Fit for Industry 4.0 - Collaboration with IT-Partners

In an intelligent production network, all of the components have to be able to communicate at the most advanced level. A decisive challenge is the exchange of information between automation components from various manufacturers. This calls for mandatory open standards for communication. Open Core Engineering combines the efficient software engineering of PLC-based automation with IT-based solutions and technologies in integrated facilities based on open software and communication standards.

The programming languages used in the machine world up to now penetrate new production networks using a deep functional and data technology connection between PLC-based machine controls and IT-based applications at their limits. Thus Industry 4.0 demands strong support of multilingual global solutions from intelligent automation components and adaptive machines. With automation with connected intelligence, machinery manufacturers manage the challenges for intelligent and adaptive machine modules as well as for integrating IT-based solutions.

IT providers specialized in various software applications and established in the market are currently using open core engineering with Bosch Rexroth to develop joint solutions for application scenarios within Industry 4.0. As a result, machinery construction opens up unknown opportunities to easily connect available IT-based tools and solutions with machine automation. At SPS IPC Drives, the ten partner companies present their software solutions for integrated IT automation in connection with the Rexroth connected intelligence assembly kit.

Bosch ATMO

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs 375,000 associates worldwide (as of Dec 31, 2015). Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in 60 countries.

Agile and flexible production systems will safeguard the future. We offer corresponding software and hardware solutions to ensure machines, services, devices and display instruments are interconnected, from the sensor to the cloud. Adaptable automation has opened the door for individual products and small batch sizes so that machines can be employed flexibly and perform different tasks. Yet the focus remains on human beings. Accordingly, collaborative robotics systems allow the optimal interaction of man and machine.

We will present the MES Starter Kit, an affordable, product- and machine-supplier-independent Manufacturing Execution System. The kit offers all functions needed to ensure efficient and transparent production, as it includes the machine interfaces, as well as services for maintenance management and the Shopfloor Management Cycle. Further, the MES Starter Kit can be flexibly expanded by adding other modules from the Shopfloor Management Portfolio.

Bosch INST (Bosch ProSyst)

Bosch Software Innovations, the Bosch Group’s software and systems house, designs, develops, and operates innovative software and system solutions that help our customers around the world both in the Internet of Things (IoT) and in the traditional enterprise environment. We place particular focus on the topics of mobility, energy, manufacturing, and building.

Create transparency. Boost productivity. Cut costs.

For us, Industry 4.0 refers to the connectivity of machines and devices as well as to the development of smart solutions that help master the challenges in production and logistics, today and tomorrow. Our software solutions collect, visualize, and analyze data from machines, and sensors to generate useful information.

At the SPS IPC Drives, we are presenting various examples that demonstrate how our software intelligently connects machines and devices via an IoT gateway and creates transparency. The production and process data generated is gathered in near real time and processed directly, thus providing an overview of the condition of individual machines.

Dassault Systèmes

The goal of Industry 4.0 is to increase product flexibility in order to meet the growing demand for customer-specific products. This is the new challenge: plant builders have to develop new systems that are more intelligent and better connected with the ecosystem.

"We demonstrate how machinery manufacturers can significantly reduce the initial setup of a manufacturing system with the combination from the Rexroth portfolio and the solution from Dassault Systèmes."

Georg Kraft, Industrial Equipment Business Experience Consulting Senior Director

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The success of Industry 4.0 depends largely upon the definition of appropriate architectures and standards. However, of greater importance is the availability of development tools and software platforms that connect two worlds: That of plant automation with other systems within the scope of Industry 4.0.

"We are of the opinion that the Internet of things needs open source software to be implemented successfully. Here at the Bosch Rexroth booth, we give an overview of current results from the Eclipse IoT Working Group. And we demonstrate this with actual examples. Take the example of the Eclipse Lua script language."

Benjamin Cabé, IoT Community Evangelist

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iTAC Software AG, an independent company of the Dürr Group, provides Internet-enabled information and communication technologies for the manufacturing industry. The 1998-founded the company is one of the leading MES providers. The iTAC.MES.Suite is a cloud-based Manufacturing Execution System that is used worldwide by companies in different industry sectors. Additional services and solutions for the implementation of the requirements of Industry 4.0 round off the portfolio.

Industry 4.0 can only be realized with connected machines and processes. The course must be set today! In the field of factory automation, the focus should be on the following factors: integration of sensors and actuators by IoT platforms; networking and communication; data collection and analysis; machine monitoring as well as human-machine interfaces.

iTAC shows the vertical integration of the control level via MES in the cloud. At this, the PLC is being embedded in the MES (iTAC.MES.Suite) through a direct integration of the PLC in Java and is thereby enabled to initiate transactions in the MES almost in real-time. The integration can be developed by leveraging the possibility of Open Core Engineering in the high-level language Java and run either on the PLC itself or on an external computer. Thus, integration efforts can be drastically reduced and transaction security in the communication between control level and MES is guaranteed at the same time.


The topic of Industry 4.0 has two characteristics for MathWorks: Firstly, Virtual Commissioning with Simulink. With this, machinery manufacturers reduce their engineering times and can simulate extreme situations without putting their hardware at risk. Secondly, analysis of production and machine data is made possible with MATLAB, for example for Predictive Maintenance.

"We show how machinery manufacturers can use MATLAB and Simulink with open core engineering to simulate processes and generate code automatically. Through open core engineering, this code can be transferred directly onto Rexroth control units without manual programming."

Philipp Wallner, Industry Manager, EMEA - Industrial Automation & Machinery

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Microsoft is a leading global manufactor of standard software, services, devices and solutions. We empower person and organizations to achieve more. Security and reliability, innovation and integration as well as openness and interoperability are in focus of all Microsoft products and services.

The digital transformation of the manufacturing industry requires the connectivity of devices and extensive data processing for a better understanding and control of the manufacturing process. Microsoft provides an open, flexible and scalable cloud and on premises platform to implement modern solutions for your customers based on industry standards.

Microsoft shows the integration of the control system in the cloud platform Azure and the possibility of using various platform services. Focus will be on cross-platform connectivity to data services which enables automation and control. The possibilities of Open Core Engineering can be extended with processing of data in the cloud and access to additional solutions.

National Instruments

One of the most important catchwords used when talking about Industry 4.0 is integration. Here, new systems have to bring together many different application areas. In addition, existing systems have to be equipped with even more intelligence. In order to do so, National Instruments implements a platform-based approach comprised of software and hardware.

"We show how machinery manufacturers can drastically reduce their programming cost. For us, the focus is on a new solution for simpler motion tasks that come into being through the cooperation of both companies. Here, we offer a package from LabVIEW, our CompactRIO control units and Rexroth drive packages precisely tailored to them."

Manuel Hofmann, Staff Technical Marketing Engineer - Embedded Control and Monitoring (Central Europe)

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Web-based technologies and software solutions like the ones offered by Oracle are receiving increased interest from machine and plant operators. The Java language has emerged as the most important language in enterprise- and internet-based applications, in automation in the future as well. The wide availability of platform-independent Java-based solutions, with Oracle as the strongest supplier, opens up enormous potential for innovation in automation.

"Through three examples, we demonstrate how we merge our solutions with the automation in Industry 4.0 applications using an open core interface: First – cloud service, second – data stream analysis and monitoring, third level 3: Java in automation"

Dr. Rainer Eschrich, Master Principal Sales Consultant

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