ProveIT project receives funding from German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
Focus on developing a software platform for informed manual interventions in connected logistics systems
Aim: cost-effective and reliable supply chains
Stuttgart – Industry and commerce now depend more than ever on reliable logistics. In practice, however, supply chains face numerous challenges from disruptions such as traffic jams, technical issues, missing goods, and any number of other unforeseeable circumstances. This then calls for manual correction. In the ProveIT project (production plan based recovery of vehicle routing plans within integrated transport networks), researchers are now developing an IT platform that will give dispatchers the tools they need to make objectively assessed and dependable interventions in connected logistics systems. The aim is to build up reliable, cost-effective supply chains that are not disrupted due to misguided reactions and interventions. Following approval by the German parliament, the research project is receiving funding of 2.8 million euros from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. Robert Bosch GmbH is acting as the lead partner.
Logistics chains and the butterfly effect The logistics sector still lacks this sort of decision aid. As supply chains become more and more complex, covering large areas and running according to tight schedules, any disruption – as well as any reaction to a disruption – has a knock-on effect on the entire logistics network. Without access to a reliable set of data and a high-performance IT platform, it is extremely difficult for logistics employees to assess what corrective action makes sense in any given situation. The ProveIT platform will supply dispatchers with the information they need to respond correctly to disruptions. It is also designed to restore disrupted transport networks to their normal operational state quickly. Reliable logistics networks are also a core component of connected industry (industry 4.0).
Incorporating production data The project team is drawing on a range of familiar technologies, including vehicle tracking using GPS and software for transport planning. What's new is that production information is also incorporated into the decision making process. How urgently does the auto plant, say, need the materials it ordered? Is it a case of topping up supplies, or will production break down if the materials are not delivered promptly? Big data relating to unit sales of products and the traffic situation can also be incorporated into the platform, which will pool all this information and provide users – both companies and logistics service providers – with a range of services for planning and managing logistical processes. For instance, if actual data begin to depart from target data, the platform will warn users and display appropriate responses. The responses offered will take into account the implications for the whole transport network, considering actions holistically rather than in isolation. To enable the platform to factor in real-time data such as vehicle position or delivery status, the project partners are also developing an application that truck drivers can use on their mobile devices.
Bringing together partners from industry, IT development, and research Together, the members of the project consortium possess all the expertise needed to develop and run the ProveIT platform. Robert Bosch GmbH is heading the project and, like ZF Friedrichshafen AG, is an industrial user of the platform. The logistics service provider Geis has assumed responsibility for the planning of transport operations and operational implementation. The IT providers LOCOM and PTV are developing system solutions for transport planning and management, while the Research Center for Information Technology (FZI) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is overseeing the components used to manage irregularities and disruptions. Responsibility for the global concept and scientific approach lies with the Institute for Materials Handling and Logistics (IFL) at the KIT. In the first phase of the project, the consortium will build up a common system architecture, which will then be tested and refined in pilot operation.
More efficient logistics ProveIT won't just benefit industry and its suppliers; commerce and transport companies stand to gain as well. The project provides improved tactical support by stabilizing logistics systems in the event of disruption and bringing them back on schedule. This makes supply chains more cost-effective – the project partners anticipate that ProveIT will be able to reduce total mileage by 5 percent for a given transport volume, with all the savings that brings in terms of energy, costs, and CO2 emissions. The project is due to run until fall 2016.
One in every four Germans plans to purchase a tablet PC
Bosch is the global market leader for micromechanical sensors
Going high-tech for the holidays: Christmas gifts for many Germans will include smartphones and tablet PCs. This trend means fascinating sensors are becoming commonplace. Bosch equips many of these must-have devices with tiny “sensory organs.”
Stuttgart – This year, many of the Christmas gifts waiting under the tree to be unwrapped will be modern electronic devices. Roughly one in four Germans (26 percent) is planning to purchase a smartphone or give one away as a gift, and just as many people would like to do the same with tablet PCs, according to a representative survey conducted by BITKOM, the major association of the digital industry in Germany. Some of the world’s most sensitive gauges are installed in such devices, thus finding their way into consumers’ homes. Tiny sensors are responsible for determining the position of cell phones and tablets, which then turn the image on screen in the corresponding direction.
Smaller than the diameter of an atom The sophisticated detection elements in the sensors (MEMS sensors, microelectromechanical systems), which measure just a few millimeters in length, are manufactured out of silicon. The moving structures created within them are no bigger than a few thousandths of a millimeter. Whenever a sensor is moved, a very small electric current is generated that provides information on position, geomagnetic field, and acceleration – all details that make it possible to control and operate cell phones and tablets. The intuitive operation of these devices accounts for a large part of the fascination they have for users.
