Festo > Automation products and technical education support the export from German to USA

USA, New York – Pneumatics and electrics exporting for US market

 

 

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With the Handling Guide Online, machine and equipment manufacturers are able to reduce time-to-market by the revolutionary amount of roughly 70% with regard to integrated handling systems. (Photo: Festo AG & Co. KG)

A Renaissance of American Manufacturing
Automation products and technical education support this trend
The United States is now the largest export market for German mechanical engineering and machinery firms. According to a survey of the VDMA, the German Machine Builders Association, this trend is understood as the reindustrialization of the American economy. This is a great opportunity for Festo, as many OEMs and end user rely on Festo’s automation products in pneumatics and electrics.
German machinery exports to the US traditionally come from diverse fields. There is demand for power transmission engineering, materials handling technology, construction equipment and building material machinery, agricultural machinery, machine tools, food processing machinery, packaging machinery, and more. It is expected that customers from the American automotive and mechanical engineering industries in particular will increase their orders from German firms this year.

 

 

 

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Many of the new product families are part of the Stars of automation: In the field of pneumatic actuators there is for example the twin-piston rotary drive DRRD. The optimised design of the housing, flange and bearings increases its load capacity and precision. (Photo: Festo AG & Co. KG)

An opportunity for Festo as Original Equipment Manifacturer

In the latest figures available, German machine builders delivered $18.8 billion in goods to the US in 2015. “Reindustrialization provides an opportunity for Festo, as original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and end users in the US rely on pneumatics and electric motion products in their automation systems”, says Rich Huss, President of Festo Corp, the US branch of the global player.
Festo in the United States of America Festo US is more than 40 years old and has evolved during five decades to become a unique entity with its own culture and personality. The synergy between Festo in Germany and Festo US has created an exceptionally strong and vibrant organization with an entrepreneurial culture. The investment in a new nearly $60 million manufacturing, training, and distribution center in Mason, Ohio, was absolutely needed to support Festo’s growth and reflect its US roots.

 

 

 

 

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With more power from a smaller design: the inexpensive compact valve VUVG-…-S is another example of the stars of automation. (Photo: Festo AG & Co. KG)

A few quick facts about Festo US:
• US Headquarters in Hauppauge, New York (Long Island)
• The national sales organization is now in a multi-year expansion with extensive training and personnel development programs in place
• Emphasis on engineering and design of custom products and sub-systems is creating a competitive advantage
• The expanding nationwide network of authorized distributors is bringing Festo products to more customers than ever before
• Regional Contact Centers in key locations, including: Chicago/IL, Detroit/MI, Livermore/CA, Appleton/WI, Dallas/TX, Charlotte/NC and Mason/OH

 

 

 

 

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“Reindustrialization provides an opportunity for Festo, as original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and end users in the US rely on pneumatics and electric motion products in their automation systems”, says Rich Huss, President of Festo Corp, the US branch of the global player. (Photo: Festo AG & Co. KG)

How Festo competes

“Festo in the US competes with fast, guaranteed delivery, and by providing high quality and customer solutions”, Rich Huss explains and adds: “Through the FAST program, Festo ships orders next day, three day, and additional short time frame guaranteed delivery windows.” Festo’s new automated Mason facility, a cornerstone of its competitive effort, offers superior logistical advantages. Fast delivery helps to reduce customers’ inventory costs, a huge benefit for them. Fast delivery also means phenomenal technical support by assuring customers replacement parts will arrive quickly. Supply chain excellence, in short, provides Festo with a powerful competitive advantage.
German engineering and quality are world renowned. Festo Germany is now engineering whole new generations of products that are driving prices down without compromising quality. Almost every month, the company announces a new or updated family of products. Interestingly, the same design, prototyping, and manufacturing technologies that are stimulating the reindustrialization in the US are underpinning this renaissance in Festo product lines in terms of cost competitiveness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Handling Guide Online from Festo: allows design and project engineers to configure and order new system solutions intelligently and intuitively – in just 20 minutes. (Photo: Festo AG & Co. KG)

Stars of automation
Many of the new product families are part of the Stars of automation: In the field of pneumatic actuators there is for example the twin-piston rotary drive DRRD. The optimised design of the housing, flange and bearings increases its load capacity and precision. The cushioning is always correct: elastic for short cycle times, hydraulic for high mass moments of inertia or external hydraulic for full torque in the end position.
Another example is the inexpensive compact valve VUVG-…-S – with more power from a smaller design. This pneumatic valve is the right choice for all high-speed applications requiring a particularly high flow rate combined with a compact size, e.g. in small parts assembly and the electronics industry or in the food and packaging industry. The new VUVG-…-S offers essential features at an attractive price and with the proven Festo quality. As part of the core product range, it is readily available worldwide from stock in large quantities and ready for dispatch in 24 hours.

