Industry 4.0: a new level of productivity

Bosch showcases i4.0 solutions live at interpack

  • HMI 4.0: central element of the connected factory
  • Facilitating maintenance processes, increasing Overall Equipment Effectiveness
  • Future outlook: more intelligence within machines

Stuttgart/Düsseldorf, Germany – At interpack 2017, Bosch Packaging Technology will show that the connected factory is becoming reality in the process and packaging industry. “How can we increase productivity, efficiency, quality and safety through Industry 4.0 solutions? At our booth, we will provide answers during live demonstrations,” says Dr Stefan König, president of Bosch Packaging Technology. “Thanks to the optimum connectivity of machines and IT, we do not only achieve higher transparency throughout the entire value chain. Our solutions also use the possibilities of digitization to support companies and staff in optimizing their processes and workflows in a completely new way. This will help us raise production performance and productivity to a new level.”

Support for more productive work processes

Machine operators, maintenance staff and production managers come across Industry 4.0 solutions from Bosch in numerous processes during their daily work. For instance, the shift manager can present all relevant production parameters and data, as well as production targets and tasks in an easy-to-understand, paperless manner to his employees on the Shopfloor Dashboard in real-time. This saves time and simplifies production and shift planning for those in charge.

The new HMI 4.0 is a central element in machine operators’ everyday work and for the connectivity of Bosch’s Industry 4.0 solutions. Thanks to comprehensive data collection, transfer and visualization, the HMI 4.0 forms the basis of machine operation. The easy, guided operation leads employees through all process steps, and enables them to complete their tasks even quicker and more efficiently.

Maintenance support for higher performance

Planned and unplanned maintenance activities are an integral part of production. However, they significantly influence productivity by consuming a lot of time for diagnosis and organization. With the Maintenance Support System (MSS) from Bosch, itineraries, repair times and the search for spare parts is reduced considerably. Once a problem is detected, a service order is sent immediately. Service personnel receive all relevant information on their mobile devices, so that they can check the availability of spare parts and complete the maintenance assignment efficiently thanks to detailed instructions.

If manufacturers require support in planning their maintenance activities due to time or capacity constraints, Bosch offers them tangible assistance with the Condition Monitoring Service. Bosch experts continuously monitor the customer’s machines and their condition, for instance via the Bosch IoT cloud. In case of deviations, they send maintenance recommendations, as well as information about the availability of spare parts and service technicians by email or text message. Customers can now proactively plan maintenance appointments, reduce machine downtime to a minimum, organize their spare parts stock more efficiently, and ultimately increase productivity across the entire facility.

Keeping an eye on OEE and energy consumption

Production transparency is a fundamental prerequisite for higher Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) – which is the main goal of the management and analysis tool Shopfloor Management Cycle (SMC). By bundling and visualizing production and machine data transparently, the tool enables production managers to determine the current OEE. Based on the SMC, they perform a target/actual comparison of quantities or cycle times, and have the results visualized, for instance in pareto diagrams. Faults such as downtime or bottlenecks are easy to identify and to troubleshoot. Moreover, the optimization of production planning and processes is facilitated. “Thanks to the additional ‘Management View’ function, production managers always have an overview of their machine status at any time – also across several facilities,” König explains.

A detailed overview of a facility’s energy consumption is provided by the Energy Monitoring platform from Bosch. Special sensors evaluate consumption, for instance of compressed air or electricity. The data is processed and visualized on the Energy Monitoring platform. This way, fluctuations, peaks and irregularities, as well as potential for energy and cost savings can be identified. Moreover, defects are easier to localize, for example if a machine uses more compressed air due to a leakage. This reduces time-consuming troubleshooting, avoids unnecessary energy costs, and increases both machine utilization and performance.

Developments to be continued

“Apart from the marketable Industry 4.0 technologies showcased at interpack, we are constantly developing new solutions for the connected factory of the future,” König says. “In the not too distant future, we will bring much more intelligence into the machines, so that they can adapt to alterations, and prevent or troubleshoot defects independently.” An exemplary application can be seen on a vertical packaging machine: an integrated sensor precisely detects when the product falls, and adapts the sealing movement and the multi-head weigher automatically. “This way the speed of the machine can be maximized without a product being sealed in the transverse seam. That’s a new level of productivity!”

Bosch at interpack: hall 6, booth A30-C58

Bernd Vierling
Phone: +49 711 811- 57165

Based in Waiblingen near Stuttgart, Germany, and employing 6,100 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.

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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.

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