Dr. Rolf Bulander: “Business with gasoline direct injection technology is growing strongly”
Double-digit market growth thanks to global downsizing trend
One-third of all new cars in China will feature gasoline direct injection by 2020
From Europe to North America and China, gasoline direct injection is set to become a standard feature in key auto markets. This trend is primarily being driven by more stringent emissions standards. More and more countries around the world are introducing legislation to reduce CO2 emissions standards for new vehicles. Automakers are therefore turning to more efficient powertrain concepts, in particular compact, downsized engines featuring Bosch turbocharging and gasoline direct injection, such as the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine from Ford and the 1.4-liter Turbo FSI engine from the Volkswagen Group. And there's plenty more to come: by 2016, half of all new vehicles in Europe alone will be equipped with gasoline direct injection.
“Business with gasoline direct injection technology is growing strongly,” says Dr. Rolf Bulander, the member of the board of management at Robert Bosch GmbH responsible for powertrain technology. In 2012 Bosch supplied more than five million systems, and this figure is set to rise to nine million by 2015. That means Bosch is already the market leader in this segment. In fact, Robert Bosch GmbH has achieved an even higher market share for gasoline direct injection systems than its already impressive figures for classic port fuel injection systems. At the same time Bosch is enjoying comfortable double-digit growth across global markets with its gasoline direct injection technology.
“In a few years’ time, America and China will also be joining in” Europe is both the cradle of this technology and its leading market. In 2013, some 40 percent of all new cars in Europe were equipped with gasoline direct injection technology. By 2020, Bosch expects to have a market share of up to 60 percent in the region. “At the moment our gasoline direct injection business is booming in Europe. But in a few years’ time a lot of the action will also be taking place in America and China,” says Bulander. Over the next few years the U.S. market for gasoline direct injection will skyrocket, largely because well over 90 percent of all vehicles in that region are powered by gasoline engines. At the same time the U.S. government has set stringent standards that automakers will be required to meet by 2025.
Legislators in China are exerting similar pressure. The percentage of gasoline engines in the passenger car segment is well over 90 percent there, too. In addition, the market will gain even more momentum from the middle of this decade onward thanks to China's burgeoning middle classes. Bosch therefore predicts that one-third of newly-registered vehicles in China will be equipped with gasoline direct injection technology by 2020.
To keep pace with this growth in all three regions, Bosch has European manufacturing sites in Bamberg and Nuremberg (Germany) and Bursa (Turkey), and also manufactures components for direct injection in Charleston (U.S.), San Luis Potosi (Mexico), Wuxi (China), and Daejeon (Korea).
“APAS assistant” – the first industrial robot system certified for collaborative operations – will be presented to the general public for the first time at the Hannover trade fair for industrial automation
“Sensor skin” detects if a person comes too close, and a proximity-switch function stops the system
Features sensitive gripper system and camera-based parts recognition
Touchpad for intuitive operation and instruction of the system
Product family rounded off by APAS inspector, a mobile optical inspection system, and APAS base, a flexible automation platform
Equipment is networked to allow exchange of data
Hannover – Bosch's APAS family systems – “APAS assistant,” “APAS inspector,” and “APAS base” – offer a glimpse of the technologies that will be put to work in tomorrow's connected industry (“Industry 4.0”). Flexible, networked, smart factories will see people, machines, and products all communicating with each other and working together. The APAS automation solutions, which are ready to go straight away, are ideal for these factories. They can take over dangerous, strenuous, monotonous, and dirty work, leaving people free to do higher quality work. Unlike many other systems available on the market, however, they can be used as mobile and flexible solutions, without any guards.
At the heart of the “APAS family” is the “APAS assistant,” an automated production assistant which has a “sensor skin” that enables it to avoid collisions. This makes it suitable for a wide range of applications in which it will work together with people in a guard-free workplace. And it is why “APAS assistant” is the first robot system to be certified for collaborative operations by the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV) association.
For example, the manufacturing worker can place empty pallets on a table in front of the robot. “APAS assistant” will then position them correctly and load them, while the worker performs other tasks, such as optimizing processes at other machines. The sensors fitted to “APAS assistant's” housing will detect whether its human colleague has come too close. It will stop before it touches its human colleague, and resume its work once its colleague has left the system's immediate operating zone.
Flexible, mobile, fast-learning – and connected “APAS assistant” is designed to be slim and compact, and it has rollers and an easy-to-operate lock. This means it can be put to work quickly and easily at various locations within a production facility.
“APAS assistant's” sensitive three-finger gripper is capable of gently or firmly grasping a wide variety of parts with complex geometries. Meanwhile, integrated cameras help it not only to register its surroundings autonomously but also to recognize parts for itself and manipulate them with precision.
The machine operator can use a touchpad control panel to teach the “APAS assistant” work plans – graphical step-by-step representations of the task it is to perform – within a very short space of time. The production assistant stores tasks once it has learned them, so they can be called up at any time at the push of a button. Since the “APAS family” systems are networked with each other, they can exchange any work plans that have already been put together. The fact that all devices in the family have an Ethernet connection also allows high-performance remote maintenance.
