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PLANT PROFILE

Left. The BionicKangaroo can recover the energy exerted on landing, store it, and
efficiently use it for the next jump.
Above. The SmartBird has the aerodynamics and maximum agility to take off, fly,
and land without the use of a mechanical driver.

communication for the future."
Another example, the kangaroo,
teaches engineers about energy efficiency. "The kangaroo is able to reuse
the energy it uses during its first jump.
Upon landing, it preserves and reuses
80% of the energy from the previous
jump," Schilly explained. "What a great
role model when it comes to energy
efficiency and portable energy."
Studies such as these have helped the
company revolutionize the conventional
valve terminal, which it invented many
years ago. The Festo Motion Terminal
incorporates digital applications into one
powerful and compact valve terminal
that essentially replaces the need for fifty
to hundreds of components.
The company's online handling guide
(OHG) is another good example of its
customized, on-demand engineering
applications and solutions.. This tool
allows configuration of a handling
system within minutes by compiling
information such as the weight of the
objects that need to be moved, the
size of the object, the working space,
and desired operation speed. These
specifications then go directly to the
manufacturing shop and a complex
handling system can be delivered in a
matter of weeks.

Reliable future factories
Schilly explained that the company
believes that using automation and
innovative applications will maximize

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production and keep costs down. This
also requires that people be educated
and trained to operate in the high-tech
environment.
"The skill set required of our factory
workers is very high," he said. "We think
that, in the factory of the future, workers
will be exposed to mechatronics and
need to understand various disciplines
including mechanics, electronics,
software, and IT. In collaboration with
Sinclair Community College [Dayton,
OH], Festo created the first mechatronic
apprenticeship program in the U.S.,
based on the successful German dualeducation model. "Here we train our
own apprentices, but also apprentices of
other companies."
At Festo's Global Production Center in
Esslingen, skilled workers learn how to
use tools such as a smart glove. A worker
wears the glove, and a device inside the
glove records and communicates data so
that the wearer doesn't have to manually
enter the information into a CMMS.
Among other things, the glove confirms
that a part has arrived at its destination.
"The job profile of today's factory
worker is changing from performing
simple, mundane, and repetitive tasks to
complex decision making, monitoring,
adaptive troubleshooting, and preventive maintenance," Schilly said. "It is an
advancement of qualification and skills
and a much more enriching working
environment for the factory operator of
the future."

With a skills gap in the U.S. resulting
in thousands of well-paying jobs going
unfilled each year, the company's training
arm, Festo Didactic, is instrumental in
developing the workforce of the future
to solve this problem. The company's
Regional Service Center in Mason
serves the North American automation
market through advanced-assembly
operations and logistics, using the
innovation engine put in place through
Festo Didactic and contributions from
the BLN.
With Industry 4.0, there are many
more integrated electronics that address
direct communication with devices,
Schilly stated. "We want to help our
customers understand what the factory
of the future looks like. In the past, a
complete set of products was needed
for mechanical and electrical functions.
Now we can have just one solution with
a lot of smart intelligence. And these
solutions can come from a bionic electric
footprint that takes us all the way back to
nature." MT
Michelle Segrest is president of Navigate
Content Inc. and specializes in creating
content for the industrial processing
industries and has toured manufacturing facilities in 49 cities in six
countries on three continents.
If your facility has an interesting
maintenance and/or reliability story to
tell, please email her at
michelle@navigatecontent.com.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Maintenance Technology September 2017

Editorial
Uptime
On The Floor
Bionics Will Drive Future Factories
Filling The Skills Gap
Virtual Simulation and Plant Safety
Update Grounding Knowledge
Don't Overlook STF Hazards
Alternative LOTO Measures
SAP: Tips and Tricks
Compressed Air Filters
IR Inspections
Crack The Lube-Fault Code
DCIM Drives Efficiencies
Products
Ad Index
Showcase
Final Thought
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Maintenance Technology September 2017 - Uptime
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Maintenance Technology September 2017 - On The Floor
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Maintenance Technology September 2017 - Bionics Will Drive Future Factories
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Maintenance Technology September 2017 - Filling The Skills Gap
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Maintenance Technology September 2017 - Virtual Simulation and Plant Safety
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Maintenance Technology September 2017 - Update Grounding Knowledge
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Maintenance Technology September 2017 - Don't Overlook STF Hazards
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Maintenance Technology September 2017 - Alternative LOTO Measures
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Maintenance Technology September 2017 - SAP: Tips and Tricks
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Maintenance Technology September 2017 - IR Inspections
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Maintenance Technology September 2017 - Crack The Lube-Fault Code
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Maintenance Technology September 2017 - DCIM Drives Efficiencies
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Maintenance Technology September 2017 - Products
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Maintenance Technology September 2017 - Ad Index
Maintenance Technology September 2017 - Showcase
Maintenance Technology September 2017 - Final Thought
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