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Design a handling system in as little as five minutes with new Festo configurator

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Automation Design & Innovation General Controls/Drives Festo Festo HGO Handling Guide Online

The Festo Handling Guide Online helps change the machine and process design game.

MISSISSAUGA, ON—With the introduction of Festo’s game changing Handling Guide Online (HGO), an engineer can design an electric robotic handling system for a machine or process in as little as five minutes.

Festo has simplified the design process for systems like slides and gantries by modularizing components based on an analysis of over 700 different project applications. The new web-based HGO, using data keyed in by the customer, draws on this pre-defined, standardized content, to create the optimal solution for his or her application.

Rather than having to select and size individual components, the customer is prompted by the HGO to provide data describing the application requirement – for example, 3D movements for a pick and place solution. Then he or she adds data such as the weight of the payload to be moved, the type of axis (electric or pneumatic), working stroke, motor position, etc.

When the design is completed, the customer can download the CAD model and data sheet for immediate use, without charge. Festo then sends the customer a net quote for the device. Since Festo recently centralized production of electric handling systems at a single plant in Germany, it can deliver the finished product in as little as three weeks (rather than the eight or more it usually took in the past) and at a lower cost.

The HGO can be used for ordering all kinds of robotic handling systems: single axis, linear, planar surface and 3D gantries, miniature, highly dynamic or application-specific. And if the available options don’t meet the application requirements, the customer can send Festo the application data and receive a quote for a custom product.

The Handling Guide Online can be accessed at

Festo at a glance
Festo is a global leader in automation technology, and the world market leader in 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 $3.55 billion). Company data can be found at


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