Bosch Rexroth Hungary: We are automation
They say it’s easier to make a plant Industry 4.0 enabled from the start as a greenfield development than to refurbish machines retrospectively within the framework of a brownfield development. What impact do new expectations have on retrofitting or servicing?
The number one expectation of end users, which is of course also a high priority for us, is to complement and enhance existing systems according to the requirements of Industry 4.0. Our IoT Gateway line which I have just mentioned, as well as our PPM software covers all relevant requirements, are capable, and easy to deploy. This analytical software can optimize energy demand, cycle times, and therefore production. Also please note that the traditions of Bosch Rexroth are closely related to the design and production of hydraulic drive systems. We have developed the ODiN service software for remote management in line with the unique system requirements of this area, which can be used to minimize down times, as it also takes the characteristics of hydrostatic drive systems into account.
Which are the industries where these new products can be best applied?
Our products and services have been tried and tested by Bosch users, and consequently perfectly hold their own in a TIER1 industrial supplier environment. Similarly, according to the fundamental philosophy of Industry 4.0, our main goal is to connect suppliers to end users as quickly as possible through the production environment. Of course, the benefits offered by our products and software solutions can be best utilized in automated production, especially in the automotive industry and its supplier environment.
What benefits do these represent to end users and/or machine builders?
Our aim is to not only leverage these opportunities within the Bosch group, but to implement the i4.0 plans of our customers in cooperation with our partners. We would like to see an increasing number of market players apply these solutions on the market. In order to achieve this, we have set up our own Industry 4.0 expert group within our company which provides support to our customers in establishing the factories of the future today. Building on our new products and software, as well as our i4.0 expertise and experience, end users can make their production more flexible and expect quicker time to market times, as the utilization of machines increases and less transitions are to be expected. The issues that arise can also be addressed quicker. In addition, productivity can be further enhanced using preventive maintenance.
In addition, further benefits arise on the side of machine builders. Digital twins of the machines planned can be used to simulate the processes without constructing the actual machine, saving a tremendous amount of engineering time, and making it possible to offer more predictable solutions.