Meeting the CO2 specifications of industrial customers and saving money
Leading industrial companies from the automotive, pharmaceutical and food industries have clear CO2 targets for their products. These require machine builders to make significant energy savings in new machine generations compared with previous machines. This is precisely why Festo offers an unrivalled solution in the global compressed air system market with its energy efficiency module MSE6-C2M.
The energy efficiency module MSE6-C2M from Festo is a global pioneer in monitoring compressed air consumption and supply, automatically detecting leaks as well as the speed of return on investment. This ensures that machines and systems are always available.
Reducing compressed air consumption
When it comes to condition monitoring in compressed air systems, the energy efficiency module not only enables measurement data to be gathered and analysed, but it can also automatically reduce consumption by actively intervening in the supply. Thanks to patented technology from Festo, users can save up to 3.2 metric tons of CO2 and hundreds of euros in operating costs per year, as revealed by calculations and tests.
The energy efficiency module MSE6-C2M combines pressure regulator, on/off valve, sensors and fieldbus communication in one intelligent unit. It monitors the compressed air consumption, shuts off the compressed air after production has stopped for a certain amount of time, and simultaneously prevents the system pressure from falling below a specific stand-by pressure level. This works in a similar way to the automatic stop/start system in a modern car so that no more energy is wasted.
Ready for Industry 4.0
The lower pressure level saves energy, without completely depressurising the system. This means that machines and systems are permanently available. The MSE6-C2M can automatically detect leakages occurring over time and reports these to a controller. It can be fully integrated into the machine network via PROFINET. All measured values such as pressure, flow rate or system parameters are available in the PLC or cloud and can be displayed or individually further processed.
All values in view
Measured values for flow rate, air consumption and pressure can be called up at any time. System operators can use this information as the basis for continuous intelligent energy monitoring of a machine. With the MSE6-C2M it is possible, for example, to determine whether a system is consuming more air now than a year ago, how much compressed air is needed for a production batch, whether the pressure is correctly adjusted or how high the pressure and flow rate were at the time of a machine failure.
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.