New Cartesian Motion Solution from Festo Slashes OEM Engineering, Assembly, and Programming Costs

Festo introduces the Festo Motion Control Package (FMCP), a control system for coordinated motion of up to six axes for pick and place and other high speed, precision Cartesian robotic applications.

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Festo introduces the Festo Motion Control Package (FMCP), a control system for coordinated motion of up to six axes for pick and place and other high speed, precision Cartesian robotic applications. This prewired and ready-to-install control solution provides the kinematics for H-portal, T-portal, 2D, and 3D Festo standard gantry systems. OEMs quickly configure Cartesian motion applications using function blocks – with no specialized programming knowledge required. FMCP is compatible with all leading control architectures for fast, seamless integration.

In 2016, Festo developed the Handling Guide Online configuration tool for designing Cartesian robots. This productivity tool significantly reduced engineering overhead for OEMs. Equipped with basic application information such as load, cycle time, load voltage, and workspace size, a design engineer utilizes the Handling Guide Online tool to specify a single axis, 2D, or 3D Cartesian robot and receives a CAD drawing of the robot in about 20 minutes. Quotes arrive on average within 48 hours. OEMs have the option of ordering a gantry fully assembled or as disassembled modules.

Festo now takes Handling Guide Online several steps further by offering the robotic controller, including the cabinet, components, and wiring, as an enhanced solution. The control cabinet arrives fully wired and ready to be installed. The OEM simply adds power, Ethernet connection, IO, and wiring to the gantry motors. OEMs utilize a function block to fill in key motion parameters. No specialized or manufacturer specific programming knowledge is required. Basic motion can be taught through a webserver or IOS/Android app.

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