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Data Analytics: How Data Represents Reality


The wealth of data in the Internet of Things provides numerous opportunities for improving the quality of decision-making. But only if genuine information can be drawn from all those zeros and ones. This is where data analytics comes in.


“Data analytics enables us to achieve hybrid value creation in industry.”

Prof. Dr. Felix Wortmann, scientific head of the Bosch IoT lab at St. Gallen University, explains why it is crucial to always focus on a specific application when using data analytics.

Waves on demand

For centuries building new ships depended on experience only. The rise of hydrodynamic research delivers precise knowledge for reliable, safe and economical solutions. Bosch Rexroth supports this research since 27 years.



Rexroth Technology Gets Weiss Handling Unit Ready for Industry 4.0 Solutions


The HP70 handling unit from the automation specialist WEISS is lightning fast and perfectly suited for networked production. Open core technology from Rexroth makes this possible.


Drives and control for Chinese laser cutting machine


Han’s Laser has been equipping its machines with drive technology from Rexroth for many years. The engineers have now also opted for IndraMotion MTX control technology from Rexroth for its new laser cutting machine. It even protects the Chinese company from counterfeit products.



“From production worker to creative maker.”

What does the future of networking in factory automation look like? Prof. Dr. Jörg Franke and M.Sc. Hans Fleischmann talk about the current situation, the biggest changes and the role of people.



Ball rail systems for wet working conditions

Ball rail systems enabled a Canadian manufacturer to develop a unique agri-food processing machine.



Active Heave Compensation for an offshore crane

For the first time, Bosch Rexroth delivered a system of Active Heave Compensation in the U.S. to be added to an offshore crane of lift boat builder EBI. The project was a challenge for both partners – technologically and because of a tight schedule.



Clever hydraulic concept for self-propelled forage harvesters

On the Series 8000 self-propelled forage harvesters, John Deere is using a new hydraulic concept developed in conjunction with Bosch Rexroth for the header and feed roll drive.



Unimec supplies aerospace sector with personalised mechanical jacks

Unimec masters a new challenge in the aerospace sector by implementing the Rexroth PLSA Planetary Screw Assemblies in their mechanical jacks.



New ways for deploying piles for an offshore windfarm

When Large Diameter Drilling (LDD) wanted to deploy piles for a new offshore wind farm, absolute precision was key. That’s why the company choose a new way of working that had not been used before.


Keeping Things Fluid

Bosch Rexroth UK has issued its Fluid Rating List to help engineers understand the importance of choosing correctly rated hydraulic fluids to optimise performance and safety in hydraulic applications.




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.



Predictive maintenance makes maintenance in the rubber industry more efficient

Lower energy consumption and a future oriented maintenance strategy: This is what the KRAIBURG GmbH & Co. KG rubber plant was aiming for when introducing a new roll mill. Predictive maintenance including the Online Diagnostics Network (ODiN) and a frequency converter from Rexroth made this possible.



The control system from Rexroth finds the correct setting for profile extrusion presses

A multi-adjustable pressure and flow rate control system improves energy efficiency and availability in profile extrusion.



Development and construction of the Pioneering Spirit, an exploration for Allseas and Bosch Rexroth

The design and construction of the “Pioneering Spirit” by Allseas meant doing something that had never been done before – a pioneering effort for both Allseas and Bosch Rexroth. Thanks to engineering cleverness, courage and entrepreneurship, the mega vessel now sails on the high seas.



Municipal and cemetery excavator maneuvers with Rexroth hybrid hydraulics

For the latest generation of its type APZ 531 municipal and cemetery excavator, HANSA is putting its trust in hybrid components from Rexroth.



Flexible drive for rollforming systems

The Italian company Gasparini S.p.A. has produced an exceptionally flexible and complex rollforming system for a German customer. The IndraMotion MLC system solution from Rexroth made it possible.



Increased productivity for tractors with Electronic hitch control (EHC)

In tractors by Massey Ferguson electronic hitch control and load sensing increase productivity and save energy.



Ready-to-install handling system for electrical metal processing

EMAG has developed a new machine type for electrochemical metal processing. The core of the system is a ready-to-install 6-axis handling system from Rexroth – short cycles, precise over a long stroke and corrosion-resistant in salt spray atmosphere.



Prevention made simple

Predictive maintenance reduces system downtimes and thus saves time and money.



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.



Gripper system for blow molding machines scores with speed and high repeat accuracy

The design of a gripper system for the Kautex Maschinenbau plant in Shunde, southern China depended on high precision and speed – there was also little time for development.



Hydraulic drives for converter refining

Equipment and process control for converter refining from Uvån Hagfors Teknologi AB (UHT) takes advantage of Hägglunds direct drive systems from Rexroth.



Forward-thinking HMI for pipe bending machines

The mechanical engineering firm Herber is a specialist in highly-automated bending machines for the cold forming of pipes. During the development of a new and future-proof operating and visualization concept, the company built on the know-how of Bosch Rexroth.



Hydraulics for die cushions

Automotive manufacturers design some very complex components, which means that the supplier industry needs very sophisticated machines. One of these is the multiple-die press from ANDRITZ Kaiser GmbH. A key function is performed by a die cushion with hydraulics from Rexroth.



Efficient hydraulics for compact road pavers

Networked mobile hydraulics and electronics from Rexroth increase the driving and operating comfort of compact road pavers.



VarioFlow plus system allows modern production of tea bags

Thanks to a quick and compact conveyor system, the tea company Yamamotoyama can run multiple tea bag flavors simultaneously and quickly within a confined space – and without damaging the product.



The industry 4.0 update for older production lines

A new solution from Rexroth gets older machines ready for Industry 4.0. Test operation at the company’s own plant in Homburg reduced failure costs by 25 percent.



Input counts

What fills some people with concern, inspires others. Will machines soon be more intelligent than people? The potential of intelligent machines was confirmed when an algorithm beat one of the world’s best players of the Asian board game Go. But how can machines learn? And what is meant by the term “machine learning”?



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.



Hydraulic motors for the tunnel machine

Machine builder Palmieri has developed a new type of machine for an unusual tunnel project in Italy. Bosch Rexroth designed and delivered the hydraulic system for it.



Automation solution for laminating and coating machines

For its new laminating and coating machine, the Spanish printing and converting specialist Comexi relies on an automation solution provided by Rexroth, thereby saving time and materials.



A hydraulic system by Rexroth makes new sintering process possible

With a new sintering process, GeniCore is transforming metal powder into carbide. A hydraulic system from Rexroth ensures that the pressure is constantly high.



Chinese Industry 4.0 production line increases quality

Thanks to an Industry 4.0 production line, the Chinese machine tool manufacturer QCMT&T has increased the quality of its robot gear production and can handle small batches with large variety.



Electronification for a hydraulic piling machine

The drilling and foundation equipment machinery manufacturer Soilmec and Bosch Rexroth brought unparalleled multi-functionality and easy use for a new hydraulic piling machine.



Reliable control blocks for the world’s largest press brake

Together, Baykal Machinery and Bosch Rexroth have created a press brake with the world’s largest closing force.



On the fast lane to the new packaging machine

Packaging lines from WestRock fully rely on model-based engineering. The digital process significantly reduces the development time and helps in the processing of orders.



The movement profile tips the scales

A sophisticated drive design helps to keep the acquisition and operating costs of a machine as low as possible. Just how efficiently and reliably a motor carries out the required motion sequence during operation is determined by the design of the movement profile.



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.



Hydraulic solution for Mexican dam

At the Mexican Malpaso Dam, Bosch Rexroth engineers replace worn out electromechanical drives on the spillway gates. The hydraulic solution is a blueprint for the future retrofitting of dams.



Highest precision and speed in watch manufacturing

The new milling center for watch components of the Swiss machine tool manufacturer Bumotec works quickly and accurately. The drive and control technology for the company was developed in close partnership with Bosch Rexroth.



Hydraulic systems for steel works in India

In hardly any other industry are conditions as extreme as those faced in metallurgy. Bosch Rexroth supplied unprecedented numbers of hydraulic parts for one steel works in India. Thanks to customized solutions, they are also doing their job reliably even in harsh environments.



Safe and flexible printing

The Czech machine manufacturer SOMA Engineering relies on safety technology from Rexroth for its central impression flexo printing machines.



Hydrostatic power splitting transmission optimizes reach stacker

Kalmar was looking for an alternative ultra energy-efficient hybrid-type of drive for its successful 'Gloria' reach stacker series. The solution was a new drive train system that combines well-proven efficient transmission technologies – hydrostatic and hydro-mechanical – with smart programming.



Up the Eiffel Tower with more efficient hydraulics

During the renewal of the elevator in the West pillar of the Eiffel Tower, the operators relied on Bosch Rexroth's know-how.



Machines with a true profile: drive, control and assembly technology from a single source

Machines built by NuLine, a U.S.-based company, produce large plastic bags used to line transportation containers. Rexroth technology helped NuLine create a high-performance, visually-appealing next generation.



The integrated production

Industry 4.0 extends over the entirety of value creation: from the order, the supply of components for the actual production to shipment to customers and after-sales services. People, machines, and IT systems automatically exchange information for manufacturing products. The basic requirements are decentralized intelligence and open standards for programming and exchanging data.



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.



IndraMotion MTX advanced controls the efficient rotary transfer machine

Up to 144 axes simultaneously rotate, drill and saw metal workpieces in the electro-hydraulic rotary transfer machines from Pfiffner with just one CNC control – thanks to the IndraMotion MTX advanced.



Rexroth CNC system solution controls machines for the production of jewelry

Solanki Mechanical Works develops CNC machines for the production of jewelry. The IndraMotion MTX performance drive and control solution from Rexroth coordinates all of the work steps involved.



Sizing presses from Frey re-press sintered parts

Sizing presses from Frey bring sintered components into their final form. Electro-hydraulic plug-and-run axes from Rexroth provide help.



Fast Finishing in Digital Printing

Machines for print finishing need to keep pace with the progress in digital printing in terms of speed and flexibility. VITS International, a company from the United States, has created an innovative solution for this with the help of a complete solution from Bosch Rexroth.



Fast service for railroad hydraulics

48 hours. That’s how much time the Bosch Rexroth service team in China had to do the maintenance for the hydraulics at an important junction in the rail network. It was a job for professionals.



Radial piston motors for producing rubber

When it comes to optimally kneading and rolling various rubber mixtures, powerful drives are called for. KRAIBURG, a specialist in individual rubber mixtures, uses Hägglunds drives from Rexroth for this very reason.



Linear motion technology supports precise 3D printing

3D printers from voxeljet meet the highest accuracy standards thanks to durable linear motion technology from Rexroth.



Oil under pressure

Hydraulic fluids have a significant impact on the wear characteristics of hydraulic components, in particular pumps and motors. With the rapidly evolving and increasing demands on hydraulic systems, the standards do not always keep up. Therefore, Bosch Rexroth now offers a new evaluation method on the cutting edge of technology.



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”.



Gently does it

The FLOWTOS machine made by Winkler+Dünnebier produces as many as 4,600 paper tissues a minute. Bosch Rexroth was involved in the development of the latest generation of the machines – from the planning stages through to market introduction.



Marine cranes: Boosting efficiency with an overall hydraulic concept

The development process for a marine crane involves many difficult decisions. But drawing upon a complete system, designed for individual adaptation, manufacturers like Tsuji can spare themselves many such decisions.



Racing against earthquakes

An ultra-modern earthquake research center was built from scratch in Messina in Italy within the space of one year. Engineers from Bosch Rexroth coordinated the project. The company designed the overall system and also supplied all the components for the earthquake simulators.



JST station processes silicon to purified form

A 42-meters-long wet bench silicon cleaning station built by JST Manufacturing makes silicon ready for semiconductor manufacturing – and makes it as clean as possible.



New hydraulics for civil engineering site in Iraq

In Iraq Bosch Rexroth has modernized a complex hydraulic system, which – in a combination of dam, lock and a rotating bridge – protects vegetation against seawater and makes inland transportation of goods possible.



Hydraulics for the beet harvester

The Tiger 5 is Ropa’s top-of-the-line model in the range of full-function harvesters for sugar beets. This giant, 15 meters tall, provides convincing qualities with its stepless drive train and, thanks to the hydraulics, is sure-footed even on slopes.



Customized and ready for installation: Hydraulic containers for steel production

It was to industrial giant Tata Steel that Bosch Rexroth delivered four hydraulic containers, ready for connection, with all the drive and control technology associated with coke transfer machines. This solution was not only designed to meet the requirements in India, but was also produced there for the first time.



Nine steps to the proper drive

Essential to designing drives are a fully structured approach, well-founded knowledge of the formulae, and a fundamental understanding of the technology. They are the prerequisites for perfect matching of the machine and the drive.