Festo is a privately owned German industrial control and automation company based in Esslingen am Neckar, Germany. Festo is an engineering-driven company that sells pneumatic and electric transducers primarily to the automation industry. Wikipedia.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: ICT-01-2016 | Award Amount: 998.90K | Year: 2016
Support for development and integration of Cyber-Physical Systems is seen as essential for the future. As the embedded world meets the Internet world there will be an increasing number of interacting systems with strong connectivity utilised in both society and in industry. Platforms4CPS targets the transport, manufacturing, energy and health sectors. Europe is a world leader in the area of time-critical and safety-critical systems and to maintain this position there is a need to be able to design, develop and deploy highly distributed and connected digital technologies. There is a move towards increased autonomy and a need to meet demanding safety, security, power efficiency, performance, size and cost constraints. Underlying this is a need to develop a foundational background to create the science of systems integration to manage the complexity of future CPS. Platforms for CPS deployment are also seen as being key for the future, however, these can only become successful if a supporting ecosystem of developers and users is created. Platforms4CPS thus aims to create the vision, strategy, technology building blocks and supporting ecosystem for future CPS applications with three key objectives to: - Create a vision and strategy for future European CPS by analyzing the ecosystem and market perspective and strategically updating and validating existing CPS roadmaps across multiple domains - Promote platform building, bringing together industry and academic experts and create a repository of CPS technology building blocks - Build an ecosystem by creating a constituency and through cooperating with ECSEL, ITEA, and ARTEMIS projects on the foundations of CPS engineering, and consensus-building on societal and legal issues related to the deployment of CPS The overall objective directly addresses the call objectives in ICT 1-2016b to maintain and develop Europes competitive lead in CPS by capitalizing and bringing together expertise for successful exploitation of ICT
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2013.2.1 | Award Amount: 8.48M | Year: 2014
Clutter in an open world is a challenge for many aspects of robotic systems, especially for autonomous robots deployed in unstructured domestic settings, affecting navigation, manipulation, vision, human robot interaction and planning.SQUIRREL addresses these issues by actively controlling clutter and incrementally learning to extend the robots capabilities while doing so. We term this the B3 (bit by bit) approach, as the robot tackles clutter one bit at a time and also extends its knowledge continuously as new bits of information become available.SQUIRREL is inspired by a user driven scenario, that exhibits all the rich complexity required to convincingly drive research, but allows tractable solutions with high potential for exploitation. We propose a toy cleaning scenario, where a robot learns to collect toys scattered in loose clumps or tangled heaps on the floor in a childs room, and to stow them in designated target locations.We will advance science w.r.t. manipulation, where we will incrementally learn grasp affordances with a dexterous hand; segmenting and learning objects and object category models from a cluttered scene; localisation and navigation in a crowded and changing scene based on incrementally built 3D environment models; iterative task planning in an open world; and engaging with multiple users in a dynamic collaborative task.Progress will be measured in scenarios of increasing complexity, starting with known object classes, via incremental learning of objects and grasp affordances to the full system with failure recovery and active control of clutter, instantiated on two different robot platforms.Systems will be evaluated at an end user site where children in nurseries teach the robot how to clean up, and will be exploited by an industrial partner with a strong market presence in advanced robotic toys, who will take up project outcomes to be integrated in their current line of developments.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: NMBP-36-2016 | Award Amount: 1.47M | Year: 2016
FUTURING aims at contributing to define the strategy for the re-industrialization of Europe, by focusing on the role of Research and Innovation within the framework of other dimensions Economy, Society, Environment, Globalization, geopolitics and incoming paradigms such as Circular Economy. It explores 2030 future scenarios, concerning EU Industry, through the use of foresight and other Policy Intelligence tools, to identify critical factors on which action should be taken in order to overcome barriers and to foster opportunities for the EU re-industrialization process. A large variety of experts and stakeholders, both directly as partners and externals, representing the main dimensions of the landscape in which the EU re-industrialization is going to take place, are participating. Given the number of participants, their location in different countries of Europe, it is expected that the output of the project will be widely disseminated among relevant stakeholders throughout Europe. In particular, Recommendations will provide Policy Makers, at European, National and Regional level, guidelines for future Research and Innovation activities.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: NMP-07-2015 | Award Amount: 5.00M | Year: 2015
The here proposed DIMAP project focuses on the development of novel ink materials for 3D multi-material printing by PolyJet technology. We will advance the state-of-the art of AM through modifications of their fundamental material properties by mainly using nanoscale material enhanced inks. This widens the range of current available AM materials and implements functionalities in final objects. Therefore applications will not be limited to rapid prototyping but can be used directly in production processes. DIMAP will show this transition in two selected application fields: the production soft robotic arms/joints and customized luminaires. In order to cope with these new material classes the existing PolyJet technology is further developed and therefore improved. The DIMAP project targets at the following objectives: additive manufactured joints, additive manufactured luminaires, ceramic enhanced materials, electrically conducting materials, light-weight polymeric materials, high-strength polymeric materials, novel multi-material 3D-printer and safe by design. With the development of novel ink materials based on nanotechnology improvement of the mechanical properties (ceramic enhanced and high-strength polymeric inks), the electrical conductivity (metal enhanced inks) and the weightiness (light weight polymeric materials) are achieved. Based on the voxel printing by PolyJet these new materials lead to a huge broadening of the range of available digital material combinations. Further focus points during the material and printer development are safe by design approaches, work place safety, risk assessment, collaboration with EU safety cluster and life cycle assessment. An established roadmap at the end of project enables the identification of future development needs in related fields order to allow Europe also in the future to compete at the forefront of the additive manufacturing revolution.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: ICT-03-2016 | Award Amount: 1.50M | Year: 2017
