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: 2015-03-26

A valve including a valve housing through which a process medium can flow and in which a valve seat is located, which surrounds a through-flow opening and to which a valve member mounted on a spindle is assigned in such a way that the valve member can be moved by means of an actuating stroke of the spindle between a blocking position in which the valve member bears against the valve seat in a process medium-tight manner and an open position in which the valve member is raised off the valve seat, and wherein an interface for coupling a drive unit generating the actuating stroke of the spindle is provided on the valve housing, and wherein a sealing device through which the spindle passes is accommodated in the valve housing, the sealing device is accommodated in a seal cartridge which is separate from the valve housing and configured as an operational pre-assembly.


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: 2017-05-10

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: 2017-05-10

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.


Patent
Festo | Date: 2017-07-12

A connecting device (1) for a fluid line (5) is proposed, having a retaining sleeve (4) which can be fixed in an inner thread (13) of a fastening opening (3) of a support component (2). A retaining element (24) belonging to the retaining sleeve (4) is equipped with retaining claws (37) which can act on the outer circumference of an inserted fluid line (5) in order to securely hold the latter. The retaining element (24) is moreover equipped with a plurality of securing arms (38), which form engagement projections (52) lying on a helical line (48) whose pitch corresponds to the pitch of the inner thread (13). Since the engagement projections (52) engage in the inner thread (13), they bring about a secure fastening of the retaining sleeve (4).


Patent
Festo | Date: 2017-08-02

Disclosed is a connection device (1) for a fluid pipe (5), comprising a retaining sleeve (4) which includes an annular retaining element (24). The retaining element has an annular top portion (36) with forward-protruding retaining arms (37), said retaining arms (37) ending in slanted gripping sections (38). The retaining sleeve (4) is inserted into a fastening hole (3) and is secured therein by securing barbs (48) which are formed on the rear side of the gripping sections (38) and can engage into a fastening groove (13) on the inner circumference of the fastening hole (3).


Grant
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


Grant
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.


Grant
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.


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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