Competitive Edge 4.0

Challenge:

Improve the efficiency and versatility of a new electrohydraulic valve assembly line at the Bosch Rexroth Homburg plant.

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Rexroth Solution

Utilize Industry 4.0 technologies, including improved logistics and connectivity, self-adjusting assembly stations and on-screen instructions tailored to individual workers to transform production flow and flexibility.

Results:

  • Each associate carries a Bluetooth tag that stores the necessary information and automatically transmits it to the assembly station
  • Assembly stations adjust to individual associates and display text in the appropriate size and language
  • The workpiece carrier incorporates an RFID tag identifying the valve being assembled, guides the product along the line and requests all materials required for assembly
  • Over 200 different hydraulic valves are assembled into a single value stream on the assembly line