CP Lab: system overview

CP Lab: system overview

CP Lab – The compact Industry 4.0 learning system

The Cyber-Physical Lab is the professional and compact Industry 4.0 learning system from Festo Didactic. It includes all the technologies and components needed for communicating an in-depth knowledge of Industry 4.0.

The modular and flexible design has a range of learning scenarios, from individual pallet transfer systems with integrated controller right up to a connected production system with cloud services.

The benefits to you

  • Modular design
  • Flexible learning content
  • Easily expandable
  • State-of-the-art technology
  • Designed for IoT devices
  • Seamless transition to the CP Factory
  • Expandable using mobile robotics
  • Compact and space-saving size: can be used on laboratory tables or trolleys

The system consists of one application module, which is set up on a pallet transfer system.

Training content

  • Design and structure of the CP Lab:
    – Sensors/actuators
    – Process modules
    – Conveyor belt
    – Network
    – Process and plant management level
    – MES
  • Recording information using intelligent sensors
  • Control using PLC
  • Communication based on bus technologies
  • Binary pallet identification
  • Identification via RFID
  • Plug & produce: quick integration of new application modules using cyber-physical systems
  • Manufacturing execution system (MES): creating, managing, controlling and visualizing customer orders

Application modules

The following application modules are available

  • Magazine
  • Drilling and iDrilling
  • Pick-by-light
  • Measuring
  • Turning
  • Camera inspections
  • Muscle press
  • Labelling
  • Tunnel furnace
  • Output
  • Automatic warehouse for workpieces

Other application modules on request.

Pallet transfer system

Each individual pallet transfer system consists of these main components:

  • Integrated controller
  • Mono-belt transfer system
  • Pallet stopper
  • 3/2-way valve
  • Inductive sensor
  • Capacitive sensors at the start and the end of the belt
  • RFID read/write system
  • Binary ID system
  • Optical transmitter and receiver
  • AC or DC motor
  • Motor controller, bi-directional with 2 speed levels
  • Incremental shaft encoder
  • IO-Link® master
  • IO-Link® device
  • Analog I/O using IO-Link®
  • Control panel


Control variants:

  • Festo CECC with 14 DI/8 DO
  • Siemens S7 ET200SP CPU1512-F with 16 DI/16 DO
  • Decentralized peripherals Siemens ET200SP with IM155 module

HMI variants:

  • Siemens Touch Panel TP700, 7"
  • Festo touch panel CDPX, 7"

Motor variants:

  • DC motor
  • Three-phase motor 230 V
  • Three-phase motor 400 V for star/delta circuit

Eckhard von Terzi