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Virtual Panel Event about Industrial Connectivity

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This 60-minute virtual panel discussion between industry experts will explore the intersection of connectivity (more)

UKIVA Machine Vision Conference



Join us on 15 July 2021 on the MVC Technology Presentation Hub and explore eight online seminar theatres. (more)

PPMA Show 2021

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

28/09/2021 - 30/09/2021

PPMA Show 2021 will be the UK’s largest ever event dedicated to state-of-the-art processing and (more)

Southern Manufacturing

Farnborough, Hants(GU14 6TQ)

06/10/2021 - 07/10/2021

Southern Manufacturing and Electronics is the most comprehensive annual industrial exhibition in the (more)

Advanced Engineering 2021

NEC Birmingham(B40 1NT)

03/11/2021 - 04/11/2021

Join us in our 12th and most important edition to date, as we invite engineers and management from all (more)

Festo introduces SmartInversion - a new drive concept to inspire engineers

Festo introduces SmartInversion - a new drive concept to inspire engineers Festo, the global market leader in automation technologies, has turned the focus of its Bionic Learning network from the well-known flying AirPenguin and Jellyfish to an innovative flying kinematic structure called SmartInversion. Based on the studies of 20th century Swiss mathematician Paul Schatz, the new flying object is a stunning visualisation of this unique geometric structure that will excite engineers.
While linear and rotary movements are familiar and well understood, inversion is a third and far more complex principle which, when seen in the form of the SmartInversion, is both fascinating and inspiring.  
SmartInversion is a lighter-than-air, helium filled structure which utilises a smart phone app to remote control three miniature closed loop servo motors. The result is a large 4.75 metre structure that can propel itself by self inversion through the air in an intriguing and beguiling way.
"The Bionic Learning Network concepts are developed as a collaboration between our research, development, corporate design teams and leading universities and research establishments," says Steve Sands, product manager at Festo GB.  "They always provoke discussion and are a great way for us to gauge reaction to ideas and innovations inspired by nature and applied to automation. We also use the Bionic Concepts to inspire young engineers; changing their perceptions by displaying complex engineering in novel ways."  
"We reinvest more than 8.5% of our turnover into future developments through research and development.  It is important that we use a small part of this budget to explore completely new ideas; nature inspires us with so many ideas for improved efficiency, optimised movements and improved communications."

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