PI 081-14 Lohr am Main, 2014-09-22

Competitive edge thanks to unique process functions

Individual expansion of functions with the Open Core Interface.

Perform individual functions on Rexroth control systems without PLC

Rexroth achieves a new degree of freedom for mechanical engineering with the interface technology Open Core Interface. To Open Core Engineering, an engineering framework for PLC automation, this interface adds high-level language programming with enhanced access to the core of the control system. This enables machine manufacturers to create individual functions without additional hardware, clearly setting them apart from the competition.

There are often no economical alternatives to standard control systems. As a result, machine manufacturers have previously had to accept that they could only implement the same functions available to all other competitors. Rexroth has now done away with this limitation. For the first time machine manufacturers can create individual and real-time machine functions outside of the PLC program with the interface technology known as Open Core Interface.

The Rexroth control platforms IndraLogic XLC (PLC), IndraMotion MLC (motion-logic) and IndraMotion MTX (CNC) support the direct implementation of individual high-level language programs into the standard control system. The programs have direct access to the firmware, which is only offered by Rexroth in this form. This enables machine manufacturers to create control algorithms for complex functions and kinematics quickly and independently. The programmers do not require any PLC skills; instead they use the de facto standard high-level languages C/C++.

Rexroth provides machine manufacturers with an extensive library which programmers of individual functions can use to directly access the control function. This enables them to directly control axes without writing a single line of a PLC program. Open Core Interface is therefore the ideal way to protect the machine manufacturers’ expertise.

Shorter cycle times and higher productivity

The new degrees of freedom replace the additional control hardware previously required for complex process functions. This, for example, applies to the quality assurance with camera systems, register control for optimized material processing or decentral order scheduling at the machine. Previously, machine manufacturers had to perform these process flows – which are programmed in high-level languages – outside of the machine control system on a separate one. The need to communicate between both control systems increased the complexity of the automation architecture and the engineering workload.

Direct processing in the machine control system reduces this complexity and significantly shortens the cycle times. Manufacturers of printing presses therefore lower the system costs with Open Core Interface by completely relocating the register control into the motion-logic system from Rexroth. This prevents register errors and increases productivity.

Efficient PLC automation

In addition to the new interface technology, Open Core Engineering includes all software tools, function toolkits and open standards for efficient PLC automation. The predefined technology functions cover almost all standard tasks and lower engineering costs and effort. Rexroth continuously focuses on open standards as part of this process. For the machine manufacturer, this means the software they create is more future-proof.

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 in 2013.

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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. (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: Automotive Technology, 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.”

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