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Revolution in automation

The Festo Motion Terminal heralds the beginning of a new era

Pneumatics is intrinsically a user-friendly technology. And it’s set to become even more straightforward, versatile and flexible as the brand-new Festo Motion Terminal VTEM catapults pneumatics into the era of Industry 4.0 – with apps that can replace over 50 individual components. The latest developments in piezo technology and software have made it possible.

Just as the smartphone caused a great stir in the mobile communication market ten years ago, Festo’s Motion Terminal will turn automation technology upside-down as well. The new method of function integration – combined with software apps – will simplify the entire value chain, since only one piece of hardware will be required. Beneath the somewhat unassuming exterior and classic Festo product design lies technical refinement based on state-of-the-art information technology.


Genuine Industry 4.0

Piezo technology, integrated stroke and pressure sensors together with control via motion apps will open up entirely new perspectives for machinery and equipment manufacturers. The fusion of mechanics, electronics and software featured in the Festo Motion Terminal will transform a pneumatic product into a genuine Industry 4.0 component, and permit flexible production. Changes in pneumatic functions and adaptations to new formats are controlled via apps by changing parameters. The integrated intelligent sensors for control, diagnostics and self-learning tasks will eliminate the need for additional components.


Motion apps

When the Festo Motion Terminal is launched, there will be ten functions available via motion apps: from basic modification of the directional control valve functions to energy efficiency, and from proportional performance right on up to leakage diagnostics. What makes this so special is that the same valve hardware is used for everything. Thanks to fast activation of new functions via apps, machine developers can create a basic machine type and then select the relevant apps to equip it with different functions and features in accordance with customer requirements. Further apps are under development.




Assigning functions via software has the added benefit of protecting against tampering and protecting know-how, since it’s not possible to tell from the outside which functions the valves are executing. Maintenance is also simplified, because long lists of spare and wearing parts will be a thing of the past.


Intrinsic energy efficiency

The specially developed motion apps, as well as the leakage diagnostic function, save energy during operation. However, energy-saving piezo technology in the proportional valve’s preliminary stage plays a role in this respect as well.


With the Motion Terminal, different pressure levels can be used for opening and closing process valves. This can drastically decrease compressed air consumption if significantly less force or torque is required for one of the two working strokes. In addition, a diagnostic function can be activated after a freely selectable number of switching operations. This function detects any leaks on a drive-specific basis and, depending on their severity, simply sends a message indicating that maintenance is required or shuts down that section of the plant. Leak detection in extensive networks can thus be avoided.


(Self-) adaptation

Any production-related changes that need to be made to the plant, and thus to the individual parameters in the Motion Terminal, can be easily implemented via an integrated interface. Parameters can also be changed via the master control system and uploaded to the Motion Terminal in the field via communication interfaces. Festo has already presented systems from Siemens and Rockwell that have the capability to do this.


However, the Motion Terminal can also autonomously adjust required opening and closing times for process valves during commissioning. After the parameters have been set, exhaust air flow control is automatically adjusted during teach-in so that the required times are achieved. The plant is monitored during operation to ensure that the specified times are complied with – amongst other things, air flow control is adjusted so that the original values are maintained even if external influences such as increasing friction affect the times. This is done automatically and decentrally, i.e. directly in the field and without intervention by operating or maintenance staff.


Reduced costs and complexity

The Festo Motion Terminal permits fast as well as powerful motion and leakage diagnostics at much lower costs than current solutions. For example, fewer controllers are required as compared with electrical solutions, since one controller can control up to eight movements with the VTEM. Energy consumption is also reduced, and required installation space is decreased by up to 65%.


A technology comparison reveals that solutions with the Festo Motion Terminal offer truly cost-effective alternatives for eight applications. Instead of a valve, a pressure regulator and a pressure sensor – i.e. three components – only a single technology is required, namely a valve. The sum of these numerous advantages is indicative of a revolution in the field of automation technology with Festo’s Motion Terminal system.

费斯托 (Festo)是一家全球性的独立的家族企业,总部位于德国埃斯林根。自成立以来,Festo在工业自动化技术和技术教育方面制定标准,从而为环境、经济和社会的可持续发展做出贡献。公司为超过35个行业的30万家工厂和过程自动化客户提供气动和电驱动自动化技术解决方案,其中生命科学和实验室自动化业务受到越来越多的关注。Festo产品和服务遍布176个国家。2022年,费斯托在全球61个国家的250多个分支机构拥有约20800名员工,实现销售额38.1亿欧元。每年约7%的销售额用于研发。在这家学习型企业,1.5%的销售额用于基础和进一步培训。Festo 教学培训 (Didactic SE) 是全球领先的技术教育和培训供应商,为全球客户提供工业环境中全面的数字化和常规学习解决方案。

Festo 数字控制终端VTEM,引领气动技术的数字化时代。
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VTEM Motion Terminal 1
Festo 数字控制终端VTEM,引领气动技术的数字化时代。(图片来源: Festo SE & Co. KG)
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VTEM Motion Terminal 2
With the Festo Motion Terminal, pneumatic functions can be controlled via apps for the first time, without having to change or modify the hardware.
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VTEM Motion Terminal 3
Multi-Carrier-System®: Das flexible modulare Transportsystem lässt sich auf Knopfdruck via Software an unterschiedliche Formate anpassen.
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Display Motion Terminal in PA
With the Motion Terminal, different pressure levels can be used for opening and closing process valves. This can drastically decrease compressed air consumption.