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Energy efficiency at the next level: keeping an eye on the entire value stream


Enhanced energy efficiency is – and will continue to be – both a technical and economic challenge. It is critical to success for manufacturing companies. The current focus is broadening – no longer concentrating on the individual machine but embracing the entire value stream. The goal is to exploit further potentials for efficiency.


Enhanced efficiency with integrated drive technology

It is possible to measure the advances made in boosting energy efficiency for both stationary and mobile applications. The interaction of innovative software functions with hydraulic and electric drives offers especially high savings potential.

“Energy efficiency will be an integral component in Industry 4.0.”

Prof. Gunther Reinhart, Technical University of Munich, in discussion.



Energy-efficient hydraulics for a sawmill


No matter how the Idaho Forest Group turns and moves the wood it processes – the Sytronix family by Rexroth lets the mill operator increase productivity and save a lot of energy.


Hamm roller-compactors put their faith in the GFT 8000 gearbox


The Hamm company is moving its new roller-compactors with Rexroth components – such as the GFT 8000 gearboxes.



That's how it is: six surprising capabilities of modern hydraulics

Anyone gaining only a superfluous familiarity with fluid technology will easily underestimate the performance and intelligence of modern hydraulics. Who would think that this technology is highly precise, energy-efficient, and ready today for Industry 4.0 applications? Here are six capabilities of a strong drive technology, which probably come as a surprise for many



Success far from the shore

For more than 40 years now, Bosch Rexroth has supplied hydraulic components for use offshore. In order to further broaden expertise in this segment the firm has, since mid-1977, been represented by a regional subsidiary in the Netherlands, where a team of specialists is responsible for many major projects.



“You need the courage to accept mistakes!”

In the future, new and innovative products will no longer be sufficient to ensure that a company is successful. This claim is made by Prof. Karolin Frankenberger of the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.



With two CNC channels for perfect engraving

In order to grind glass both safely and exactly, Glassman Machinery in Beijing uses CNC controls that can make dynamic corrections for the tool.



IndraDrive Mi: High throughput rates in sandwich packaging

Kangaroo Brands Inc. packages seven types of sandwiches in cartons of four different sizes. To achieve both quick changes from one product to another and a high throughput rate, the company uses a packaging machine featuring Rexroth automation.



Electro-hydraulic drives for the tandem locks at Münster

The tandem locks are an important gateway for European shipping and, owing to the design with two parallel chambers, they conserve both water and energy.



Sugar production with a rock-solid CBM motor

Hydraulic direct drives built by Rexroth form the basis for dependable operations at an Indonesian sugar mill – and by doing so they secure the livelihood of thousands of farmers.



Active heave compensation for offshore missions

Technical assistance is essential whenever equipment weighing many tons is to be placed on the seabed. SBM puts its faith in active heave compensation made by Rexroth.



Interdisciplinary and trend-setting

Mechatronic systems have long since become perfectly normal – but what exactly is mechatronics?



The user is king: User experience makes for differentiation

In the field of mechanical and plant engineering, the way in which users experience products and their manufacturers is an important differentiating feature, especially when products’ technical details are quite similar. Inducing enthusiasm among customers is a major key to success.



“You cannot dictate wellbeing.”

In order to be able to manufacture products appropriate to their users, the company first has to adopt the right attitude, says Marc Hassenzahl, professor of experience design at the Folkwang University in Essen, Germany.



Growing together

The electric motor and the hydraulic cylinder have been an integral part of mechanical engineering for more than 100 years. Joining the best of both technologies gives rise to solutions for the future.



Interacting with contents

Controlling machines and processes freehand: Augmented Reality joins virtual content with reality and offers many options for use in industry. What are they? That’s something Dr. Philipp Klimant of the Chemnitz University of Technology knows all about.



A quicker path to custom test beds

Kraus Automatisierungs-Technik GmbH uses Open Core Engineering toproduce tailor-made test beds.



