Festo Vertrieb GmbH & Co. KG of Esslingen at COMPAMED 2020 in Düsseldorf -- MEDICA - World Forum for Medicine
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Festo Vertrieb GmbH & Co. KG

Festo Campus 1, 73734 Esslingen
Telephone +49 711 3471111
Fax +49 711 3472628

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Christian Sampedro

Product Management LifeTech Liquid Valves

Thomas Kunert

Product Management LifeTech Gas Valves and Kinematics

Johannes Lang

Product Management LifeTech Liquid Handling

Douglas Major

Application Expert Point-of-care/ In-Vitro-Diagnostics

Jongtae Yoon

LifeTech Sales Korea

Yoojin Kim

LifeTech Korea

Jürgen Böck

LifeTech Expert Asia

Wolfgang Trautwein

LifeTech Expert Americas

Craig Correia

Director Life Science North America

Robert Gale

Life Science US East

Joe Lukasik

Life Science US West

Ross Bilton

Life Science Canada

Sam Stoney

LifeTech US

Tony Shi

Key Account Manager LifeTech China

Jianhui Liao

Industry Segment Manager LifeTech China

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Our range of products

Product categories

  • 02  Manufacturing of finished products
  • 02.16  Laboratory technologies
  • 02.16.01  Lab-on-a-chip
  • 02  Manufacturing of finished products
  • 02.16  Laboratory technologies
  • 02.16.02  Laboratory automation
  • 04  Manufacturing equipment
  • 04.06  Automation, robotics
  • 06  Electrical components, electronical components
  • 06.13  Camera systems

Camera systems

  • 07  Microtechnology
  • 07.03  Microactors
  • 07  Microtechnology
  • 07.07  Microfluidics

Our products

Product category: Lab-on-a-chip

IVD: Automation of Point-of-care devices

Get ready for market launches faster by working together to develop  ready-to-install automation solutions for lab-on-a-chip devices to analyze patient samples on site at doctors’ practices. The high industrial quality standard of the individual components is of course guaranteed.

Your benefits of a ready-to-install, pretested subsystem
- Customized design, Documentation included
- Compact and space-saving
- Fast and reliable delivery in large quantities with  consistently high quality
Festo offers you a modular building blocks: compact components with miniature cylinders delivering actuator technology in the smallest of spaces. Miniature valves enable a large number of tightly packed channels to be actuated while miniature sensors monitor the pressure. The valve blocks are specifically designed for the microfluidic chip layout.

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Product category: Lab-on-a-chip, Valves

Extremely small and narrow: the miniature valve VOVK

  • Grid 5,9 mm
  • Extremely small and light
  • Very wide pressure range -0.9 ... 7 bar
  • Very low energy consumption 0.5W - ideal for compact valve terminals or battery-powered solutions
  • Three assembly options
  • The 3/2-way valve NC with a flow rate of up to 5.8 l/min can also be extended to a compact valve terminal with up to 20 positions
  • Expansion to customer-specific subsystems e.g. for IVD point-of-care devices possible

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Product category: Lab-on-a-chip, Microactors

Actuation in smallest spaces: Round cylinder EG

  • Slim design: diameter 2.5 mm
  • Suitable for a particularly dense arrangement
  • Single-acting
  • Low mass: 2 to 24 g
  • Expansion to customer-specific subsystems e.g. for point-of-care devices possible

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Product category: Laboratory automation

Rotation and gripping of small vials with Rotary gripping module EHMD

  • Electrical endless rotating, electrical or pneumatic gripping
  • Especially for laboratory automation, for the easy opening of a wide variety of small sample vials
  • Ideal for sample preparation but also for analysis, loading of centrifuge, gripping, rotating and placing of microwell plates
  • The unique Z-Module intuitively compensates for thread pitch of caps: The capping or decapping process becomes easier, faster and more universal for a wide range of lid types and thread pitches

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Product category: Laboratory automation, Linear technology

Electric gripper EHPS

  • For small to medium-sized parts
  • Applications: laboratory automation, medical technology, handling and assembly technology
  • Compact design
  • Simple control for opening/ closing grippers
  • Gripping force adjustable at gripper module
  • Used where pneumatics is not permissible or desired

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Product category: Linear technology, Automation, robotics

Modular solutions for positioning, identifying and capping/decapping of sample vials

From identifying and checking the sample carriers to opening and closing sample vials and adding liquids to microwell plates, with Festo you can implement customised applications for sample preparation in the smallest of spaces. The modular system solutions operate quickly, accurately, consistently and efficiently, while the results of the automated processes are always reproducible and verifiable.

