PI 078-13 Lohr am Main, 2013-08-13

More Functionality with Less Engineering Effort

Rexroth IndraMotion

Rexroth IndraMotion in applications associated with bottling: Pre-defined function toolkits and new degrees of freedom for individual software functions shorten the time to market for machine builders

Rexroth IndraMotion: Pre-defined Function Toolkits Reduce Programming Effort

The market of products with liquid food and beverages is changing increasingly faster. Machine users in the beverage industry therefore demand more flexible systems. This reinforces the trend towards more and more servo-drives in machines, and the shifting of functions to software. Consequently, the complexity rises for the machine manufacturer. Rexroth now offers them Open Core Engineering with pre-programmed function toolkits and new degrees of freedom for individual functions in the system solution IndraMotion. With the cabinet free drive technology IndraDrive Mi Rexroth supports the modularization of flexible machine concepts. Machine manufacturers can therefore reduce the engineering effort for the entire automation, thus shortening the time to market.

Parameterizing instead of programming

Open Core Engineering integrates all the necessary software tools for efficient engineering. Rexroth has integrated its application experience in software in pre-programmed function toolkits of the system solution IndraMotion. For example, “adaptive systems“ adjust the machine to changed conditions without additional programming effort. Active vibration damping of the intelligent servo-drives IndraDrive increases dynamics while sparing the mechanical system and preventing liquids from spilling over. This motion control increases productivity and automatically compensates for fluctuations in process parameters. The machine manufacturer merely has to parameterize this prepared function.

The adaptive system FlexProfile reduces the engineering effort for switching over to changed formats and recipes by means of software commands. This control function automatically establishes motion relations between connected drives. The OEM only has to set parameters to significantly increase the flexibility of machines.

The fact that functions are increasingly implemented in software extends modularization in the machine building sector to also create modular software. Rexroth reflects this trend with the Generic Application Template GAT. This engineering tool accelerates the creation and linking of software modules to form complete automation solutions. In this way, machine manufacturers can shorten their time to market as the software share in automation increases.

Innovations through individual functions

Machine manufacturers can also realize individual machine functions with real-time access quickly and on their own with the high level languages of the IT world: This is now possible thanks to the new interface technology of Open Core Engineering with extended access to the control kernel. In this way, Rexroth now bridges the gap between the automation and the IT world.

Moreover, machine builders can now remarkably simplify operation and diagnostics with smartphones and tablet PCs. Open Core Engineering allows them to create application programs for smart devices in the relevant target platform. These apps can access the control wireless and with all operating functions of these devices.

Cabinet free drive technology simplifies modularization

On the hardware side, the cabinet free drive technology IndraDrive Mi supports the further modularization of flexible machine concepts. By merging drive electronics and the motor to form an integral unit, electronics in the control cabinet is almost eliminated, and the required cabling for the connection of individual components is drastically reduced. The consequence is a maximum of flexibility and efficiency for both, the machine builder and the machine user: The control cabinet volume, cabling effort and power losses in the control cabinet are reduced by up to 90 percent. Only a single cable is required for connecting drives that are connected in series. If drives are required in the system at a later point in time, for example due to an additionally installed machine module, these drives can easily be integrated at the desired position in the line – without affecting the control cabinet or the rest of the machine or production line.

Rexroth complements the automation solution IndraMotion for bottling beverages and liquid food with components and mechatronic modules of hygienic design. The runner block of the linear guides with stainless steel cover strip are made of corrosion-inhibiting materials in conformity with FDA. Complete linear modules simplify the construction and, with their smooth surfaces without gaps and bores, meet the requirements for a hygienic design.

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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