2020/03/26
ID: 2561

Electronics industry challenges its suppliers

Compact automation technology from reliable partners is the key to success

In no other industry is there such pressure to innovate and keep prices low as in the semiconductor and electronics industry. For OEMs, this means developing ever faster and more productive machines and plants in time frames of less than 18 months. On top of this, reliable compact and cost-efficient automation components are also needed. The Festo core product range offers the perfect solution: it is quickly available worldwide, has a long service life and is attractive priced.

Electronic components are rapidly finding their way into other industries too. In addition to the classic products associated with smartphones, computers and TVs, the automotive industry, medical technology and trade logistics are demanding more powerful electronics and sensors, e.g. for electro-mobility or self-driving vehicles. And even the food and packaging industries are hungry for smart, intelligent packaging that comes equipped with electronic chips.

 

Development and product design in Europe, the US, China and South Korea are generally separated from production in China or South East Asia. That is why it is hugely important for OEMs that their suppliers be close at hand all over the world – with products, spare parts, consultancy and services, and also with individual, customised product solutions. Automation specialists from Festo with their industry expertise are therefore increasingly travelling to China and the Asian countries to advise their customers.

 

Double the manufacturing capacity

Large quantities, high speed, worldwide availability and attractive prices – these are the minimum requirements of the semiconductor industry and electronics manufacturing for automation technology. "Festo has therefore doubled its production capacity worldwide with a focus on Asia, which means it is now prepared for the high demand for electric and pneumatic standard products," explains Arian Scholz, Head of Global Key Account and Industry Segment Management at Festo.

 

Particularly attractive for the electronics industry are the compact cylinders ADN, the mini slide DGST and the guided drive DFM, in addition to matching proximity sensors, the VUVG valves and the MS2 series of service units. All products enable a pneumatic control chain with a very compact design.

 

2200 components in the core product range

The automation components mentioned are part of the Festo core product range. These "Stars in Automation" include over 2200 components from every phase of the pneumatic and electrical control chain – from compressed air preparation, valves and cylinders to accessories, such as matching tubing and fittings. With the core product range from Festo, textile machine manufacturers can realise around 80% of all applications effortlessly and quickly at attractive prices, even when large quantities are needed.

 

Fast availability worldwide

Many of the components marked with the star are ready to be shipped just 24 hours after the order is received, while configurable products are ready for delivery within five days. All products in the core product range are available worldwide and with the same level of quality thanks to automated production at various decentralised locations in the core markets of Germany, China and the USA. There are further plants in India, Brazil, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Switzerland. Distribution is also decentralised thanks to highly automated logistics centres in Germany, China and the USA, so 70% of all customers can be reached within one day.

 

Efficient production

The hallmark of the latest components of the core product range is the collaboration between the design engineers and production planners at Festo. They worked closely together during the development of these products to ensure that the components can be manufactured in the Festo plants with a high degree of automation. For the new mini slide DGST, for example, the yoke and slide are manufactured fully automatically as a single part. In addition, the developers successfully reduced the number of components by 60% compared with the previous model.

 

This enables the DGST to be produced in large quantities with maximum efficiency. This approach also allowed the cycle times for the guided drive DFM to be reduced by almost 50%. Festo plants can now produce a DFM every minute. Another example is the fully automated production line for the standard valve VUVG, which produces a fully assembled valve every 12 seconds.

Festo è sia un attore globale che un'azienda indipendente a conduzione familiare con sede a Esslingen am Neckar in Germania. Fin dagli inizi Festo ha stabilito degli standard nella tecnologia dell'automazione industriale e nella formazione tecnica, contribuendo così allo sviluppo sostenibile dell'ambiente, dell'economia e della società. L'azienda fornisce tecnologia di automazione pneumatica ed elettrica a 300.000 clienti dell'automazione di fabbrica e di processo in oltre 35 industrie. Il settore LifeTech con la tecnologia medica e l'automazione di laboratorio sta diventando sempre più importante. I prodotti e i servizi sono disponibili in 176 paesi del mondo. In tutto il mondo, circa 20.000 dipendenti in 61 paesi con oltre 250 filiali hanno generato un fatturato di circa 2,84 miliardi di euro nel 2020. Di questo, circa l'8% viene investito annualmente in ricerca e sviluppo. Nell'azienda che apprende, le misure di formazione e sviluppo rappresentano l'1,5% del fatturato. Festo Didactic SE è un fornitore leader di istruzione e formazione tecnica e offre ai suoi clienti in tutto il mondo soluzioni complete di apprendimento digitale e fisico nell'ambiente industriale.

© Festo SE & Co. KG
Electronics manufacturing
In no other industry is there such pressure to innovate and keep prices low as in the semiconductor and electronics industry. On top of this, reliable compact and cost-efficient automation components are also needed.  
© Festo SE & Co. KG
DGST
Particularly attractive for the industry: compact mini slide like the DGST from Festo.
© Festo SE & Co. KG
Arian Scholz
Arian Scholz, Director de Global Key Account y de Industry Segment Management de Festo.

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