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Ready for Industry 4.0: Connected hydraulics

 

Prejudices last for a long time, even when reality has long since disproved them. One of these prejudices is that hydraulics have no place in Industry 4.0 because they are not intelligent – but they have actually been ready for the future for some time.

 

“Smart systems create value.”

Intelligence and open interfaces are the crucial requirements for future hydraulic solutions. Professor Hubertus Murrenhoff from the IFAS at RWTH Aachen knows which steps are necessary.

Simulated Reality

Learning to fly, improving vehicles or training for emergency situations: Simulators bring reality into the laboratory. Since 1986, the motion simulation experts from Bosch Rexroth at Boxtel in the Netherlands have been supplying the appropriate systems.

 
 


 

“Working together to create new value.”

Prof. Thomas Bauernhansl from the Institute for Industrial Production and Factory Operation (IFF) at the University of Stuttgart on the macroeconomic benefits of Industry 4.0, the most important developments in the coming years, and the opportunities for SMEs.

 


 
 


 

On the pulse of the machine – Service in the digital age

Services for all aspects of machines and equipment are becoming increasingly important. Because unlimited availability is vital, operators expect top class basic services. But they are also increasingly investing in preventative maintenance concepts and taking advantage of digital services.

 


 

Smart services deliver added value

Reliable basic services such as the fast delivery of spare parts, sophisticated maintenance concepts, prompt repair works, and qualified training are the main focus for operators of machines and systems. Bosch Rexroth combines classic services with innovative smart services.

 


 

“Good service needs stable processes.”

For Aachen-based Professor Günther Schuh, effectively processed information and the knowledge generated thereof are the basis for customer-focused services of the future.

 


 

From Spessart to the world

It was the power of water that supplied the Höllenhammer forge in Spessart with energy back in 1795. Since then, the expertise in handling this powerful element has continuously developed. Bosch Rexroth has evolved from its origins in Spessart to become the leading project partner for the automation of civil engineering solutions and supplies drive solutions that are used throughout the world – in hydroelectric power plants and locks, in moving bridges and flood barriers.

 


 

“We need to understand the value of data.”

Professor Matthias Putz believes that Big Data brings major opportunities for production technology – and calls for an open but targeted approach.

 
 


 

Mobile working machines: Electronics boost efficiency

It’s like squaring the circle: Mobile working machines are expected to have lower exhaust and noise emissions while boosting efficiency and user-friendliness at the same time. Electronification is a key factor in achieving greater energy efficiency.

 


 

Performance for mobile working machines

The hydrostatic travel drives and implement hydraulics of the future should be economical, quiet, yet just as powerful. Bosch Rexroth is therefore offering a holistic system of high-performance components for mobile working machines: for applications in the field, the construction site, the container terminal, or for municipal operations.

 


 

“We need smart hydraulic systems.”

Mobile working machines have been accompanying Professor Ludger Frerichs for his entire professional life. The Institute Head of the Braunschweig University of Technology is expecting the next productivity surge to come from the intelligent networking of the overall process.

 


 

Tightening has never been better

Bosch Rexroth has been carrying out pioneering work in tightening technology for years. Here is an overview of the most important developments to date.

 


 

“Energy-efficient companies will be more independent.”

In this interview, Professor Alexander Sauer, Head of the Institute for Energy Efficiency in Production (EEP) at the University of Stuttgart, talks about energy-efficient production and explains how Industry 4.0 and smart grids can make factories more efficient in the future.

 
 


 

Humans and machines: the best of friends

The human-machine interface is increasingly important in networked production. To enable the protagonists of the smart factory to cooperate smoothly and in a safe environment, they need to find a common language that allows for intuitive and unambiguous communication.

 


 

Digital assistant for the real world

Whether for stationary manufacturing facilities or mobile work devices: Bosch Rexroth offers human machine interfaces that are functional and comfortable to use.

 


 

„We need an intimate relationship to machines.“

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Norbert Gronau from the University of Potsdam knows the requirements for the human-machine interface of the future from his research.

