PI 003-14 Lohr a. Main, 2014-01-16

Outstanding energy management

Young Rexroth associate convinces jury of experts at international trade show.

Often, experience is the father of successful innovations. Curiosity and the drive for discovery, however, can sometimes form an equally strong fertile ground for important development steps. This was the case for Henning Osterfeld, only 30-year-old system developer at Bosch Rexroth. The work in improvement of energy management for programmable logic controllers (PLC) motivated him to the development of new, modular energy management. The result also found high recognition before a top-class jury of experts: On the SPS / IPC / Drives, Osterfeld received the award for the third place at the Innovation Award of the automation industry.

Lohr. The award was granted for the first time during the past trade show and recognizes contributions of young engineers who stand out based on their high content quality, their novelty content, and their being up-to-date. For the newly granted award, young associates of Bosch Rexroth took the lead, as well. For his third place at the Innovation Award, Osterfeld received prize money in the amount of 1,000 Euro.

Osterfeld has been working for the company since 2011 and was already receiving the support of Bosch Rexroth during his degree thesis. As a system developer for Motion Controls, he mostly works on new technology functions for PLC. “When the need for new energy management came up, I enjoyed facing this challenge”, he reports. “It became clear very quickly that this couldn't be static architecture, but had to be a modular, flexible and easily extensible system.” For the first time, his solution provides a connection of the central interface on a machine level with the decentralized interfaces of the consumers. This facilitates a local approach of individual consumers and therefore much more flexible handling.

The award is once again proof for the innovation performance of Bosch Rexroth. In the last year, Pedro Reboredo received the “Young Engineer Award” in the area of automation. This is the preceding prize to this year's Innovation Award.

“Our focus is strongly directed at the customers' needs”, Osterfeld explains. “If we put ourselves into their situation, it usually becomes clear, where the biggest benefit lies.” For this reason, the system developer has paid attention to high user friendliness in his energy management. For example, the system develops the ideal machine status based on the parameters, so that the energy management can automatically shut-off unused consuming elements.

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, 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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