Factsheet #Industry 4.0

Bosch Industry 4.0 solutions in practice

Bosch plant in Feuerbach is a pioneer and development partner for Industry 4.0

  • ActiveCockpit provides overview of factory operations
  • Nexeed software supports workforce in daily routine
  • Intelligent supermarket brings transparency to intralogistics
  • Transport Management solution permits dynamic route planning
Dennis Christmann

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Stuttgart, Germany – Bosch is a leading user and a leading provider of Industry 4.0. The company is digitalizing and giving connectivity to both its own plants and those of its customers. Industry 4.0 solutions are first tested and validated in-house before Bosch markets them to other companies. This means customers benefit from the experience gathered in some 270 Bosch plants and over 700 logistics centers worldwide. One of Bosch’s lead plants for this new technology is in Feuerbach, a suburb of Stuttgart. The plant has implemented numerous Industry 4.0 solutions in production and logistics. Here is a selection.

ActiveCockpit – manufacturing data at a glance

Bosch Rexroth’s ActiveCockpit intelligent communications platform can visualize data to make it easy for anybody to understand. The large display gives workers information on the current status of production. To do this, the platform processes and visualizes data in real time. The increased transparency this brings to factory operations paves the way for clear, sound assessments. Workers and companies all benefit, as it means problems can be identified immediately, downtimes reduced, and quality increased.

Nexeed – making work easier with software

The Nexeed Production Performance Manager ensures systematic improvements in production by helping workers make decisions quickly and easily. To do so, it gathers and harmonizes real-time production and machine data from a variety of sources in the manufacturing environment, gives it a clear structure, and presents it to workers on their mobile devices. This saves both time and money.

Intelligent supermarket – more transparency in logistics

Bosch Connected Industry’s intelligent supermarket is an optimized solution for manufacturing-related warehouses. It involves equipping individual small load carriers or belts with technology including RFID tags and digital kanban cards. This automates the process of booking materials in and out, which used to have to be done manually. Not only does this make life easier for workers, but it also means the supermarket’s stock is available in near real time. In addition, the system indicates the belt onto which incoming stock should be directed. The intelligent supermarket is currently being piloted in the Feuerbach plant. Once the project has been successfully concluded, the solution will be made available in the market.

Transport Management – intelligent planning for intralogistics

Bosch Connected Industry’s sophisticated Transport Management solution facilitates dynamic planning of intra-plant logistics. The system stores all vehicles with their load status, position, route, and maximum load capacity. For incoming orders, this information is used as the basis for selecting the right means of transportation for the goods. Transport Management can also optimize existing milk run processes: using data from the system, bus-style routes that previously had to include a stop at all predefined waypoints can now focus on goods that are actually ready to be picked up. The system displays up-to-date information about routes and shipments on drivers’ tablets.

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Dennis Christmann
Phone: +49 711 811-58178
Twitter: @BoschPresse

About Bosch

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 395,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2020). The company generated sales of 71.5 billion euros in 2020. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT provider, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, Industry 4.0, and connected mobility. Bosch is pursuing a vision of mobility that is sustainable, safe, and exciting. 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 facilitate connected living with products and solutions that either contain artificial intelligence (AI) or have been developed or manufactured with its help. 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 440 subsidiary and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. With its more than 400 locations worldwide, the Bosch Group has been carbon neutral since the first quarter of 2020. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 129 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 73,000 associates in research and development, of which nearly 34,000 are software engineers.

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-four percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The remaining shares are held by Robert Bosch GmbH and by a corporation owned by the Bosch family. 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.

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