 


 

Plow companion

Electronic hitch controls have been a core function for tractors for decades. They facilitate the work of farmers and increase productivity.

 


 

“Why aren't we doing that?!”

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Gebhardt has been dealing with additive manufacturing technologies since the 1990s. In this interview he talks about the potential, risks and development of the procedures. He expects drastic changes in industrial production and calls for greater consistency in thought and in training.

 
 


 

Smart Factory: local production, controlled anywhere

The answer to increasing variety, ever-smaller batch sizes and huge fluctuations in demand is the Smart Factory. But the Smart Factory is not only optimized for local manufacturing, it is also connected to an international network.

 


 

Apply internationally, adapt locally

On the way to Industry 4.0, Bosch Rexroth is collecting valuable practical experience via the application at its own plants around the world. The goal: the networked Smart Factory.

 


 

“We are demonstrating the feasibility.”

Professor Detlef Zühlke has been working on components for the Smart Factory since 2005. With an example factory at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, he demonstrates that the Smart Factory is feasible.

 


 

Development workers

Injection molding machines (SGM) are indispensable in plastics processing. Since the industry realized their importance in the 1950s, Bosch Rexroth has supported their further development in close cooperation with machine manufacturers and has pushed ahead.

 


 

“Team spirit will increasingly take center stage.”

Companies need to make product development and design more agile and also call established methods into question, according to Prof. Dr.-ing. Dr. h. c. Albert Albers. Here he gives us an overview of which changes are coming and how they can be handled.

 
 


 

Networking and investing: Moving one step at a time toward Industry 4.0

Strenuous efforts have to be made when networking the entire value chain. And these steps are certainly worth taking.

 


 

The path: quick, short steps

With its dual strategy, Bosch Rexroth is focusing on economically viable Industry 4.0 solutions.

 


 

“Business models are lacking at the moment.”

Wolfgang Blome issues two pleas: that Industry 4.0 be implemented in practice at plants and that businesses continue to think about drawing up new business models.

 


 

Smart: no control cabinets

For decades, Bosch Rexroth’s intelligent drive solutions have been making a contribution toward innovative machine concepts. New modular concepts for drive technology can be achieved using the IndraDrive Mi – entirely without any need for control cabinets.

 


 

“Making repairs is no longer enough.”

Technical service in the mechanical engineering industry sector is facing a tremendous change, calling for new structures, business models and staffing – says Bernd Bienzeisler of the innovation network known as “Service Platform Machine”.

 
 


 

Energy efficiency at the next level: keeping an eye on the entire value stream

Enhanced energy efficiency is – and will continue to be – both a technical and economic challenge. It is critical to success for manufacturing companies. The current focus is broadening – no longer concentrating on the individual machine but embracing the entire value stream. The goal is to exploit further potentials for efficiency.

 


 

Enhanced efficiency with integrated drive technology

It is possible to measure the advances made in boosting energy efficiency for both stationary and mobile applications. The interaction of innovative software functions with hydraulic and electric drives offers especially high savings potential.

 


 

“Energy efficiency will be an integral component in Industry 4.0.”

Prof. Gunther Reinhart, Technical University of Munich, in discussion.

 


 

That's how it is: six surprising capabilities of modern hydraulics

Anyone gaining only a superfluous familiarity with fluid technology will easily underestimate the performance and intelligence of modern hydraulics. Who would think that this technology is highly precise, energy-efficient, and ready today for Industry 4.0 applications? Here are six capabilities of a strong drive technology, which probably come as a surprise for many

 


 

Success far from the shore

For more than 40 years now, Bosch Rexroth has supplied hydraulic components for use offshore. In order to further broaden expertise in this segment the firm has, since mid-1977, been represented by a regional subsidiary in the Netherlands, where a team of specialists is responsible for many major projects.

 


 

“You need the courage to accept mistakes!”

In the future, new and innovative products will no longer be sufficient to ensure that a company is successful. This claim is made by Prof. Karolin Frankenberger of the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.

 
 


 

The user is king: User experience makes for differentiation

In the field of mechanical and plant engineering, the way in which users experience products and their manufacturers is an important differentiating feature, especially when products’ technical details are quite similar. Inducing enthusiasm among customers is a major key to success.

