Bosch Rexroth, key sponsor of the Industry 4.0 Summit and Expo for the last three years, was pleased to share expertise and smart-factory insights with visitors to this year’s event, which took place in Manchester, Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th April.
Industry 4.0: Unrivalled advice and expertise
Visitors were able to take a close-up look at some of the latest industry 4.0 technology, as well as having the opportunity to chat with Bosch Rexroth’s team of engineering experts about the challenges they are facing with Industry 4.0 and how to overcome them.
OGS: The driving force behind traceability for Triumph
Perhaps the thing that stood out most from the rest of the crisp, white stand was a Triumph motorbike. Used to demonstrate Bosch Rexroth’s Operator Guidance System (OGS), the bike was built at Triumph’s Hinckley plant, which has been using Rexroth’s OGS since xxx. Visitors to the stand could get hands-on with the innovative system, which is designed to support workers in a production environment by providing step by step instructions – optimising quality and traceability while simplifying the task for users. In the case of Triumph, the system allowed the company to control production processes by guiding operators through the build, ensuring that the right part, right tool and right torque are selected at the right time. Data is then automatically transmitted to a receiving station via a wireless connection, thereby creating a clear audit trail of every process at the same time as limiting the likelihood of costly human error.
Connected factory solutions
Delegates at the start of their Industry 4.0 journey were particularly interested in the IoT Gateway. For those plants and machines which have not yet arrived in the digital age, the IoT gateway gives existing machinery the connectivity required to enable real-time monitoring of process data such as temperature, pressure and vibration.
Used in conjunction with IoT connected machinery, ActiveCockpit and Nexeed Performance Manager software – both of which were also demonstrated at the show – make it simple to collect, process and visualise vital performance figures in real time to enable faster decision making on the shop floor.
Sean Kilgallen, Marketing Manager at Bosch Rexroth commented, “It’s been really interesting to see how the companies visiting our stand have progressed on their journey since last year’s event. This year has been about consolidating early conversations around the benefits of Industry 4.0 – speaking to customers about how they can collect and harness vital data to fundamentally improve the efficiency of their operations.”
Sharing experiences: The journey to Industry 4.0
As a business, Bosch Rexroth has always believed in self-experimentation. Putting this belief into action, the company has been through the process of equipping its own plants for Industry 4.0. Not only has that helped them to understand the processes, test the equipment and learn a lot about implementation, but the company’s engineers and product management team have used that experience in the development and application of new Industry 4.0 products, systems, software and solutions. At this year’s summit, Stewart Miller, from Bosch Rexroth’s Glenrothes plant, took the stand in the auditorium to walk delegates through their journey from lean manufacturing to becoming a factory of the future.