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Pneumatics

Intermediate position module with through-travel (28/10/2014)
Article image Freely positionable along the entire stroke length, the DADM intermediate position module, from Festo, offers greater flexibility and efficiency to pneumatic guided slides, rodless cylinders and ‘self-built’ drives. 
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Valve actuation controller promises efficient process safety (11/03/2014)
Article image A range of economical controllers, introduced by Festo, are said to provide precise positions for quarter turn process valve actuators.
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Integrated API-rated valves deliver system-level gains for wellhead OEMs (18/06/2013)
Article image A new range of API-rated integrated valve assemblies from the Instrumentation Products Division of Parker Hannifin are said to offer wellhead equipment suppliers and operators the ability to make major enhancements to their 'Christmas tree' and related equipment designs.
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Pneumatic valve terminals connect easily to fieldbus or Ethernet 30/04/2013
Festo has developed a new range of pneumatic valve terminals which allow OEMs and end users to set up pneumatic valve terminals and get connected to fieldbus networks quickly and easily. Full Story...

Compact pneumatic valve terminal promises ease of installation 19/09/2012
Festo has launched a pneumatic valve terminal which is designed to deliver high performance in a compact and robust unit. The VTUG multipin terminal is said to be a simple-to-apply universal valve device that has many electrical connection options, offering greater flexibility for ease of control and installation. Full Story...

Low-cost pneumatic valve terminals and digital I/O modules 19/04/2012
Festo has introduced a range of low-cost modular pneumatic valves, together with a complementary digital I/O modules for its CPX automation platform. Full Story...

Research offers examples of VSD compressor energy savings 27/03/2012
Research carried out by compressed air equipment manufacturer, Atlas Copco, claims that UK industry could save over 16.5 million kWh* of energy in 2012 as a result of using its energy efficient variable speed drive (VSD) compressors. Full Story...

Pneumatics – ensuring sustainability in plant automation 24/10/2011
There is always potential for further efficiency gains through the optimised use of energy, especially in large production facilities, says Festo. Suzanne Gill reports from an Audi plant in Hungary. Full Story...

Taking a look through Festo’s crystal ball 13/09/2011
Dr Ansgar Kriwet, a member of the Festo management board, region and sales Europe, has offered his vision of the future of global automation, and the role that Festo hopes to play. Full Story...

Pneumatic networks still use the bus 09/08/2011
In 2010, the global market for pneumatic valve blocks increased 18.4% to reach $861.5 million, which represented over 1 billion blocks. Almost half of these products included a facility to be networked. However, according to the latest market report from IMS Research, for every valve block networked with an Ethernet based protocol, nine were networked with a fieldbus. Full Story...

More elegant valve terminal protection 31/05/2011
Festo has reduced the cost of installing its valve terminals with the introduction of a protective hood that, in many applications, can eliminate the need for a control cabinet. Full Story...

Safeguarding the operation of process control valves 31/03/2011
A high-integrity pressure regulator, designed for use with pneumatic control systems used for valve actuation in the oil, gas and other processing industries, has been introduced by Midland-ACS. Full Story...

Dual-redundant pressure regulator safeguards operation of process control valves 08/03/2011
Midland-ACS has introduced a high-integrity pressure regulator for use with pneumatic control systems used for valve actuation in the oil, gas and other processing industries. Full Story...

Valve terminal system has integrated IO Link interface 28/07/2009
The introduction of IO Link interface technology to pneumatics will likely make commissioning and maintenance easier—and provide expanded diagnostic possibilities as well. To support this open communication standard, Rexroth has integrated the IO Link interface into its popular LS04 valve terminal system. Full Story...

For Festo, Nature Shows the Way 18/05/2009
The most eye-catching display in the Festo stand at Hannover Fair were bionic ‘penguins’ swimming in a large tank and flying gracefully overhead. Taking their inspiration from nature, Festo’s engineers once again entertained the crowds with some serious motion control systems. Full Story...