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ST 005-12 Lohr, 2012-11-16

Software engineering in the future: Differentiation through customized software functions

Lucas Wintjes, Senior Vice President Sales and Industry Sector Management Factory Automation of Bosc

Lucas Wintjes, Senior Vice President Sales and Industry Sector Management Factory Automation of Bosch Rexroth AG

Lucas Wintjes, Senior Vice President Sales and Industry Sector Management Factory Automation of Bosch Rexroth AG:

"It's one thing to have a new idea, but putting it into practice is a different story, as we all know. In Factory Automation, it is increasingly becoming a question of software engineering, especially since more and more functions are being moved into the software. The more efficient software engineering is becoming, the faster and cheaper OEMs can realize their concepts. However, being efficient is no longer sufficient. OEMs want to set themselves apart from the competition by offering customized software functions and machine concepts that offer the user specific benefits. Such creativity needs freedom. In the future, software engineering must therefore give OEMs a maximum degree of freedom for them to realize their ideas - including when it comes to integrating new information technologies.

With Open Core Engineering, Bosch Rexroth is now providing OEMs completely new possibilities for developing their own software functions. It builds a bridge between traditional software engineering and the new information technologies, carrying some fresh ideas into the PLC-based world of automation which OEMs will also want to take advantage of themselves. The requirements range from integration into manufacturing execution systems and simulation tools to the integration of smart devices so that their intuitive operating concepts can also be used in the production process.

With Open Core Engineering, Bosch Rexroth has demonstrated forward thinking and given OEMs a tool with which they can implement software functions quickly and creatively. They can now access Rexroth control systems all the way to the core. The users decide whether they want to use a controller, a PC, or a smart device for this, and which language – IEC or high-level language – they want to program in. With this move, Bosch Rexroth has laid the foundation for new concepts such as machine start-up, operation and diagnosis with smart devices.“

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