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Software for Intelligent Networking

Ready for the trade fair SPS/IPC/Drives in Nuremberg: Rexroth supports efficient engineering of modular production machines with Open Core Engineering

Software for Intelligent Networking

Trade show SPS/IPC/Drives: Open Core Engineering from Rexroth simplifies modularization of machines

The increasing use of horizontal and vertical networking in industry will be an important topic at the trade fair SPS/IPC/Drives in November. With Open Core Engineering Bosch Rexroth will be presenting a solution in Nuremberg, which provides all the required software tools to increase efficiency in engineering. With open standards, pre-defined software templates, functions for machine monitoring and Open Core Interface technology it connects PLC automation with the new technologies of the IT world.

In productions, there is an increasing requirement of manufacturing ever smaller batch sizes down to unit numbers of one efficiently and flexibly. This has also consequences for the machine and plant building sector. Hierarchically structured production technologies are being replaced by a cooperative network architecture. Decentralized, intelligent modules and process units are therefore used more commonly. This in turn promotes horizontal and vertical networking between components and systems and also between automation and the corporate IT.

More Flexibility through Open Standards in Engineering

A precondition for the development of suitable, autarkic and decentralized process units are open software standards. Rexroth meets this requirement with a PLC according to IEC 61131-3 and communication standards and protocols across manufacturers such as the automation bus sercos or OPC-UA. Being a consistent software tool, IndraWorks, which is integrated in Open Core Engineering, covers all stages of PLC-based engineering – using all the necessary tools for the efficient automation of modular production machines.

Less Programming Effort and Increased Productivity

Due to the increasing software share in the field of automation, machine manufacturers are looking for possibilities of significantly reducing the programming effort. So-called Function Toolkits are used for this purpose. Within Open Core Engineering they extend functional engineering with technology-oriented solution packages. They allow machine manufacturers to easily realize complex machine processes and optimize the project workflow through extended engineering interfaces.

In addition, they enhance productivity through the integration of new machine functions. The “Generic Application Template“, for example, allows modular machine programs to be created in an automated and efficient way on the basis of object-oriented templates. The Function Toolkit “Remote Condition Monitoring“ provides status and condition information on machines and components based on a web server. Open Core Engineering responds to the call of users for higher energy efficiency with the “Energy Management”. It comprises function libraries for energy monitoring and control. Authorized persons can call this information at any time via Internet-based services irrespective of their location.

Open for High Language-based Functions and New Operation Concepts

In addition, Open Core Engineering breaks new ground for horizontal and vertical networking through a new interface technology. Open Core Interface bridges the gap between PLC automation and devices of the IT world via high language-based applications, data and services. Users can, for example, implement complex control processes faster by means of Rapid Control Prototyping. Machine manufacturers can program individual real-time functions in high languages on their own and integrated them in the control or hook them up to Windows-based applications of the IT world.

Apart from advanced multi-touch HMI solutions, Open Core Engineering allows the implementation of new human-machine interfaces through the use of smart devices in production. With the Open Core Interface, machine manufacturers can also develop individual, native apps for smart devices.

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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