Festo Power Up Focuses on Food and Beverage Machine Builders

Nov. 29, 2023
From design to commissioning, Festo’s Power Up helps OEMs lower integration costs and add advanced automation capabilities.

The Festo Power Up initiative for food and beverage machine builders aims to spur the adoption of electric automation and support the development of the next generation of compact, flexible, energy efficient and data-rich machines.

With this program, machine builders can access a Festo one-stop-shop of readily available electric automation components. For example, Festo recently introduced a remote and decentralized I/O platform that lowers integration cost and boosts the ability of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to add capabilities cost effectively to a machine or cell. 

The online Festo Electric Motion Sizing and Handling Guide Online productivity tools allow one-, two-, and three-axis electric automation systems to be designed and ordered in minutes, not hours or days, according to Festo. Design engineers enter application parameters with no programming required. These tools give the designer several solutions to choose from, and components are guaranteed to be readily available and interoperable.
  
At the end of the session, the engineer receives a quote, shipping date, parts list and 2D and 3D CAD files. Having immediate access to CAD files means that the machine builder can continue designing while the electric automation system is being readied for shipment.

Afterward, the commissioning files are automatically compiled and ready for download to the PC-based Festo Automation Suite, a single tool for setting up a drive package from mechanical system to controller. Having the commissioning file saves time and reduces the possibility of commissioning errors.