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Lohr am Main, 2021-08-10 PI 022-21

The easy, quick way to a linear robot

Clever engineering with predefined axis combinations and preassembled multi-axis systems reduce the time to market

  • Save time: the intuitive, step-by-step way to a linear robot using e-tools
  • Predefined axis combinations for a wide range of applications
  • Everything from Bosch Rexroth: ready-to-install complete solutions
  • Software option for straightforward commissioning and programming

Bosch Rexroth sets a new benchmark when it comes to engineering multi-axis systems. Cartesian robots for typical handling tasks can now be designed and configured up to 90 percent more quickly. A fully digital tool chain guides users step by step through the process, generates a rotating live preview of the system for subsequent configuration and provides CAD data and documents immediately. After seamlessly ordering the system from the e-shop, users get a preassembled multi-axis system with components tailored exactly to each other.

With a new fully digital and intuitive process for quickly sizing, selecting, configuring and ordering systems, Bosch Rexroth is setting new standards when it comes to engineering multi-axis systems . In just a few minutes, users can create linear robots for a wide range of handling tasks with transport weights of up to 100 kg and workspaces of up to 13 m3 using predefined axis combinations.

Applications range from palletizing, pick and place, positioning and sorting work to separating or assembly tasks. Compared to articulated robots, multi-axis systems offer high maximum rigidity, precision and dynamics. They fit easily into production environments, reducing costs and saving space.

Easy product sizing and selection

Using five predefined axis combinations available in 36 sizes, the LinSelect selection software guides users through the design process – in a step-by-step manner and intuitively from the very beginning. Thanks to newly integrated reference processes, complex motion sequences can be described easily with just a few parameters. LinSelect then automatically selects all the mechanical drive systems – including controllers and motors – according to the service life and precision requirements.

At the push of a button, LinSelect transfers all product data and parameters to the online configurator for final adjustment. A live preview shows the selected system as a realistic 3D model. The multi-axis system with all its specific features can thus be viewed from any perspective. Once the detailed selection work, e.g. the motor position, is complete, the documents and the CAD model can be downloaded. The multi-axis system can then be ordered directly from the e-shop.

Preassembled with everything from Bosch Rexroth

In order to minimize installation times, Bosch Rexroth supplies the selected handling robot in preassembled form. If required, it can be supplied with a complete energy chain and cable management. All components in the subsystem, i.e. the mechanics, motor and controller, are perfectly tailored to each other. The fact that the relevant axis parameters are saved in the motor encoder memory and can be read out from there makes commissioning easier too. Various attached parts and interfaces make it easier to mount the axis unit on the substructure using clamping fixtures.

Smart linear robot option

The commissioning and programming outlay at the place of use as well as the work needed to connect the robot to a higher-level control system can be reduced by up to 80 percent if the user chooses the Smart Function Kit option. In this case, the multi-axis system becomes a plug and produce solution with the ctrlX DRIVE controller, the ctrlX CORE control system and preinstalled software. A wizard guides the user through the commissioning process in just a few steps. The entire system is parameterized and the axes are referenced automatically. Instead of laboriously entering code, the linear robot can be programmed visually with the help of prepared functional modules.

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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