PI 005-16 Lohr am Main, 2016-01-20

Ergonomic, safe, robust

Customized function and design: the new operating handles EC 3500+ fit numerous variants of different concepts and fulfill the guidelines of the Machinery Directive.

New operating handles for electronic and hydraulic joysticks fulfill Performance Level (PL) d

Move heavy loads sensitively and precisely by hand. Ergonomically optimized design for the efficient operation of mobile working machines and certified safety up to Performance Level (PL) d according to ISO 13849: with numerous variants available, the new EC 3500+ series of operating handles for electronic and hydraulic joysticks from Rexroth can be integrated into mobile working machines of any kind.

The joystick is a central operating element in mobile working machines. For this safety-critical sub-system, the requirements of the Machinery Directive and other regional specifications and standards apply. With the new multifunctional handles, the hydraulic and electronic joysticks from Rexroth achieve the highest safety categories. With them, the THE5 electronic joystick fulfills Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 2 according to IEC 62061 and Performance Level (PL) d according to ISO 13849. This certification is valid for all functions, including the on/off buttons, rocker switches and proportional rollers. Manufacturers therefore require no additional monitoring components for the function of the joystick, thus reducing their costs.

The latest findings in ergonomics flow into the design of the operating handles. The asymmetrical design is each specially adapted to use in the right or left armrest, making it intuitive to operate. The soft-touch surfaces increase comfort for the operator, with the pleasantly smooth surface preventing slippage. The new series comprises numerous variants that blend function and design flexibly into a wide variety of operating concepts. Depending on the wishes of its customer, Rexroth equips the EC 3500+ with up to five buttons and three-step rocker switches or proportional rollers. In addition, vehicle manufacturers can choose between different control head geometries. The operating handles are fully compatible with electronic and hydraulic joysticks from Rexroth.

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, and Factory Automation 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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*The sales figure disclosed for 2014 does not include the former joint ventures BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH (now BSH Hausgeräte GmbH) and ZF Lenksysteme GmbH (now Robert Bosch Automotive Steering GmbH), which have since been taken over completely.


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