CC-Link partner Festo is using nature to inspire automation

In a recent video made in partnership with the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA), Festo explains how they take inspiration from nature to offer world leading innovations in automation. A specific example of a robot dragonfly that soars and hovers just like the real thing has been inspiring engineers visiting exhibitions around Europe.

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The greater aim is to encourage designers to think about how to use automation to create solutions to manufacturing and process challenges, and then to offer enabling technologies and techniques so that ideas can be realised.

One of the key enabling technologies that Festo has adopted is CC-Link, a high-speed, high-performance open industrial network technology that enables devices from numerous manufacturers to communicate, resulting in a fast, deterministic control system. CC-Link is among the most commonly used open networks around the world, so many engineers are already familiar with it.

As well as the dragonfly, Festo has many other equally impressive models, such as birds, fish and a kangaroo that use principles from nature to provide inspiration for technical applications and industrial practice. More practical demonstrations include a wave surface, which changes shape to sort rolling items, and a hand or intelligent manipulator that can teach itself to manipulate an object it is holding, to a specified orientation.

The need for fast, reliable data handling in such applications is paramount, and CC-Link often proves to be the protocol of choice. There are more than 1,300 control products compatible with CC-Link including PLCs, robots, servos, drives, valve manifolds, digital and analog I/O modules, temperature controllers, mass flow controllers, and many others.

Festo includes a CC-Link interface with its CPX Automation Platform, which is a totally modular valve terminal system for controlling pneumatically and electrically driven automation systems. Other modules available for the CPX include a motion controller, servo-pneumatics, pressure sensor, standard I/O and safety cut-outs.

Like CC-Link, Festo sees the CPX as an enabling technology that helps make realising ambitious automation projects as straightforward and 'designer-friendly' as possible.

To watch the video on the CLPA YouTube Channel, click here.

About the CLPA

The CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) is an international organisation with over 2,100 member companies worldwide. The partners’ common objective is promotion and technical development of the family of CC-Link open network technologies. Over 1,300 certified products are now available from over 280 manufacturers. CC-Link is the leading open industrial automation network technology in Asia and is becoming increasingly popular in Europe and the Americas. The European headquarters is in Germany, with offices throughout the continent. The key details for CLPA’s Gateway to Asia (G2A) can be found at the URL

Editor Contact

DMA Europa Ltd. : Nicola Bigmore
Tel: +44 (0)1562 751436
Fax: +44 (0)1562 748315

Company Contact

CLPA Europe : John Browett
Tel: +44-(0) 7768 338708
Fax: +49 (0) 2102-486-7170

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