Alongside “APAS assistant,” the “APAS family” offers two further automation devices for specific tasks, “APAS inspector” – a mobile optical testing system with 3D imaging – and “APAS base” a flexible automation platform for specific tasks such as parts labeling. These can operate to the full breadth of their flexibility when working together with “APAS assistant.”
The “APAS family” will be on display at the industrial automation trade fair in Hannover in hall 17, booth D17. APAS assistant has been nominated for the Robotics Award, which will be presented at the Hannover trade fair. The “Bosch APAS family” homepage is http://www.bosch-apas.com.
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Musashi location near Tokyo covers an area of 3240 m2
More space for development and assembly
Capital expenditure of 1.6 million euros
Waiblingen/Tokyo – Bosch Packaging Technology, a leading provider of complete solutions for process and packaging technology, has moved into a new location at Musashi, some 70 km north of Tokyo. Since the move there in late March, over 100 associates have been developing and manufacturing inspection technology for the pharmaceuticals industry on premises covering 3,240 m2. A total of some 1.6 million euros was invested in the new site. Following relocation from Honjo to the much larger Musashi site, Bosch Packaging Technology now has considerably more space at its disposal for the development and assembly of its machines. This investment in the Musashi site underscores the company's commitment to Japan as a major market for pharmaceuticals inspection technology. “Expansion of the Bosch global center of competence in Japan is important for our innovative strength,” said Peter Tyroller, the member of the Bosch board of management with responsibility for the Asia-Pacific region. “We want to offer our customers outstanding products that are both beneficial and fascinating.”
Inspection technology by Bosch Packaging Technology In the pharmaceuticals industry, demand for product safety and quality – and thus also for inspection solutions – is constantly rising. “We want to build on the experience we have amassed in Japan over many decades and offer our customers technology that is 'Invented for life' around the world,” said Joachim Baczewski, head of the Inspection Technology Pharma unit and general manager of Bosch Packaging Technology in Japan.
The Inspection Technology unit was established in 2012 following the acquisition of Eisai Machinery, a Japanese company. It comprises manual, semi-automated, and fully automated inspection machines designed to identify particles in pharmaceutical products. It also includes the cosmetic inspection of containers or tablets in order to detect defects such as scratches or discoloration.
Four packaging technology sites in Japan Musashi is one of four Bosch Packaging Technology sites in Japan. Processing and packaging machines and robotics for the food and pharmaceuticals industries are developed and assembled at the Funabashi site, located east of Tokyo, while the company also has a sales office in Tokyo and one in Osaka.
Based in Waiblingen near Stuttgart, Germany, and employing 5,600 associates, the Bosch Packaging Technology division is one of the leading suppliers of process and packaging technology. At over 30 locations in more than 15 countries worldwide, a highly-qualified workforce develops and produces complete solutions for the pharmaceuticals, food, and confectionery industries. These solutions are complemented by a comprehensive after-sales service portfolio. A global service and sales network provides customers with local points of contact.
Bosch Japan is currently represented in the country by Bosch Corporation, Bosch Rexroth Corporation, Bosch Packaging Technology K.K. and other affiliates. Bosch Corporation is responsible for the development, manufacturing, sales and services of automotive original equipment, automotive aftermarket products and power tools. Bosch Rexroth Corporation develops and produces hydraulics, FA module components and other systems which contribute to industrial technologies. Bosch Packaging Technology K.K. manufactures packaging machinery. In 2012, Bosch Japan achieved net sales of some ¥313 billion and employed approximately 7,500 associates.
The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. According to preliminary figures, its roughly 281,000 associates generated sales of 46.4 billion euros in 2013 (Note: due to a change in the legal rules governing consolidation, the 2013 figures can only be compared to a limited extent with the 2012 figures). Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Automotive Technology, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 360 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 50 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2013, Bosch applied for some 5,000 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group's products and services are designed to fascinate, and to improve the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. In this way, the company offers technology worldwide that is "Invented for life."
German Chancellor Merkel announces visit to Bosch Rexroth booth
Simple machine control thanks to open core engineering
Efficient small-scale power stations for decentralized electricity supply
Early detection of faults ensures higher machine availability
Hannover/Stuttgart – At this year’s Hannover trade fair from April 7 – 11, the Bosch Group will be presenting an extensive range of networking and process optimization solutions for industrial facilities and building complexes of all sorts. “Our innovations in areas such as smart factories and the internet of things make it quite clear that we are one of the industrial sector’s leading providers of both hardware and software,” said the Bosch management board member Dr. Werner Struth. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced that she will be visiting the Bosch Rexroth booth (hall 17, booth B38) at 9:50 a.m. on April 7.
Bosch will be represented in Hannover by Bosch Rexroth, Bosch Thermotechnology, Bosch Energy and Building Solutions, and Bosch Software Innovations. One highlight the company will be presenting is a special automation solution that has been nominated for the 2014 Robotics Award.