The objective of the proposed CSA is to support and complement R&I activities in Smart Systems Integration (SSI) by structuring industrial cooperation and facilitating end-user adoption for the next generations of miniaturised smart objects and systems. Previous CSAs have revealed the immense breadth of SSI in its technology demands, its application sectors, its business ramifications, its provider and user communities, and have commenced the task of joining all these aspects for concerted action. They have also developed support tools, whose proven value can continue to be instrumental in the new CSA. Building on the above and supporting the strategic activities of EPoSS, the role for inSSIght is to deepen and implant this understanding through a cadre of influential partners from SSI-related clusters, research institutes and industries who will define and encourage actions to unlock and exploit innovation opportunities, provide practice-oriented support to the SSI ecosystem, underline the vital position of SSI as a Key Enabling Technology for competitive advantage and future innovation, and give credit to their enabling role as building blocks in sectors with high potential for growth and high return on investment, such as IoT, Industry 4.0, electric mobility, automated driving, smart medical devices etc. Very practically, inSSIght organises 4 thematic conferences, two of which on MNBS, 7 demonstration sessions, 2 brokerage events, 11 expert and information workshops and 11 webinars publishes 5 White Papers on Customised Innovation Priorities leads a marketing campaign for SSI based on a trademark inSSIght addresses all 5 activities required in the scope description of ICT-03-2016b, considering them as inseparable and most efficiently tackled in a single concerted action.
Festo | Date: 2016-03-15
A safety-oriented load switching device for the electric switching of an automation component, the device including a first branch circuit and a second branch circuit which extend from a respective supply-side supply connection to a respective load-side load connection, wherein a switching assembly including a parallel circuit of a switching means designed for an opening and a closing of the respective branch circuit and of a resistor means is formed in each branch circuit, and further including at least one measuring point located between the switching assembly and the load connection, and wherein a potential measuring device, which is electrically connected to a reference point and configured for providing a potential-dependent measuring signal, is connected to the measuring point.
Festo | Date: 2016-07-01
A signal converter circuit includes a sensor connection, two comparator circuits, each having a signal input for an electric connection to the sensor connection, a reference input for an electric connection to a respectively assigned reference signal source and a signal output for a provision of an output signal, with a feedback line being formed between the respective signal output and the respective reference input, and further including two reference signal sources, each of the comparator circuits being configured for comparing a signal level at the signal input to a signal level at the reference input and for outputting a digital output signal as a function of a comparison result between the signal levels, wherein the two reference signal inputs are connected to one another via a coupling line being configured to transmit a presettable fraction of the respective signal level present at one reference input to the other reference input.
Festo | Date: 2016-06-10
A controller for controlling an electric or a fluidic valve drive. The controller includes a communications interface which is configured to output a current signal and convert drive-related measurement information into a current signal level within a current interval according to a communications protocol. The communications interface is further configured to convert at least two different items of device status information into different current signals levels outside of the current interval.
Festo | Date: 2016-04-28
A motor controller including a control unit designed for receiving and/or processing a movement signal and for outputting a control signal depending on the movement signal, and including a power stage which is designed for enabling an electric energy flow as a function of the control signal, and further including a sensor designed for detecting a movement of the electric motor and for providing a movement-dependent sensor signal to a sensor input of the control unit, wherein the control unit is designed for detecting a usage-dependent load value for a movement system driven by the electric motor and wherein the control unit includes a component memory for storing parameters of components of the movement system, a processing device for combining the parameters with incoming sensor signals to produce a load value and a load value memory for storing the established load value.
Festo | Date: 2016-07-13
A safety-oriented load switching device including a first current branch, which extends from a first supply connection to a first load connection and having a first switching means, and having a second current branch, which extends from a second supply connection to a second load connection and including a second switching means, wherein a first test branch is connected to a first measuring point located between the first switching means and the first load connection and is also connected to the second supply connection and includes a series connection of a first test switch and a first measuring device, wherein a second test branch is connected to a second measuring point between the second switching means and the second load connection and is connected to the first supply connection and includes a series connection of a second test switch and a second measuring device.