 


 

“You cannot dictate wellbeing.”

In order to be able to manufacture products appropriate to their users, the company first has to adopt the right attitude, says Marc Hassenzahl, professor of experience design at the Folkwang University in Essen, Germany.

 


 

Growing together

The electric motor and the hydraulic cylinder have been an integral part of mechanical engineering for more than 100 years. Joining the best of both technologies gives rise to solutions for the future.

 


 

Interacting with contents

Controlling machines and processes freehand: Augmented Reality joins virtual content with reality and offers many options for use in industry. What are they? That’s something Dr. Philipp Klimant of the Chemnitz University of Technology knows all about.

 
 


 

5 Things We Can Do Without in the Industry by 2025

A bit more than ten years ago, many companies discussed whether the expenses for the Internet would ever pay off. Today, any company not using Internet technologies intensively, would be cut off from its customers and suppliers.

 
 



 

R&D at global scale: Securing competitive advantages through local engineering

Close to the customer. Today this is true for R&D departments, too. Installed in growth regions and drawing on local technical staff, those departments are becoming an important success factor for global companies.

 




 

Consistently following the markets

How Bosch Rexroth expedites the internationalization of R&D activities.

 


 

“The point is not to increase internationalization, but to improve it!”

Complexity management, transfer of knowledge and standardization – Prof. Hagen Lindstädt knows which essential factors are decisive for the success of local engineering.

 


 

Transition

The history of linear motion at Bosch Rexroth covers almost 60 years. That chronicle is distinguished by a continuously expanding product line.

 


 

“What does the future hold in store?”

Professor Karl Rose cannot peer into a crystal ball. Instead, he draws on scenario planning to develop strategies for tomorrow’s products and services.

 
 


 

Time to market: How software makes us faster

Shorter product life cycles and smaller batch sizes are exerting tremendous pressure on industry. But with innovative software concepts, even a one-off item can be manufactured quickly and profitably.

 


 

At home around the world

More than 100 years ago, Rexroth products made their way into the wide, wide world. We want to show you how the company developed to become both a global player and local vendor.

 


 

“Make your development process public!”

He issues a call for greater transparency and finds that businesses could learn a great deal from interpersonal relationships. Corporate consultant Jerry Michalski redefines “customer centricity”.

 
 


 
Energy efficiency: Mechanical engineers seek to balance customer wishes and cost constraints

Energy efficiency: Mechanical engineers seek to balance customer wishes and cost constraints

Mechanical engineering companies are feeling double pressures in developing energy-efficient machines. On the one hand, there are statutory regulations and one’s own cost targets to be met, while on the other hand customers simply pass along their own efficiency requirements for the machine companies to deal with. A status report.

 


 
Quality management: On the test stand

Quality management: On the test stand

Quality has always been one of Bosch Rexroth’s decisive standards. Test methods, however, have changed radically over the years.

 


 
Generation management: Getting young and old to pull together

Generation management: Getting young and old to pull together

Companies must respond to different generations’ requirements to remain successful – says Prof. Martin Klaffke.

 
 


 

Machine safety: Protecting people, spurring markets.

The safety built into machinery is being advanced around the globe by adopting norms and standards. This affects access to international markets. This supposed hindrance also harbors many chances.

 


 

Master mason

For more than 40 years now, hydraulic systems by Rexroth have lent a hand in the form of concrete pumps when erecting large buildings. An overview.

 

The future can be planned

The introduction of technical innovations can be guided and adapted to people’s needs. At least that is the claim put forth by university professor Dr. Weissenberger-Eibl.

 
 

 
 Cost engineering: A perfect touchdown for costs and benefits

Cost engineering: A perfect touchdown for costs and benefits

Customer requirements that vary around the globe and pronounced price sensitivity demand a holistic approach to product modification and cost optimization.

 
 Rent-a-pump

Rent-a-pump

The type R7 hydraulic drive for down hole pumps can be perfectly matched to conditions prevailing at oil fields. An example from Indonesia shows how.

