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FESTO AG & CO KG

Festo AG & CO KG description

Motion with air - Festo’ core competence

Festo (www.festo.com) is a leading world-wide supplier of automation technology. As a globally-oriented and independent family company with its headquarters in Esslingen, Germany, it has become the performance leader in its industry over the last 50 years, thanks to its innovations and problem-solving competence in all aspects of pneumatics as well as its unique range of industrial training and education programs. The Festo Group achieves sales revenues of around € 1.7 billion in its fiscal year 2008 and with 13,500 employees is represented world-wide in roughly 250 locations. 58 national Festo companies around the world in 176 countries ensure that Festo’s advice, service, product delivery and reliability precisely meet customer needs in all global economic regions. Today, more than 300,000 industrial customers world-wide rely on Festo’s problem-solving competence. Our aim: utmost problem-solving expertise in automation technology and close system partnerships with our customers. Our corporate mission: we want to be the best company and the global leader in automation with pneumatics as well as electric drives – the No. 1 partner for our customers with the highest problem-solving competency.

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What does Festo have to offer companies?

Festo’s trademarks are its innovations to maximise customer productivity, its global presence and its close customer partnerships. Its success is based on the simplest drive principle in the world: air. Pneumatics – using compressed air or vacuum – has become a key technology in automation and is Festo’s core competence. Furthermore, Festo offers ready-to-install subsystems and tailor-made industry-specific solutions, for example for the automobile, electronics, food and packaging, biotech/pharma and process industries, as well as specialised solutions for regional markets and individual customers. Festo products deliberately cover a broad spectrum, ranging from individual components through to sub-assemblies and right up to complete systems. Pre-defined standard products and customised solutions offer the ideal mix with the best price/performance ratio.

With a complete range of services, Festo supports its customers throughout the entire value-creation chain – providing everything from detailed advice, help with the selection of the optimum products and systems and fast installation using the “plug and work” principle through to training and on-site servicing.

Festo Contribution to Remplanet

The international automation industry market is changing in terms of the interaction between process chains of plant operators as customers on the one hand, and plant engineers and component suppliers on the other. Customers require ever more modules and systems in addition to single components. Component suppliers will have to take the interfaces to other products of automation technology into account and master them so that they can provide system solutions - closed systems of customized automation products. Solution knowledge (and the context in which solutions can be applied) becomes a significant competitive resource. At Festo, mass customization is understood as core strategy to reach both strategic and operational resilience. Through focused application of mass customization, customer needs will be met properly, consequently leading to higher competitiveness. As a large industrial company (a world-wide leader in automation technologies), Festo provides an ideal platform for piloting and testing the Remplanet tools in an industrial environment (with real-world data and real-world requirements). Festo provides its experience in modelling applications, in metadata management, and in knowledge management.

Festo contribute to the project a better understanding how to model a mass customization system.  Festo, as a large industrial firm with a worldwide presence, will disseminate the project’s results through several channels: Festo will use its extensive contacts and its membership in various industry networks (e.g., VDMA - German Engineering Federation is a network of around 3,000 engineering industry companies in Europe).

 

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