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Advanced Engineering 2019

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

30/10/2019 - 31/10/2019

The UK's largest annual advanced manufacturing trade show, Advanced Engineering is your opportunity to (more)

Smart Factory Expo

Exhibition Centre Liverpool (L3 4FP)

13/11/2019 - 14/11/2019

Europe's best digital manufacturing show: bigger and better for 2019 Built around eight tech-focused (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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