Adaptive Systems motion control technology leads to big productivity gains

Bosch Rexroth Adaptive Systems

Rexroth Adaptive Systems technology provides the intelligence to enable predictive maintenance and apply vibration damping in processes where sloshing, vibration and sway affect machine productivity.

Adaptive Systems technology minimizes unwanted movements like oscillations and vibrations, helping increase process throughput by up to 50 percent.

Bosch Rexroth offers Adaptive Systems motion control technology directly at the drive level to reduce unwanted movements in industrial machinery. The technology alleviates movements including oscillations, vibrations, sloshing and sway.

Ideal for applications ranging from packaging and printing to material handling, machining and semiconductor manufacturing, this technology offers big opportunities for productivity gains from increased throughput and extended machine life.

Vibrations and oscillations are simple, repetitive motions, but they’re governed by complex factors of wave physics. The complex nature of waves often makes traditional vibration control methods ineffective.

Because implementing vibration damping and avoidance techniques requires a control system that can quickly adapt to varying process, material and application changes, Rexroth offers Adaptive System technology directly at the drive level, rather than at the higher control level.

Less vibration not only reduces dimensional variation and damage to the product, but also permits shorter stabilization and transient times to increase machine throughput. In addition, reducing vibration reduces mechanical stress, which extends machine life.

Rexroth Adaptive System motion control can handle high-speed inputs and deterministic events with closed-loop response times. For example, current closure can be accomplished in 62.5 microseconds, speed loop closure in 125 microseconds, and position closure in 250 microseconds.

Rexroth Adaptive Systems technology is implemented from the company’s IndraMotion MLD drive-based motion logic controller. This platform supports all the Rexroth Adaptive System component technologies. Rexroth IndraDrive intelligent servo drives with sensors monitor the status of axis mechanics. Additionally, Rexroth Productivity Agent software uses the drive as an intelligent sensor to monitor, analyze and reduce vibrations in real time.

Adaptive Systems Technology Controls Slosh in Liquid Handling

Rexroth’s Adaptive Systems technology is ideal for applications where slosh needs to be controlled. With packaging applications that involve liquids, acceleration or deceleration of the package induces motion—or slosh—in the liquid. This negatively affects the folding, filling, sealing and measuring processes.

Because package movement is controlled by servo drives, using adaptive technology to minimize slosh provides several benefits. It reduces the requirement for empty reserve space in the container, which can help reduce the amount and expense of packaging material. Greater stability in the fluid meniscus also allows the use of optical level sensors to provide feedback to further optimize motion control. It also shortens stabilization times and cuts down on the transient time for contents to settle. This means faster filling, sealing and machine cycle times.

Adaptive System technology for controlling slosh is particularly beneficial in packaging lines for beverages, chemicals, oils and pharmaceuticals. Packaging lines that implement anti-slosh motion control typically experience throughput improvements of 10 to 50 percent. For a demonstration on how Adaptive System technology can be used to control slosh, watch this video.

For a complete overview of Bosch Rexroth’s Adaptive System technology and its applications and advantages, read the complete technical article.

About Bosch Rexroth:

Economical, precise, safe, and energy efficient: drive and control technology from Bosch Rexroth moves machines and systems of any size. The company bundles global application experience in the market segments of Mobile Applications, Machinery Applications and Engineering, Factory Automation, and Renewable Energies to develop innovative components as well as tailored system solutions and services. Bosch Rexroth offers its customers hydraulics, electric drives and controls, gear technology, and linear motion and assembly technology all from one source. With locations in over 80 countries, more than 36,700 associates generated sales revenue of approximately 5.7 billion euros ($7.6 billion) in 2013. To learn more, please visit

About Bosch:

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In 2013, its roughly 281,000 associates generated sales of 46.1 billion euros ($61.2 billion). Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Automotive Technology, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 360 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 50 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. In 2013, Bosch applied for some 5,000 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s products and services are designed to fascinate, and to improve the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. In this way, the company offers technology worldwide that is “Invented for life.” Additional information is available online at , and

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, healthcare telemedicine and software solutions. For more information, please visit , and


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