, 2017-02-13

Bosch Rexroth’s IMS-A position measuring system now offers even faster set-up with DRIVE-CLiQ interface

Rexroth IMS-A with DRIVE-CLiQ

The integrated absolute value measuring system from Rexroth sets up in a matter of minutes

Bosch Rexroth makes it even easier to set up the new IMS-A measuring system integrated into linear guides with the introduction of the new DRIVE-CLiQ* interface. Plug it in, determine the measurement section and you’re done.This Ethernet-based interface automatically recognizes the electronic nameplate of the highly accurate and robust new absolute value measuring system.

Since the IMS-A introduction on the market, it has been possible to set up within minutes with HIPERFACE** and the Rexroth IndraDrive. Complemented by the SSI interface, IMS-A also provides universal support for machine tools, additive production processes and other applications requiring high levels of precision.

Combining guiding and measuring functions in a single component significantly reduces the mechanical installation effort in the machine. The DRIVE-CLiQ* interface also shortens the electrical start-up when it is used with Siemens drives and controls. With the Plug & Play encoder system, the person performing the setup merely has to determine the respective zero point of the machine and the measurement section. DRIVE-CLiQ* retrieves diagnostic information as well as enables all other information to be transferred automatically from the electronic nameplate of the IMS-A.

The absolute position is transferred with a resolution of 25 nm, while the repeatability is better than +/- 0.25 μm. The integrated scale is available at an accuracy of up to +/- 3 μm/m which rivals a glass scale. With the IMS-A, engineers can use several runner blocks on a profiled rail independently and without any accuracy limitations. Even after a power failure, the measuring system still reports the exact position of the axis without a homing cycle.

Integrated into the linear guides, the absolute position measuring system operates without contact and is therefore wear-free. Even in working spaces with coolants, dust, shavings and other contaminants, the IMS-A does not require elaborate energy wasting air purge systems. The regular replacement or cleaning work that would usually be necessary for glass scales in these environments is no longer required which means less machine downtime. In addtion, the measuring system is not sensitive to magnetic fields or vibrations and shocks. The sensors and evaluation electronics are located in an IP67 protective housing on the end face of the runner block This allows design engineers to save space normally needed for external measuring systems. Rail guides equipped with the IMS-A fit into existing machine designs without any constructional alterations in virtually every application.

*DRIVE-CLiQ is a protected trademark of Siemens.

**HIPERFACE is a protected trademark of SICK STEGMANN GmbH.

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 32,500 associates in more than 100 locations, as of December 31, 2016. According to preliminary figures, in 2016 Bosch generated consolidated sales of $13.7 billion in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. For more information, visit , and .

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 390,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2016). According to preliminary figures, the company generated sales of 73.1 billion euros ($80.9 billion) in 2016. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT company, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, smart cities, connected mobility, and connected industry. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to create solutions for a connected life, and to improve quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 450 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 120 locations across the globe, Bosch employs 59,000 associates in research and development.

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