Bosch Rexroth

Canvas Category Machinery : Process Technology : Motion Control

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Primary Location Lohr am Main, Bavaria, Germany

Financial Status Robert Bosch

As a global partner, Bosch Rexroth supports mechanical and plant engineering efforts around the world with its cutting-edge technology and unique industry knowledge. More than 29,500 associates across the globe are developing tailored, safe and resource-friendly solutions. Our innovations deliver multi-dimensional enhancements for machine manufacturers and end users. For example, they help to reduce harmful carbon dioxide emissions while simultaneously raising productivity. Above all, we make it easy to use cross-technology solutions by means of predefined functions and integrated engineering tools.

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Building the NextGen Factory with Splunk and Bosch Rexroth

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🏢 Organizations: Splunk, Bosch Rexroth

Splunk and Bosch Rexroth have joined forces to help manufacturers elevate their resilience and take advantage of new market trends and agile operating models leveraging OT + IT + AI/ML.

Bosch Rexroth has developed an Intelligent Factory Floor which is above all smart and flexible. Roof, walls and floor are fixed, everything else can be adapted to new orders, production methods or business models. As such, it is easy to reconfigure machinery and to scale up or scale down production lines according to requirements. The multi-color LED visualization in the floor can flexibly adjust walkways, and define safety zones and logistics areas. The Intelligent Floor collects data such as weight and distance via built-in sensors.

These rich data sources are ingested into Splunk’s data analytics platform leveraging AI capabilities. As a result, possible business outcomes not only include an optimized, agile production performance but also an elevated security posture including IT / OT cybersecurity. Predictive Analytics such as Predictive Maintenance and Predictive Quality based on the Splunk Machine Learning Toolkit can be implemented. Factory managers can finally bring cost-efficient lot size one production to life.

Read more at Splunk Blog

What are industry trends for variable frequency drives and variable speed drives?

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🏢 Organizations: Bosch Rexroth

Introducing VFDs to the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 environment requires VFDs to secure two-way communication that bridges the gap between information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) capabilities. This means VFD interfaces need to be compatible with the end user’s network protocol of choice to enable remote access to machines lines and equipment, and to serve machine data to a monitoring and reporting system. By providing easy to understand diagnostic data and overall health monitoring of both the drive and connected motor. In addition, energy usage and system efficiency data for tracking carbon emissions and usage profile.

Read more at Plant Engineering

Design for Robotic Assembly

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✍️ Author: John Sprovieri

🔖 Topics: Industrial Robot, Design for X, Robot Arm

🏢 Organizations: SCHUNK, Bosch Rexroth

In reality, equating the abilities of robots and human assemblers is risky. What’s easy for a human assembler can be difficult or impossible for a robot, and vice versa. To ensure success with robotic assembly, engineers must adapt their parts, products and processes to the unique requirements of the robot.

Reorienting an assembly adds cycle time without adding value. It also increases the cost of the fixtures. And, instead of a SCARA or Cartesian robot, assemblers may need a more expensive six-axis robot.

Robotic grippers are not as nimble as human hands, and some parts are easier for robots to grip than others. A part with two parallel surfaces can be handled by a two-fingered gripper. A circular part can be handled by its outside edges, or, if it has a hole in the middle, its inside edges. Adding a small lip to a part can help a gripper reliably manipulate the part and increase the efficiency of the system. If the robot will handle more than one type of part, the parts should be designed so they can all be manipulated with the same gripper. A servo-driven gripper could also help in that situation, since engineers can program stroke length and gripping force.

Read more at Assembly Magazine

Bosch Rexroth Predictive Analytics @ TSR Recycling GmbH

Bosch Rexroth to Acquire HydraForce

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🏢 Organizations: Bosch Rexroth

HydraForce Inc. has signed an agreement to be acquired by Bosch Rexroth. It will join Bosch Rexroth’s Compact Hydraulics portfolio, helping to further expand the business unit’s product offering and customer support. The merger of these companies will expand the workforce and manufacturing capacity to help meet ongoing demand for hydraulic components, particularly in heavy-duty mobile equipment applications which is a strong market segment for both companies. This market is also expected to see continued growth in the coming years.

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The Electrical Heart of Manufacturing

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✍️ Author: Bruce Morey

🔖 Topics: robotics

🏭 Vertical: Machinery

🏢 Organizations: Bosch Rexroth, Mitsubishi Electric, Promess

Once, servo amplifiers were tuned with screwdrivers to adjust the motion of the motors, with say three potentiometers, one for each of the elements of a PID controller. “Today, most servo drives have algorithms that autotune adjustments,” said Nausley. Promess can now position its presses within a few microns. “A few years ago, there’s no way we could have done that.”

Read more at SME

Creating a Factory of the Future in Aerospace

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✍️ Authors: Andreas Hassold, Doug Luedtke, Doug Rogers

🔖 Topics: digital twin

🏭 Vertical: Aerospace

🏢 Organizations: Bosch Rexroth

One of the unique anomalies of aerospace manufacturing is how it transitions from automated to manual production. Many initial components are fabricated in highly automated machining or manufacturing systems. These systems are already Industry 4.0-enabled with integrated sensors and PLCs that capture and package production data for analysis and quality control.

As subassemblies are created and installed, final assembly and integration is much more manual. For example, the final tightening of thousands of fasteners on aircraft is often done with pneumatic and manual wrenches that are purely mechanical, with manual inspections and written verification on paper documents. However, aerospace manufacturers can improve this process by integrating smart, programmable tightening tools that document the amount of torque applied for each fastener and that can automatically reconfigure torque and rotation settings based on the assigned task.

Read more at Assembly Magazine

6 steps to Industry 4.0 in metal fabrication

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✍️ Author: Tim Heston

🏭 Vertical: Fabricated Metal

🏢 Organizations: Bosch Rexroth

Implementing Industry 4.0 doesn’t happen with the flip of a switch. It’s an evolution that, in time, will change the nature of how the metal fabrication industry and the rest of the world makes things.

Rapp sees a fully autonomous plant become much more flexible, not limited to rigid process-specific departments or value-stream layouts. In the connected plant, all required materials and workpieces will follow the path that makes best use of the entire operation’s available capacity. Job routings could change on-the-fly as AGVs move material, tools, and cut parts to where the processing capacity is, exactly when they’re needed.

Read more at The Fabricator

Sensor Fusion: The Swiss Army Knife of Digitalization

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✍️ Author: David Miller

🔖 Topics: industrial control system, digital transformation, edge computing, predictive maintenance

🏢 Organizations: Balluff, Bosch Rexroth, Emerson, Omron

With the proper communication protocols and network architecture in place, smart sensor technology and the data it provides can be the bulwark on which digital transformation is built.

If industrial control systems are the brains of a plant, then sensors are its eyes and ears. Simply put, without sensors there would be nothing for SCADA, DCS, or PLCs to respond to. That’s why increasingly intelligent or ‘smart’ sensors packing more onboard processing power, the ability to monitor new variables, and digital communication capabilities are playing such an important role in helping plant operators and enterprise level planners alike to see better and respond to problems with more finesse.

Read more at Automation World