Innovation award for Industry 4.0 assembly line from Bosch Rexroth

Steffen Winkler, Vice President Sales Factory Automation and Volker Jesberger, Sales Manufacturing Technologies, at the awards ceremony during Automatica.

Modular assembly line receives MaschinenMarkt Award

This week, at the trade fair AUTOMATICA the modular i4.0 showcase from Bosch Rexroth was given the innovation prize "MM Award". The award from the trade magazine Maschinenmarkt is given to the most innovative exhibit at the international trade fair for automation and mechatronics. The system, which was presented for the first time at this year's Hannover Messe, was convincing in the category "Automation".

The award recognizes trade fair exhibits that set new standards for technology, promise the user a maximum in economic benefit and which have a convincing design and system integration. Bosch Rexroth shows how users today can increase machine availability, flexibility and productivity by means of a connected, intelligent assembly line. In this way, customers are provided with a way to benefit today from digitalization and Industry 4.0.

In five modular stations on the line, which includes application of a heat-conducting paste, mounting, screw tightening, manual assembly and a test station, different industry controls are produced. The line combines fully automatic and manual stations, or in other words: it connects machines with workstations for people. The open and flexible Rexroth automation solutions are linked to robotic systems from third parties to form a continuous connected system. The solution also works for systems that are not completely new. An upgrade kit makes it possible to connect to already existing systems. By retrofitting sensors, systems that were not previously connected can now send operating conditions and process data to higher-level systems and in this way be made suitable for Industry 4.0. This means less capital costs than building a new system and thus significantly lowers the barrier to implementing Industry 4.0.

Showcase Manufacturing i4.0

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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