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No Compromises with Machine Control

Open drive-based and control-based solutions for print and processing machines bridge the gap to the IT world

Industry 4.0, Internet of Things and Print 4.0; different keywords, one trend. The merging of real-life print and processing machines with the virtual world of information technology and the Internet is a hot topic these days. On the automation side, Bosch Rexroth has been pushing ahead with the necessary networking of drive-based and control-based solutions for many years. The company presents new solutions for Industry 4.0 automation at drupa 2016. In this way, Rexroth enables to exchange information directly with the IT world and to make more powerful control hardware available. Users benefit from an increased availability of machines and equipment thanks to new services from Rexroth as part of predictive maintenance.

With intelligent drives and open interfaces, Rexroth led the way as the pioneer of the electronic shaft in printing machines. The manufacturer has since stood by this concept, using it in the networking of various components and technologies. Nowadays, Bosch Rexroth is extending the connectivity of automation for vertical networking to the world of IT and the Internet. Machines are therefore prepared for even more economic printing and processing of ever smaller batch sizes.

Direct data exchange with the IT world

This is how the IndraMotion MLC Motion Logic system, scalable in hardware and software, combines the efficient PLC automation according to IEC 61131-3 with the new possibilities of IT automation. Open standards such as OPC UA and MQTT simplify the data exchange along the entire value creation chain. For the cost-efficient connection of machines and equipment with the Internet of Things and Services (IoT), Bosch Rexroth provides the WebConnector communication interface as a "universal translator". The communication interface enables a web app to call up control data, axis positions, PLC information and diagnostics or processing statuses quickly and securely from machines and equipment. Users can thereby visualize data on an HMI or evaluate it in a database. WebConnector is completely platform-independent and programmed in Java, and can be used on any end device with a Java Runtime Environment (JRE) installed on it. This could be a control or HMI device from Rexroth, or even an embedded system such as the Raspberry Pi, or any PC with Linux, Mac or Windows.

In addition, with the Open Core Interface, Rexroth control systems bridge the gap between the automation and the IT world. This software solution, which is integrated into controls and drives, enables access to the core of the system from the most diverse device platforms with high-level language programmed functions. This creates new possibilities for networked complete solutions arising from the digital print workflow.

High-performance control hardware for full functionality

With the new control hardware from Rexroth, machine manufacturers and users need not compromise on the performance of machine controls. The IndraMotion MLC system solution on industrial PC hardware guarantees the shortest possible processing speeds in the PLC of less than 1 millisecond, as well as Motion cycle times of up to 0.5 milliseconds. The print and processing quality at high processing speeds will be sustainably improved in connection with technology functions such as the integrated register control or the web tension control. Simultaneously, the control offers sufficient reserves for a fast changeover via software command.

Increased availability thanks to predictive maintenance

The availability, productivity and energy efficiency of print and processing machines is crucial for the productivity and competitiveness of printing companies. With a remote condition monitoring system and predictive maintenance, Rexroth is increasing the availability of networked machines and equipment. The data analytics server records the operating state of all relevant components and systems and analyzes it for the user. The software tools detect wear before it leads to downtime and initiates a planned exchange of the corresponding components. They also provide information for energy-efficient processes and show productivity reserves.

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 31.100 associates generated sales revenue of approximately 5.4 billion euros in 2015.

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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). The company generated sales of 70.6 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. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development at 118 locations across the globe. 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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