What advantages does digitised automation offer you? How can you benefit from it? The rapid progress in this field raises a lot of questions. The answer from Festo is scalable digital solutions that make it easy for you to get started in digitised automation and a clear plan for the future.
The journey continues
Like most other companies, Festo is standing on the threshold of this digital development. Smart products, connectivity, the mining and interpretation of data, including via the cloud, and dashboards for visualisation are where things are at the moment. Data analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence will be successively added to the range in the near future. With these methods, this transformation will result in new business models.
Digitalisation already increasing your productivity
Digitalisation is already boosting one thing: your productivity. Precise reproducibility makes your processes more reliable. Condition monitoring opens up completely new possibilities for energy-efficient production. And the flexibility makes you faster, for example if you have to change formats frequently. Everything is ready for when you need to draw on our applied application and digital expertise.
Indispensability of smart products
For digitalisation to advance and a new digital infrastructure to be used, products must be equipped with smart functionality. Sensors collect specific data such as energy consumption, compressed air consumption or operating temperature, which is then evaluated. Products like the energy efficiency module E2M, IO-Link®-capable components, the CPX-IOT gateway or interfaces like OPC-UA contribute to this process.
Consistent connectivity at all levels
Another basic requirement for successful digitalisation is mechanical, electrical and intelligent connectivity through software solutions. The benefit is that everything works together and is compatible. Dimensions, electromechanics, structures, logic circuits, etc. should be consistent, enabling all customers to find their bearings quickly and intuitively. Festo is promoting this with an open automation architecture and a large product portfolio made up of axes, motors and controllers. Standardised software tools are also being developed: configurators for smart engineering, the Festo Automation Suite for easy commissioning and the digital maintenance manager Smartenance for reliable operation.
New perspectives in development
Product development will undergo a fundamental change in the future. Products can no longer be developed purely using a mechanical perspective. IT structures and applications are the new benchmark for machine concepts. Agile development will take place by applying Scrum methods, for example. They not only enable fast corrections in the form of software updates in the event of faults or improvements in the process, but also, if necessary, changes to predefined objectives in the development process. Customers will also be more actively involved in the future through so-called co-creation, which suppliers or scientific institutions can help to shape.
Digitalisation is the key to increased productivity. Find out more in our Highlights 2019