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At the Bauma trade fair, Bosch presents new solutions for efficient machine diagnoses and repairs on construction and agricultural machinery

Development of diagnostic and repair applications via Bosch Grade-X platform

  • Intelligent diagnostic platform complying with industrial standards for manufacturers of construction and agricultural machinery
  • Well-proven Bosch Grade-X platform used by more than 30 vehicle manufacturers worldwide
  • Time and money savings by means of Grade-X applications

Munich – At the Bauma construction machinery trade show in Munich from April 8 to 14, 2019, the Bosch Automotive Aftermarket Division will present several products related to vehicle diagnoses at a joint booth with Bosch Rexroth in Hall A3/Stand 327 – both for manufacturers of construction and agricultural machinery and for workshops maintaining and repairing these machines.

Car manufacturers around the world already use the well-proven Bosch Grade-X diagnostic platform for the efficient development of software solutions for vehicle diagnoses and repairs. Bosch now adjusted this successful platform – meeting international industrial standards which make it suitable for cross-manufacturer applications – to the specific requirements of the market of construction and agricultural machinery. After all, the demand for intelligent, electronic and connected solutions is growing on the construction/agricultural-machinery sector as well. To ensure operational readiness of these machines at any time, the manufacturers develop sophisticated functions including cloud-based diagnoses and service over the air (SOTA). This results in a technical complexity which requires handling of large data volumes and the use of faster analytical tools. The Bosch Grade-X platform provides vehicle and machinery manufacturers with an ideal solution for the straightforward and timely creation of diagnostic solutions for new series and reduces the development times by up to 50 percent. So far, more than 30 vehicle manufacturers worldwide already use this well-proven platform.

Bosch Grade-X – the platform and its possible applications at a glance:

Integration into existing manufacturer platforms is possible

The Grade-X platform can be integrated into existing customer platforms. It features a modular and scalable design and allows the integration of tools of other manufacturers. The platform supports several industrial standard thus allowing simple and easy data exchange. End-to-end encryption and additional security features protect it against hacker attacks and ensure safe data transfers.

Applications for troubleshooting and repair at automotive workshops

Diagnostic solutions developed via Grade-X can be used on different devices and systems – no matter whether for a telediagnoses on machinery or embedded into a control unit, whether on the workshop computer or on a tablet. These diagnostic solutions support the members of the workshop staff concerning symptom-based troubleshooting. The workshop software’s intuitive user interface can be branded individually for each manufacturer. In a step-by-step manner, it guides the user through the diagnoses. Once the mechatronic connected the diagnostic tester and identified the machine, for instance, by its serial number, he is only provided machine-specific information at the subsequent steps. As soon as the error pattern has be read out of the fault memory, Bosch-developed and innovative ActiveSchematics software creates the relevant circuit diagrams for the specific error pattern. Doing so, it only takes those components into consideration that are actually installed at the machine.

Via Augmented Reality (AR), additional text and image information as well as the location of hidden components are shown on the screen of the mechatronic’s tablet computer or on his Augmented Reality glasses. To create AR applications in an easy and straightforward manner, Bosch developed the Common Augmented Reality Platform (CAP). It uses development-originated data and draws information from different databases to feed the respective AR applications.

Two powerful tools: Augmented Reality and ActiveSchematics

The combination of Augmented Reality and ActiveSchematics accelerates repair procedures and helps avoiding mistakes. It eases both the fault isolation and the identification of the components affected. In addition, it saves time as the mechatronics don’t have to go through the manuals to find the solution. They can start repairing right away. Focusing on information relevant for a specific vehicle and error pattern also helps avoiding unnecessary repair steps and thus costs.

The Automotive Aftermarket division (AA) provides the aftermarket and repair shops worldwide with modern diagnostic and repair shop equipment and a wide range of spare parts – from new and exchange parts to repair solutions – for passenger cars and commercial vehicles. Its product portfolio includes products made as Bosch original equipment, as well as aftermarket products and services developed and manufactured in-house. About 17,000 associates in more than 150 countries, as well as a global logistics network, ensure that spare parts reach customers quickly and on time. AA supplies testing and repair-shop technology, diagnostic software, service training, and information services. In addition, the division is responsible for the “Bosch Service” repair-shop franchise, one of the world’s largest independent chains of repair-shops, with some 15,000 workshops, and more than 1,000 “AutoCrew” partners.

Additional information can be accessed at www.bosch-automotive-aftermarket.com

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 410,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2018). The company generated sales of 78.5 billion euros in 2018. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT company, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, smart cities, connected mobility, and connected manufacturing. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. 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 Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 460 subsidiary and regional companies in over 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At nearly 130 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 68,700 associates in research and development.

Additional information is available online at www.bosch.com, www.iot.bosch.com, www.bosch-press.com, www.twitter.com/BoschPresse.

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