ST 001-13 2013-01-31

The Changing Face of Mechanical Engineering: Software Provides a Boost to Innovation

Lucas Wintjes, Senior Vice President Sales and Industry Sector Management Factory Automation in the Business Unit Industrial Applications of Bosch Rexroth AG:

Software has become one of the main driving forces behind innovation; increasingly, innovative software features are even being used to set machines and systems apart from the competition. However, unlike automobile manufacturers for example, machine manufacturers are not able to apportion development costs to high volumes. For this reason, modern engineering environments are becoming key to success — they offer a high level of freedom in the implementation of new ideas and also help to ensure maximum efficiency. Bosch Rexroth has already included a range of industry-specific technical features in its control software. Now, instead of having to carry out time-consuming programming work, machine manufacturers can simply input the machine-specific values for a variety of tasks.

This increase in efficiency helps to reduce costly engineering work and gives designers the scope they need in order to apply their own expertise. To ensure that designers can also apply their technical knowledge, we are going one step further: Bosch Rexroth is opening up its control systems to such an extent that machine manufacturers can now even access the control core directly with any programming language and device platform. This will create the practical conditions needed to drive innovation forward using software in mechanical engineering.

Bosch Rexroth AG is one of the world’s leading specialists in the field of drive and control technologies. Under the Rexroth brand name, the company supplies more than 500,000 customers with tailored solutions for driving, controlling, and moving. Bosch Rexroth is a partner for Mobile Applications, Machinery Applications and Engineering, Factory Automation and Renewable Energies. The company provides customized solutions tailored to the needs and specifications of each individual market. As The Drive & Control Company, Bosch Rexroth develops, produces, and sells components and systems in over 80 countries. As part of the Bosch Group, Bosch Rexroth and its 38,400 associates generated approximately 6.4 billion euros in revenue in 2011.

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