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Flexible control for winches and cranes

Flexible control for winches and cranes

The new control solution from Rexroth can be quickly and easily implemented in winch and crane systems.

Working on the basis of years of industry experience in the control of hydraulic winches and cranes, Rexroth has developed a new control solution that is suitable for both simple and complex winch and crane drives. Designers can generate new systems quickly and flexibly with it.

The control system from Rexroth can easily be connected to the customer's system using predefined interfaces. Numerous hardware variants in the form of an extensive modular system allow the designer maximum flexibility and reduce costs and errors during commissioning by means of a simple “plug-and-play” interface.

In the software, for example, the designer can access standardized modules for control functions. Integrated security features ensure compliance with the required safety level. The modular structure of the software makes using the control system very flexible, in both simple and complex applications. The designer can freely choose the degree of networking, also in terms of security features, according to the specific application requirements.

For example, for applications with a hydraulic power unit and a single winch drive Bosch Rexroth offers with this solution a cost-effective and extremely compact integrated control system, based on its BODAS RC28-14/30 controller.

Originally developed for mobile applications, the controller is designed especially for use in harsh environments, as it can withstand large temperature changes as well as vibrations and shocks. The control solution is also very compact and can be installed saving space on deck for workboats or platforms.

Modifications, enhancements, and the interface to the customer's system can be tested and adjusted by the designer directly on a test stand provided by Rexroth. This saves an expensive commissioning and testing of the solution on board the ship.

Based on proven technology, field-tested components and validated software, Rexroth’s control solution enables engineers to develop crane and winch systems with optional active heave compensation faster and cheaper.

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, roughly 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.) (NB: Due to a change in accounting policies, the 2013 figures can only be compared to a limited extent with the 2012 figures). Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 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, the Bosch Group invested some 4.5 billion euros in research and development and applied for some 5,000 patents. This is an average of 20 patents per day. 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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