AI Champions Baden-Württemberg: Festo wins

Minister Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut chooses winners at virtual award ceremony

Festo's AI solution "Intelligent pneumatic runtime monitoring" was honoured at the "AI Champions Baden-Württemberg" awards ceremony of the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Economics, Labour and Housing on 11 August.

Thousands of pneumatic clamping systems are used in production lines in the automotive industry, for tasks like holding individual parts in place during welding in the body shop. In the future, software from Festo with artificial intelligence from Resolto will identify whether the clamps are still working correctly or would be better replaced with an eye to predictive maintenance. It does this exclusively using the signals from the valves and the end positions of the actuators, which are available anyway. In this way expensive breakdowns can be avoided.

This AI solution from Festo convinced the competition jury and also Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut, Minister of Economic Affairs, Employment and Housing in Baden-Württemberg, who for the first time awarded the title of "AI Champions Baden-Württemberg" to business-related research institutes, small and medium-sized as well as large companies from Baden-Württemberg for their outstanding solutions in the field of AI. Dr. Thilo Streichert, Head of Development Embedded Software, and Dr. Dominic Kraus, Product Management and Business Development, accepted the award on behalf of the company via live transmission.

Festo Management Board member for Product and Technology Management Dr. Frank Melzer was via livestream  switched on from vacation: "Festo aims to be the innovation leader and therefore the preferred automation partner for its customers worldwide. As artificial intelligence is the key technology of the future, our focus is on the further development of decentralised, autonomous systems and artificial intelligence. As early as 2018, we acquired the AI specialist Resolto and have been steadily advancing the fields of analytics and artificial intelligence. AI will have an enormous impact on our product portfolio, for example by enabling AI algorithms to be integrated into the cloud as well as directly into Festo components. I am therefore very pleased and particularly proud of this award and that we were able to convince the jury with our AI solution". 


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Sobre Festo:

Festo es una empresa familiar globalizada e independiente que tiene su sede en Esslingen (Alemania). Suministramos tecnología de automatización neumática y eléctrica a 300 000 clientes de automatización industrial y de procesos repartidos en más de 35 sectores. Nuestros productos y servicios se pueden adquirir en 176 países del mundo. Nuestra empresa cuenta con 21.000 empleados repartidos en 61 países y con más de 250 sucursales, y facturó 3070 millones de euros en el año 2019. Cada año, invertimos alrededor del 8 % de nuestra facturación en investigación y desarrollo.


En Festo, nunca dejamos de aprender, y por eso dedicamos el 1,5% de nuestra facturación a proyectos de formación y perfeccionamiento profesional. La oferta didáctica no se limita únicamente al personal propio. Con Festo Didactic SE ofrecemos cursos industriales de formación y perfeccionamiento en técnicas de automatización para clientes, estudiantes y aprendices.

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Dr Frank Melzer, Member of the Management Board Product and Technology Management, Festo.
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Automotive Industry
The AI solution for clamping systems in the automotive industry prevents expensive machine failures.

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