PI 012-17 Lohr am Main, 2017-03-24

Industry 4.0 can't be done single-handedly

At the Hack Challenge Manufacturing, around 100 participants searched for new ways to achieve higher overall system effectiveness with state-of-the-art tools such as the Rexroth IoT gateway.

At the Bosch ConnectedExperience (BCX17), around 100 "hackers" developed concrete IoT applications with Bosch Rexroth and 14 partners.

  • 14 international teams worked on concrete use cases
  • IoT gateway as the central component of the connectivity kit of components
  • 14 hack enablers represent the wide partner ecosystem

Higher Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) in 48 hours with state-of-the-art IoT tools and real production data: around 100 participants from 14 countries succeeded in achieving this goal at the Bosch ConnectedExperience Manufacturing Hackathon. The venue for BCX17, which attracted 500 visitors in total, was STATION Berlin, in whose creative atmosphere the Bosch ConnectedWorld IoT conference took place at the same time from March 15-16.

For their work in the three classic OEE fields of performance, availability and quality, "hack master" Janette Kothe offered the 14 teams concrete data sources from real life. Such as the digital clone of a machine module exhibited at the BCW of a packaging line from WestRock, real machine data from hydraulic production or real-time recordings from the i4.0-compatible Nexo handheld nutrunner.

On the tool side, Bosch Rexroth made a complete connectivity stack available to the teams. At the center: the Rexroth IoT gateway that can be configured in only five minutes and collects sensor and machine data without any influence on the existing automation logic and forwards it to a higher-level analysis tool.

For the evaluation, visualization and initiation of measures, for example for predictive maintenance, the participants used either the Production Performance Manager from Bosch Software Innovations that is available with the IoT gateway as a starter kit or the Predix cloud platform from GE Digital. At the "bottom" data level, the teams benefited from the most modern sensors in addition to the corresponding platforms such as SICK AppSpace or Bosch Sensor Cloud. A team from Accenture supported the conceptual development of the use cases with design thinking. The other 14 hack enablers included Amazon WebServices, Axway and the Eclipse Foundation, among others.

The teams "SICK Fridge" and "HYDRA – Hydraulic Data Realtime Analysis" were chosen as the winners of the Hack Challenge Manufacturing. The task of "HYDRA" was to evaluate in real time the data of a hydraulic test bench recorded via IoT gateway using PPM and Predix in order to optimize availability and maintenance cycles. The team from Hack Partner GE Digital received a special prize for their Predix implementation.

The second winning team, SICK Fridge, playfully worked through the topics of availability and product quality. In order to always have a certain range of well-chilled drinks on hand, the project monitored the fridge at the Manufacturing Hack Area in real time using camera and temperature sensors. The smart fridge could therefore communicate when and how much each product had to be refilled.

"Everyone had fun at the event and it showed once again how quickly the Connected Automation Portfolio from Bosch Rexroth and the solutions displayed from the wide partner ecosystem can be transformed into concrete use cases," summarized Hack MC Janette Kothe, Technical Sales Support for Industry 4.0 at Bosch Rexroth. "In addition, the hackathon makes clear the importance of cooperation in the areas of IoT and Industry 4.0, which can only be overcome together."

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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