AI-based automation software
By DE StaffAutomation Machine Building
Festo AX software designed to optimize machine and process performance and uptime.
Festo announced the launch of the Festo Automation Experience (Festo AX), a machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) software platform designed to ensure maximum uptime and automate quality assurance and energy monitoring.
As a monitoring and maintenance management tool, machine and process data is sent directly to Festo AX where it is processed by algorithms for real-time analytics. When that data deviates from the “healthy state,” the system notifies operating personnel – via computer, tablet, and/or smart phone – as to which components are involved and recommends corrective action, in clear and easily understood language.
The company says Festo AX can reduce waste by more than 50%, product rejection costs by more than 45%, unplanned downtime by 20+%, while improving machine availability more than 25%. As evidence, the company points to a predictive quality application for silicon wafers production for which Festo AX lowered waste per machine per year by $100,000. Similarly, in a premium-segment auto plant producing 1,000 cars per day, the company says Festo AX is credited with decreasing unplanned downtime by 25%.
Compatible with Festo and third-party components, the subscription-based software can reside directly on the monitored system, on servers or in the cloud, the company says, and can connect to Festo’s own Smartenance maintenance manager or another maintenance management or spare parts management system.