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LOPEC 2016: Easily parameterize complex movements

Virtual commissioning shortens development times: simulate and optimize motion sequences with Rexroth control systems, before the machine has even been assembled.

Industry 4.0 solutions from Rexroth reduce the time to process-reliable roll-to-roll machines

Industry 4.0 will soon have multiple effects on the printed electronics market: first of all, the need for cost-efficiently produced electronic circuits has grown enormously. In addition, machine manufacturers are faced with the challenge of quickly developing new production solutions and of reproducing high levels of variance with short setup times with their concepts. Rexroth already supports machine design engineers in this with Industry 4.0-capable automation solutions and virtual commissioning. Additionally, users can simply parameterize complex movements and therefore shorten the time period from laboratory application to industry-ready mass production solution.

As a leading provider for Industry 4.0-capable automation solutions, Bosch Rexroth has accompanied machine manufacturers and end users in the concrete design of networked manufacturing environments for years. To do this, Bosch Rexroth draws on its Industry 4.0 experience from its own plants. The scalable automation solutions that are built on this experience already allow for the implementation of Industry 4.0 solutions - starting with networked production, and through to virtual commissioning, new service and maintenance concepts, and big data for increasing process quality.

Virtual commissioning shortens time to market

The time saving by virtual commissioning of processes and machines plays a decisive role. Design engineers simulate complex motion sequences before the hardware assembly and therefore save the extensive and cost-intensive construction of prototype machines. Bosch Rexroth creates the prerequisite for this with Open Core Engineering. Using the Open Core Interface technology, machine manufacturers apply simulations created in a wide range of development environments for the virtual commissioning of Rexroth control systems. The successfully tested program is then transferred to the real machine and, in doing so, they shorten the time to market.

Predefined roll-to-roll functions

Rexroth also reduces the complexity with preprogrammed technology functions for highly precise roll-to-roll processes that the user only needs to parameterize. Thanks to this, machine manufacturers shorten the time period between the laboratory application and industry-ready mass production solution. With the Rexroth control system's integrated register control, the previously required additional hardware and interface clarification is no longer needed. Rexroth's register control detects and corrects register shifts, even before they occur. Since the register controller and Motion exchange information internally in hard real-time, machine manufacturers achieve even more precise and faster roll-to-roll processing without the need for programming.

Modularly designed automation solutions from Rexroth allow for the simple – and even subsequent – integration of new sub-processes in the manufacturing line, with minimal effort. This is a necessity for printing ever more complex electronic circuits on existing lines. The multi-web tension control from Rexroth allows for different tension ranges at each station in a roll-to-roll process, which do not mutually influence each other. Through this, additional stations can be added to a line without any problems and without any programming work. Here, too, the parameterization of the predefined technology function is sufficient.

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 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). According to preliminary figures, the company generated sales of more than 70 billion euros in 2015. 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 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. In 2015, Bosch applied for some 5,400 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations 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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