passion for automation, industry and service excellence inspires them to provide customers with world-leading service. They take great pride in solving Process Automation challenges and providing customers with tailor-made solutions. Connectivity with Electric Automation technology “When we developed our automation platform, priority was placed on seamless connectivity from the outset. The mechanical system, drive system with motor and controllers, as well as software modules were designed as one unit“, said Head of Electric Automation at Festo South Africa, Marcus Gericke, as he elaborates on their Electric Automation offering. This applied to the mechanical, electrical and intelligent interfaces. Furthermore, compatibility with the many thirdparty controller manufacturers was also key, he added.
For example, the latest generation of Servo Drives CMMT and Servo Motors EMMT from Festo, together with the intuitive commissioning software Festo Automation Suite, makes integration easier and speeds it up significantly. These components can be integrated seamlessly into all commonly available ethernet-based external controllers, and users will not notice that the hardware manufacturers are different. A seamless communication chain is established from the simple sensor or IO link device, PLC, to the cloud. With the new Remote IO system from Festo, the CPXAP-I connectivity extends directly to the valve terminals, bringing all the diagnostic advantages. This opens end-users and OEMs to advantages such as preventative maintenance and faster fault finding to name a few. Festo seamless connectivity from the workpiece to the cloud offers solutions to many of the challenges faced by today’s machine builders. Reducing the complexity of the automation task enables faster, more reliable build times, reduced work-in-progress, and lower costs. Reliable partner for technical training Festo understands that to become competitive; system users and commissioners need to be adequately trained. As leaders in technical training, Festo also offers CPD accredited webinars such as Electro-pneumatic and Introduction to PLC. They further provide face-to-face training courses such as Process valves and actuation technology to equip the machine users with skills to excel in the industry. Interested customers can visit www.festo.co.za/didactic. The company is a one-stop automation partner for an array of products, training and engineering tools. Festo, +27 (0) 86 003 3786, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.festo.co.za Pipes, Pumps and Valves Africa - May/Jun 2021