Hungarian Bosch Rexroth Hungary: What is Revolutionary in Industry 4.0?

Editor: Lisa Saller, Lisa Saller

Online applications have become part of our daily lives and this is something that we have accepted. However, communication between devices and processes in industry is a new opportunity – says István Ács, managing director of the Hungarian Bosch Rexroth ltd.

Istvan Acs, Rexroth
Istvan Acs, Rexroth
(Photo: MM Ungarn)

Concerning industry 4.0, I have to emphasize that it is European – an initiative of the German government. There are existing projects, many of which comply with the basic concepts of industry 4.0, but this is still not the focus of the project. At this level of automation, there are no humans to communicate but factories and online devices (e.g. interfaces, readers, cameras, sensors etc.) that are linked in a network. This is revolutionary for example in logistics, where raw materials as well as finished products will only occupy as much space and deadlock as much capital that is absolutely necessary to ensure continuous operation. This, however, requires efficient communication between supply chain members.

Is Bosch Group part of this revolution?

It is an excellent opportunity for Bosch that globally 250 factories need state-of-the art manufacturing- as well as manufacturing control devices. At the same time, however, Bosch produces the necessary applications for itself as well as for other market players. The automotive industry is especially interested in this topic as opportunities and demand is equally given here for the higher level of collaboration between network-connected devices.

Do you already have such product developments?

Yes, part of the Homburg factory of Bosch Rexroth has been set up specially for that purpose. This works as a pilot project, but already the Hungarian Bosch factories make significant effort to exploit these developments. First developments are aimed at optimizing warehouse systems.

Advantage of Bosch Rexroth is the broad portfolio, and so the pioneering vision that we have concerning the factories of the future can be realized in practice. Relying on the experience that we learnt in our own factories, we can formulate those devices and systems that will be built into machines by system-builders, for example. Our goal is to call attention to searching for solutions in the field of production optimization. One of the tools of this is Open Core Engineering, which is able to support design, manufacturing, and diagnostics from the side of both software and product.

Coming back to the Homburg factory built by our group of companies and inaugurated in 2014: here, production control, production lines, workpieces, suppliers and users are all connected in a network and can continuously share data and information with each other to optimize production. Essentially, it is the WIP product that shares data along the manufacturing procedure. These data control production as well as logistics through a cloud-based service. This procedure is even visualized on a giant touch-screen by one of our software product – Active Cockpit – a production control and management device that ensures continuous transparency of the manufacturing procedure. This was demonstrated in Hungary in September.

What are the advantages of Industry 4.0?

Our goal is to link devices: even by building joint networks with suppliers as well as end-users. Industry 4.0 can result in a 20-30% increase in productivity throughout the manufacturing procedure. We, as part of those forming the vision for the future, can translate the opportunities for the customers since collaboration of production networks at a new level can only be complete with their contribution.

Is the Hungarian market already interested?

Yes, this is why it is important to have pilot projects through which we can demonstrate the advantages of Industry 4.0 in a real life environment. As a trendsetter, we have to take the role to lead a way that is presently unknown to industry. We would like to call the attention of systems integrators, who can exploit the new opportunities in the systems and equipment they build. On this year’s Hannover Fair, we demonstrated the network connected new world of hydraulics through the example of a virtual edge-bending machine. Our automation experts demonstrated how i4.0 systems can be built from the elements of hydraulics, electronics, software technology and open standards. We have to show and maybe even teach this capability to the Hungarian market. We like to be foregoers and as U.S. president Kennedy said in the early 60s about the Lunar Mission: we chose this way not because it is easy, but because it is hard. We have to make ourselves and our environment understand the opportunities lying in challenges and that accepting the present situation is not the best solution. – said István Ács in conclusion.

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25 years of the Hungarian Bosch Rexroth ltd.

Clients of Bosch Rexroth were welcomed at a grand scale two day fare and exhibition in the recently inaugurated world class Gyömrői road center on the event of the 25th birthday of the company. The company, celebrating the 25th anniversary of its foundation, welcomed industry members with interesting professional programs, roadshows and workshops. Focal topic of the event „Industry Days” was Industry 4.0. Systems integrator and trading partners of Rexroth could also introduce themselves in the workshops.

Bosch Rexroth is world leading expert in drive- and control technology that offers turnkey solutions in the fields of drive, control and materials handling under the brand name of Rexroth. The company develops, manufactures and markets elements and systems in the field of electric control and drive, industrial hydraulics, mobile hydraulics, and linear movement- and assembly techniques in more than 80 countries globally.