Trends and Topics
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.
Faster to market, more reliable in operation
Seven software solutions to make everyday life more efficient.
“People won’t be relinquishing control”
Prof. Alexander Verl on the significance of automation, expertise and working ethics when accelerating the production process in mechanical engineering.
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.
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.
Routing at guaranteed prices
Quick, precise, and economical, too. The new gantry-style milling machines by KOMO make that possible. A well thought out CNC solution helps.
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.
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.
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 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
Companies must respond to different generations’ requirements to remain successful – says Prof. Martin Klaffke.
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
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
The world’s largest oceanic laboratories make ships and offshore platforms fit for the tough conditions on the high seas.
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 hydraulic distributor feeds raw material into blast furnaces quickly and at millimeter precision, even under extreme environmental conditions.
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
An Italian manufacturer of wood processing machines has gone for precision components in his latest series.
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.
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
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”?
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.
Solomatic, a Danish company specializing in custom machinery, cracks tough nuts with planetary screw assemblies
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
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”.