees – also in the plants of our customers – are trained to apply them professionally. Dr Hans-Jörg Stotz explains the approach of Festo Didactic SE. He also has a few examples of digital educational measures in the field of energy efficiency: "With our CP Factory, we reproduce a real Industries 4.0 production environment – apprentices, students and employees can learn in a practical way here". Festo Didactic SE even offers learning material for primary school children: "With our Bionics4Education learning construction kit, we are already getting even the youngest children worldwide excited about technical topics – I'm presenting the Bionic Flower for the first time in TechTalk," he explains.

Bionic Learning Network: Autonomous and self-sufficient assistance system 

Karoline von Häfen presents the BionicMobileAssistant, which moves autonomously in space and can independently recognise objects, grasp them adaptively and work on them together with humans. The processing of the acquired information is performed by a neural network that has been trained in advance using data augmentation. The mobile assistance system is modular and consists of three subsystems: a ballbot, an electric robot arm and the BionicSoftHand 2.0 – a pneumatic gripper inspired by the human hand. The animal kingdom served as a source of inspiration as well: as a second project, she is presenting the BionicSwift, an artificial bird that can fly as a flock in a defined airspace using a radio-based indoor GPS.

www.festo.com/opk German session

www.festo.com/opc English session

From 6th of July 2020, the recording will be publicly available in social media as well as at the Festo Virtual Exhibition: 15th – 16th of July 2020.

About Festo:

Festo is a global player and an independent family-owned company with headquarters in Esslingen am Neckar, Germany. The company supplies pneumatic and electrical automation technology to 300,000 customers of factory and process automation in over 35 industries. The products and services are available in 176 countries. With about 21,000 employees in over 250 branch offices in 61 countries worldwide, Festo achieved a turnover of around €3.07 billion in 2019. Each year around 8% of this turnover is invested in research and development. 

In this learning company, 1.5% of turnover is invested in basic and further training. Yet 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.

© Festo SE & Co. KG
TechTalk 1
In TechTalk 2020, we will answer the question of how we support our customers in the digital transformation process - from regional medium-sized companies to global corporations.
© Festo SE & Co. KG
TechTalk 2
Taking part in TechTalk for the first time was a member of the Management Board of Festo Didactic SE, Dr Hans Jörg Stotz. The new Bionic projects were also presented by Ms. von Häfen.

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BionicSwift
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BionicMobileAssistant
The mobile robot system can recognize objects, grasp them adaptively and work together with humans.