More than 14,000 square meters of office space over six floors
Built in accordance with ecological requirements
Construction work until mid-2018
Leinfelden – Bosch Power Tools is investing around 35 million euros in the Leinfelden location. The Bosch business division is constructing a new office building at its headquarters, comprising more than 14,000 square meters of office space over six floors as well as an underground parking garage. This new building will provide space for around 600 employees who so far have been working in other buildings. The construction work is expected to be finished by mid-2018.
"We will establish a state-of-the-art working environment in this new building in order to promote creativity and cross-functional cooperation", says Henning von Boxberg, President of the Bosch Power Tools Division. Approximately half of the office space is intended to be used for exchange and communication in order to support teamwork and project work, but the design also incorporates quiet spaces and private areas to enable employees to concentrate on individual work. Employees will be able to choose freely between the various types of workspace available in order to best suit their current needs. Together with the appropriate technical equipment to enable mobile working, this office space de-sign will ensure a flexible work system layout.
Bosch Power Tools is also taking ecological considerations into account with the construction of this new building. For example, the sanitary facilities will use rainwater. The LED lighting will be controlled by occupancy and movement sensors to ensure that it is only active when personnel are present and will be switched off if there is sufficient natural light. E-bike charging stations will be installed by the bicycle parking spaces and changing rooms and showers will be provided for cyclists.
The Leinfelden location is the headquarters of the Bosch Power Tools division. It is home to development, sales, marketing and administration, as well as part of production. Power tools for professionals, especially large Bosch hammers and angle grinders, are manufactured in Leinfelden. A total of approximately 1700 employees work at the location.
Saw blade with revolving micro-chain for vibration-free sawing
Simple sawing even for inexperienced do-it-yourselfers
Three models for different applications such as freehand or plunge cuts
Bosch is worldwide the first provider when it comes to solutions to make sawing almost vibration-free, and therefore effortless and precise, for do-it-yourselfers. The basis for this is the unique 'NanoBlade' saw blade technology which Bosch is utilizing in three hand-operated tools for the first time. This technology is based on a saw blade with a revolving micro-chain. It consists of chain links which are only four millimeters in size – similar to a chainsaw, only smaller. The revolving micro-chain means that the stroke movement which is typical of jigsaws and sabre saws, featuring high vibrations and saw blade running, is no longer required. The result is a saw which makes work particularly easy and precise for even inexperienced do-it-yourselfers, and allows them to produce exact right angles. With this saw, Bosch is taking sawing to the next level.
Maintenance free and long-lasting: 'NanoBlade' saw blades from Bosch Bosch is providing three new tools with 'NanoBlade' saw blade technology at the same time: the EasyCut 12 cordless multi-saw, which is particularly suited to freehand cuts, and the corded EasyCut 50 and AdvancedCut 50 models, which are designed for exact cuts and plunge cuts. All tools feature an SDS system to replace the saw blade quickly and easily, including automatic tensioning of the chain. The 'NanoBlades' are also long-lasting and require no maintenance: You do not need to oil, sharpen or re-tension the chain. The micro-chain does not become jammed either, even when used with resinous wood. Up to 100 meters of laminate can be cut and up to 100 meters of softwood can be sawn without needing to replace the saw blade. This approximately corresponds to laying laminate in ten rooms in addition to cutting wall paneling to size in five rooms – to renovate your home to give it that trendy Scandinavian style, for example.
The right saw for every application The EasyCut 12 cordless multi-saw is an all-purpose tool for both inside and outside. Whether you want to cut pieces of squared timber or to trim bushes and trees – the EasyCut 12, which weighs only 900 grams, makes any kind of cuts easily and quickly. The '12' in the tool name indicates the maximum battery voltage of 12 volts and replaces the previous nomenclature with 10.8 volts, the average battery voltage specification.
The EasyCut 50 and the AdvancedCut 50 enable do-it-yourselfers to achieve precise, straight cuts instantly – for example for cutting shelves or flooring. Both tools feature 500-watt power and an extraction adapter for low-dust working. A splinter guard, blowing function and 'Cut Control' – a transparent extension which can be folded forwards and has a cutting line mark – make tracking the cutting line easy and ensure high precision when sawing and cutting. Both tools also allow do-it-yourselfers to make plunge cuts extremely easily as the base plate is curved at the rear. If you position the tool and let it tip forwards over this surface, it conveniently plunges into the workpiece and makes the required cut. The AdvancedCut 50 can also be used to saw grooves and make miter cuts from 0 to 45 degrees. Thanks to a base plate extension, the AdvancedCut 50 is also compatible with Bosch guide rails.
The EasyCut 12, the EasyCut 50 and the AdvancedCut 50 will be available at retail outlets from spring 2017 onwards. The EasyCut 12 will be supplied with a 12-volt battery and a quick charger, as well as a 65-millimeter NanoBlade Wood Speed 65 saw blade. A NanoBlade Wood Basic 50 is included in the scope of delivery of both the EasyCut 50 and the AdvancedCut 50. A speed chain for wood and a bimetal chain for hardwood are also available as accessories.
