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BionicOpter creates buzz at Canada's National Manufacturing Event, SME’s CMTS

Festo’s ultra-light flight model BionicOpter will fly at the Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show in Toronto

Toronto - With the BionicOpter, Festo has applied the highly complex flight characteristics of the dragonfly to an ultra-lightweight flying object at a technical level. As a technological leader, the German based company will demonstrate how nature provides inspiration to kick-start innovation and create the automation technology of the future at Canada’s leading manufacturing event CMTS which will be held in Toronto from September 28th to October 1st.

As a global manufacturer of pneumatic and electric automation technology, Festo’s core business is to shape the production and working environments of the future by offering its customers innovative solutions for the production systems of tomorrow and beyond. “Through Festo’s Bionic Learning Network, we turn to nature which provides a vast source of intelligent solutions to technical problems which we can apply in areas of energy efficiency, lightweight construction and functional integration. As technological leader and a learning company, the objectives of the Bionic Learning Network go well beyond developing new technologies: to motivate, inspire and enthuse and to kick-start innovation. This is what makes Festo a development partner and a driving force for customer innovations” says Thomas Lichtenberger, General Manager of Festo Inc., Mississauga, Ontario.

Learning from Nature to Improve Productivity

The Bionic Learning Network is a network linking Festo to well-known universities, institutes and development companies. Its objective is to transfer biological principles to industrial automation technology and to provide innovative solutions for industrial applications through biomimicry.

BionicOpter – Mastering the highly complex flight characteristics of the dragonfly

The BionicOpter’s natural model, the dragonfly, is able to manoeuver in all directions, glide without beating its wings and hover in the air. Its ability to move its two pairs of wings independently enables it to slow down and turn abruptly, to accelerate swiftly and even to fly backwards. With the BionicOpter, Festo has applied these highly complex characteristics to an ultra-lightweight flying object at a technical level. For the first time, there is a model that can master the flight conditions of a helicopter, plane and glider combined. This bionic integrates several functions into small spaces, reliability through condition monitoring and real time communication and thus provides inspiration for Festo’s integrated automation concept.

Festo is a global leader in automation technology and the world market leader in industrial training and education. Festo’s pneumatic and electric drive technology stands for innovation in industrial and process automation – from individual products to ready-to-install solutions. Festo’s hallmarks include a global presence and improving customer productivity through close, long-term partnerships. With over 300,000 customers globally and 16,800 employees worldwide in 61 national companies, Festo’s sales for 2014 were 2.34 billion Euros. This year, the third generation, family owned company celebrates the 90th anniversary of its founding and 40 years in Canada.



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