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Farnell adds Festo to expand automation technology range

18 June 2020

Farnell is now stocking a wide range of pneumatic and electrical automation products from Festo.

Festo operates in a range of industries including automotive, electronic equipment manufacturing, life sciences-, pharmaceutical and food processing and packaging.

Farnell provides access to the full range of Festo products, expanding its pneumatics range and industrial automation and control portfolio. Almost 3,000 Festo products are now in stock and available for next day delivery in the UK and Ireland.

Festo’s products complement components from other suppliers already stocked by Farnell. Customers now have greater flexibility in system design and build, as well as facilitating critical maintenance and equipment repairs.

Some of Festo’s pneumatic products now available for next day delivery from Farnell include:

• The Mini Slide (DGST): The compact pneumatic slide actuator features an integrated shock absorber, sensor holders and end of stroke cushioning. Typical applications include electronics, light assembly, machine building and handling technology.
• The ISO Cylinder (DSBC) meets ISO 15552 and has a wide range of mounting options. In an industry standard profile with two sensor slots, it has self-adjusting pneumatic end-position cushioning that adapts to changes in load and speed, and a magnetic piston for position sensing.
• The short stroke Compact Cylinder (ADN) meets ISO 21287 and requires up to 50 percent less installation space then comparable products. Features include a piston rod with internal or external thread and magnetic piston for position sensing.
• The low-cost, sturdy and durable Solenoid Valve (VUVS) can be used individually or on manifold bases. A reliable, robust component that offers a long service life, ergonomic design and safe operation.

Simon Meadmore, Global Head of IP&E at Farnell for Farnell says: “We are delighted to introduce Festo into our automation technology portfolio. The breadth of Festo’s products greatly enhances our pneumatics range and extends our comprehensive industrial automation offering. As a distributor with a strong supplier network, our new partnership with Festo will allow our customers to complete critical maintenance and repairs with reduced equipment or factory downtime. In addition to this, our customers will be able to safely streamline factory automation processes while bringing to market new machinery and equipment much faster with Festo.”

Festo is a company that spends about eight percent of its annual turnover on research and development to create innovative products that give customers a clear competitive edge. Festo produces an average of 100 new products a year and currently holds more than 2,600 patents.

The Industrial Automation market is worth $160 billion globally and is expected to grow to $269 billion by 2024. This growth is driven by the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0.and attributed to increased automation in manufacturing, smart manufacturing, and robotics.

Farnell provides specialist 24/5 technical support covering pneumatics, industrial automation and control technology. Customers also have access to free online resources, data sheets, application notes, videos and webinars on the Farnell website.

Festo products are available for next day delivery in the UK and Ireland from Farnell.


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