As part of its focus on topics of the future, Bosch Rex­roth is sys­te­ma­ti­cal­ly tack­ling its expan­si­on of robo­tics exper­ti­se.

Bosch Rex­roth is streng­t­he­ning its­elf with two start-up teams from the Bosch start-up plat­form grow, in order to con­sistent­ly focus its expan­si­on of robo­tics exper­ti­se.

Intra­lo­gistic Robo­tics deve­lops soft­ware for net­wor­king and for the auto­ma­ti­on of mate­ri­al trans­port. “As a result, we’ll be able to offer our custo­mers solu­ti­ons for the fac­to­ry of the future that cover the ent­i­re value chain,” noted Najork.

Dee­pfield Robo­tics deve­lops con­nec­ted, auto­no­mous machi­nes for sustainab­le agri­cul­tu­re. They redu­ce the con­sump­ti­on of pesti­ci­des and water, for examp­le, by detec­ting weeds with smart came­ras and remo­ving them wit­hout the use of her­bici­des. “We’re alrea­dy stron­gly rep­re­sen­ted in the far­ming sec­tor with our mobi­le hydrau­lics. Auto­no­mous agri­cul­tu­ral machi­nes are a logi­cal expan­si­on of our port­fo­lio in an adja­cent busi­ness seg­ment. As a result, we can leverage addi­tio­nal syn­er­gies and widen the ran­ge of pro­duc­ts we offer our custo­mers,” said Najork.

Grow is the inter­nal Bosch incu­ba­tor and the home for start-ups that deve­lop new busi­ness in new mar­kets.


The fac­to­ry of the future: Bosch Rexroth’s visi­on of Indus­try 4.0

Bosch Rex­roth is occu­py­ing a major mar­ket of the future with its con­nec­ted pro­duc­tion tech­no­lo­gies for Indus­try 4.0 app­li­ca­ti­ons. “It is our objec­tive to cap­tu­re a lea­ding posi­ti­on and be an inno­va­ti­on dri­ver in this area,” empha­si­zed Najork. “But we have to think far more radi­cal­ly. Manu­fac­tu­ring com­pa­nies need to beco­me even more fle­xi­ble and fas­ter. Our con­cept for the fac­to­ry of the future envi­sa­ges machine­ry that keeps on recon­fi­gu­ring its­elf fle­xi­b­ly to match the order situa­ti­on.”

The ful­ly con­nec­ted fac­to­ry as envi­sio­ned by Bosch Rex­roth is an intel­li­gent space whe­re the only fixed fea­tures are the floor, walls and cei­ling. Ever­ything else can be moved free­ly; pro­duc­tion sets its­elf up and con­fi­gu­res its­elf fle­xi­b­ly – from one-off to mass pro­duc­tion: Machi­nes dri­ve in and out as nee­ded, assem­bly lines grow or shrink in size, auto­no­mous trans­port robots sup­ply employees with com­pon­ents. Robots work shoul­der to shoul­der with human col­leagues, reli­e­ving them of mono­to­nous or stre­nuous activi­ties. An ultra-fast 5G wire­less net­work allows infor­ma­ti­on exchan­ge in real time, while arti­fi­ci­al intel­li­gence enhan­ces the qua­li­ty of pro­duc­ts thanks to ear­ly detec­tion of errors.

This fac­to­ry of the future is our visi­on of Indus­try 4.0. Bosch Rex­roth is sys­te­ma­ti­cal­ly gearing its port­fo­lio toward the future of the ful­ly con­nec­ted indus­try,” sta­ted Najork. The tech­no­lo­gy com­pa­ny will pre­sent its con­cept for the fac­to­ry of the future at the upco­m­ing 2018 Han­no­ver Mes­se tra­de fair, show­ca­sing what it is alrea­dy capa­ble of today in the field of fac­to­ry auto­ma­ti­on and the solu­ti­ons it is deve­lo­ping for tomor­row and bey­ond.