The finest movements measured in the sensors occur within a space no larger than the diameter of an atom. Bosch is the global market leader in the field of sensors. Approximately three million sensors are manufactured every day and installed in roughly every second smartphone worldwide.
Fitness trackers are new on the list of the most popular high-tech devices, according to the BITKOM survey. The survey reveals that 16 percent of people in Germany would like to purchase a fitness wristband or give one away as a gift. For the first time, these fitness trackers are among the most popular high-tech gifts. MEMS sensors are also used in these devices, for example, to turn the jolts and vibrations measured while the wearer is jogging into a motion profile.
A world record-setting sensor Bosch has set a world record, creating the world’s smallest and most energy-efficient sensor unit – the BMI160 – to ensure that all these devices have as long a service life as possible. Among other things, an acceleration sensor and a yaw-rate sensor (gyroscope) are found in the unit’s tiny housing, which measures 2.5 x 3.0 x 0.8 mm. The sensor gauges the position of cell phones with great accuracy. Other devices that benefit from sensors are remote controls, game controls, smart glasses, and head-mounted displays. The latter are worn like ski goggles, and give their wearers the sense of being in a virtual space. When they move their head, the virtual image changes accordingly.
Conventional sensors often consume a lot of power. But even when the BMI160’s acceleration sensor and gyroscope are in full operational mode, typical power consumption amounts to a mere 950 microamperes, which is less than half the market standard – a world record.
“That is why our chip can now run the entire day. It no longer needs to be switched off from time to time to conserve the smartphone’s battery,” says Torsten Ohms, project manager for the development of the chip at Bosch Sensortec. This means that the cell phone can now use the sensors to record all the user’s activity throughout the day. At the end of the day, it can then show them how much energy they used up going to work, at the office, and walking up and down stairs. “Users looking to lose weight, for instance, can choose their evening meal based on how many calories they burned over the course of the day,” Ohms says. In the days immediately following Christmas, this may prove to be one feature of the latest high-tech gifts that is in particularly high demand.
Sensors at the 2015 CES Bosch will be attending the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show from January 5-9, 2015, where it will present its smart sensors that facilitate intelligent solutions for a connected world, all designed to make life more comfortable, more efficient, and safer.
New software platform allows simple exchange of data between different types of devices enabling a new range of services
Partner alliance to be open to all appliance manufacturers and service providers
Mannheim/Stuttgart/Munich – ABB, Bosch, and Cisco plan to establish an international joint venture that will develop and operate an open software platform for smart home devices and applications. A shareholder agreement to this effect was signed on November 27, 2014. The joint venture is to be domiciled in Germany. The plan is subject to approval by the antitrust authorities. The companies involved expect that the joint venture will be able to commence operations at the beginning of 2015.
For a home to be “smart,” it is crucial that all the appliances and systems in the home – e.g., washing machine, heating units, lamps or window blinds – can simply and securely exchange data with each other as well as with smartphones and tablets. The aim of the joint venture is to develop and operate an open software platform that will enable this simple exchange of data between different manufacturers’ devices. In the future, therefore, users will not have to worry about technological compatibility when operating their electric and electronic devices at home. The new platform will also make it possible to provide a range of services related to household devices, in areas such as energy management, security technology, and entertainment. This will help enable new business models: Software developers, for example, will be able to create a wide variety of apps for these areas of use.
In addition to developing and operating a software platform, the companies intend to invite appliance electronics manufacturers, home automation vendors, and service providers to join a business ecosystem. The business ecosystem will aim to facilitate collaboration and incorporate a wide range of user requirements when developing the software platform.
About Bosch The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In 2013, its roughly 281,000 associates generated sales of 46.1 billion euros. (NB: Due to a change in accounting policies, the 2013 figures can only be compared to a limited extent with the 2012 figures). 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 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, the Bosch Group invested some 4.5 billion euros in research and development and applied for some 5,000 patents. This is an average of 20 patents per day. 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.”
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. 92 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.
About ABB In 2013, ABB Germany generated sales of EUR 3.37 billion with approximately 10,000 employees. ABB is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility, industry, and transport and infrastructure customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 145,000 people.
