Increasing productivity and reducing costs – Bosch Rexroth turns energy efficiency into a competitive advantage
– Systematically lowering energy consumption while keeping productivity the same
– New solutions and optimization of existing plants
– Bundling of energy saving opportunities for all machine types
Improving energy efficiency is one of the major challenges in machine engi-neering. Regulatory requirements such as TIER 4 final and rising energy pri-ces are major concerns for the industry. In addition, many companies want to reduce their carbon footprint. In order to design their machines and plants to be as energy efficient as possible, engineers must look at the overall system. Generally, merely optimizing individual parts is not enough. Bosch Rexroth, as a supplier of the full range of drive and control technologies, has therefore developed a consistent systematic approach called Rexroth for Energy Efficiency (4EE).
Rexroth 4EE uses four levers: Energy System Design comprises a systematic overall analysis, project planning, simulation, and consulting. Efficient Components are components and systems with optimized efficiency. Energy Recovery includes solutions such as the Hydrostatic Regenerative Braking System (HRB) in which surplus energy is recycled and stored. Energy on Demand refers to the supply of energy based on demand.
4EE can reduce the energy consumption of machines and plants significantly - without any losses in productivity. An example: The drives of complex ma-chines are hardly ever employed simultaneously. If they are permanently available, they unnecessarily consume energy. Bosch Rexroth's controllers and control systems switch energy consumers that are not needed at any given time into an energy-saving standby mode. The result: Increased energy efficiency, reduced CO2 emissions and lower energy costs.
Another example is the Sytronix variable speed pump drive, which lowers rotational speeds under partial load or during breaks all the way down to zero. This not only lowers direct energy consumption, but also reduces heat gene-ration, so that in most cases, no cooling is required at all.
Energy efficiency consulting with specific recommendations for action. Moreover, Bosch Rexroth offers your company energy consulting services which will benefit you not only in optimizing existing plants but also when developing a new plant. An analysis looks systematically at all potential opportunities for energy savings in all drive and control technologies for all au-tomation systems and machine types throughout the entire life cycle. Then, we will provide you with specific recommendations for action – based on our 4EE method. Optimizing your systems will allow you to increase the perfor-mance of your machines and plants. This will save you money and ensures your competitiveness.
Bosch Rexroth will also use the 4EE approach to reduce CO2 emissions from its own plants worldwide by 20 percent by 2020. The experiences gained in the process will also translate into our energy efficiency consulting for machinery manufacturers and end users.