More user-friendly than ever before
Three functions – one software: the PC-based software Festo Automation Suite combines the parameterisation, programming and maintenance of electric components from Festo in one program. It enables the entire drive package, from the mechanical system to the controller, to be commissioned in just a few intuitive steps.
The free Festo Automation Suite is the main software of the constantly expanding Festo Automation Platform, which is entering the automation market with numerous new products and solutions from the mechanical system to the cloud. With this software, the parameterisation of servo drives and integration into the control program take no time at all.
The Festo Automation Suite is an important part of Festo’s philosophy of complete connectivity, i.e. the ability to connect a workpiece completely to the cloud, from its mechanical connections and electrical interfaces to commissioning and controller programming. This simplifies the work of every machine builder and automation engineer when it comes to connecting the mechanical and electric technology as well as the control levels and their interfaces with the hardware and software.
The basic functionalities of all Festo components are already integrated in advance. To customise the software, plug-ins or add-ons can be installed directly via the program. Just enter the equipment type or part number and the software will find and install the right plug-in.
Device description data, manuals and application descriptions can be downloaded conveniently from the software without having to open a web browser every time. The overall control concept permits the problem-free commissioning of various devices. These devices are added to the product and connected to each other by dragging and dropping.
Only five steps to a ready-to-use drive system
The plug-in of the servo drive CMMT-AS makes configuration and parameterisation child's play as the integrated commissioning assistant reliably and conveniently leads to a completely functional drive system in just five steps.
Together with the automation system CPX-E, integration into the control system is quick and easy. Where 100 mouse clicks and keyboard operations were once required, only two now suffice. The software automatically integrates all required driver modules into the user program and calculates all important parameters in the background. Optionally, the CODESYS add-on enables the further programming of motion control and robotics functions.
Breakthrough in digitalisation
With the Festo Automation Suite, Festo is driving digitalisation forward and supporting its customers to enter the age of Industry 4.0. Festo as an automation expert is combining its extensive knowledge of industrial applications with the latest developments in information technology to realise online applications for industrial automation practice. Festo is also using digital communication to support its customers throughout the Digital Customer Journey. This digital journey guides customers reliably and comprehensively through the Festo portfolio, from information procurement and configuration through ordering and delivery to commissioning and maintenance or even to the technical training offering of Festo Didactic.
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.