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Rexroth EasyHandling Automates Handling Tasks Economically With up to 80 Percent Less Engineering Expenditure

Rexroth EasyHandling Automates Handling Tasks Economically With up to 80 Percent Less

EasyHandling makes it possible to automate handling tasks economically, with up to 80 percent less engineering efforts required

Automate handling tasks economically with EasyHandling from Rexroth

With this solution platform, Rexroth has taken the next step in introducing economic automation of handling tasks. Seamless integration of all drive and control technologies with linear systems, standardized mechanical and electrical interfaces, and new commissioning assistants simplify the fundamental automation process. EasyHandling is more than just a modular system and reduces the total time required to assemble, configure and commission a plant by up to 80 percent, depending on the application.

The Rexroth EasyHandling system solution is based on a three-level architecture, which includes the basic, comfort, and advanced versions. These cover all levels of automation – from mechatronic actuators, to intelligent axes, through to the preconfigured system solution – and enable efficient up and down scaling.

The EasyHandling basic version encompasses mechanical single- and multiple-axis systems, ready to install, with motors and pneumatics and spans all mechanical drive principles. Pneumatic actuators such as grippers and rotary modules, as well as sensors, are also available. A solution-oriented software selection tool shortens configuration and planning time.

Mechanical Parameters Already Defined

Preconfigured Rexroth servo drives expand the entire range of basic axes for the EasyHandling comfort level. Using newly developed hardware that supports several Ethernet protocols, servo drives realize communication with Rexroth IndraDrive Cs controllers via Sercos III Ethernet, PROFINET IO, EtherNet/IP, and EtherCat. It is also possible to outfit the drives with a PROFIBUS or other traditional communication interface. The EasyHandling comfort version thus combines ultra-high versatility with unsurpassed ease in commissioning.

Rexroth is the only manufacturer to offer an engineering tool in which electrical and mechanical data is already defined for each axis. The EasyHandling commissioning assistant recognizes the electronic nameplate of the Rexroth IndraDyn motor and links the data to the mechanical parameters after the serial number of the linear module is entered. This narrows down the scope of commissioning to specifying a few application-specific parameters and cuts the time otherwise required by up to 90 percent. EasyHandling also greatly simplifies design and assembly, since a form-fit connection method reduces the need to fabricate adapter components by up to 75 percent.

Adaptable Maintenance Instructions Extend Service Life

In the third version, EasyHandling advanced, Rexroth integrates a scalable, preconfigured motion-logic controller compliant with the IEC 61131-3 and PLC open standards in the handling systems. It replaces extensive programming with fast configuration thanks to predefined functions. The controller assumes the coordinated point-to-point motions and smoothing and optimized handling paths for Cartesian systems. The drive controller software provides the operator with maintenance instructions that correspond to the specific run times and travel paths based on the axis-specific mechanical data defined. This ensures that lubrication intervals are maintained, for example. The result is a much longer service life and reduced risk of mechanical failure.

Bosch Rexroth AG is one of the world’s leading specialists in the field of drive and control technologies. Under the Rexroth brand name, the company supplies more than 500,000 customers with tailored solutions for driving, controlling, and moving. Bosch Rexroth is a partner for Mobile Applications, Machinery Applications and Engineering, Factory Automation and Renewable Energies. The company provides customized solutions tailored to the needs and specifications of each individual market. As The Drive & Control Company, Bosch Rexroth develops, produces, and sells components and systems in over 80 countries. As part of the Bosch Group, Bosch Rexroth and its 38,400 associates generated approximately 6.4 billion euros in revenue in 2011.

To learn more, please visit www.boschrexroth-us.com

In the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the Bosch Group manufactures and markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket products, industrial drives and control technology, power tools, security and communication systems, packaging technology, thermotechnology, household appliances, solar energy, healthcare telemedicine and software innnovations. Having established a regional presence in 1906, Bosch employs over 22,500 associates in more than 100 locations, with sales of $9.8 billion in fiscal year 2011, per preliminary figures. For more information, visit www.boschusa.com .

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. According to preliminary figures, more than 300,000 associates generated sales of 51.4 billion euros ($71.5 billion) in the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology in fiscal year 2011. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 350 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. Bosch spent more than 4 billion euros ($5.5 billion) for research and development in 2011, and applied for over 4,100 patents worldwide. With all its products and services, Bosch enhances the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. Further information is available online at www.bosch.com and www.bosch-press.com .

 

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