028-12 Lohr, 2012-04-26

Rexroth software tool keeps printing machines fit

The software solution iDDS dynamically analyses trends and changes to a variety of KPIs and generate

The software solution iDDS dynamically analyses trends and changes to a variety of KPIs and generates instructions regarding current maintenance requirements.

Components tend to wear down over time, especially on older printing machines. Thus the risk of failure increases significantly. That can lead to high costs from resulting downtime. Replacing parts measure at specified intervals as a preventative is inefficient because it increases maintenance costs. The Interactive Device Diagnosis System (iDDS), a new software tool recently developed by Rexroth, provides an alternative. It uses available data from the printing machine’s drive and control system. The tool dynamically analyses trends and changes to process key performance indicators (KPI) and gives instructions regarding any maintenance needed.

Users expect their printing machines to provide increased availability and long life spans. Rexroth focused on these expectations when developing its Interactive Device Diagnosis System (iDDS). The software solution dynamically analyses trends and changes to a variety of KPIs such as capacity utilization and deviations without requiring additional sensors. The software then uses this data to generate instructions regarding current maintenance requirements. That gives maintenance staff plenty of time to schedule the necessary maintenance measures and work on the machines during production downtime. Software macros that can be configured according to the user’s needs let users customize the tool and adjust it to different process flows.

Data can be accessed locally or on a web server installed by the user for remote diagnosis – independent of the location. The data stays inside the user’s firewall the entire time. That prevents unauthorized access by third parties and guarantees a high degree of data security. In addition to installation and launching the system, Rexroth provides intensive system training. At the customer’s request a Rexroth automation specialist will also conduct the analysis via remote diagnosis and carry out maintenance measures.

The automatic system monitoring iDDS complements the Rexroth service package for printing machines. Within the scope of product overhaul activities, specialists worldwide replace specific packages of wearing parts in the drive system. That extends the machine’s life span. Rexroth service also schedules and conducts retrofit and updating measures for older machines.

Bosch Rexroth AG is one of the world’s leading specialists in the field of drive and control technologies. Under the Rexroth brand name, the company supplies more than 500,000 customers with tailored solutions for driving, controlling, and moving. Bosch Rexroth is a partner for Mobile Applications, Machinery Applications and Engineering, Factory Automation and Renewable Energies. The company provides customized solutions tailored to the needs and specifications of each individual market. As The Drive & Control Company, Bosch Rexroth develops, produces, and sells components and systems in over 80 countries. As part of the Bosch Group, Bosch Rexroth and its 34,900 associates generated approximately 5.1 billion euros in revenue in 2010.

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. According to preliminary figures, more than 300,000 associates generated sales of 51.4 billion euros in the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology in fiscal 2011. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 350 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 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. Bosch spent more than 4 billion euros for research and development in 2011, and applied for over 4,100 patents worldwide. With all its products and services, Bosch enhances the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial.

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