PI 004-17 Lohr am Main, 2017-02-16

Bosch Rexroth continues to expand its mechatronics training system for Industry 4.0

Even more versatile in the future: the mMS 4.0 training system now allows you to add a collaborative APAS robot from Bosch.

Integration of the APAS robots from Bosch and connection to monitoring software widens the application possibilities of the i4.0 mini-factory

Industry 4.0 that you can touch and feel: the mMS 4.0 training system from Bosch Rexroth is used in numerous vocational and higher education institutions as well as in training departments from companies. For mechatronics training or further education, the training system, which is based on standard components and can be modularly expanded, conveys pioneering Industry 4.0 technologies in an intuitive and practical manner. And now, Rexroth is expanding the range of applications of the "mini-factory" once again: as well as offering integration of the collaborative APAS robots from Bosch, the training system can now be connected with the PPM (Production Performance Manager) software. Both expansions will be shown by the Drive & Control Academy of Bosch Rexroth for the first time at the didacta education trade fair (Hall 6, Stand B60), which will take place from February 14 in Stuttgart.

As with all training systems from Rexroth, the mMS 4.0 is also based on industrial standard components from the drive and control specialist's various product ranges. Thanks to its modularity, new stations can be continuously added. Through the integration of collaborative APAS robots, Rexroth shows how flexibly the application possibilities of the mMS 4.0 can be adapted. APAS (Automatic Production Assistant) concerns mobile automation devices for use in networked production of the future. In particular, in terms of Industry 4.0, APAS puts the focus on people and shows how human-robot collaboration can be designed to be flexible and safe.

The second innovation or expansion of the training system also targets the topic of networking: through connection to the Production Performance Manager (PPM) software, the system allows for comprehensive monitoring in the future, which enables worldwide access to the machine data of the system. These are optimal prerequisites for exercises and training in the field of horizontal and vertical connection.

Innovations celebrate their premiere at didacta

Both expansions of the mMS 4.0 training system can be seen live for the first time at the didacta education trade fair. In addition, another novelty awaits visitors in Hall 6, Stand B60: all trade fair exhibits will be completely connected together, thus enabling comprehensive access to all machine data – implemented via the higher-level communication platform ActiveCockpit. This year, didacta will take place from February 14 to 18 in Stuttgart.

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 390,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2016). According to preliminary figures, the company generated sales of 73.1 billion euros in 2016. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT company, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, smart cities, connected mobility, and connected industry. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to create solutions for a connected life, and to improve quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 450 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 120 locations across the globe, Bosch employs 59,000 associates in research and development.

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