PI 127-13 2013-12-18

Bosch Rexroth modernizes European stages

Copyright: Burgtheater Wien

Greater artistic freedom and ease of use

The Nutcracker Suite, Die Fledermaus (The Bat) or La Traviata: The winter season is theater season for the stages of Europe. Nowhere else in the world are there so many venues with centuries of tradition. A lot is currently happening behind the scenes, even in these historical buildings: more and more theaters are investing in new stage automation. As a result, Bosch Rexroth is currently involved in the modernization of well-known theaters in six European countries: the Royal Opera in Stockholm, the Cologne Opera House and Theater, the Goetheaneum in Dornach, Switzerland, the Academy of Music in Budapest, the Jizdecka Theater in Pilzen and, in Vienna, the Burgtheater and the Academy Theater.

Silently raising, lowering or rotating large stage segments, actors who seemingly disappear without a trace from the stage, the lightning-fast transformation of the stage set: more and more venues want to offer their audiences full artistic enjoyment. “The modernization not only provides the venues with more artistic freedom,” affirms Volker Kirsch, Head of Stage Automation Industry Sector Management at Bosch Rexroth. “At the same time, we bring the operation up to the current state of the art and significantly increase the availability of the system.”

Thus, the work of the technicians will be much safer and more clearly arranged. “During the rehearsals, the stage technicians calmly program all the motion sequences, and during the performance, all they need to do is press a button: The transformations are performed automatically,” Volker Kirsch reports from the field. The software is so intelligent that every movement of the stage elements is already fine tuned during the programming phase, so that nothing gets in the way at the crucial moment. Rexroth has installed these control units in the two Viennese theaters as well as in Stockholm and in Pilzen.

In the lower stage machinery, to move the stage platforms, which often weigh several tons Bosch Rexroth has designed and installed the complete drive technology, including the steel structures. “For every venue, we prepare a customized solution and, depending on the situation, we rely either on hydraulic or electromechanical drives,” says the Industry Sector Manager. Bosch Rexroth relies on its worldwide experience in complex projects: Just two years ago, the company conducted the complete modernization of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow. There, the audience enjoys the world’s most extensive and advanced stage automation. Over the past few decades, Bosch Rexroth has continuously developed and installed the corresponding drive and control solutions in more than seventy theaters and opera houses.

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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