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Festo deal bolsters Farnell automation technology range

2nd February 2021
Mick Elliott

Farnell has strengthened its automation technology range by adding Festo products to its line card.

  • The Mini Slide (DGST) is ideal for precision handling tasks. They are used individually or in combinations to create handling devices for assembly and handling tasks. It is the most compact slide on the market, enabling machine builders to decrease the footprint of their machines. This has been achieved by cleverly absorbing features such as the integrated shock absorbers, position sensor slots and end of stroke cushioning within the core body dimensions. Typical applications include electronics, light assembly, machine building and handling technology.
  • The ISO Profile Cylinder (DSBC) meets the ISO 15552 standard dimensions but is exceptional in other ways. With the widest available range of mounting options, users are saved considerable time designing and making supplementary mounting plates. The patented self-adjusting pneumatic end-position cushioning that adapts to changes in load and speed saving set-up times and increasing operating life by ensuring the cushioning is always optimal for the speed, load and pressure conditions.
  • The Compact Cylinder (ADN) meets ISO 21287 occupying up to 50 % less installation space than standard profile cylinders. The built-in and optional self-adjusting cushioning absorbs end of stroke shocks, reducing noise and vibration which can be unpleasant for operators and damaging to sensitive processes.
  • The Solenoid Valve (VUVS) is manufactured on completely automated manufacturing lines enabling them to be produced at lower sales prices, flexibly and in high volumes, making them ideal for all applications. They can be used individually or on manifold bases meaning designers can be creative in how they mount their valves for accessibility, short tube runs to save energy or to fit into restricted spaces. A reliable, robust component that offers a long service life, ergonomic design and safe operation.

Simon Meadmore, Global Head of IP&E at Farnellsays: “We are delighted to introduce Festo into our automation technology portfolio. The breadth of Festo’s products greatly enhances our pneumatics range and extends our comprehensive industrial automation offering. As a distributor with a strong supplier network, our new partnership with Festo will allow our customers to complete critical maintenance and repairs with reduced equipment or factory downtime. In addition to this, our customers will be able to safely streamline factory automation processes while bringing to market new machinery and equipment much faster with Festo.”

Festo spends about 8% of its annual turnover on research and development. The company produces an average of 100 new products a year and currently holds more than 2,600 patents.

The Industrial Automation market is worth $160 billion globally and is expected to grow to $269 billion by 2024. This growth is driven by the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0.and attributed to increased automation in manufacturing, smart manufacturing, and robotics.

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