Esslingen, Germany
Esslingen, Germany

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.

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Patent
Festo | Date: 2017-05-10

The invention relates to a piston (4) for a control device that can be operated by means of fluid, which piston has a piston body (16), which has, in the region of the radial outer perimeter of the piston body, an annular holding recess (23) coaxial to the longitudinal axis (5) of the piston (4). The holding recess (23) has two lateral recess flanks (28a, 28b), which face each other and each of which has an undercut profile when viewed in cross-section, wherein each recess flank has an annular holding protrusion (38a, 38b) at a radial distance from the recess base (27). A guide band (22) having an annular structure sits in the holding recess (23). The guide band is held in that the holding protrusions (38a, 38b) interlockingly engage with the lateral edges (37a, 37b) of the guide band.


Patent
Festo | Date: 2017-05-17

The invention relates to a pinch valve (1) which has a valve housing (2) in which at both ends thereof, there is respectively arranged a valve element (4) having an annular fixing flange (18). The valve element (4) has a valve body (22) consisting of a rubbery-elastic material and having a tube-like central section (24) and flange sections (25a, 25b) integrally molded thereon at the ends and belonging to the fixing flanges (18). Each flange section (25a, 25b) has an annular fixing section (26) projecting radially over the central section (24), wherein an annular stiffening element (23) is embedded coaxially in each flange section (25a, 25b), which stiffening element extends into the fixing section (26) and effects stiffening of the end sections of the valve body (22).


Patent
Festo | Date: 2017-07-12

Proposed is an attachment clip (5) which can be fitted onto an anchor tube (6) of a valve (1) for attaching a magnet coil unit (4), wherein it comprises a base plate (51) through which passes a centering hole (52). Clamping flanges (55) are folded up on an upper side (56) of the base plate (51) and form a clamping opening (65) which is in line with the centering hole (52), wherein the anchor tube (6) can be clamped in the clamping opening (65). Thus, the attachment clip (5) bears in clamping fashion on the external circumference of the anchor tube (6). On each clamping flange (55) there is arranged at least one actuating tab (66) projecting away from the upper side (67) of the clamping flange (55) and respectively having an actuating surface (68) which can receive an actuating force (69). Within the context of an opening movement (70), the clamping flanges (55) can be elastically spread apart in order to increase the cross section of the clamping opening (65), such that the clamping action on the external circumference of the anchor tube (6) is released, the attachment clip can be removed, and can be installed or removed practically as many times as desired.


Patent
Festo | Date: 2017-07-12

An end of arm tool subassembly includes three identical linear drive mechanisms connected directly together to provide three directions of movement. Each linear drive mechanism includes a base defined by a longitudinal axis and a slide movably coupled to the base. The base has at least one mounting surface disposed parallel to the longitudinal axis and an end mounting surface disposed perpendicular to the longitudinal axis. The slide traverses in a direction parallel to the longitudinal axis and has a slide mounting surface thereon. One of the identical linear drive mechanisms is directly attached to the end mounting surface of the base of another linear drive mechanism to provide two of the three directions of movement.


Patent
Festo | Date: 2017-02-15

The invention relates to an electromagnet, comprising at least one wire coil (2, 3) and at least one coil core (4; 14; 52), wherein the at least one wire coil (2, 3) is accommodated on a coil former (6; 46) and comprises a large number of windings (40), which surround the at least one coil core (4; 14; 52) and define a winding axis (32), wherein the coil former (6; 46) comprises end pieces (28, 39; 59, 60) spaced apart along the winding axis (32) and axially bounding the at least one wire coil (2, 3), which end pieces are connected to each other by at least two connecting webs (30, 31; 49, 50) extending along the winding axis (32). According to the invention, the accommodating space (11; 51) is bounded by a rectangular envelope (12; 62) having at least one profile (35, 36, 37, 38; 47, 48) protruding inward, and the coil core (4; 14; 52) has a recess (21; 53, 54), which extends along the winding axis (32) at least in some segments and which corresponds to the profile (35, 36, 37, 38; 47, 48).


Patent
Festo | Date: 2017-02-08

In the case of a valve, having a valve housing (12) through which process medium is able to flow and in which a valve seat (17) surrounding a through-flow opening (16) is arranged, a valve member (18) arranged on a spindle (19) being assigned to said valve seat (17) such that the valve member (18) is movable by means of an adjusting travel of the spindle (19) between a shut-off position, in which the valve member (18) bears in a sealing manner against the valve seat (17) so as to be impermeable to process medium, and an open position, in which the valve member (18) is lifted from the valve seat (17), and having a valve drive (28) which has a drive housing (29) and a drive member that is arranged in the drive housing (29) and generates the adjusting travel of the spindle (19), wherein the drive housing (29) is coupled or couplable to the valve housing (12) via an external interface (49) and the drive member is coupled or couplable to the spindle (19) via an internal interface (50), the external interface (49) is assigned first actuating means and the internal interface (50) is assigned second actuating means such that the actuation of the first actuating means in order to couple or uncouple the drive housing (29) and valve housing (12) causes actuation of the second actuating means in order to couple or uncouple the drive member and spindle (19).


Patent
Festo | Date: 2017-05-10

The invention relates to a piston (4) for a positioning device that can be operated by means of fluid, which piston has a one-piece piston body (16), in which an annular accommodating groove (25) is formed, which is coaxial to the longitudinal axis (5) of the piston (4) and which has two lateral groove flanks (33a, 33b) that face each other. A permanent magnet assembly (24) is arranged in the accommodating groove (25). The permanent magnet assembly consists of an elastic permanently magnetic magnet strip (35), which is bent into a ring structure and which has two strip end segments (35a, 35b) that face each other. The magnet strip (35) has a smaller width than the accommodating groove (25), wherein each of the two strip end segments (35a, 35b) of the magnet strip is firmly clamped in the accommodating groove (25). At least one clamping protrusion (46a, 47a; 46b, 47b) protruding from one of the groove flanks (33a, 33b) is responsible for the clamping.


Patent
Festo | Date: 2017-03-29

A multi-way valve (1) is proposed, in the valve housing (3) of which a valve member (4) is received movably which has a main body (23) which carries an elastic sealing disc (24). The sealing disc (24) is seated with a holding section (44) in an annular groove (43) of the main body (23) and has a closure section (45) which lies outside the annular groove (43) and has a sealing surface (46, 47) on at least one end face. In order that pressure medium does not flow under the sealing disc (24) in the annular groove (43), the closure section (45) of said sealing disc (24) has an annular sealing lip (53) at least on one end face (26, 27) which includes a sealing surface (46, 47), which sealing lip (53) is in sealing contact with the adjacent groove flank (43a, 43b) of the annular groove (43).


Patent
Festo | Date: 2017-05-10

The invention relates to a valve (1) comprising a valve housing (4), in which housing a valve slide chamber (5) is formed that accommodates a valve slide (7). The valve slide (7) can occupy different switch positions, in which positions the valve slide can be releasably locked means of holding means (27). The holding means include a substantially ovoid spring element (45) which is bent exclusively two-dimensionally to obtain its shape and which is inserted into a spring chamber (35) that extends in a peripheral direction (34) around a portion of the valve slide chamber (5). The spring element (45) has two detent sections (53a, 53b) which can cooperate with detent arms (32a, 32b) of the valve slide (7) to releasably fix the valve slide in its switch positions.


Grant
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.

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