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Lohr am Main, 2021-10-19 PI 033/21

Compact, versatile and highly economical

IMScompact integrated measuring system for combined guidance and absolute measurement increases machine effectiveness and economy

  • Time savings: Absolute position measurement speeds up machine starts
  • Compact, space-saving design for a wide range of applications
  • Combi-interface: Digital and analog measuring as required

Bosch Rexroth has expanded its range of systems for integrated measuring and guidance with a particularly space-saving, economical and versatile product: The IMScompact with absolute position measurement, a magnetic measuring principle and integrated electronics is particularly compact, flexible and robust. Three different sizes and a new combi-interface for digital and analog data transfer make the latest addition to the IMS range ideal for cost-effective measuring system. As a result of further development, the IMScompact will soon allow safety functions as well.

The IMScompact with absolute position measurement, Bosch Rexroth has expanded its existing range of IMS products for ball rail systems, adding a second product for cost-effective magnetic measuring principle. Both solutions measure the position of the runner block contactlessly with an absolute precision of ± 20 µm per meter and a repetition accuracy of ± 1 µm at speeds of up to 5 m/s. The measuring length is up to 17.8 m with several rail sections.

Greater productivity in numerous applications

The advantage of absolute over incremental position measurement lies in the start time. The IMScompact is ready for use after it is switched on or after a power cut – with no referencing. The wear-free measuring system can be used in a variety of handling applications and general automation solutions. Thanks to the high level of EMC protection provided by the measuring electronics integrated into the runner block, the IMScompact is also suitable for use with linear motors. In order to protect the scale against dirt and damage, a special cover strip which does not affect the magnetic measuring principle is available.

Less space required, greater efficiency

Thanks to the integrated encoder, the IMScompact fits easily into small spaces. As a result, absolute position measurement can be achieved cost-effectively in applications with low masses and small linear guides, e.g. in digital cutting devices for metal, plastic, textiles or glass. In size 15, the total height of the runner block and rail is roughly the diameter of a 1 euro coin.

The integrated measuring system also saves time during assembly. The sensor system is supplied already adjusted, standard components make engineering and commissioning easier.

Combi-interface for analog and digital measurements

Thanks to a new combi-interface, the position values can be transferred either in digital form via SSI or in analog form with 1Vpp. Depending on the application, both signals can also be combined, e.g. for position control in highly dynamic axis movements with servo drives. Digital data transfer is suitable for positioning via a PLC display or visualization via an SSI display.

Drive-integrated safety functions planned

The IMScompact is being developed further and will also support safe machine states in the future. A suitable sensor for Safe Motion drive-integrated safety functions is being prepared. Personal protection without switching off machines saves users time and money, especially in linked automation systems.

As one of the world’s leading suppliers of drive and control technologies, Bosch Rexroth ensures efficient, powerful and safe movement in machines and systems of any size. The company bundles global application experience in the market segments of Mobile Applications, Machinery Applications and Engineering, and Factory Automation. With its intelligent components, customized system solutions and services, Bosch Rexroth is creating the necessary environment for fully connected applications. Bosch Rexroth offers its customers hydraulics, electric drive and control technology, gear technology and linear motion and assembly technology, including software and interfaces to the Internet of Things. With locations in over 80 countries more than 29,600 associates generated sales revenue of around 5.2 billion euros in 2020.

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 395,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2020). The company generated sales of 71.5 billion euros in 2020. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT provider, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, Industry 4.0, and connected mobility. Bosch is pursuing a vision of mobility that is sustainable, safe, and exciting. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to facilitate connected living with products and solutions that either contain artificial intelligence (AI) or have been developed or manufactured with its help. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. With its more than 400 locations worldwide, the Bosch Group has been carbon neutral since the first quarter of 2020. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 129 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 73,000 associates in research and development, of which nearly 34,000 are software engineers.

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