Turbocharged calculations

Drawing on a CNC concept by Rexroth, ABB Turbo Systems produces the turbine blades for turbochargers both quickly and precisely.



Dashing through the fields

The new agricultural sprayer built by Stara features a hydrostatic drive, so that travel is as comfortable as in a passenger car.



Power turns

Horizontal directional drilling requires powerful, compact and reliable drill string drives.



A lean cutup

The new SL600 slicer is powered by IndraDrive Mi drives. This means that cheese and cold cuts can be sliced exactly to the gram. And they occupy far less space.



Cost-cutting pressures relieved

When building water jet cutting units, Projet System makes use of the benefits inherent to the quiet Sytronix variable-speed pumps.



The swift seat solution

At its plant in India, automotive supplier Johnson Controls uses the TS 2plus transfer system for seat assembly.



A heart for excavators

The RS control block platform turns compact excavators into highly responsive energy savers.



Diverse standards around the globe

A survey of the differing regional approaches to achieving machine safety.



5 Things We Can Do Without in the Industry by 2025

A bit more than ten years ago, many companies discussed whether the expenses for the Internet would ever pay off. Today, any company not using Internet technologies intensively, would be cut off from its customers and suppliers.




Time to market: How software makes us faster

Shorter product life cycles and smaller batch sizes are exerting tremendous pressure on industry. But with innovative software concepts, even a one-off item can be manufactured quickly and profitably.



At home around the world

More than 100 years ago, Rexroth products made their way into the wide, wide world. We want to show you how the company developed to become both a global player and local vendor.



“Make your development process public!”

He issues a call for greater transparency and finds that businesses could learn a great deal from interpersonal relationships. Corporate consultant Jerry Michalski redefines “customer centricity”.



Full control, with an app

Operating machinery simply by tilting a tablet PC. Does that sound like something from the future? At Glaub Automation & Engineering that has already become reality, thanks to Open Core Engineering.



A powerhouse

Using a system solution devised by Rexroth, a Chinese manufacturer aims to improve the efficiency of its wheeled loader.



Fuel-saver on the high seas

With the Turbo Hydraulic System from a Japanese shipbuilder, fuel consumption in maritime travel can be reduced all around the world.



Lasting the life of a forklift

Hydrostatic drives improve not only the efficiency but also the driving and working properties of counterbalance forklifts. Daniel Rösch, of the product management at Jungheinrich Moosburg GmbH, reports on advantages and new developments.



Prints everything

Regardless of whether paper, cardboard or film, the flexographic printing presses made by Expert, an Italian manufacturer, lend appeal to packaging.




Using the VarioFlow chain conveyor system, headliners for passenger cars are moved automatically from one machining station to the next.



The purity requirement

They are miniscule, but they can bring an entire system to a screeching stop: dirt particles in hydraulic fluid. The right choice of hydraulic system filters and proper service ease the situation.


Energy efficiency: Mechanical engineers seek to balance customer wishes and cost constraints

Energy efficiency: Mechanical engineers seek to balance customer wishes and cost constraints

Mechanical engineering companies are feeling double pressures in developing energy-efficient machines. On the one hand, there are statutory regulations and one’s own cost targets to be met, while on the other hand customers simply pass along their own efficiency requirements for the machine companies to deal with. A status report.


Quality management: On the test stand

Quality management: On the test stand

Quality has always been one of Bosch Rexroth’s decisive standards. Test methods, however, have changed radically over the years.


Generation management: Getting young and old to pull together

Generation management: Getting young and old to pull together

Companies must respond to different generations’ requirements to remain successful – says Prof. Martin Klaffke.


Appropriate technology for India

Appropriate technology for India

Monsoons, heat, dust. Why the Electrohydraulic Hitch Control has been so successful in India in spite of extreme weather conditions. A report by Raman Sheshadri and Uwe Falkenhain.


The world’s fastest ice cream packaging machine

The world’s fastest ice cream packaging machine

Fast cycle times and quick to market: Weyhmüller GmbH has developed the world’s fastest ice-cream packing machine.