Seven new connected measuring and power tools for professionals
Cloud-based system, from products through to inventory management
Exclusive insights at the “Bosch Blue Innovation Summit” in Frankfurt
Frankfurt/Main – Bosch Power Tools relies on connected products to make day-to-day work easier for professionals and increase the productivity and efficiency of each individual tradesperson. “The construction and trade sectors are under extreme pressure due to the continuous demands for high planning and execution quality,” explained Ralph Dammertz, Senior Vice President of Professional tools for industrialized markets at Bosch Power Tools, at the “Bosch Blue Innovation Summit” in Frankfurt. “It is here that our connected products and services for professionals are being used: By linking a smartphone to a tool via Bluetooth, tradespeople can optimize their work processes and rule out errors such as those caused by the manual transfer of measuring values.”
Consistently focused on professionals From autumn 2016, Bosch Power Tools will be offering a total of seven new connected tools: A combi laser, two screwdrivers, two combi drills, an angle grinder and a workplace light. Two laser measures and a thermo detector which, when connected to mobile terminals, facilitate documentation are already available. The tools are consistently tailored to users' needs. “This is what we call our 'User Experience' approach. We involve users in the product development process from the outset and adapt the function and design of our tools to their needs,” according to Dammertz. This is how Bosch Power Tools produces practicable innovations that are specifically targeted at areas where professionals have previously felt support was lacking. “From our analyses, we know, for example, that tradespeople today only spend 30 percent of their working hours performing actual construction activities. The rest of the time is dedicated to preliminary or follow-up tasks such as preparing the vehicle or preparatory measurements. One solution that we therefore provide professionals with is 'TrackMyTools' – our cloud-based inventory management system, which is designed to help companies manage and locate their working equipment.” Via the tool's localization data saved in the cloud, tradespeople know where their tool is at all times and whether they have all the necessary equipment with them when attending a call-out or working on site. This saves time – which the tradesperson can then spend on productive activities such as screwing or drilling using the new Connectivity screwdrivers and combi drills.
Innovative cordless technology simplifies work for tradespeople “We are convinced that we will be able to continue offering tradespeople better solutions in the future which, through networking, will provide more added value – from the individual configuration through to remote diagnosis,” explained Dammertz. In addition to utilizing technical capacities, Bosch is constantly developing them to benefit the user. Wolfgang Hirschburger, Vice President Engineering for professional tools in industrialized markets, demonstrated solutions which Bosch has already successfully established on the market. The introduction of lithium-ion batteries in power tools represented a milestone. This technology enabled smaller, more compact and at the same time high performance tools to be developed and resulted in the 10.8 V class for professionals being brought to the market in 2005.
Bosch is also the world's first supplier to enable the advantages of inductive energy transfer to be used with cordless tools. “Our 'Wireless Charging System', with which we have provided tradespeople with new ways of working efficiently using cordless tools, resulting in time and cost savings, has been in use since 2014,” according to Hirschburger. He claimed that the potential of cordless technology is far from exhausted. Since February this year, Bosch has been offering the GEN 230V-1500 Professional mobile socket: Thanks to its innovative lithium iron phosphate technology, it stores up to 1,650 watt hours of energy and provides a constant output of 1,500 watts – all without a mains supply. The latest example of innovative cordless technology from Bosch is the high-performance battery GBA 18V 6,3 Ah EneRacer Professional, which will be available from autumn 2016. An improved power connector within the cells ensures lower internal resistance, which means that higher currents can be drawn from the cells over a longer time. The result is an increase in available power in a compact battery.
New technologies for user protection “Rather than developing individual solutions, we think in systems,” explained Hirschburger. To do this, in the field of sensor systems, for example, Bosch Power Tools uses the expertise of other business areas such as Bosch Sensortec and the Bosch automotive division. “We enable tradespeople to use this expertise, such as in our 'KickBack Control' function for screwdrivers and rotary hammers.” Bosch sensors – which are used especially for this purpose – can reduce the risk of injury caused by kickback and are a good example of how new technologies are being applied in the interests of user protection. User comfort is also playing an increasingly important role. With the new Connectivity products for professionals, Bosch is well-positioned: Tradespeople can, for example, individually configure their connected tools and save their settings for future tasks. Intelligent displays directly on the tool, known as HMIs (Human Machine Interfaces), will also make working easier. “The long-term goal is to network all of Bosch's professional power tools and thus to offer users added value.”
“It's in your hands” – Users are the focus of communication The quality of professional power tools from Bosch is based on a precise analysis of the user's needs, their day-to-day work and permanent dialog with professionals. In terms of communication too, there will be increased focus on the user in the future: “It's in your hands” – this is the main idea behind the new brand communication which Bosch presented at the “Bosch Blue Innovation Summit”. Martina Ehrmann, Regional President Europe and Asia for professional tools in industrialized markets, explained what Bosch means by this. “The professional has the expertise – we provide them with the right products and services to optimally use this expertise and thus to perform their activities as efficiently as possible.” Bosch considers itself to be a partner for trade and industry. “For us, 'User Experience' means that we bundle together our expertise and that of the professionals to achieve a common purpose: Optimum work results and maximum productivity.”