-Project specific selection of handling components, also with liquid handling
-Perfectly matched components for automation
-Level of automation can be adapted flexibly
-Everything from a single source: from conceptualisation and joint development to delivery of subsystem

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Product category: Linear technology

Planar surface gantry EXCM-30

  • Compact xy kinematics
  • For small moving loads up to 1.5kg
  • Travel to any required position in the working space
  • From 100x100mm workspace to 700x500mm

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Product category: Linear technology

Electric slide EGSC

  • Precise guidance, compact positioning
  • For desktop applications ideal when compact dimensions and optimized installation space are important
  • Inexpensive, compact mini slide
  • Ideal as Z-axis for the planar surface gantry EXCM-30
  • Precise: very good positioning accuracy combined with high load capacity

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Product category: Valves

2/2-way proportional valve VPWS

  • With proportional characteristics
  • Extremely small cartridge valve: 15 mm diameter, 30 mm long
  • High flow rates of up to 210 l/min at 2 bar or  90 l/min at 8 bar
  • Compatible with oxygen
  • Ideal for battery-powered, mobile applications in medical technology, e.g. ventilator breathing devices and dental drills, as well as in ophthalmology

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Product category: Valves

Proportional valves with piezo technology

Festo uses the piezoelectric characteristics of certain ceramics

that mechanically deform when a voltage is applied. This behavior is used to build small proportional valves to control a gas flow.

- Low power consumption: ideal for portable devices
- No operating noise: for use in direct proximity to the patient
- Proportional characteristics
- Safe thanks to its ability to maintain the actual status in case of power failure
- Lightweight
- Compatible with oxygen

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Product category: Valves

Proportional flow control valve VEMD

  • Mass flow controller (MFC)
  • Quiet, precise, energy-saving
  • Compact module with 2/2-way valve, flow sensor and integrated control electronics
  • Low power consumption thanks to piezo technology
  • Setpoint input as analogue voltage signal
  • Analogue output signal for actual flow rate
  • Dynamic control behavior
  • Silent: ideal for mobile applications and those close to patients, like in oxygen therapy

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Product category: Camera systems

Vision sensor SBSI

Object sensor SBSI-Q
-Detects incomplete parts, as well as parts that are incorrectly positioned or oriented, or in the wrong order
-Optics, lighting, evaluation and communication

Code reader SBSI-B
-Identification of products, components and packaging
-Reads Barcodes, Data matrix codes

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Product category: Liquid handling, Valves

The compact media-separated valves VYKA, VYKB and VZDB control the smallest amounts of liquid very precisely

  • Different materials, diameters and valve functions allow a wide range of applications
  • Developed according to ISO 13485
  • Built with FDA-listed materials
  • The small internal volume offers best cleaning possibilities
  • Accessories: holding current reduction, connection cables, sub-bases, liquid fittings, valve actuation module
  • High-performance polymers (EPDM, FKM, FFKM) allow the use of aggressive media, protect the valve interior and prevent corrosion at the same time

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Product category: Liquid handling

Modular dosing system VTOE with highest precision for different liquids

  • Maximum flexibility through individual combinations
  • Compact design for microtiter plates
  • Parallel dispensing of different filling quantities
  • Minimum dispensing volumes down to 1µl and 1 % CV for highest precision
  • Highly dynamic and energy-efficient valve actuation by means of an optimised electronic module
  • High-quality materials for aggressive media
  • Easy integration in handling systems from Festo

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Product category: Liquid handling

Precise dosing head VTOI for increased throughput

  • Dispensing and aspiration
  • Minimum volumes up to 1 µl
  • Highest precision up to 2 % CV
  • Complete system with only a few components
  • Increased throughput with only one valve for 8 channels
  • 9 mm pitch ideal for microplates
  • Simple design with side-by-side mounting
  • Simultaneous dosing of 96 fields with only 12 valves
  • High-quality materials for aggressive media
  • Easy integration in handling systems from Festo

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Product category: Liquid handling

Valve control module VAEM with hit-and-hold actuation

  • Precise switching of solenoid valves
  • 8 channels, can be individually controlled
  • Extremely high precision
  • Very fast valve control with a time resolution down to 0.2 ms
  • Very simple parameterization of solenoid valves
  • Control and diagnostics via GUI, Ethernet or RS232
  • Small and easy to integrate: reduces costs & improves precision

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Product category: Microfluidics

Microfluidic manifolds for laboratory automation

The display shows a fluidic manifold that operates a microfluidic chip precisely and completely pulsation-free – on up to eight channels simultaneously and in parallel.

