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Industry 4.0 Case Study

Learn how a production line at Bosch Rexroth reduced costs and achieved zero product failures by adopting Industry 4.0


Smart Manufacturing on the Production Line

This case study explores how Bosch Rexroth adopted Industry 4.0 technology on its own production line in Homburg Germany, to become more competitive through manufacturing at lower costs with increased flexibility, and higher quality standards.

Production benefits since adopting Industry 4.0;

  • Set up time reduced from 450 seconds to zero
  • Inventory days reduced from 3 to 1.5, with a 30% stock reduction
  • Cycle times cut from 474 seconds to 438 seconds, with a 10% output increase
  • Annual saving of €500,000


The Bosch Rexroth facility at Homburg, in the Saarland region of Germany, manufactures hydraulic valves for mobile machinery, such as tractors. The market for hydraulic valves is very demanding in terms of quality, strict delivery schedules and competitive costs. Industry 4.0 was adopted to enable these demands to be met in a highly complex production line.

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