, 2016-11-02

Bosch Rexroth will drive new levels of innovation at PACK EXPO 2016

Bosch Rexroth PACK EXPO Preview

Bosch Rexroth and IASE Robotic Packaging System demo will be on display at PACK EXPO.

Bosch Rexroth will showcase its latest components and solutions for the packaging industry, November 6-9, 2016, at PACK EXPO International in Chicago, Illinois. Throughout the conference, attendees are invited to Bosch Rexroth’s Innovation Tour, an interactive experience that features demonstrations of a multitude of technologies, both within the Rexroth booth as well as customer booths.

Experts will explain how the latest advances in cabinet-free technology can help machine builders create more productive machines that use less plant floor space, how to create compact, energy-efficient machines and how to develop complete production lines. Show attendees can see the company’s latest demo, a distrubution conveyor system developed with modular packaging machine designer, IASE, that incorporates IASE’s Michelangelo robot. The demo incorporates Bosch Rexroth kinematics, an IndraDrive M Dual Drive configuration with Rexroth’s high performance MSK motors and integrated drive safety.

Rexroth Technologies at Work

During this year’s PACK EXPO, attendees will have the opportunity to explore Rexroth technologies on the Innovation Tour. With demonstrations available in the Rexroth booth as well as select customer booths, the tour highlights a number of Rexroth’s Industry 4.0, Safety on Board, Open Core Engineering and 4EE capabilities. More information on the Innovation Tour, including a list of participating exhibitors, will be available in the South Hall at booth #S-2872.

See a Cutting-Edge Distribution Solution

Bosch Rexroth will showcase an exciting, continuously moving distribution conveyor demo within its booth, featuring IASE’s Michelangelo robot. The system is driven by an MSK-050 multi-turn absolute servo motor. As a product travels downstream a Vision System, in this case Keyence, will take multiple pictures and capture X, Y, rotational angle, and belt position. The vision system will also detect for imperfections in the product based on the customer specification. This information will be transmitted to the R150 Michelangelo Robot.

When the product enters the envelope of the robot it will synchronize to the traveling speed of the product and pick the product by means of a vacuum. Once the product is picked the R150 will desynchronize from the distribution conveyor and check if a tray or carton is within range. If a tray or carton is within range the R150 will synchronize to the speed of that tray or carton and deposit the product in the predetermined configuration based on the customer specification. If a tray or carton is not within range, it will move to a buffer position and wait for the next available tray or carton to deposit in. The R150 will repeat this process until the designated configuration is complete.

Industry 4.0 concepts advance with Open Core Engineering

One of the most dominant topics across the automation and manufacturing industry landscape right now is Industry 4.0 — where the virtual world of information technology, the physical world of machines and the Internet are merging to become one. The advances in machine-to-machine communication, and the vastly improved intelligence in those machines, are leading to more automated processes, machine self-monitoring and results in real time. These advancements are also enabling the use of mobile devices in automation systems. Bosch Rexroth’s innovative Open Core Engineering system is a key tool in helping drive this change.

Do more in less space with IndraDrive Mi

Rexroth offers a system solution that saves space, with maximum flexibility and efficiency: the IndraDrive Mi with its revolutionary cabinet-free power supply. This innovation eliminates drive electronics from the cabinet and lets machine builders mount a more compact controls enclosure directly to the machine — freeing up valuable plant floor space.

With its pioneering status in modular, ultra-compact drive technology, IndraDrive Mi has changed the game in packaging and processing machine design, generating savings with up to 90 percent less wiring, cabinet size and energy consumption. The newest generation of IndraDrive Mi features integrated safety functions, extended communication options, intelligent control functions and an energy-efficient power supply, making it more useful and versatile than ever before.

MS2N Synchronous Motors

The new IndraDyn S series MS2N synchronous servo motors from Rexroth improve the consistency of the path velocity and hence the processing quality thanks to significantly reduced torque ripple. In conjunction with IndraDrive control units, completely new applications are possible, with greater packaging machine uptime in networked environments using the MS2N motors as a data source.These new motors carefully perform intelligent scans all the way to the motor. The individual measurements of each motor, as well as the saturation and temperature data, are stored in the respective motor's memory and automatically processed by IndraDrive controllers. This information greatly increases the precision of the torque and reduces the tolerance range while in operation to a fraction of what were previously normal values. In addition, the servo motor also provides data for the first time. As a result, packaging machine operators can implement Industry 4.0 applications, such as condition monitoring and predictive maintenance, both economically and without additional components.

Modular I/O Expansion

Bosch Rexroth’s IndraControl XM21/22 programmable logic controllers (PLC) combine the speed of the Sercos automation bus with Rexroth’s IndraControl S20 input/output (I/O) series for one functionally complete and scalable control system. The controllers are available with either an Intel® 600 or 1,300 MHz ATOM processor (XM21/22), along with an onboard Sercos master featuring a cycle time as low as 250 µs. By integrating the company’s modular IndraControl S20 I/O series into the controller, Rexroth adds to the flexibility of the control system. Optional extension modules further expand the integration options, while a service-friendly design reduces installation costs.

IndraControl XM

Ideal for all packaging, factory automation and motion logic applications, the IndraControl XM platform is easy to configure and features high-performance real-time data processing capabilities; the platform is built with connected industry in mind. All XM Controllers fully utilize the features of Rexroth’s Open Core Interface, opening the door to multiple software development environments using a standard SDK, tailored for each development software. This allows integration into a wide range of systems, for a truly connected solution.

VarioFlow plus

The VarioFlow plus chain conveyor system is a versatile, high-performance and standardized system ideal for machine builders and packaged product manufacturers who need dramatically faster time-to-market. Engineered to meet the demands of today’s rapidly changing packaging markets, VarioFlow plus sets industry standards for flexibility and modularity. Users can easily configure individual, space-saving automation solutions for complex processing and transportation tasks, even in particularly difficult environments.

Start your Bosch Rexroth Innovation Tour of the latest technology and product demonstrations at PACK EXPO 2016 in Chicago, Illinois, South Hall Booth #S-2872, November 6-9, 2016. For more information, visit

About Bosch Rexroth

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, and Factory Automation 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 31,100 associates generated sales revenue of approximately $5.99 billion (5.4 billion euros) in 2015. To learn more, please visit

About Bosch

Having established a regional presence in 1906 in North America, the Bosch Group employs some 28,700 associates in more than 100 locations, as of April 1, 2015. In 2014, Bosch generated consolidated sales of $11.3 billion in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. For more information, , and .

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). The company generated sales of $78.3 billion (70.6 billion euros) in 2015. 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 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development at 118 locations across the globe. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” Additional information is available online at and , .



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