Wide-ranging portfolio at Hannover Messe 2015 Bosch driving Industry 4.0 forward with innovative products Sensors, software, and services for connected industrial production

  • Two-pronged strategy: Bosch is a seasoned leading exponent and leading provider
  • New solutions make both Bosch and its customers more competitive
  • Europe needs single digital market and fast internet
  • Example of condition monitoring: software as the basis for new business models
  • Trade fair partner country India is home to largest Bosch software development center outside Germany
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Stuttgart – At Hannover Messe 2015, Bosch is exhibiting a wide range of new solutions that show how manufacturing technology and competitiveness benefit from the opportunities offered by connectivity in what is known as Industry 4.0. The exhibits include networked sensors, innovative software solutions, network-compatible drives and controls, and production assistants from the APAS family. The technology and services company successfully uses the solutions on show in Hannover at its own manufacturing sites. “This broad portfolio is evidence of our expertise as a leading exponent and provider of connected manufacturing technology,” said Dr. Werner Struth, member of the Bosch board of management. He is responsible for the Bosch Production System and the Industrial Technology business sector, with its Packaging Technology and Drive and Control Technology divisions. “With this technology, we are making both ourselves and our customers more competitive, and this not only in high-wage countries such as Germany, but also worldwide.” Industry 4.0 opens up cost advantages in a number of ways, including resource conservation and higher productivity, as well as better quality.

Rapid adoption of Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation needed
But according to Struth, connected production is not solely a matter of technology: “At present, data-protection regulations vary from country to country in Europe. This is preventing European companies from being just as successful with connected solutions in their home markets and in international competition.” Struth reminded his audience that Europe is the world’s largest economic area. Bosch is confident that the Council of Ministers will reach a final decision on the EU General Data Protection Regulation before the summer recess, and that the regulation can thus be adopted before 2015 is out. “For companies to be able to exploit the EU’s huge business potential, the new General Data Protection Regulation urgently needs to be implemented before the year is out.” And because it is also crucial that companies have access to fast and reliable data exchange, Struth made an urgent plea for the rapid expansion of high-speed internet connections: “We could be world beaters in Industry 4.0, but slow internet connections are holding us back. These days, a reliable internet connection is just as important as supplies of water and electricity and a traffic infrastructure.”

“Focusing on our customers’ needs”
“At Bosch, connected manufacturing is already reality. The machinery, software, and concepts needed for it, are in everyday use at our manufacturing sites worldwide,” Struth said. “Connectivity offers the German mechanical engineering industry many opportunities to maintain the strong position it holds today. In particular, new business models tailored to customers’ needs will unleash the full potential of connected industry.” At Hannover Messe, Bosch is showing the technical basis for such new business models.

Online diagnosis for predictive maintenance
These include the service package known as ODiN, which stands for online diagnostics network. Using a cloud-based software platform, Bosch Rexroth can continuously record and analyze the operating status of users’ hydraulic systems. Wear and tear can be identified at an early stage. As part of a maintenance agreement, Rexroth then recommends any necessary work, which it then performs. This reduces maintenance costs. Moreover, such predictive maintenance also considerably reduces the risk of breakdown. Especially when the machinery involved is complex – at steel works, for example, or in mining operations – this can save the huge costs associated with any unscheduled downtimes. The same applies to packaging machinery for foodstuffs and pharmaceuticals, which has to be capable of extremely short cycle times and round the clock operation.

Data security and data protection
Werner Struth also pointed out that “keeping data secure is a core competence in all areas of connected production.” He stressed how important data protection and data security are for the widespread acceptance of Industry 4.0 solutions: “We will tell our customers what data we want to use for what purpose, and we will ask them for their express consent.” One central aspect here is authorized access to manufacturing lines. To ensure this, Bosch Software Innovations has come up with a new software solution. Called Remote Service Manager, it ensures that only authorized service technicians can log onto a machine remotely in order to perform a detailed status check. These checks allow errors to be detected quickly, and in many cases promptly remedied as well. In many cases, there is no longer any need for long and expensive journeys to the customer. One of the things Bosch is demonstrating at the trade fair is how the APAS production assistant can be remotely serviced in this way. Moreover, the Remote Service Manager provides a secure interface for uploading new software to machinery.

Connected sensors give a clear picture of the transportation process
Also at the trade fair, which is the world’s largest and runs from April 13 to 17, 2015, Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions will be demonstrating connected sensors that can precisely register every movement a small crate makes during transport. An app displays movement and position on a screen. Any critical events, such as the unscheduled opening of the crate, is detected by a photosensor. The benefit for the user is a better overview of the entire transportation process.

Efficient manufacture of small batches
One of the distinguishing features of Industry 4.0 is that it allows small batches to be manufactured efficiently. These may be spare parts for superannuated machinery and cars, or for prototypes of new products. The Bosch Rexroth foundry uses 3D printers to speed up the casting process. The printers can make cores and molds to specification. At the Hannover trade fair, the foundry will be demonstrating how this reduces the delivery times and the cost of customized castings. Customers send the foundry the design data of the part they want made. At the foundry, 3D printers make the sand core or the complex molds. This obviates the need for the complex development and manufacture of individual molding tools. Not only does this reduce the unit costs of prototypes and small-series products, it also shortens the time that elapses between receipt of data and casting.

About Industry 4.0
In Industry 4.0, the pieces being processed feature barcodes, RFID chips, and web-enabled sensors. The partially or even fully automatic capture and transmission of data gives rise to a virtual map of physical reality, i.e. of the pieces, machines, and factories. A network of software programs, mechanical parts, and electronic parts communicates globally over the internet. This allows constant coordination and optimization, also among locations and across company boundaries. Data that were previously only used for a short while can now be used as a source of information, and in the end of new knowledge and benefits. It is in business models, however, that the real breakthrough is expected to be seen. New operator models are one example: it is conceivable that manufacturing machinery will stay in the ownership of the companies that make them. Instead of selling them, these companies will offer their customers a number of processed units or operating hours.

About Bosch in India
In 2015, India is the partner country of Hannover Messe. Bosch has been present in India since 1922. “In India as well, connected manufacturing opens up many new opportunities for us,” Struth said. In the years ahead, Bosch expects to see a re-emergence of stronger growth stimuli there. There are many opportunities for Bosch in the country, especially in the areas of mobility, infrastructure, energy, security, packaging technology, and healthcare. Government plans to boost industrialization make India attractive for mechanical engineering companies as well. Over the past ten years, the company has more than tripled its sales in India to approximately 1.2 billion euros. The company currently employs more than 28,000 associates in India, at eleven manufacturing sites and seven engineering locations. Of this total, more than 15,000 work at the company’s largest software engineering center outside Germany, which is located in Bangalore and Coimbatore. Since 2010, the Bosch Group has invested around 680 million euros in the expansion of manufacturing and research facilities in India, of which some 160 million were invested last year alone.

Where to find the booths:
Motion drive and automation: hall 23, booth C19
Rexroth molding and casting: hall 5, booth D30
Industrial automation, “connected shop-floor solutions,”
APAS family: hall 17, booth C42
Connected industry and digital factory, joint booth of Bosch Software Innovations and Bosch Rexroth: hall 7, booth E04
Thermotechnology: hall 27, booth E51

Bosch Rexroth trade fair presence:
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APAS family:
Outline of Industry 4.0 at Bosch
Bosch pools its Industry 4.0 competencies in the
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Industry 4.0 Award for assembly line at Bosch Rexroth:
Foundry uses 3D printers to make molds:

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). The company generated sales of 70.6 billion euros in 2015. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development at 118 locations across the globe. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.

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