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Digitalisation in the process industry


Digitalisation in the process industry

Digitalisation is affecting the entire automation pyramid, including in the area of process automation. At the Achema trade show in Frankfurt a. M., Germany, Festo showed the first valves on an automation platform that are controlled using software apps. With just one piece of hardware users can implement a huge variety of functions, which would currently require more than 50 components.

At Achema Festo exhibited the Festo Motion Terminal VTEM in combination with applications specifically for the process industry. Thanks to software that is embedded directly at field level, energy efficiency is improved and self-adaptation to process deviations is easy to achieve using software commands. There’s no need for maintenance staff to physically intervene. “By showing actual examples, we want to discuss the potential benefits for plant operators, OEMs and manufacturers with interested visitors at Achema", says Dr. Eckhard Roos, Head of Global KAM and ISM Process Industries.

Also on display at Achema were new online configuration tools that simplify planning and design engineering. With just a few clicks, users can configure complete process valve units and control cabinets themselves to suit their own applications.


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