 

 

 

 

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An example of customized sub-systems: the compact handling system YXMx. It is the flexible basic platform for a wide variety of desktop applications such as screwdriving, dispensing, testing, soldering, gripping, opening and closing containers, and much more besides. (Photo: Festo AG & Co. KG)

Engineered sub-systems
Festo US also competes using the company’s ability to provide customized solutions and to do so quickly. These include: Pre-assembled components; products designed according to customers’ special requirements; and engineered sub-systems, combining both pneumatic and electric motion. The custom assembly capability creates partnerships with customers and raises Festo in customers’ estimation above the level of a components supplier.
One example of these sub-systems is the compact handling system YXMx. It is the flexible basic platform for a wide variety of desktop applications. The matching, ready-to-use YXMx system is made for tasks such as screwdriving, dispensing, testing, soldering, gripping, opening and closing containers, and much more besides. The system contains software, a controller and kinematics based on the planar surface gantry EXCM. Thanks to the predefined function elements in the supplied software library, programming and commissioning are quick and easy – simplifying integration into the application environment. With its high processor performance and range of interfaces, the compact controller CECC-X enables numerous functions to be carried out in very small spaces.

 

 

 

Software makes the automation world go round
Festo is making a concerted effort through its customized solutions programs to become the productivity partner of its customers. An extensive set of online tools that simplify and speed up specifying and delivery of custom systems enables faster time to market and lower engineering overhead for customers’ products.
One of these tools, for example, is Festo’s new Handling Guide Online. This tool enables a designer to specify a complete Festo multi axis handling system in as little as 20 minutes, with an immediate download of a CAD drawing available to the engineer. That engineer does not need to know Festo’s product line and is not asked to hunt through catalogs for part numbers. All he or she has to input are the requirements of the handling system for speed, load, and other key factors. The tool does the rest. The customer can specify that the handling system be shipped as components in one box to be assembled at the customer’s facility or as a complete unit. Regardless of parts or component, the custom system is assigned a unique Festo part number that makes reordering fast and accurate.
Festo’s support portal offers similar time savings advantages.

 

 

 

Festo US components and custom systems are optimized for more than 15 industry segments:
• Automotive and Tier 1 supplier industry
• Electromobility industry
• Assembly and test
• Semiconductor industry and electronics
• Solar and flat-panel industry
• Food and beverage industry
• End of line packaging
• BioPharma and cosmetics
• Chemical industry
• Water technology industry
• Medical technology
• Laboratory automation
• Process automation
• Textile industry
• Machine tools
• Printing, paper, and converting
• Metal extraction and mining process engineering

 

 

Need for technical education
The technical education of skilled employees plays a significant role in the reindustrialization of America. There remains a gap between the skills required by employers and the skills possessed by job seekers. There is an increasing need for practically oriented technical education.
With solutions for technical education and training, Festo Didactic, the educational arm of the company, ensures that employees can handle rapidly developing technologies. Festo Didactic offers education concepts and learning systems in the areas of mechatronics, Industry 4.0, and the Industrial Internet of Things. Festo Didactic extended its educational offerings for electronics, electrical engineering, and new energy systems with the 2014 acquisition of the U.S.-Canadian company Lab-Volt.

 

 

Training Center Mason
Festo Didactic has strong ties with technical education institutions and manufacturing companies throughout North America. There is now a Festo Didactic Training Center at the Mason facility that serves the greater Cincinnati area. In cooperation with other companies such as Bosch, Nestlé, and Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Ohio, Festo offers a two-year apprenticeship program to prepare motivated men and women for the demands of current and future manufacturing technology. As the United States not only reindustrializes, but also surges forward and adopts advanced manufacturing concepts and technologies, education and training become vital.
About Festo:
Festo AG is a global player and an independent family-owned company with headquarters in Esslingen near Stuttgart, Germany. The company supplies pneumatic and electrical automation technology to 300,000 customers of factory and process automation in over 40 industries. The products and services are available in 176 countries. With about 18.700 employees in over 250 branch offices in 61 countries worldwide, the company achieved a turnover of around €2.64 billion in 2015. Each year around 8 % of this turnover is invested in research and development.
In this learning company, 1.5 % of turnover is invested in basic and further training. Yet training services are not only provided for Festo’s own staff – Festo Didactic SE also supplies basic and further training programmes in the field of automation technology for customers, students and trainees.

 

 

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http://www.festo.us

 

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