Historical workbench fit for Industry 4.0
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Connectivity is the theme of the future. The fact that even antique machines can be connected has been exemplified by an old Robert Bosch workbench that has been made fit for the future by means of the IoT Gateway.
One hundred and thirty years ago, Robert Bosch was still using a pedal-powered workbench weighing 300 kilogrammes to make parts for the magneto, the product that marked Bosch’s breakthrough. Now the cast iron workbench has been taken out of the museum and into the Industry 4.0 era by the IoT Gateway from Bosch.
Tens of millions of
machines in Germany are without an Industry 4.0 connection — on a global scale, it is a market worth billions for retrofit solutions like the Bosch IoT Gateway
Fast and simple connectivity thanks to the IoT Gateway
How does the IoT Gateway prepare older machines for Industry 4.0?
IoT Gateway combines sensors, software and IoT-capable industrial control. Based on the ProSyst OSGi technology, the IoT Gateway provides a simple and quick connection to the software designed to systematically improve production processes: the Production Performance Manager.
How does the Production Performance Manager work?
Devices are connected via the new open machine language PPMP (Production Performance Management Protocol) to the Production Performance Manager. This software monitors and analyses the production data for further processing. A large number of machines within a company can be networked and connected to the company’s internal IT system. Monitoring is performed in real time.
What are the benefits of the IoT Gateway?
The connection of machines and real-time monitoring enables pro-active maintenance which reduces downtimes. Energy efficiency and machine productivity are increased. Customers can, depending on the need, enhance the IoT Gateway with extra sensors. The sensors register temperature, pressure, power consumption, oil quality and other parameters. The data is sent in real time by the software into a format that can be incorporated within the production environment of the respective company.
How is the system started up?
The IoT Gateway does not need programming — it only has to be configured via a browser which drastically shortens commissioning. The system can be taken out of the packaging and used immediately. Everything is set-up and ready for use.
The IoT Gateway from Bosch makes the oldest machines compatible with Industry 4.0 — even a 130 year old workbench out of a museum. It enables companies with an older machine park to be part of this era of connection.