2021/05/24
ID: 3591

Piping is now a thing of the past

Pneumatic extension modules VTOP from Festo

The pneumatic extension modules VTOP from Festo enable custom closed-loop control solution designs in combination with a positioner, all without any external piping and the leaks associated with it. Compared with conventional solutions, cost savings of up to 30% are possible with the VTOP. And installation takes just a fraction of the time.

The pneumatic extension modules VTOP are suitable for use in control applications in the process industry that require additional instruments alongside a positioner. The VTOP and the new positioner CMSH from Festo form an optimised complete solution for closed-loop control of single-acting and double-acting quarter turn and linear actuators.

 

Up to now, users had to go to the trouble of assembling a number of components from different suppliers and connecting them externally with piping to achieve a complete solution for closed-loop control of quarter turn and linear actuators. These combinations do, however, have drawbacks: they are susceptible to faults, are complicated to install and maintain, and lack flexibility due to how difficult they are to retrofit with additional components. With the VTOP, Festo offers an innovative, modular and compact installation concept with the potential for cost savings of up to 30%.

 

Modular and compact

The modular design of the VTOP with patented, integrated air routing enables the individual modules to be combined as needed, adapted to the customer’s specific requirements. In combination with the positioner CMSH from Festo, users get a complete solution. This means that no external piping susceptible to faults is needed, leaks are avoided, and assembly is simple and secure.

 

Everything from a single source

The VTOP is suitable for double-acting and single-acting linear and quarter turn actuators. Available modules like failsafes, volume boosters and filter regulators can be combined in any way. A practical feature of the VTOP is that the modules can be extended and retrofitted at any time. The VTOP is much more compact than conventional solutions where the individual components are connected by pipes in a complex process, for example on a pneumatic control board. The complete solution for automating control solutions is supplied in its entirety by Festo – from the actuator to the positioner to the pneumatic extension modules.

Festo is a global player and an independent family-owned company with headquarters in Esslingen am Neckar, Germany. Festo has set standards in industrial automation technology and technical education ever since its establishment, thereby making a contribution to sustainable development of the environment, the economy and society. The company supplies pneumatic and electrical automation technology to 300,000 customers of factory and process automation in over 35 industries. The LifeTech sector with medical technology and laboratory automation is becoming increasingly important. The products and services are available in 176 countries. With about 20,000 employees in over 250 branch offices in 61 countries worldwide, Festo achieved a turnover of around €2.84 billion in 2020. 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. Festo Didactic SE is a leading provider of technical education and training and offers its customers worldwide comprehensive digital and physical learning solutions in the industrial environment.

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VTOP pneumatic extension modules
Combined to suit the customer’s needs: the pneumatic extension modules of the VTOP with volume booster, failsafe and filter regulator
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CMSH positioner on linear actuator with VTOP
The VTOP is suitable for linear actuators and provides a simple positioner design via an interface to VDI/VDE 3847-2.
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CMSH positioner on quarter turn actuator with VTOP
Easy and safe installation of the CMSH on the actuator with VTOP with integrated air supply to VDE/VDI 3847-2. This eliminates the need for external piping and significantly reduces the susceptibility to leakages.

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