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Festo—It’s a buzz-buzz-buzz!

By Canadian Packaging staff   

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Festo’s ultra-light flight model BionicOpter will fly at the Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show in Toronto

MISSISSAUGA—With the BionicOpter, Festo has applied the highly complex flight characteristics of the dragonfly to an ultra-lightweight flying object at a technical level. As a technological leader, the German based company will demonstrate how nature provides inspiration to kick-start innovation and create the automation technology of the future at Canada’s leading manufacturing event CMTS (Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show) which will be held in Toronto from September 28 to October 1, 2015.

Meet Festo at the International Centre in Toronto in Hall 1, Booth #1115.

As a global manufacturer of pneumatic and electric automation technology, Festo’s core business is to shape the production and working environments of the future by offering its customers innovative solutions for the production systems of tomorrow and beyond.

“Through Festo’s Bionic Learning Network, we turn to nature which provides a vast source of intelligent solutions to technical problems which we can apply in areas of energy efficiency, lightweight construction and functional integration. As technological leader and a learning company, the objectives of the Bionic Learning Network go well beyond developing new technologies: to motivate, inspire and enthuse and to kick-start innovation. This is what makes Festo a development partner and a driving force for customer innovations,” says Thomas Lichtenberger, general manager of Festo, Inc., Mississauga, Ont.


The Bionic Learning Network is a network linking Festo to well-known universities, institutes and development companies. Its objective is to transfer biological principles to industrial automation technology and to provide innovative solutions for industrial applications through biomimicry.

BionicOpter – Mastering the highly complex flight characteristics of the dragonfly
The BionicOpter’s natural model, the dragonfly, is able to maneuver in all directions, glide without beating its wings and hover in the air. Its ability to move its two pairs of wings independently enables it to slow down and turn abruptly, to accelerate swiftly and even to fly backwards. With the BionicOpter, Festo has applied these highly complex characteristics to an ultra-lightweight flying object at a technical level. For the first time, there is a model that can master the flight conditions of a helicopter, plane and glider combined. This bionic integrates several functions into small spaces, reliability through condition monitoring and real time communication and thus provides inspiration for Festo’s integrated automation concept.

Festo is a global leader in automation technology, as well as industrial training and education. Festo’s pneumatic and electric drive technology stands for innovation in industrial and process automation—from individual products to ready-to-install solutions. Festo’s hallmarks include a global presence and improving customer productivity through close, long-term partnerships. With 17,800 employees worldwide in 61 national companies, Festo’s turnover for 2014 was €2.45 billion (~CDN $3.675 billion).

In 2015, family-owned Festo is celebrating the 90th anniversary of the company’s founding and the 40th anniversary of the opening of Festo Canada.

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