036-13 2013-04-08

Recognition of innovation in industry: Bosch Rexroth wins Hermes Award 2013

The fathers of the new openness (from left): Volker Schlotz, Thomas Wolter, Christopher Sokoll, Andreas Sokoll, Jens Reckwell, Sebastian Krauskopf, Thomas Gabler.

Bosch Rexroth was honored with the Hermes Award 2013 yesterday during the official opening ceremony of the Hannover Messe trade fair. Federal Education Minister Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka presented the coveted international industry award to Bosch Rexroth Chairman Dr. Karl Tragl in Hanover. The company prevailed over four other finalists thanks to its Open Core Engineering software concept. With its innovative interface technology, the control and drive manufacturer is bridging the gap between machine software and the IT world. According to the jury, this is an excellent example of "integrated industry", the theme of this year's Hannover Messe and one of the hottest industry topics these days.

"Open Core Engineering by Bosch Rexroth is putting something in motion which we are pursuing through the concept of integrated industry, because it is a game-changer for machinery manufacturers. In our view, both the solution and the business model are innovative and will have a lasting impact," Prof. Dr. Wolf-Dieter Lukas, head of the department for "Key technologies - research and innovation" at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and member of the Hermes Award jury, explained when announcing the nomination of Bosch Rexroth as one of the five finalists a few days ago.

"We are proud to be recognized in this way because it shows that Bosch Rexroth is developing the right solutions for the rapid technological shift," emphasizes Dr. Karl Tragl, Chairman of the Board of Bosch Rexroth AG. "We are offering machinery manufacturers a whole new level of freedom, giving them the ability to realize their innovative ideas in the software."

With Open Core Engineering, engineers are able, for the first time, to create new software functions in a number of different programming languages and to directly access the control core. This is an essential prerequisite for the integration of machines with the IT world. In addition, Open Core Engineering allows machinery manufacturers to significantly accelerate commissioning and diagnosis, and to design entirely new user interfaces. Moreover, Bosch Rexroth provides them with the possibility of programming their own applications for smartphones and tablets, and to integrate them seamlessly into the automation process.

The Hermes Award, which is already in its 10th year, is one of the most significant technology awards for the capital goods industry worldwide.

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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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services, active in the fields of automotive technology, energy and building technology, industrial technology, and con-sumer goods. According to preliminary figures, more than 306,000 associates generated sales of 52.3 billion euros in 2012. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 350 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. Bosch spent some 4.5 billion euros for research and development in 2012, and applied for over 4,700 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s products and services are designed to fascinate, and to improve the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. In this way, the company offers technology worldwide that is “Invented for life.”

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