Hydrodynamic research: Waves at the push of a button

Hydrodynamic research: Waves at the push of a button

The world’s largest oceanic laboratories make ships and offshore platforms fit for the tough conditions on the high seas.


Harmonized axes

Harmonized axes

The Seppelfricke Company has reduced cycle times by as much as 84 percent by using a rotary table system to machine its fittings.


A turn for the better

A turn for the better

A hydraulic distributor feeds raw material into blast furnaces quickly and at millimeter precision, even under extreme environmental conditions.


A bright idea

A bright idea

The machine tool specialists at Kleinknecht texturize rollers with sparks to ensure that sheet metal can be painted more efficiently.


Precision wood working

Precision wood working

An Italian manufacturer of wood processing machines has gone for precision components in his latest series.


Secondary controlled drives: dynamic, efficient, precise and versatile

Secondary controlled drives: dynamic, efficient, precise and versatile

How secondarycontrol drives conquer yet another field.



Machine safety: Protecting people, spurring markets.

The safety built into machinery is being advanced around the globe by adopting norms and standards. This affects access to international markets. This supposed hindrance also harbors many chances.


Master mason

For more than 40 years now, hydraulic systems by Rexroth have lent a hand in the form of concrete pumps when erecting large buildings. An overview.


The future can be planned

The introduction of technical innovations can be guided and adapted to people’s needs. At least that is the claim put forth by university professor Dr. Weissenberger-Eibl.


Christmas in a rolling mill

Unwavering commitment was needed to update machine safety equipment in a steel rolling mill.


A speedy beauty

The carousel system of an Italian component manufacturer mounts and tests the safety valves of dishwashing machines – and is more productive than ever before.


Pumping to record heights

A new, mobile concrete pump moves this building material to heights of more than 100 meters – and has won an entry in Guinness World Records.


Quality on prescription

When producing pouches for medical products, exact monitoring is vital – for all the components used.


Joining two worlds!

With its Open Core Interface, Rexroth is building a bridge between the PLC and IT worlds and gives users new freedoms. Norbert Sasse and Thomas Gabler report on the challenges encountered during development.

Safe and sure tightening

Safe and sure tightening

Power screwdrivers by Rexroth ensure that the gasoline-powered tools by Stihl can take even the toughest punishment.


Steel giant with a delicate touch

Straightening huge workpieces powerfully and precisely – and cutting energy use by 80 percent. The result of joint development.


The fascinating digger

The assignments handled and performance delivered by mobile hydraulics in heavy equipment is shown using an excavator as the example.


“We build intelligence into everyday objects.”

Printed electronics can already be found in many applications. But what does the future hold in store for these so-called “printed functionalities”?


Moving masses

Back in 1953, several German enterprises independently set about making a name in the sector for fluid hydraulics. Rexroth’s iron foundry in Lohr presented its first hydraulic valves, Bosch started up in Stuttgart with an external gear pump for farm tractors, Hydromatik of Ulm began designing high-pressure pumps, and Brueninghaus of Werdohl was about to build its axial piston manufacturing plant.

Space-saving development

Space-saving development

Solomatic, a Danish company specializing in custom machinery, cracks tough nuts with planetary screw assemblies

Four spindles counter standstills

Four spindles counter standstills

The processing center at an Italian manufacturer of special-purpose machinery really cranks it up with Rexroth components.

A perfect composition

A perfect composition

Chain conveyor systems help to transport securely packed Magnum ice cream to people with a sweet tooth, all around the world.


Perfect project administration

How systematic process management guarantees quality, profitability and punctuality.


Down the ways, right on time

Allseas – an operator of special-purpose ships – puts its faith in binding project processes.


The great press review

For nearly 60 years now, Rexroth has been manufacturing components used in presses and shaping technology. Here is a historical rundown of the major developments.


The thinking factory

In the future, products and machines armed with artificial intelligence will communicate with one another and with their production environment. The magic word: “Industry 4.0”.