At BrewExpo America 2018, Festo Introduces Industry 4.0 Automation for Improving Brewhouse and Packaging Line Agility

- A single cyber-physical pneumatic terminal replaces 50 different hardware components - Downloadable apps give breweries the power to quickly adapt to market opportunities - Intelligent valves overcome actuator variance to ensure specified travel time for greater process consistency - On Thursday, May 3, from 11-12:30 in Room 204, Festo presents Equipment Design Considerations for Compliance to the Food Safety Modernization Act

ISLANDIA, N.Y., April 25, 2018 — Festo introduces the VTEM Motion Terminal - the world's first cyber-physical pneumatic automation platform - to attendees of BrewExpo America, May 1-3, at Music City Center in Nashville. (Festo BrewExpo America Booth #1924)


The VTEM's first-of-its-kind intelligent valves change functionality based on various combinations of downloadable applications. A single intelligent valve can replace 50 different components.

"The VTEM is more than a new type of valve," said Shane Loer, Industry Segment Specialist for Food and Packaging, Festo. "The technology is an enabler of greater competitiveness through faster implementation of new beers, the ability to predict and correct component failure or pneumatic leaks before they cause major issues, and more control over processes for brewers and packaging line managers. OEMs and system integrators gain faster time to market for their products and services."

Motion apps seamlessly integrate computational algorithms with intelligent valves

At the Festo booth, a VTEM clean-in-place demonstration shows how altering valve functions via applications provides the ability to change a process without having to replace the hardware. For example, the cloud-based downloadable apps enable the intelligent valves within the VTEM valve terminal to replicate traditional valve functions, including 2/2, 3/2, 4/2 or 4/3 way as well as proportional technology and servo-pneumatic functions.

Festo also showcases at BrewExpo its newly extended lines of pinch and butterfly valves. Available models of these automated brewhouse and packaging line workhorses feature FDA compliance for clean operation, NSF 61 certification for drinking water, and ISO 5211 certification for a standard interface that allows customers to mix and match valves with the quarter turn actuators of their choice. A Festo VZQA pinch valve has been incorporated into an automated hand sanitizer for a demonstration of liquid control.

Festo features its Stars of Automation program that guarantees 24-hour shipment of core products. Fast, guaranteed shipment lowers overhead as fewer replacement parts must be carried in inventory. This program also simplifies and speeds up ordering and rationalizes components, reducing time to market for OEMs.

Don't miss the VTEM Motion Terminal demonstration and many other innovations at BrewExpo 2018 - Festo Booth #1924.

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Festo is a leading manufacturer of pneumatic and electromechanical systems, components, and controls for process and industrial automation. For more than 40 years, Festo Corporation has continuously elevated the state of manufacturing with innovations and optimized motion control solutions that deliver higher performing, more profitable automated manufacturing and processing equipment.
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