At Festo's Pack Expo booth was a demonstration of how a Profibus fieldbus node can be connected to a safety network. This allows reliable communication to a pneumatic valve manifold, thus eliminating additional hardware.
At this bottler of flavored or enhanced waters, sports drinks, fitness waters, teas, juices, and other New Age beverages, an overhead three-to-one air conveyor/combiner sends bottles in a single file to the filler block.
What if a delta-style robot for high-speed pick-and-place packaging operations could be built for half the cost of those currently available in the marketplace? That was among the questions posed by Festo representatives December 4 at a full-day press gathering.