Capping a multi-year initiative to become a one-source supplier for automating utility processes in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, Festo introduced at Interphex 2017, March 21-23, at the Javits Center in New York City, sanitary ball, angle seat, and pinch valves. With this introduction, Festo now offers automation from control cabinet to pipe for steam, inert gases, water, cleaning solutions, and powders applications. The automated valve solutions feature the company’s VZBE ball valves, VZXA angle seat valves, VZQA pinch valves, DFPD quarter-turn actuators, VSNC NAMUR pilot valves, and the SRBC family of open/close sensor boxes. For proportional flow applications, Festo offers the CMSX digital positioner. Festo research and development efforts are currently engineering advanced diagnostics into the valves to support Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things functionality for greater flexibility and operational performance. End users, OEMs, and engineering companies provide the Festo Customer Solutions group or Festo distributors with the requirements of the control-to-pipe application. Festo sizes the components and, at the customer’s request, can provide fully assembled and tested valve terminals and automated valve assemblies. Festo globally supports and resupplies unique part numbers at all customer locations. The new valves from Festo feature 316-stainless steel bodies and Teflon seats. Valves are rated up to 1,000 psi and 400° Fahrenheit (200° C). These 3A approved valves feature tri-clamp and welding connections. Fire-safe API607 valves with ANSI flange connections are also available.
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