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Full power, from compact to 250 axes

The shortest cycle times for every task: Increase in performance in all variants of the IndraMotion MTX system solution.

The latest versions of the IndraMotion MTX CNC solution shorten cycle times across the whole spectrum of machine tools

Bosch Rexroth offers significant increases in performance and additional software functions for higher productivity with the latest versions of the IndraMotion MTX CNC system family. Scalable to the needs in both hardware and software. In the highest configuration, it now controls up to 250 axes in 60 independent NC channels using one control hardware. The system solutions are already designed for the requirements of industry 4.0, with open interfaces to the IT world, multi-touch operating devices and simulation programs.

Two trends have shaped the market for machine tools recently. On one hand, end users are ordering complex production plants with integrated horizontal and vertical networking for large-series production. Therefore, the number of axes is rapidly increasing. On the other hand, compact but nevertheless precise machine tools are winning market shares, above all in emerging countries. With the latest generation of the IndraMotion MTX CNC system solution, Bosch Rexroth offers suitable solutions for both of these trends.

In the highest configuration the IndraMotion MTX advanced controls up to 250 axes in 60 independent NC channels with only one control hardware. By means of a multicore processor, the system solution achieves minimal cycle times even with a maximum number of axes and replaces additional controls that were previously necessary in complex rotary transfer machines. Thanks to this, machine manufacturers can also economically automate complicated systems, especially since a PLC in accordance with IEC 61131-3 is integrated for automation in all variants. With pre-defined technology functions for turning, milling, drilling, grinding, punching and jet cutting, the system solution is suitable for universal use.

On the other end of the performance scale, the compact IndraMotion MTX micro CNC solution also takes on the job of 5-axis machining of components. Therefore, end users can fulfill precision requirements, for example those of the automobile industry, with minimal investment costs.

Prepared for industry 4.0

The IndraMotion MTX system family already fulfills all of the prerequisites for horizontal and vertical networking with an integrated OPC UA webserver and the Open Core Interface technology. This can also be seen in the latest generation of control devices. The multi-touch HMI transfers the user-friendly operation of smartphones and tablets to the CNC control system and shortens training time with additional information.

Simulation for shorter cycle times

With its scalable simulation software, Rexroth provides the opportunity to test and optimize NC programs at different complexity levels, both online and offline. This software monitors collisions and offers extensive opportunities to optimize NC programs in order to reduce cycle times with higher cutting force and shorter downtimes.

The free-of-charge basic version creates a 3D contour plot and a cutting removal simulation, both online and offline. In the full version, users import the 3D models of machines, stock variants, clamping devices and tools, adapt them if necessary and, in doing so, receive a virtual figure of the complete machine tool and the processes.

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, more than 33,700 associates generated sales revenue of approximately 5.6 billion euros in 2014.

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 360,000 associates worldwide (as per April 1, 2015). The company generated sales of 49 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 roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including its sales and service partners, 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 objective is to create solutions for a 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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