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2014-03-27 PI 029-14

Connected industry implemented: Concept study with series products of Bosch Rexroth

Automation technology is ready: All components and software functions of the realistic connecting industry assembly lines come from the current product portfolio of Bosch Rexroth.

Realistic assembly line manufactures individual products fully automatically

“On the automation level, the technical requirements for connected industry are already fulfilled”, confirms Lucas Wintjes, Senior Vice President Sales and Industry Sector Management Factory Automation in the Business Unit Industrial Applications of Bosch Rexroth AG. As proof, the company is presenting a realistic assembly line at the Hannover Messe 2014. It enables the economic, fully automatic manufacturing of individual products.

The concept study shows how far the current state of the art has already progressed. “Most of the components and software functions come from our current product portfolio”, Wintjes emphasizes. Here, decentralized intelligent drives and controls of Bosch Rexroth form the basis for an integration of automation and virtual IT world. In the assembly line, there is no central control unit that dictates the processing steps as before, but rather the product to be made itself. In addition, Rexroth combines the blanks on a workpiece holder with an RFID-Tag. There, the individual configuration is digitally integrated. Each processing station reads this information and carries out the respective steps accordingly.

In another real application, the data is transferred automatically from the ordering system. “We have already retrofitted a first manufacturing plant to the RFID technology”, Wintjes explains. In a clearly more flexible production, the first results show a productivity that is 10 percent higher in logistics and inventory reduced by 30 percent.

Bosch Rexroth connects the exemplary implementation of connected industry with new standards in energy efficiency. In the assembly line, only drives with increased efficiency are applied. An intelligent ‘energy management’ turns individual users off according to the needs and reduces performance peaks.

“Bosch Rexroth transferred functions into the software very early on and is therefore a lead provider for connected industry suited automation solutions”, the Senior Vice President Sales emphasizes. At the same time, the Bosch group is a lead user that implements connected industry in its own plants. The intense internal exchange of experience considerably drives the development of connected industry concepts.

Economical, precise, safe, and energy efficient: drive and control technology from Bosch Rexroth moves machines and systems of any size. The company bundles global application experience in the market segments of Mobile Applications, Machinery Applications and Engineering, Factory Automation, and Renewable Energies to develop innovative components as well as tailored system solutions and services. Bosch Rexroth offers its customers hydraulics, electric drives and controls, gear technology, and linear motion and assembly technology all from one source. With locations in over 80 countries, roughly 36,700 associates generated sales revenue of approximately 5.7 billion euros in 2013.

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. According to preliminary figures, its roughly 281,000 associates generated sales of 46.4 billion euros in 2013 (Note: due to a change in the legal rules governing consolidation, the 2013 figures can only be compared to a limited extent with the 2012 figures). Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Automotive Technology, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 360 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 50 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2013, Bosch applied for some 5,000 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s products and services are designed to fascinate, and to improve the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. In this way, the company offers technology worldwide that is “Invented for life.”

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