To handle various process liquids such as reagents or reprocessed medical samples in a microfluidic chip, a corresponding hardware infrastructure is required. Here the necessary flows are added to the microfluidic chip and regulated via time/pressure in a manifold equipped with compact media valves. It is easy to integrate other components such as pumps or sensors in the manifold.

The time/pressure regulation allows precise and completely pulsation-free pumping of liquids in up to eight channels simultaneously and in parallel. This makes it possible to operate microfluidic chips on which complex tests with several process steps are performed.

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Company news



04 Nov 2020

Components and subsystems from Festo for laboratory processes and medical devices

More and more samples have to be analysed in ever shorter time. The laboratories have been under pressure not only since March. Reliable and fast automation solutions from Festo are the answer.

At present, the test results for Covid-19 are eagerly awaited, the waiting time for the common PCR tests is currently up to one week. However, sample results are sometimes erroneous, the reason? The processes in laboratories are still mainly carried out manually by humans. Doubts about the correctness of the results make people feel uncomfortable. This is where reliable and fast automation solutions are required.

Highlights at COMAPMED 2020
A highlight at this year's COMPAMED are ready-to-install solutions for in-vitro diagnostics in the field of Point of Care Testing (POCT). Compact analysis instruments make quick testing possible at the doctor’s office in order to identify the pathogen responsible for a cold or flu, as well as other bacterial or viral infections. In particular for this type of equipment, Festo offers ready-to-install automation solutions including customised engineering.

The compact rotary gripper module EHMD, which can grip and rotate sample vials, is unique on the market so far. It opens the smallest sample vials with a volume of up to 15 millilitres without any problems.

With the VYKA, a new media-separated solenoid valve for precise dispensing of liquids or control of liquid flows in manifold duct plates came onto the market. A current-controlled solenoid permits highly precise and reliable operation. Media separation ensures highest possible safety standards and chemical resistance. For higher flow rates the VYKB is used.

Components and subsystems for laboratory processes and medical devices
In addition to standard components, the LifeTech division develops separate components with new technologies that are designed specifically for laboratory processes and medical devices in Boston, a major hotspot of the life science market. When developing customised automation solutions for its customers, Festo follows the approach of working out engineering concepts together with the customer from the earliest planning phase onwards.

Product range for laboratory automation
Festo develops intelligent, tested subsystems for the automation of liquid media and sample handling applications.

The focus is on:
•Feeding and identification of test tubes
•Opening and closing of test tubes
•Feeding and aspiration of liquid media and solids

The applications involve the use of both electric and pneumatic actuators with motors, controllers, sample & liquid handling systems as well as grippers, sensors and camera systems.

Product range for medical technology
In the field of medical technology, Festo develops products and subsystems for medical devices.

The focus is on the efficient regulation and control of medical gases such as:
•Flow control with compact valves for ventilation and anaesthesia devices
•Pneumatic integration solutions for surgical devices
•Regulation of fluids in dental stations

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About us

Company portrait

Festo is a global player and an independent family-owned company with headquarters in Esslingen am Neckar, Germany. The company supplies pneumatic and electrical automation technology to 300,000 customers of factory and process automation in over 35 industries. The products and services are available in 176 countries. With about 21,000 employees in over 250 branch offices in 61 countries worldwide, Festo achieved a turnover of around €3.07 billion in 2019. Each year around 8 % of this turnover is invested in research and development.

In this learning company, 1.5 % of turnover is invested in basic and further training. Yet training services are not only provided for Festo's own staff – Festo Didactic SE also supplies basic and further training programmes in the field of automation technology for customers, students and trainees.

Company data

Sales volume > 500 Mio US $
Number of employees > 5000
Foundation 1925
Area of business
  • Components, parts, modules, Original Equipment Manufacturers
  • Electrical and electronic components
  • Valves
  • Equipment and technologies for laboratories and manufacturing