PI 008-15 Lohr am Main, 2015-01-16

Assembly technology for the factory of the future

At the SPS IPC Drives 2014 Professor Jürgen Jasperneite (CIIT) and Günter Krenz (Bosch Rexroth) signed a Statement for the future partnership.

Bosch Rexroth is involved as a strategic partner at the Lemgo Science-to-Business Center CIIT (CENTRUM INDUSTRIAL IT)

Bosch Rexroth will be a strategic partner of CENTRUM INDUSTRIAL IT (CIIT). With this partnership, the global operating specialist in drive and control technology expects to strategically evolve the assembly technology for the factory of the future. Mid-2015 Bosch Rexroth will move into the CIIT at Lemgo in Ostwestfalen-Lippe (OWL) – a region in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany At least three Rexroth developers, will then permanently work together with the other partners on-site.

The innovative drive for Industry 4.0 is an automation based on information and communication technologies. Therefore it is essential for the competitiveness of German machinery and plant engineering and related industries. The CIIT is one of three performance centers for the leading-edge cluster “it’s OWL – Intelligent Engineering Systems OstWestfalenLippe”.

At CIIT competitors research and work together on projects. "Within the pre-competitive research, partners are united by the common understanding of information and communication technologies being major innovation drivers for automation and production engineering," said Professor Jürgen Jasperneite, head of the two research institutions in Lemgo and co-founder of the CIIT.

The innovative research environment around the CIIT technology campus with the new research factory is the perfect addition for Bosch Rexroth to the company's own research activities within the field of Industry 4.0. "We see the partnership as a strategic contribution to the development of assembly technology for the factory of the future," said Günter Krenz, technical director of assembly technology from Bosch Rexroth.

In the "Smart Factory OWL", an initiative of the Fraunhofer-Society and the OWL University, Bosch Rexroth will therefore insert its assembly and control technology. The company thereby hopes for impulse especially on "People in the environment of Industry 4.0". These include adaptive and highly flexible working systems or role-specific supply of information at the workplace.

"We of course want to sit in and make a significant input," Krenz endorses the commitment to the leading-edge cluster region OWL – wherever there is a dialogue between science and industry, where new solutions for machines, plants and production systems more and more powerful arise. "After all, only through innovation we are able to be a step ahead of the international competition."

The CENTRUM INDUSTRIAL IT (CIIT) is Germany's first science-to-business center in the sector of industrial automation. The division of industrial automation is the innovation engine for the German machinery and plant engineering. The CIIT is the place where independent companies and research institutes relating this issue are registered and located in an open network of partners and work together on research projects. Technology companies in automation technology, in addition to the two institutions, the Fraunhofer Application Center Industrial Automation (IOSB INA) and the Institute Industrial IT (inIT) of the OWL University, work and research together at the same time under one roof. Since 2010, companies and research institutes with more than 200 highly skilled positions together form the entire value chain, from research to marketability. The CIIT settled in the middle of Ostwestfalen-Lippe, on the campus of the OWL University, a region for mechanical engineering. Ideal conditions for the exchange of industry, research and science.

The CIIT was selected in 2008 by the initiative "Innovation and Knowledge" for a key project in the region OWL. In 2012 the CIIT received the title of "Landmark in the Land of Ideas" by the German government and the German bank. 2013 followed with the award "Germany at its best“ by the North Rhine-Westphalia Ministry of Economy, Energy, Industry, SMEs and Craft. With the title "Place of Progress" of the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Research of NRW, the CIIT can embellish itself since 2014. The CIIT is one of three performance centers for the leading-edge cluster “it’s OWL – Intelligent Engineering Systems OstWestfalenLippe”.,

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. According to preliminary figures, its roughly 290,000 associates generated sales of 48.9 billion euros in 2014. 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 more than 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 2014, Bosch applied for some 4,600 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s strategic goal is to deliver innovations for 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.”

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