Festo showcases at Automate 2015 in Chicago, March 23-25, a comprehensive set of design tools, fast and easy-to-install gantry assembly systems, and components designed to ensure OEM productivity through a one-stop-shop approach to quality, performance, and cost-effective pneumatic and electric motion solutions. (Festo Automate 2015 Booth # 492)
During the show, Calvary Automation will visit the Festo booth and acquaint attendees with a soon-to-be introduced automated assembly machine. Calvary representatives will detail how the collaboration with Festo from design to implementation contributed to their productivity and helped bring this latest design to market quickly and effectively.
In terms of design productivity, Festo introduces at Automate 2015 the latest version of PositioningDrives software, a solution that speeds up the selection of the electromechanical actuator, motor, and drive for single axis motion systems. This latest version ensures proper sizing and component harmonization for optimum cost, energy usage, and service life. Festo provides PositioningDrives as a free download.
EXCM mini-H gantry kinematic displays
Festo brings to the show three kinematic displays all featuring the EXCM mini-H gantry. These dynamic displays include automated production and testing of components, a modular assembly station that combines individual battery cells into battery sub modules, and a chip assembly cell for the electronics industry.
The EXCM is a revolutionary handling system for small parts assembly. The planar surface gantry system is fast, accurate, modular, and flexible. It is plug-and-play for quick and easy start up, helping OEMs decrease assembly and engineering time.
EXCM mini-H gantry applications in small parts assembly include the feeding and screwing in of small components, setting adhesive points, electronics testing such as contact points or resistance, and the flexible positioning of workpieces and components in assembly operations. The model EXCM-30, for example, delivers speeds of up to 1.6 feet/s (500 mm/s), absolute accuracy of ±0.020 inches (±0.5 mm), and repeatability of ±0.002 inches (±0.05 mm). Larger sized gantries are used for palletization and depalletization.
In terms of static displays, Festo brings central and distributed motion controllers, a range of servo and stepper motors and intelligent drives, including integrated motor/drive systems, universal valves, precision electric slides, new electric linear axes, vacuum components, grippers, and more.
Mimicking the flexible movement and precise gripping of an elephant’s trunk, the Bionic Handling Assistant is a readily yielding gripping arm. Over and above its pure utility value as a safe-to-be-around robotic arm, the system serves Festo as a development platform that combines a wide diversity of technologies and components. This is a must see demo at Automate.
“Festo product engineering is unsurpassed,” said Frank Langro, Director of Marketing and Product Management. “We do not stop at component and system engineering, however. Our approach to OEM productivity begins with helping design engineers do their jobs faster with great accuracy and continues through component and subassembly installation and sustainable machine operation in terms of energy conservation, overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), safety, and ease of support. Nobody delivers productivity to OEMs better than Festo.”
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