Festo announced that Shepherd Controls & Associates in Allen, Texas, has become its latest distribution partner. Customers of Shepherd Controls can access the full line of Festo industrial and process automation solutions. The 35-year-old company will supply Festo products to customers in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. In addition to distribution of pneumatics and electrical components, Shepherd Controls provides engineering support for panel design, software applications and multi-component system design and development. Its value-added department and 80/20 framing services save customers time and lower risk through turnkey design, assembly, testing and integration services. Shepherd is a leader in vision-aided motion and inspection technology and supports this segment of its business with a state-of-the-art vision lab.