Festo Didactic is an international manufacturing powerhouse focused on automation, aiding manufacturers for over 40 years. This innovative business specializes in pneumatic and electrical control and drive technology. They have remained one of the global leaders in the field by offering customers safe and effective ways to improve their production lines.
On 12/22/2016 Manufacturing Talk Radio visited one of their facilities in Eatontown, New Jersey conducting video interviews with a few representatives from Festo Didactic and they will be available soon.
Founded in 1925 by Albert Fezer and Gottlieb Stoll, Festo Didactic was at first a manufacturer of wood cutting tools, most notably they were the first to make a portable gas powered chainsaw. Over time the owners saw a need for automation and pneumatics which was the inspiration to further develop their company. Festo’s main headquarters is located in Esslingenam, Germany and they have locations stretching the globe. Some of these countries include the U.S., U.K., Japan, South Africa, and Australia.
Each of these locations is hard at work making products that make production lines faster, smarter and more precise. Some of the key products that Festo Didactic develops are pneumatic actuators, grippers, handling systems as well as control technology and software. Every year Festo Didactic guarantees their future by reinvesting 7.3% revenues back into research and development of new technologies. This has led to many industry firsts for the company such as a compact valve terminal that reduced costs and helped standardize end users stock holdings.
This company has also been working extensively with bionics since the 1990’s. In 2006 they made the Festo Bionic Network which is comprised of many prestigious universities, R&D companies and institutes. The projects developed in this program use technical principles that are borrowed from nature. One of the developments being worked on now are Festo Humanoid, a set of fluidic muscles that mimic human biology. Another bionic project that has been developed is Festo Robotino; this product is used for autonomous measurement of an area and has an array of lasers, detectors and a netbook.
Manufacturing Talk Radio was excited to speak to the representatives in New Jersey and the incredible technology they’re working on. Check back MfgTalkRadio.com to find the interviews when they become available.