New ways to increase productivity with ‘smart’ systems

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Smart cyber-physical systems (CPS) like the Festo Motion Terminal promise to increase production and future-proof new plants for machine builders and operators. They also simplify value chain processes—a phenomenon known as digital simplicity—leading to autonomous production with self-regulating systems. This paper explores the new technology behind these CPS systems—particularly, how it unites traditional pneumatics with electric automation to propel digital pneumatics into the age of Industry 4.0.