PI 068-16 Lohr am Main, 2016-09-16

IMS-A position measuring system now with DRIVE-CLiQ interface

IMS-A from Rexroth with HIPERFACE**, SSI and now also DRIVE-CLiQ* interface

Seamlessly fits into a wide array of automation environments: IMS-A from Rexroth with HIPERFACE**, SSI and now also DRIVE-CLiQ* interface.

Integrated absolute value measuring system from Rexroth set up in a matter of minutes

Plug in, determine the measurement section and that's it: Bosch Rexroth makes it even easier to set up the new IMS-A measuring system integrated into linear guides using the additional DRIVE-CLiQ* interface. This Ethernet-based interface recognizes the electronic nameplate of the highly accurate and robust new absolute value measuring system. Since the system's introduction on the market, it has been possible to set it up within a matter of minutes in conjunction with HIPERFACE** and the Rexroth drives IndraDrive. Supplemented by the SSI interface, IMS-A now provides holistic support for universal implementation in machine tools, additive production processes and other applications requiring high levels of precision.

The combination of guiding and measuring in a single component significantly reduces the mechanical installation effort in the machine. The DRIVE-CLiQ* interface now also shortens the electrical start-up when it is used with Siemens drives and controls. With the Plug & Play encoder system, the person performing the setup merely has to determine the respective zero point of the machine and the measurement section. As well as the retrieval of diagnostic information, DRIVE-CLiQ* also enables all other information to be transferred automatically from the electronic nameplate of the IMS-A.

The absolute position is transferred with a resolution of 25 nm, while the repeatability is better than +/- 0.25 µm. The integrated scale is available at an accuracy of up to +/- 3 µm/m, and lies in the glass scale range. With the IMS-A, engineers can use several runner blocks on an up to 4,500 mm long profile rail independently and without any accuracy limitations. Even after a power failure, the measuring system still reports the exact position of the axis upon being switched on again without a homing cycle.

The absolute position measuring system integrated into the linear guides operates without contact and is therefore wear-free. Even in working spaces with coolants, dust, shavings and other contaminants, the IMS-A does not require elaborate energy-eating air purge systems. This means that the regular replacement or cleaning work that would usually be necessary for glass scales in these environments is no longer required. The machines are not available while such work is being carried out. The measuring system is not sensitive to magnetic fields or vibrations and shocks. The sensors and evaluation electronics are located in protective housing on the end face of the runner block. Design engineers thus save the space for external measuring systems. Rail guides equipped with the IMS-A fit into existing machine designs without any constructional alterations in virtually every case.

*DRIVE-CLiQ is a protected trademark of Siemens.

**HIPERFACE is a protected trademark of SICK STEGMANN GmbH.

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


The factory of the future creates added value through flexibility and agility

In future production environments demands on adaptability will rise. This development can only be realized by separating hardware and software in automation. Bosch Rexroth AG promotes this development primarily with a broad product spectrum from sensors to drive and control technology to software solutions.

Press Information

The five most expensive savings ideas for the maintenance of machinery and equipment

Machine downtime is always expensive, especially if a whole production line comes to a standstill as a result. For new machinery, the machine manufacturer is still liable, but afterwards the responsibility for maintenance lies solely with the user. Maintenance staff must constantly justify their "unproductive" costs and, hence, try to reduce them. However, some short-term saving ideas lead to nothing but higher total costs in the end. The following are the five most expensive, and unfortunately, not uncommon errors when it comes to machine maintenance.