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Joint venture expected to employ some 380 associates
Product portfolios are an ideal complement to each other
Strengthening of global market presence, especially in liquid pharmaceuticals
Mumbai, India / Waiblingen, Germany. Processing and packaging specialist Bosch Packaging Technology and Klenzaids Contamination Controls Pvt. Ltd. are planning a joint venture in India. Both companies signed agreements to this effect on November 28, 2014. The plan is for Bosch to acquire a 49 percent share in Klenzaids, an owner-managed company that produces processing, packaging, and clean-room technology for the global pharmaceutical industry. By setting up the joint venture, the two partners aim to extend their global reach, particularly in liquid pharmaceuticals and packaging machines for clean-room environments. The Klenzaids and Bosch Packaging Technology product portfolios complement each other across the board. In particular, the joint venture will allow the companies to better satisfy Indian customers’ growing demand for complete lines from a single source. Based in Mumbai, Klenzaids generated sales of around six million euros in 2013 and employs some 350 people. Bosch Packaging Technology, which last year achieved global sales of 1.1 billion euros and employs some 5,600 associates worldwide, already has a presence in India through its Verna location in the state of Goa. The joint venture is set to be headquartered in Mumbai and is expected to employ some 380 associates. The plan is subject to the approval of the antitrust authorities. The purchase price for the shares acquired by Bosch was not disclosed.
Better products and services for customers in India The joint venture is being set up primarily to benefit Indian customers. Klenzaids will contribute its expertise in clean-room and processing technologies as well as peripheral systems, and Bosch will contribute its strength in innovative filling technologies. Klenzaids provides customers in the private and public sectors not just with plants, systems, and accessories but also with turnkey solutions: buildings and equipment that a customer can use as soon as they are built or assembled to process and package its particular product. These solutions include laboratories with the highest protection class for use in the field of biosafety.
Profitable growth and value orientation Friedbert Klefenz, president of Bosch Packaging Technology, said: “We already have a long history of trusted collaboration with Klenzaids. The company is known for employing excellent people and for providing high-quality products and services. I am delighted at the prospect of a future together.” Hamish Shahani, managing director of Klenzaids, said: “Joining forces and pooling our resources will give us a stronger starting position in the emerging Indian market. Despite our different regional backgrounds, Bosch and Klenzaids have a lot in common. Both place great emphasis on profitable growth, innovative strength, reliability, a motivated workforce, and strong value orientation.”
Complete lines from a single source Klenzaids is an Indian family-run business with a product portfolio that includes laboratory and transfer systems designed to meet clean-room requirements. These machines are indispensable for the sterile production of liquid pharmaceuticals. One of the company’s USPs is its ability to supply laboratories that meet biological safety class standards 2-4. Class 4 laboratories have to satisfy the highest safety requirements, such as being able to guarantee the absolute isolation of microorganisms from the environment. Among the company’s other strengths are isolators and processing technologies for the production of liquid pharmaceuticals.
Strategically important complement to Bosch’s Goa location Bosch Packaging Technology has been developing, building, and selling vertical and horizontal flow wrapping machines for packaging food as well as filling and sealing machines for liquid pharmaceuticals at its location in Verna since 2012. To date, Bosch Packaging Technology has sold over 1,500 packaging machines to leading brand companies in the food and pharmaceutical industries.
Commenting on the agreement, Dr. Steffen Berns, president of Bosch India, said: “Following the inauguration of our manufacturing unit in Verna, this is the second milestone for our packaging technology business in two years. I am extremely confident that this new partnership will further strengthen our product portfolio and market reach. The activities of both parent companies dovetail perfectly, and our pharmaceuticals unit as well as our customers will benefit immensely from this joint venture.”
Klenzaids Contamination Controls Private Limited, founded in 1978 and based in Mumbai, is a leading supplier of clean-rooms, pharmaceutical machinery, accessories and delivers regulatory compliant turnkey, "design-build” projects to the pharmaceutical and life-science industry. Additional services and training support the customers to comply to manufacturing techniques and practices under international regulatory norms. From its headquarter located in Mumbai with support centers in Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Pune and its manufacturing facilities at Umbergaon, South Gujarat, India, a team of 350 dedicated and experienced employees serve customers in India and in export markets such as United States of America, Canada, Poland, Indonesia, South Africa, Argentina, and Italy.
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.
The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In 2013, its roughly 281,000 associates generated sales of 46.1 billion euros. (NB: Due to a change in accounting policies, the 2013 figures can only be compared to a limited extent with the 2012 figures). 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 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, the Bosch Group invested some 4.5 billion euros in research and development and applied for some 5,000 patents. This is an average of 20 patents per day. 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.”