PI 048-15 Lohr am Main, 2015-11-16

Control system ready for the demands of Industry 4.0

Performance-increased hardware platform in a consistent system design for increased sharing of information in highly networked production facilities

IndraMotion MLC with more automation performance and flexibility

For the increased exchange of information and data, the vertical and horizontal integration requires high performance from devices and increased intelligence for sustainable machine controls. With the new IPC-based control hardware, Bosch Rexroth increased the overall performance of the IndraMotion MLC control system even more. It connects motion, robotics, and logic control with individual high-level language programming and thus opens up new possibilities for engineering Industry 4.0-capable overall solutions.

Industry 4.0 increases the requirements of decentralized intelligence. Controls must process data in less time and flexibly adjust to changing framework conditions. To accomplish this, Rexroth optimizes the control hardware and now offers three powerful device families with one consistent system design. They are finely scaled to cover various levels of complexity in automation.

The new embedded control hardware IndraControl XM2 offers higher processor performance than previously possible and also offers modular expansion options for more flexibility in automation. OEMs combine the control with IndraControl S20 I/O modules in the same form factor. Local integration of peripherals ensures high-performance, synchronous I/O real-time data processing. The combination of hydraulic and electrical tasks is possible on all device platforms of IndraMotion MLC. Rexroth has integrated best in class controllers for hydraulic drive tasks and thus standardizes the commissioning and operation of electrical and hydraulic axes.

With the new IndraControl L75 based on state-of-the-art processor technology, Rexroth provides a variant for applications with high performance requirements. The additional IPC control platform IndraControl VPB40.3 expands the system upward. The same device offers a Windows 7 operating system parallel to controlling up to 99 axes in hard real-time. OEMs can thus use the same hardware to install powerful software tools for visualization, real-time data processing, analysis, or reporting.

Open for automation standards and IT world

Open standards for software and communication are a decisive requirement for networked production environments. Rexroth controls support the Ethernet based M2M communication based on OPC UA and Sercos as well as all other common real time Ethernet protocols. With an expansion of the OPC UA information model, IndraMotion MLC improved the exchange of data between automation components of various manufacturers and offers transparent access to all higher system functions.

OEMs can use the Open Core Interface to directly access control functions in a multitude of high-level IT languages and implement individual functions independently. This direct function access to all control elements allows the integration of smart devices, IT automation applications, and the virtual commissioning of control units without real machines. OEMs can thus program, commission, and optimize their machine controls parallel and even prior to assembly of the real machine. This significantly reduces the development times for new concepts. In addition to the previous broad range of IT operating systems, development environments, and programming languages, the newest version also includes the easy programming of sequential command chains with the lean and compact script language Lua.

Automating recurring engineering tasks

The engineering environment IndraWorks covers all phases of PLC-based engineering. Prepared technology-oriented solutions, function tool kits, accelerate engineering. The powerful script interface "Automation Interface", for example, automates recurring engineering tasks, which until now had to be performed manually. With the ECAD data interface, control cabinet planning for programming and documentation – which previously had to be entered manually a number of times – can be omitted during construction, at the control cabinet builder, and then during commissioning. IndraWorks continues to utilize the circuit diagram data, which are created one single time in EPLAN Electric P8, directly in PLC engineering.

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, the company generated sales of 5.6 billion euros in 2014, according to preliminary figures.

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. The company employs roughly 360,000 associates worldwide (as per April 1, 2015), and generated sales of 48.9 billion euros in 2014, according to preliminary figures.* 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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