PI 008-17 Lohr am Main, 2017-03-21

Experience automation trends live

At interpack, Bosch Rexroth will show the concrete implementation of current automation trends right through to the networked production line.

Bosch Rexroth will demonstrate the practical use of its "Connected Automation" portfolio at interpack

  • IoT Gateway providing machine transparency at numerous interpack stands
  • Packaging module and its digital twin by WestRock
  • M2M communication with OPC UA: the "ChoConnect" project
  • Experience Tour of various application highlights at the trade fair

At interpack 2017, Bosch Rexroth will demonstrate what is already possible with connected automation today. In addition to the numerous live demos, a packaging module from WestRock with its digital twin in the model-based simulation of Dassault Systèmes, will demonstrate how machine builders can use Industry 4.0 solutions directly and to their advantage. The IoT Gateway from Rexroth will provide the central building block for connecting existing and new machines with the Internet of Things, and will be distributed throughout the exhibition grounds at various machine builders.

The sensor and machine data extracted from these machines on the interpack will be made visible to the visitors on the Bosch Rexroth stand. In conjunction with Big Data analysis, they form the basis for state-based monitoring which can be used for predictive maintenance, greater system availability and higher process and product quality.

The OEM partners are able to connect their machines at the interpack with the interactive communication platform ActiveCockpit via the easily configurable IoT Gateway, which also makes not connected machines fit for Industry 4.0 without intervention in the existing automation logic of the machine control. On the Bosch Rexroth stand, the ActiveCockpit makes data collected from the machines centrally visible to visitors in real time. With help from the Bosch Production Performance Manager (PPM), important information such as machine states and line availability are made available for line operators.

Using the example of a machine module from the American packaging manufacturer WestRock, Bosch Rexroth will show two further trend themes in packaging automation: cabinet-free drive technology with IndraDrive Mi system solution and complete digital engineering for a faster time to market. This is made possible by model-based simulation and virtual commissioning with a connected machine control in real time (Hardware in the loop). Together with solutions partner Dassault Systèmes, Bosch Rexroth will provide the connection of the digital twin in the 3DEXPERIENCE platform with the actual packaging module from WestRock via the Open Core Interface. Visitors can experience all the functions of the packaging module, which transports, orients and packages drinks bottles and cans at the stand, but also virtually on the screen or via augmented reality glasses.

As part of the "ChoConnect" project, Bosch Rexroth will also show a practical example of cross-vendor machine-to-machine communication (M2M). Machines at the interpack from Sollich, Winkler Dünnebier Süßwarenmaschinen, THEEGARTEN-PACTEC and Loesch Verpackungstechnik form a connected assembly line for chocolate. With the help of the open Industry 4.0 standard, OPC UA ensures the network provides continuous transparency of the machine status within the entire value stream from product processing to the packaging process. The current state of individual machines and production lines can be viewed live on the Bosch Rexroth stand. This transparency allows for rapid intervention in case of faults and ultimately a higher system availability (OEE).

As part of an Experience Tour, Bosch Rexroth will present various application highlights from the Connected Automation Portfolio together with OEM partners. Visitors are guided through the exhibition halls to the different partner stands, so that the most important trends in packaging automation including Industry 4.0 can be experienced live.

Bosch Rexroth at interpack: hall 18, stand E01.

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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