Festo Automation Experience

Make decisions based on facts

The Festo Automation Experience (Festo AX) offers you an easy-to-use Artificial Intelligence solution that allows you to gain great benefits from analysing the data being produced by your assets. Increase productivity, reduce energy costs, avoid quality loss, optimise your shopfloor and create new business models – simply by analysing your data with Festo AX. As an expert in electric and pneumatic automation we offer you much more than just a regular Industry 4.0 solution because we combine our expertise in data science and software development with great domain knowledge.

What Festo AX has to offer

Festo AX Overview

Get started with condition monitoring and preventive maintenance of components, machines and systems. Data collected from the shopfloor can be used to make runtime-based maintenance suggestions, thus enabling more efficient maintenance. You can easily expand the capabilities of Festo AX with just a few clicks and add artificial intelligence to it.

Read more about the key features:

  • Real-time artificial intelligence
    Festo AX analyses the live data in real-time. What does that mean for you? You get the information you need as soon as an anomaly occurs. No waiting. No latency. Giving you the time you need to get things in order before anything even goes wrong.
  • Flexible integration into all systems
    Festo AX operates optimally with our components which are used in many machines and plants. However, we have ensured that the application also integrates easily into third-party components and machines by adopting common protocols such as OPC-UA, MQTT and many others.
  • On-premises, on-edge or in the cloud?
    Festo AX doesn’t mind where it is run, be it on your servers (on-premises), directly on the asset (on-edge) or in the cloud. We support you in your preferred environment!

  • Human-in-the-loop: Integrating your expert knowledge
    Festo AX doesn’t just get its intelligence from our algorithms. Your valuable knowledge helps Festo AX to learn more about the state of your assets, ensuring continuous learning and enhancement of the algorithms. Was the anomaly detected part of its healthy state, or e.g. a leak in the compressed air supply? Your feedback i.e. classification of anomalies and recommended course of action means that the next time the anomaly occurs the person that gets the notification knows exactly which asset is involved, what has happened and what they must do next. Put simply: Festo AX keeps the “human-in-the-loop”.

  • Your data is solely your data!
    The data we collect is exclusively owned by our customers and used as agreed upon.

Festo AX for end users

Predictive Maintenance

Avoiding production stand stills is a big challenge for many manufacturers. Festo AX helps you overcome this challenge.

How? The data produced by your assets is sent directly to the Festo AX software and processed by algorithms based on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning straight away (real time analytics). You are notified as soon as the data differs from the “healthy state” of the asset (anomaly detection). The notification informs you of the sensors involved and even provides a recommended course of action. Of course, Festo AX also still needs your knowledge: classify the anomaly so that the software knows how to react next time the same anomaly occurs - improving the algorithms and also avoiding unwanted notifications (human-in-the-loop).

The result: Anomalies are detected very early on, meaning that unexpected downtime can be avoided, spare parts are at the ready and maintenance can be carried out without having any negative impact on your production.

Predictive Energy

Festo AX supports you in all your energy efficiency tasks. For example, reducing energy costs such as network charges by preventing costly load peaks is a complex and challenging task.

How? Festo AX adaptively learns the load profiles of consumers and connectable generators in production and calculates power averages. The software generates a warning message alerting you very early on if a defined and cost-relevant load limit is about to be exceeded - for example, power consumption.

The result: Proactive measures for switching off relevant consumers, connecting own generators – such as CHPs – or even restructuring production can be implemented before the load limit is exceeded. Enabling you to avoid peak loads, reduce grid charges and consequently lower production costs.

Predictive Quality

Manufacturing processes are set up to produce the best results yet rejects occur time and time again. Festo AX helps you to avoid quality loss, thus reducing the amount of rejects you produce.

How? Festo AX learns the complex correlations between process parameters and exogenous influencing factors – such as ambient temperatures – and proactively alerts the process expert of impending quality losses by analysing the process data in real time.

The result: The system calculates which process parameters are responsible for the quality loss and how they must be adjusted in order to achieve the defined product quality again. Thus, ensuring consistent quality and avoiding rejects all together.

Predictive Optimisation

Increase your asset efficiency with the help of Festo AX.

How? Festo AX learns the correlative relationships in complex technical systems based on process data and uses this knowledge to continuously optimise control-relevant processes regarding different criteria.

The result: Various applications can be optimised, such as optimising temperature control in building automation to increasing the efficiency of producing energy using turbines in power plants. The system can be used as a decision-making aid or to transfer optimised parameter sets directly to the control technology.

Festo AX for OEMs

Festo AX for OEMs

Implementing Artificial Intelligence (AI) into your own shopfloor isn’t the only way you can benefit from the data your assets are producing. Connect Festo AX to your assets to expand your services with new AI products. Enable your customers to harness the potential of the data collected or offer them AI-based products as an “all-round carefree package”.

Your benefits in a nutshell

Automation Experience

  • Reduced downtime on the shopfloor
    hence: no unplanned stand stills, no production delays, no contractual penalties towards your customers due to Predictive Maintenance

  • Reduced energy costs
    due to optimal energy consumption

  • Increased daily output
    by monitoring and and identifying bottlenecks and optimising cycle times

  • Reduced rejected good
    hence: no quality loss, less waste, more efficient production due to consistent product quality

  • Reduced production costs
    due to the optimal setup of adjustable control parameters

  • All the information you need at your fingertips
    customised to your needs, with Festo AX Visualisation

Festo AX: Bringing AI to your assets

We provide you with support regardless of your preferred runtime environment. Thanks to its open interfaces and connectivity adapters, Festo AX is easy to integrate into existing infrastructures. Flexible operation is possible by using container, docker technology.

Festo is with you all the way, from components to software solutions, on edge or in the cloud.

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