At this year’s Hannover trade fair from April 7 – 11, the Bosch Group will be presenting an extensive range of networking and process optimization solutions for industrial facilities and building complexes of all sorts. “Our innovations in areas such as smart factories and the internet of things make it quite clear that we are one of the industrial sector’s leading providers of both hardware and software,” said the Bosch management board member Dr. Werner Struth.
Bosch will be represented in Hannover by Bosch Rexroth, Bosch Thermotechnology, Bosch Energy and Building Solutions, and Bosch Software Innovations. One highlight the company will be presenting is a special automation solution that has been nominated for the 2014 Robotics Award.
Bosch Rexroth Simplifies The Exchange Of Data
Production control, traceability, quality assurance, and the vision of connected production are together driving an ever greater flow of information from automation to the world of IT and back. With its open core engineering interface technology, Bosch Rexroth makes this exchange much simpler. Users can now access all their machine controls and drives directly from their usual IT programs and languages, with no need for specialist knowledge. This reduces the effort required and increases the flexibility to use any program for demand-driven gathering and evaluation of production data beyond the field of machine automation. At its trade fair booth, Bosch Rexroth will be presenting a concept study for an assembly line that has no higher-level control system; instead, as they pass along it, parts say what needs to be done to them at each processing station. The station’s decentralized intelligence detects what kind of processing a custom product requires at any given step, with data determining for instance what color of plastic part should be fitted. In a real production environment, this kind of line will be capable of producing a wide variety of extremely complex products.
Efficient Power Supplies For Large And Small Buildings
Bosch Thermotechnology will have a presence in hall 27, booth J50, on the decentralized power supply booth organized jointly by Deutsche Messe and the German combined heat and power association of the German electrical and electronics industry association (ZVEI). There, it will be exhibiting a large containerized cogeneration system and an organic Rankine cycle plant. One such plant is in operation at the Flörsheim mineral landfill site close to Frankfurt, where it is recovering the hitherto untapped waste heat from a cogeneration plant and using it to generate electricity. Bosch developed this innovative solution and installed it on the grounds of the landfill site. A smaller modular cogeneration unit suitable for business premises or buildings housing two to six families will also be on display. The decentralized, combined generation of heat and power offers a high level of overall efficiency and thus has an important part to play in any smart energy system.
Bosch Energy and Building Solutions will also be on the joint decentralized power supply booth. Experts from the energy efficiency service provider will be on hand to explain how to spot potential savings – whether in space or process heating, cooling, air conditioning, compressed air, or lighting – and thus optimize the power demand of commercial building complexes. The company achieves an average energy saving of 20 percent through a combination of tailored energy concepts, services, and modern technology.
The joint fuel cell initiative booth in hall 27, booth E51, is where Bosch Thermotechnology will be presenting the Buderus Logapower FC10 fuel cell heater. This system for decentralized generation of heat and power for single- and twin-family homes is based on a solid oxide fuel cell with an operating temperature of 700°C. It achieves an electrical efficiency of over 40 percent, which makes it more efficient than other decentralized CHP plants. The system can bring the cost of electricity in a single- or twin-family building down by 25 to 40 percent. At the same time, it lowers CO2 emissions by up to 50 percent compared to conventionally generated heat and power.
Early Detection Makes Maintenance Easier And İncreases Productivity
Preventive maintenance: As machines and computers become increasingly networked, the prospects for maintenance are particularly exciting. Visitors to the booth of Bosch Software Innovations, the Bosch Group’s software and systems unit, will be able to experience a live demonstration of how the right software can precisely predict faults in an industrial machine. This means unplanned down times are avoided, maintenance and repair costs are optimized, and overall productivity is increased. Bosch Software Innovations is represented at the BITKOM booth in hall 7, booth C04.
“APAS Assistant” Mobile Automation Solution
Bosch’s “APAS assistant,” its automated production assistant, has been nominated for the 2014 Robotics Award. This award for innovative robot systems is presented by the Hannover trade fair, Industrieanzeiger magazine, and the Robotation Academy. Its patron is Lower Saxony’s minister for economic affairs, labor, and transport, Olaf Lies. An independent jury assesses new technologies that are applied in areas such as industrial automation.
“APAS assistant” is mobile and flexible and forms part of the “APAS family” of ready-to-go automation solutions. It has a “sensor skin” that enables it to avoid collisions. This is why it is the first robot system to be certified for collaborative operations – without the need for any other protective precautions – by the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV) association. The “APAS family” is rounded off by “APAS inspector,” a mobile optical inspection system, and “APAS base,” a flexible automation platform. Together these systems offer a glimpse of the technologies that will be put to work in tomorrow’s connected “Industry 4.0.” In these flexible, networked smart factories, people, machines, and products will all communicate with each other and work together more closely.