Shaping Industry 4.0
Benefits at a glance:
Increase product attractiveness
Expand business model by digital applications
Improve service quality
From Industry 4.0 ready to complete connectivity
The future of mechanical engineering starts now. We optimize every phase of the machine lifecycle with our wide range of IIoT solutions so that every single machine shipped to the customer is optimally equipped to handle any challenge. We provide the right hardware, software and extensive expertise to enable rapid integration into the IT environment, smooth operation and ease of communication when servicing is required. Interoperability and simple scalability offer the greatest flexibility when building and operating future-proof machines and systems.
Building a new machine is not a stand-alone project. It must fit as seamlessly as possible into the customer's existing IT environment and provide added value immediately. This is why the machine should include the necessary hardware and software to make it ready for digital connectivity right from the start.
Bosch Connected Industry and Bosch Rexroth have pooled their extensive expertise and experience in order to offer a best-in-class package of proven solutions covering the entire lifecycle: from development through start-up and ramp-up to ongoing operation and downstream services.
For mechanical engineers, products become more attractive and competitive, since they are Industry 4.0 ready right from the start. At the same time, digitization offers the opportunity to meet individual customer needs even better with entirely new business models such as remote maintenance solutions or accompanying data analyses.
The transparency of the machines, their availability and processing quality are increasing significantly. But that's not all: with our interoperable solutions it is possible to easily add on extensions. Short ROI times and simple scaling make our solutions attractive to all industries and enterprises of different sizes.
Digitization of the entire machine lifecycle
Setting the stage for the future: Industry 4.0 ready straight from the factory
The foundation for the automation and subsequent digitization of a machine is laid in the engineering phase. such as provide speed and efficiency during production. A continuous, digital engineering chain with pre-defined technological features and a proven machine safety concept minimize the time to market.
To ensure that the machine can be integrated directly into the customer's IT environment, it leaves the factory "fully connected". Pre-installing Industry 4.0 hardware and software simplifies the start-up process. The , for example, bundles all machine data and sends it to the higher-level IT systems automatically. The manages all machine drive systems, controls and gateways – and makes it possible to manage them centrally from any location during start-up and operation.
Fast and easy start-up – in the factory and at the customer's site
The basic Industry 4.0 software configuration and intelligence are implemented during the initial start-up by the manufacturer. The makes it possible to initialize a whole series of machines at the same time. For example, the necessary firmware is rolled out from a central location to the machine controls, sensor system and . This minimizes the initialization effort and ensures that high quality standards are maintained.
The same can also be done at the customer's site. No matter whether it is for a single machine or an entire production line, the offers highly secure remote access so that start-up and configuration can be performed at any location. Technicians are also able to access machines that are already running to adjust settings or to transfer these settings to new machines – across factories and worldwide.
Shorter ramp-up phase thanks to benchmarking of relevant parameters
In the past, new machines or systems were frequently installed according to the trial & error principle. Several test runs were necessary until the process met the requirements – with a high amount of waste. The introduces maximum efficiency to the start-up phase. The software production-related process data and measurement values almost in real time and provides instant feedback regarding recently adjusted settings. This makes it possible to minimize the number of test runs.
The necessary data is collected and bundled by the right at the machine and sent to the . In case of excessive amounts of data, powerful help prepare the data in advance and transfer it in the desired resolution.
Significant increase in machine availability and process quality
The guarantees even greater customer satisfaction. Machines that are equipped with this enhanced software package provide a number of efficiency-boosting features. For instance, process data can be in real time. This transparency helps to keep the focus on process quality and to improve profitability continuously – for highly efficient production.
In addition, the can be configured quickly and easily. Overruns are detected immediately, and the maintenance technicians are notified even before downtime occurs. The information is provided by the , which collects, bundles and transmits machine and process data to the . If the data packages are too large, our acts as an intermediate stop and reduces the resolution.
The next level in maintenance thanks to digital services
In case of a disruption during production, mechanical engineers can access the affected machine – safely, flexibly and remotely. focuses on the "security by design" approach: sophisticated multi-level authentication and approval management provides control over who has access to what machines at what time and for how long. Encrypted tunnels also create a secure connection between the machine being serviced and the service technician's computer.
The is available 24/7 to handle hardware failures. The app speeds up troubleshooting and the initiation of actions. If there is a problem, maintenance technicians and other authorized personnel can access the machine controls from anywhere using a standard mobile device. The service app helps to identify the faulty part and order a replacement.