Festo teams for Phoenix open PLC

Festo teams for Phoenix open PLC

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By Nick Flaherty

European industrial automation pioneer Festo is to use the PLCnext technology open automation ecosystem from Phoenix Contact in future intelligent devices.

The partnership was announced at the Hannover Fair in Germany today, and Festo’s new product generation is expected to be launched at the end of the year. 

PLCnext Technology is based on an open architecture that Festo to customise automation for specific customer requirements. The combination of know-how from the two companies enables profitable cooperation in order to be able to solve future technological challenges such as cybersecurity.

“In a rapidly changing world, it is becoming increasingly important to enter into partnerships and work together within the framework of open technology platforms. A paradigm shift is clearly noticeable. Together with Festo, we will continue to work on generating new solutions for our customers. Because sustainable innovation can only be achieved through close cooperation,” said Frank Stührenberg, CEO of Phoenix Contact.

Festo has been looking for a partner with an open system approach for its future direction, who will provide an appropriate operating system, develop it further, and launch it on the market.

“With PLCnext Technology, we are using the technologically leading platform in automation technology. We are convinced that the openness of PLCnext Technology will provide our customers with many advantages,” said Gerhard Borho, Chief Information Technology and Digitalization Officer at Festo.

“The openness of PLCnext Technology opens up the possibility for numerous suppliers to offer flexible, safe and modern automation technology. The technology partnership with Festo represents a milestone for the automation industry. Because the more partners there are in an open automation ecosystem, the more valuable it becomes for each individual participant,” said Ulrich Leidecker, COO and President of the Business Area Industry Management and Automation at Phoenix Contact.;



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