Trelleborg Performer: Material handling hoses that will change how sites transport abrasive substances

…Without stating the obvious the user will have leaner production, reducing production downtime, costs and overheads. Most plants use steel pipes, but Natural Rubber (NR) is more wear resistant than steel, cheaper (material and frequency of replacement) and greener. The big block we found on the sale of these hoses …

How To Save Energy and Lower Costs

High energy prices, rising cost pressures and increasing climate change awareness are making energy efficiency a core issue for companies… Energy efficiency is the key to increased productivity and reduced costs. Festo in collaboration with Kiowa shows the way to optimised energy usage in machines and systems. Intelligent services, tools …

Festo Aqua Ray

Festo have produced the Aqua Ray – a remote controlled fish with a water-hydraulic drive unit. Its form and kinematics are modelled on the movement patterns of the manta ray. Festo’s bionic fluidic muscles are used as actuators which are made of largely hollow elastomer tubes with integrated woven aramide …

Festo Aqua Penguin

Festo have developed a unique robotic penguin, known as the Aqua Penguin. Its wing propulsion and its head and tail sections can move in all directions, therefore allowing the robotic penguin to manoeuvre in cramped spatial conditions and to turn on the spot when necessary. The Aqua Penguin is also …

Festo Aqua Jelly

Festo and Effekt-Technik GmbH have developed the Aqua Jelly to demonstrate swarming behaviour. The Festo Aqua Jelly is a self-directed jellyfish with an electric drive unit and an intelligent mechanism that imitates swarming. The Festo Aqua Jelly consists of a translucent hemispherical dome, a central water-tight body and 8 tentacles …

Festo Airic

Festo have developed a unique robotic arm – Airic, based on the human arm and shoulder joint. Airic’s arm has artificial bones and muscles, that were designed on computer and grown in a 3D polyamide structure using a state of the art laser sintering process. The muscles are actual Festo …

Gates RFID System

To quickly and accurately store hose assembly data in the field an RFID (radio frequency product identification) system is now available from Gates. Using this technology, hose assembly information can easily be accessed via personnel are able to retrieve the data using radio waves. The information can then be read …

Top 10 tips on selecting and installing Electrical Drive Automation solutions

Size from end effector upwards When considering a handling system of any type, always work from the end effector (gripper or vacuum) upwards. Firstly size the gripper, then any rotary actuator requirements. After this, size the vertical (Z axis) and then any horizontals (X and Y axis). Minimise quantity of …