Bosch in Feuerbach: tradition meets modernity

Dennis Christmann

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Feuerbach is home to the world’s oldest Bosch location, founded by Robert Bosch himself in 1909. The location has a rich history and a promising future. That is because Feuerbach is moving with the times and focusing on Industry 4.0 as a way forward. The more than 550 digitally connected machines at the plant enable a modern approach to manufacturing, maintenance, transportation, and monitoring. Condition monitoring, for example, makes it possible to chart and visualize the condition of machines, much like a check-up for a person, helping associates keep a constant eye on what is going on, so that they can do the right thing at the right time. The result: reduced machine downtime and higher production output. The same is true when it comes to maintenance. Thanks to the Nexeed maintenance support system, long walks through the plant and drawn-out diagnostic and coordination processes are a thing of the past. Real-time data analysis and transmission make it possible to respond quickly and process maintenance requests efficiently. In addition to the extensive use of software solutions, the plant in Feuerbach is helping advance human-machine collaboration. APAS, the automatic production assistant, works hand in hand with people – without a safety barrier.

Industry 4.0 is changing manufacturing and job profiles at the same time, and this is also in evidence at the Feuerbach plant. In early 2018, skilled workers from Feuerbach started taking part in the new, nationwide program spearheaded by the German chambers of commerce and industry to train Industry 4.0 specialists.

General information about the plant

Plant nameBosch Feuerbach
Surface area101,556 m²
ProductsHigh-pressure diesel pumps and exhaust-gas treatment components
DivisionPowertrain Solutions

Facts and figures about Industry 4.0 in Feuerbach

  • More than 500 digitally connected machines.
  • Production cycle time cut by 10 percent.
  • Administrative effort for shopfloor management reduced by over 50 percent thanks to the Active Cockpit interactive communication platform.
  • Energy needs cut by 55 percent through intelligent connectivity between various data sources.
  • Reduction of CO2 emissions by 46,000 metric tons since 2007.

About Bosch

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.

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 upfront 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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