Festo Pressure Vacuum Generator Wins Innovation and Design Awards

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The PGVA is the all-in-one solution for generating regulated, filtered air for flow control of liquids in lab devices.

The PGVA with an 8x8x3-inch housing is installed on or inside an instrument to supply compressed air and vacuum for liquid handling. It won a Silver award in the LEAP program and a Gold IDEA! award.

The new Festo PGVA pressure/vacuum generator has won Gold in Machine Design and Hydraulics & Pneumatics magazines’ IDEA! innovation awards competition and a Silver in the Design World magazine LEAP design engineering awards program.

The tiny PGVA from Festo, only a little larger than a paperback book at 8x8x3-inches, makes it possible for automated laboratory devices to precisely control liquids for R&D into new life saving drugs and for high-speed sample screening. This pressure/vacuum generator is an all-in-one solution. Pressure is supplied by a quiet 50db pump and stored in internal pressure and vacuum cells at 450mbar pressure and vacuum. Air is filtered to -0.001µm purity. Flow is servo controlled by a fast, silent, and energy efficient piezoelectric regulator. Communication with the unit is through RS 232 or TCP/IP.

The PGVA was voted by the readers of Machine Design and Hydraulics & Pneumatics as the Gold award winner in the motion (flow) control category. A Design World magazine panel of outside judges awarded the Silver to the PGVA in the pneumatics category.

For more information on Festo LifeTech solutions – dispensing liquids, controlling gases, handling and gripping vials ‒ email lab.automation.us@festo.com and visit Festo Laboratory Automation. Visit Biotech, Pharmaceuticals, and Cosmetics Automation for information on everything from process valves, control of gases to Industry 4.0 solutions. The Festo general information number is 800-993-3786.

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Festo is a leading manufacturer of pneumatic and electromechanical systems, components, and controls for process and industrial automation. For more than 40 years, Festo Corporation has continuously elevated the state of manufacturing with innovations and optimized motion control solutions that deliver higher performing, more profitable automated manufacturing and processing equipment.
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