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Multi-carrier system from Festo and Siemens offers flexibility for Industry 4.0

Multi-carrier system from Festo and Siemens offers flexibility for Industry 4.0

Festo has announced the Multi-Carrier-System (MCS), its Industry 4.0-ready linear motor track system, jointly developed with Siemens. MCS is an adaptable, modular transport solution for manufacturing and production, combining linear motor and mechanical guidance technology from Festo with Siemens’ extensive controls expertise. It delivers unparalleled levels of flexibility and can be easily incorporated into existing processing and packaging environments.

MCS addresses the acute need for flexibility in modern manufacturing and production environments driven by increasingly complex product diversity, shorter product life cycles and growing levels of mass customisation. Potential applications include cosmetics packaging with its huge number of product variants, food and beverage processing with quick seasonal changes or industrial manufacturing of customised, bespoke products.

Its configurable linear transport rail can be easily integrated into existing intralogistics and standard conveyor systems, with precise synchronisation and seamless infeed and outfeed of transport carriers. Movement of carriers within the system can be rapidly adapted to deal with different formats, sizes and types of product – down to batch sizes of one, or even to handle seasonal requirements.

Motion profiles can be defined for each carrier, enabling them to move freely and independently of all other carriers – at speed, jerk-free and precisely. They can be started and stopped at any desired position and moved towards each other without risk of collision, as well as grouped together and moved synchronously at fixed distances. Carriers can also effortlessly transfer between linear motor sections and the standard recirculating conveyor system, so users benefit from shorter set-up times and virtually seamless format changes.

Incorporating decentralised sensors and intelligence, MCS also addresses Industry 4.0 requirements and applications. Its flexible design enables adaptable, reconfigurable and economic production, even for small batch sizes, while its OPC-UA interface enables integration into Industry 4.0 environments.

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