, 2016-06-28

Paving the way for practical research

The individual stations of the intelligent assembly line connect several Industry 4.0 technologies (photo: Global Advanced Manufacturing Institute)

German Industry 4.0 research and training center in China makes use of Bosch Rexroth multi-product line

With the support of the Global Advanced Manufacturing Institute (GAMI), the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology has opened a training and research center dedicated to Industry 4.0 in Suzhou, China. The technical equipment, an assembly line with a modular structure, was provided by Bosch Rexroth. The prototype is a production line at the Bosch Rexroth plant in Homburg, which uses its modular design to adapt to various requirements.

Lorem Due to digitalization in production and merging of factories with IT systems and the Internet, global production networks are becoming more and more closely integrated. This is influencing current production planning and creating added value around the globe. In China, the government has developed a program called "Made in China 2025" with the aim of digitalizing industrial applications and advancing into higher market segments. This will require intensive research as well as training and further education for specialists and executives in order to efficiently utilize international technologies.

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology – KIT for short – is the first German research institute to get involved with its own "Industry 4.0 Demonstration and Innovation Center" in Suzhou. The Global Advanced Manufacturing Institute (GAMI), founded by Prof. Gisela Lanza, is deepening people's understanding of global production structures in accordance with the three KIT pillars of research, innovation and training. Approximately 20 Chinese engineers at the center work closely with German companies in China as well as their Chinese supply chain in order to evaluate the practical potential of Industry 4.0 and to provide further training for employees.

Every scenario covered

It is the technical equipment in the laboratory that makes the center so special. The assembly line was designed and implemented by Bosch Rexroth in China and has four stations. It covers every scenario: whether it's traditional, completely manual assembly, partially automated processes or a horizontally and vertically networked production line with the appropriate logistics. The hardware and software components are from Rexroth's standard range. Thus, GAMI partners, as well as regional German and Chinese production plants, have the opportunity to compare various approaches among themselves and to quantify differences in productivity and quality.

90 variants with zero set-up time

The fully networked production line uses a system as a prototype that was implemented in the Bosch Rexroth Homburg plant and designed to assemble multiple hydraulic valve variants. The line in Suzhou was configured based on experiences gathered in Homburg and adapted to the Chinese requirements by Bosch Rexroth in China. It covers around ninety different variants with zero set-up time. At each station, displays show the work steps required for the relevant product. Since the information is tailored exactly to the specific product, the training times for employees and the number of errors are reduced.

The KIT "Industry 4.0 Demonstration and Innovation Center" is the first establishment in China where businesses and researchers can test, adjust and investigate Industry 4.0 applications as well as the requirements for an intelligent factory on a real production line. The close cooperation between German and Chinese researchers is opening up diverse opportunities for the German mechanical engineering sector to support and influence digitalization of the Chinese industry.

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.

To learn more, please visit

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.”

Additional information is available online at , ,


Search press releases


Johanna Rauch
Maria-Theresien-Straße 23
97816 Lohr am Main
Phone: +49 9352 18-1358

Related Articles


Steel, rubber and oil – digital?! Industrial hydraulics must pick up the pace on the way to the digital future

Industrial hydraulics – today, this largely amounts to standard hydraulics consisting of iron, rubber, oil and, maybe, 24V connection sockets. At the same time, Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things are changing the face of the factory floor: Decentralized intelligence, integrated sensor technology and connectivity have already become key requirements for many industrial applications. Nonetheless, hardware-intensive industrial hydraulics is in a position from which it can smoothly glide into this new digital environment. The requirement: Hydraulic manufacturers must accept the challenge of intensively advancing digitalization.

Press Information

Software of the future: Freed from …

…the restraints of hardware – the software of the future. In the factory of the future, machine modules and processing stations will be regularly reorganized, flexibly take on new tasks and retrieve the appropriate software function. This change has already begun: Machine manufacturers are already able to install identical control functions on various device platforms without any extra effort. Here is an overview of concepts for today and tomorrow: