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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Energy-efficient hydraulics for a sawmill
No matter how the Idaho Forest Group turns and moves the wood it processes – the Sytronix family by Rexroth lets the mill operator increase productivity and save a lot of energy.
Hamm roller-compactors put their faith in the GFT 8000 gearbox
Rexroth components keep things rolling in the compactors built by the Hamm AG.
With two CNC channels for perfect engraving
In order to grind glass both safely and exactly, Glassman Machinery in Beijing uses CNC controls that can make dynamic corrections for the tool.
IndraDrive Mi: High throughput rates in sandwich packaging
Kangaroo Brands Inc. packages seven types of sandwiches in cartons of four different sizes. To achieve both quick changes from one product to another and a high throughput rate, the company uses a packaging machine featuring Rexroth automation.
Electro-hydraulic drives for the tandem locks at Münster
The tandem locks are an important gateway for European shipping and, owing to the design with two parallel chambers, they conserve both water and energy.
Sugar production with a rock-solid CBM motor
Hydraulic direct drives built by Rexroth form the basis for dependable operations at an Indonesian sugar mill – and by doing so they secure the livelihood of thousands of farmers.
Active heave compensation for offshore missions
Technical assistance is essential whenever equipment weighing many tons is to be placed on the seabed. SBM puts its faith in active heave compensation made by Rexroth.
Interdisciplinary and trend-setting
Mechatronic systems have long since become perfectly normal – but what exactly is mechatronics?
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.
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.
A quicker path to custom test beds
Kraus Automatisierungs-Technik GmbH uses Open Core Engineering toproduce tailor-made test beds.
Drawing on a CNC concept by Rexroth, ABB Turbo Systems produces the turbine blades for turbochargers both quickly and precisely.
Dashing through the fields
The new agricultural sprayer built by Stara features a hydrostatic drive, so that travel is as comfortable as in a passenger car.
Horizontal directional drilling requires powerful, compact and reliable drill string drives.
A lean cutup
The new SL600 slicer is powered by IndraDrive Mi drives. This means that cheese and cold cuts can be sliced exactly to the gram. And they occupy far less space.
Cost-cutting pressures relieved
When building water jet cutting units, Projet System makes use of the benefits inherent to the quiet Sytronix variable-speed pumps.
The swift seat solution
At its plant in India, automotive supplier Johnson Controls uses the TS 2plus transfer system for seat assembly.
A heart for excavators
The RS control block platform turns compact excavators into highly responsive energy savers.
Diverse standards around the globe
A survey of the differing regional approaches to achieving machine safety.
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.
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.
A top mark in welding
A Chinese carmaker, Qoros, caused quite a stir by receiving top scores in crash testing. This is made possible by Rexroth controls. They guarantee precise weld spots.
An after-work idea
The Self-Testing Switching System – STSS – by Rexroth makes for greater safety in power plants. The initial ideas for this breakthrough were born while colleagues enjoyed dinner together.
Weightlifting in 10 steps
Found in the southern Netherlands is one of Europe’s first bascule bridges to incorporate hydraulic systems complying with the EU Machinery Directive.
Thrifty and precise
Enormous forces have to be handled in machining centers. The RSHP concept, made by Rexroth, ensures that movements are nonetheless highly accurate.
Following the work
Telehandlers built by Italian manufacturer Dieci S.r.l. make farm work a little easier. With the 2+1 hydrostatic drive made by Rexroth, these all-purpose units are now even thriftier – and satisfy the latest exhaust standards, too.
Water to the fore!
In case of a blaze, fire extinguishing systems have to supply water to an offshore oil platform in just seconds. The hydraulics used there have passed the acid test in Brazil.
Hydraulic valves in sawmills have to satisfy rigorous safety requirements. Rexroth, thanks to the new plug-in proportional amplifiers with pulse width modulation, helps to meet those demands.
Ready for an emergency
When a machine breaks down, having an expert provider of technical service is critical. A checklist helps to identify the right service company.