PI 065-13 Lohr am Main, 2013-07-09

Innovative printing machines have their “time to market” reduced due to Open Core Engineering from Rexroth

By creating their own application programs, OEMs can integrate smart devices for such purposes as wireless diagnosis and operating support of their machines.

New degrees of freedom for individual software functions complement pre-programmed process controls

Safety features and premium quality are increasingly changing the requirements for label printing. Printing companies have to combine different printing and converting methods in cost-efficient in-line processes. This hybridization of processes significantly increases the demands on process controls. Through Open Core Engineering from Rexroth, OEMs can now speed up the implementation of these challenging requirements in their concepts: Rexroth provides pre-programmed technology functions which the OEMs merely have to parameterize. In addition, for the first time, OEMs can use high level programming languages to create software functions with enhanced core access, and integrate smart devices into the machine automation.

With Open Core Engineering, Rexroth enhances the classic PLC program by bridging the gap to IT automation. In this context, Open Core Interface, a new interface technology for Rexroth control systems, simplifies the seamless integration of smart phones and tablets into automation. OEMs can now create their own application programs to take advantage of the whole range of functions of these devices, for purposes such as wireless diagnosis or operating support of their machines.

The new interface technology gives OEMs the opportunity to program software functions for their machines in numerous programming languages and, thus, to realize individual functions with enhanced access to the control core. Printing machines, for example, can be seamlessly connected to the company's network. Thus, printing companies can use communication standards and send job definitions from their network directly to the machine, for example through the Job Definition Format. This slims down the work process and increases the flexibility for shorter runs. In addition, OEMs can independently program process controls in programming languages that have enhanced access to the control core in real time. This saves time and ensures an optimum protection of know-how.

Through Open Core Engineering, the IndraMotion system solution makes the process faster even for OEMs who focus on classic PLC programming. To this end, Rexroth has mapped the extensive application experience with printing machines and in-line processes in software. Technology functions increase the quality of converting processes and can be comfortably parameterized. Thus, amongst other things, Rexroth has already integrated a high-performance register control into the control unit. It corrects even the smallest register errors and thus reduces paper waste. Another example of technology functions is the web tension control, through which Rexroth makes it possible to have several independent web tension areas within one machine. Thus, the control exactly regulates the different web tensions of the individual printing and converting stations. This regulator especially developed for the decoupling of the tensions, ensures a stable and high print quality even for hybrid in-line processes.

At the Hannover Messe 2013, Rexroth was awarded the Hermes Award for Open Core Engineering and is thus the first company that has received this award for their pure software solution. The Hermes Award is one of the most important awards for technology and innovation worldwide.

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, Factory Automation, and Renewable Energies to develop innovative components as well as tailored system solutions and services. Bosch Rexroth offers its customers hydraulics, electric drives and controls, pneumatics, gear technology, and linear motion and assembly technology all from one source. With locations in over 80 countries, more than 37,500 associates generated sales revenue of approximately 6.5 billion euros in 2012.

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In fiscal 2012, its roughly 306,000 associates generated sales of 52.5 billion euros. Since the beginning of 2013, its operations have been divided into four business sectors: Automotive Technology, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 360 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 50 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 4.8 billion euros for research and development in 2012, and applied for nearly 4,800 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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