Bosch Rexroth simplifies the exchange of data Production control, traceability, quality assurance, and the vision of connected production are together driving an ever greater flow of information from automation to the world of IT and back. With its open core engineering interface technology, Bosch Rexroth makes this exchange much simpler. Users can now access all their machine controls and drives directly from their usual IT programs and languages, with no need for specialist knowledge. This reduces the effort required and increases the flexibility to use any program for demand-driven gathering and evaluation of production data beyond the field of machine automation. At its trade fair booth, Bosch Rexroth will be presenting a concept study for an assembly line that has no higher-level control system; instead, as they pass along it, parts say what needs to be done to them at each processing station. The station’s decentralized intelligence detects what kind of processing a custom product requires at any given step, with data determining for instance what color of plastic part should be fitted. In a real production environment, this kind of line will be capable of producing a wide variety of extremely complex products.
Efficient power supplies for large and small buildings Bosch Thermotechnology will have a presence in hall 27, booth J50, on the decentralized power supply booth organized jointly by Deutsche Messe and the German combined heat and power association of the German electrical and electronics industry association (ZVEI). There, it will be exhibiting a large containerized cogeneration system and an organic Rankine cycle plant. One such plant is in operation at the Flörsheim mineral landfill site close to Frankfurt, where it is recovering the hitherto untapped waste heat from a cogeneration plant and using it to generate electricity. Bosch developed this innovative solution and installed it on the grounds of the landfill site. A smaller modular cogeneration unit suitable for business premises or buildings housing two to six families will also be on display. The decentralized, combined generation of heat and power offers a high level of overall efficiency and thus has an important part to play in any smart energy system.
Bosch Energy and Building Solutions will also be on the joint decentralized power supply booth. Experts from the energy efficiency service provider will be on hand to explain how to spot potential savings – whether in space or process heating, cooling, air conditioning, compressed air, or lighting – and thus optimize the power demand of commercial building complexes. The company achieves an average energy saving of 20 percent through a combination of tailored energy concepts, services, and modern technology.
The joint fuel cell initiative booth in hall 27, booth E51, is where Bosch Thermotechnology will be presenting the Buderus Logapower FC10 fuel cell heater. This system for decentralized generation of heat and power for single- and twin-family homes is based on a solid oxide fuel cell with an operating temperature of 700°C. It achieves an electrical efficiency of over 40 percent, which makes it more efficient than other decentralized CHP plants. The system can bring the cost of electricity in a single- or twin-family building down by 25 to 40 percent. At the same time, it lowers CO2 emissions by up to 50 percent compared to conventionally generated heat and power.
Early detection makes maintenance easier and increases productivity Preventive maintenance: As machines and computers become increasingly networked, the prospects for maintenance are particularly exciting. Visitors to the booth of Bosch Software Innovations, the Bosch Group’s software and systems unit, will be able to experience a live demonstration of how the right software can precisely predict faults in an industrial machine. This means unplanned down times are avoided, maintenance and repair costs are optimized, and overall productivity is increased. Bosch Software Innovations is represented at the BITKOM booth in hall 7, booth C04.
“APAS assistant” mobile automation solution Bosch’s “APAS assistant,” its automated production assistant, has been nominated for the 2014 Robotics Award. This award for innovative robot systems is presented by the Hannover trade fair, Industrieanzeiger magazine, and the Robotation Academy. Its patron is Lower Saxony’s minister for economic affairs, labor, and transport, Olaf Lies. An independent jury assesses new technologies that are applied in areas such as industrial automation.
“APAS assistant” is mobile and flexible and forms part of the “APAS family” of ready-to-go automation solutions. It has a “sensor skin” that enables it to avoid collisions. This is why it is the first robot system to be certified for collaborative operations – without the need for any other protective precautions – by the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV) association. The “APAS family” is rounded off by “APAS inspector,” a mobile optical inspection system, and “APAS base,” a flexible automation platform. Together these systems offer a glimpse of the technologies that will be put to work in tomorrow’s connected “Industry 4.0.” In these flexible, networked smart factories, people, machines, and products will all communicate with each other and work together more closely.
The 2014 Robotics Award will be presented in hall 17, booth G24 (Forum Robotics, Automation, and Vision) between 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. The “APAS family” can be found in hall 17, booth D17. More details on the “APAS family” are available online at http://www.bosch-apas.com.
The Netherlands is the partner country of this year’s Hannover trade fair Under the heading “Global Challenges, Smart Solutions,” the Netherlands will be presenting solutions to the industrial challenges of the future. Bosch has been represented in the Netherlands since 1903, and there are currently some 3,600 people working for the company at 16 locations there. The most important plants are in Tilburg, Boxtel, Deventer, Weert, and Schiedam. All four Bosch business sectors are active in the country: Automotive Technology, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology.
The Dutch mechanical engineering sector is made up of more than 2,600 medium sized enterprises. Bosch Rexroth is involved in numerous machine concepts and major projects in the country, acting as development and system partner for the entire automation process. Its projects range from the nanometer-scale positioning of electronic circuits to lifting machinery for offshore platforms weighing over 48,000 tons.