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Festo Solutions Advance Rockwell Automation’s IIoT Initiatives

Festo has launched new solutions to advance Rockwell Automation’s data-driven manufacturing and processing initiatives. The latest solutions were introduced in November at Automation Fair 2018, hosted by Rockwell Automation.

CPX-FB36 Device

The Festo CPX-FB36 is the first Rockwell Automation third-party device that provides FactoryTalk Analytics for Devices (Shelby) with valve terminal health and diagnostic details. When combined with the MSE6-E2M intelligent energy efficiency module, Shelby creates a dashboard providing the pneumatic response of a system with up to a six-month look-back. The CPX-FB36 diagnostic data is also accessible by FactoryTalk TeamONE mobile app users via the Action Deck.

Festo CPX-FB36

Festo’s CPX-FB36 is the first Rockwell Automation third-party device that provides FactoryTalk Analytics for Devices (Shelby) with valve terminal health and diagnostic details.

VTEM Digital Pneumatic Valve Terminal

The CPX-FB36 brings the revolutionary Festo VTEM digital pneumatic valve terminal into the Rockwell Automation Connected Enterprise. Each VTEM intelligent valve changes functionality based on downloadable apps from Festo. These flexible valves can potentially replace up to 50 pneumatic components. At the event, Festo introduced two downloadable apps:

  • Soft Stop: It enables the fast acceleration of a linear actuator without the use of shock absorbers.  
  • Model-based pressure control: It ensures precise control of a pneumatic actuator without having to incorporate additional sensors.

Festo provides add-on instructions, making it easy to integrate the VTEM into the Rockwell Automation architecture.

CPX-IoT Gateway

Festo previewed its soon-to-be released CPX-IoT Gateway. CPX-IoT gives customers preconfigured dashboards for Festo devices, including all CPX valve terminals and the MSE6-E2M intelligent energy efficiency module.

Festo dashboards are designed to enhance energy savings and to improve overall equipment effectiveness. User programming is not required. Festo demonstrated a real-time E2M dashboard from a module located in a manufacturing plant 4,000 miles from Philadelphia, the site of the fair.  

SaaS for EPLAN

The company’s Festo AppWorld now has a SaaS solution for EPLAN. Users only need to enter a configuration of any Encompass Referenced valve terminal and the service creates an error-free EPLAN project in minutes. Ideal for system integrators and solution partners, this service can save a day of work and facilitate a digital-twin development.

Festo also highlighted its process automation solutions and provided a display of its laboratory fluid handling solutions for the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute exhibit at the fair.

About Festo 

Festo is a leading manufacturer of pneumatic and electromechanical systems, components, and controls for process and industrial automation. For more than 40 years, Festo Corporation has continuously elevated the state of manufacturing with innovations and optimized motion control solutions that deliver higher performing, more profitable automated manufacturing and processing equipment. For more information, visit www.festo.us.