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.