Ulrich Leidecker, COO, Phoenix Contact (from left), Gerhard Borho, management board, information technology and digitalization, Festo, Thomas Böck, chairman of the management board, Festo, and Frank Stührenberg, CEO, Phoenix Contact, announce a strategic partnership between the two automation suppliers.

Automation suppliers partner in open ecosystem

April 22, 2024
Festo will include Phoenix Contact PLCnext Technology in intelligent pneumatic and electrical devices

Festo will use PLCnext Technology, the open ecosystem from Phoenix Contact, in future intelligent pneumatic and electrical devices. The new product generation is expected to be launched at the end of the year. The integration of PLCnext Technology is designed to open a range of opportunities for Festo.

Openness and flexibility: PLCnext Technology is based on an open architecture that allows individual devices to be developed and existing systems to be integrated.

Utilization of synergies: The combination of know-how from the two companies enables profitable cooperation in future technological areas, such as cybersecurity.

The common goal of Festo and Phoenix Contact is to meet the requirements arising from the convergence of information technology (IT) and operations technology (OT) in industry through open automation solutions.

“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," emphasized Frank Stührenberg, CEO of Phoenix Contact.

Festo has been looking for a partner with an open-system approach for its future direction, providing 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," emphasized 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,” added Ulrich Leidecker, COO and president of business area industry management and automation at Phoenix Contact. “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."

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