HANNOVER MESSE 2019,
01 - 05 April
Whether its grabbing, holding or turning, touching, typing or pressing - in everyday life, we use our hands as a matter of course for the most diverse tasks. In that regard, the human hand, with its unique combination of power, dexterity and fine motor skills, is a true miracle tool of nature. What could be more natural than equipping robots in collaborative workspaces with a gripper that is modelled after this model of nature, that solves various tasks by learning through artificial intelligence? Festo shows the pneumatic robot hand BionicSoftHand at Hanover Fair 2019. Combined with the BionicSoftArm, a pneumatic lightweight robot, the Future Concepts are suitable for human-robot collaboration.
The BionicSoftHand is pneumatically operated, so that it can interact safely and directly with people. Unlike the human hand, the BionicSoftHand has no bones.Its fingers consist of flexible bellows structures with air chambers. The bellows are enclosed in the fingers by a special 3D textile coat knitted from both, elastic and high-strength threads. With the help of the textile, it is possible to determine exactly where the structure expands and generates power, and where it is prevented from expanding.
This makes it light, flexible, adaptable and sensitive, yet capable of exerting strong forces.
The Festo Group
A responsible family-owned company and a global player in digitalisation
Festo, the world’s leading supplier of automation technology and technical education, is deploying its products and services to meet the challenge of smart production for the future in the course of digitalisation. The company also relies on artificial intelligence and machine learning. Established in 1925, the independent family-owned company based in Esslingen a.N., Germany, has been a driving force in automation ...
Festo sets the course for further growth
2018: a successful financial year
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Will automation become autonomous thanks to artificial intelligence?
Current status, areas of application and outlook at the Festo TechTalk
Artificial intelligence and human-machine cooperation are the major topics of the automation of the future. The Hannover Messe 2019 trade fair will also be held under the motto “Integrated Industry - Industrial Intelligence”. At the Festo TechTalk held at the end of February, four experts discussed the potential and opportunities offered by artificial intelligence a...
The silicone cap of the adaptive shape gripper DHEF can fold itself over and grip objects of virtually any shape. This creates a firm, form-fitting hold. The elastic silicone enables the gripper to precisely adapt to a wide range of geometries. When combined with a pneumatic drive, the adaptive shape gripper requires little energy for a secure grip.
Formless, round, sensitive
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Human-Robot Collaboration in Industry 4.0
In the ARIZ research project, Festo is working with partners to develop economical areas of application
The role of the human being in tomorrow’s production is often discussed. What new tasks will arise? Which of these can robots take on, and how will humans and robots work together? Festo is researching answers to these questions and other practical solutions together with partners from science and industry in the ARIZ project (“Work in the Industry of the Futu...
Entering the next stage with artificial intelligence
Digitalised products from Festo raise added value in the future
New technologies generate unprecedented market opportunities. This applies even more to digitalisation in the machine and plant construction sector. The aim of Festo is to support customers and partners and take them into the digital age as part of this transformation process. With the takeover of the industrial intelligence company Resolto, Festo is ready to enter the next stage in the a...
A Swedish recipe that really hits the spot
Automated milling of electrodes of welding guns in automotive industry
The fact that spot welding is becoming ever faster and more reliable is illustrated by a customer-specific solution installed at Volvo in Sweden. The ingredients of this special Swedish recipe are electric drive technology and vision systems from Festo, linked to the automation platform CPX. This means more reliability in the production of the sheet-metal components for Volvo car bodies, and...
SupraMotion: contact-free, quiet and clean
New contactless movement concepts with superconductivity
The requirements placed on the cleaning of production facilities and their purity are increasing - particularly in future-oriented fields such as medical technology, laboratory automation or biotechnology. Thanks to superconductor technology, these demands could easily be fulfilled in future. At the Hannover Messe 2019 trade fair, Festo is once more showcasing two new concepts in this field: with the Supr...
Will automation become autonomous thanks to artificial intelligence?Current status, areas of application and outlook: Invitation to Festo TechTalk
Artificial intelligence and the human-machine cooperation are the major topics of the automation of the future. The Hannover Messe 2019 will also be held under the motto "Integrated Industry - Industrial Intelligence". In the TechTalk, four experts discuss the potential and opportunities offered by artificial intelligence and explain how the company is positio...
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Mit dieser Ausgabe der Neuheiten 2019 halten Sie eine Art Kompass in Ihrer Hand. Dieser zeigt Ihnen, wohin Sie der Weg mit Festo in diesem Jahr führen kann.