 

“We build intelligence into everyday objects.”

Printed electronics can already be found in many applications. But what does the future hold in store for these so-called “printed functionalities”?

 

Moving masses

Hydraulics from Rexroth have been moving the world for sixty years.

 

Perfect project administration

How systematic process management guarantees quality, profitability and punctuality.

 

Down the ways, right on time

Allseas – an operator of special-purpose ships – puts its faith in binding project processes.

 

The great press review

For nearly 60 years now, Rexroth has been manufacturing components used in presses and shaping technology. Here is a historical rundown of the major developments.

 

The thinking factory

In the future, products and machines armed with artificial intelligence will communicate with one another and with their production environment. The magic word: “Industry 4.0”.

 

Greater eco-efficiency with a systematic approach and innovation

How can the global economy continue to grow when limited by finite natural resources? We have to decouple growth, energy demand, and resource consumption!

 

Revolution in printing

It was almost 20 years ago that Bosch Rexroth launched a revolution in the printing trade, sending many mechanical parts out to pasture.

 

A continent on the move

Africa’s economy continues to grow. The reason is not just its wealth of natural resources.

 

Agricultural technology in the 21st century

In just a few decades world agriculture will have to feed more than nine billion people. Modern technology is one key to mastering this enormous challenge.

 

Discovering the quiet

Noise harms both humans and nature. But for many years it was felt to be an acceptable by-product of progress. Not true at Bosch Rexroth.

 

AEC: The great unknown in Asia

A new economic giant is arising in Southeast Asia with the formation of the ASEAN Economic Community.

 

Global Player and Local Hero

Strategies for successful internationalization.

 
Design-to-region: new concepts for growth markets

Design-to-region: new concepts for growth markets

European and American users often have different expectations of machines than is true in the emerging markets. In recent years, thousands of small and medium-sized suppliers have emerged there, for whom high-end solutions from Europe are too complex and expensive.

 

A stunning performance

Rexroth technology plays a leading role on many stages.

 

Sustaining cities

Megacities like Lagos, Mumbai and Mexico City generate numerous problems but also exercise an enormous attraction.

 

Total Cost of Ownership: The search for the true expense

The pursuit of the truth has traditionally been the domain of attorneys and philosophers – but in the past few years purchasing agents, controllers and corporate strategists have been taking up that cause.

 
 TCO at Bosch Rexroth

TCO at Bosch Rexroth

There are many instruments and methods that can be applied to calculate TCO. Important in the development and use of TCO management is that the departments and suppliers involved be present at the negotiating table. Only through cooperative efforts by all the players can expenditures and benefi ts be optimized and, ultimately, overall costs reduced.

 
Three questions for Prof. Gisela Lanza

Three questions for Prof. Gisela Lanza

Interview on TCO with Prof. Gisela Lanza, D.Eng., Director of the Production Systems Institute at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

 

A step ahead through knowledge

For any technology-based company, know-how is the foundation for business success. Bosch Rexroth has been passing such knowledge along for fifty years now.

 

“It’s a question of boosting the best”

More women in management, broader cultural diversity – in many firms there’s a mood of new departures. But at the same time, this subject triggers fear.

 

Energy efficiency as a factor in competition

Energy efficiency is not everything, but without it, nothing is worth very much. This variation on a German saying characterizes the current situation in industry.

 

Embarking on a new era

It was 125 years ago that Robert Bosch founded his company. At the same time Rexroth took a decisive step forward in technology.

 

The Internet of Things

The World Wide Web is on the verge of its next revolution. Experts are predicting that by the year 2020 some fifty billion technical devices will be interlinked via the Internet.

 

Systematically managing productivity

Industrial Engineering: Productivity can be raised over the long term by conducting systematic efficiency analyses for people, machinery and organizations.

 

Non-stop motion

The Dogumoba and the endless slot – conveyor systems in times of change.

 

Innovation calls for resources

What raw materials will we be needing in the year 2030? And how much? A study examines the interplay between technical change, demand for raw materials and natural resource supply.