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Industry 4.0 at Bosch

Towards a Connected Industry with Bosch

Industry 4.0 solutions from Bosch for the entire value stream

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What will customers want in the future? They will demand a wider range of variants and more personalized products. Thus, future production must be able to adapt quickly to changed market requirements. Industry 4.0 is the answer to this challenge.

Connected industry highlights

Our portfolio for your future

Our portfolio for your future

Software solutions

Our i4.0 software solutions link all the components of your value stream with each other and the people involved. What we want to achieve: full-grade connectivity, complete transparency, and reduced complexity.

Logistics and manufacturing

We connect machines and whole manufacturing lines to value-creation networks. With our solutions you can achieve complete transparency and coordination of all logistics operations in and outside your factory.

Service and consulting

Bosch offers a wide range of services and consulting in the field of Industry 4.0, including collaborative projects to test new business models. We’ll help you discover new potentials along your value stream.

Field level equipment

Components, modules, and systems for the optimal integration of the solutions of machine manufacturers into vertically and horizontally networked Industry 4.0 environments.

Bosch solutions for the connected industry

Bosch already has all the relevant enablers for Industry 4.0 in its portfolio and offers a wide range of hardware and software solutions.

A man is in a factory hall - Nexeed Industrial Application System
Software solutions

Nexeed Industrial Application System

The Nexeed Industrial Application System connects production and internal logistics — like the factory at a glance. It addresses the challenges of the respective user groups and optimizes all production processes in terms of transparency, agility, costs, quality and time.

All perspectives on digital production under one umbrella

Modern production depends on its employees. Everyone has their own view of what is most important for their area of responsibility. Whether it is a detailed view or a meta level — the different perspectives have one thing in common: they depend on a lean, forward-looking and connected process that offers orientation and a common basis for added value. The Nexeed Industrial Application System offers both. Building on the Bosch Production System (BPS), it combines lean management with IIoT — and combines the needs of the individual employee with the overall optimization of production and internal logistics.

A man is in a factory hall - Nexeed Industrial Application System

Benefit

  • Higher availability: Meaningful real-time data secures production and delivery capability, as well as competitiveness.
  • Faster response: Comprehensive data transparency allows early error detection and reduces downtimes to a minimum.
  • Low Investment: User-centered, easy-to-integrate packages and applications can be acquired and expanded according to requirements.
  • Future-proof: Maximum flexibility and scalability, regular updates and expansions allow quick adaptation to changing requirements.

Automation, Shopfloor Apps, machine connectivity, machine diagnose
Software solutions

Nexeed Automation

Rethinking automation: efficiency for machine manufacturers and operators. Realize your machine projects purposefully and efficiently.

For the ideal interaction of humans, machines, IT and processes

Seamless, innovative and future-proof software system for all mechanical engineering phases and the entire machine lifecycle: from project planning, control programming and visualization through motion control, safety, simulation, start-up, connectivity and diagnosis to comprehensive services for manufacturing machines and systems.

Automation, Shopfloor Apps, machine connectivity, machine diagnose

Benefit

  • More than 22,000 applications in Bosch facilities all over the world
  • Reduced development costs through use of an SW framework
  • Shorter development times and reduced project risk thanks to modular engineering
  • Intuitive and standardized operating concept
  • Apps provide high production transparency
  • Open, standardized interfaces, e.g. for easy integration into IT systems

Track & Trace is a Solution Set, which uses sensors to monitor the position and the condition of transported goods along the supply chain.
Logistics and manufacturing

Track and Trace

The intelligent logistics 4.0 solution for the digitization of the material flow from the supplier to the customer’s incoming goods point.

Transparency throughout the Entire Supply Chain

Track and Trace enables shipments and assets to record a “digital travel diary”: products and load carriers not only update the individual stops, but also regularly communicate their location and status to the cloud.

For instance, schedulers can view at any time where the packages are and whether they are expected to arrive on time. In addition, information about temperature, vibration and humidity can also be transmitted.

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Benefit

  • Transparent logistics supply chain
  • Connecting the real with the virtual world
  • Locating goods and assets in real-time

The Energy Platform by Bosch provides a comprehensive overview of energy consumption and costs
Software solutions

Energy Platform

The Energy Platform by Bosch provides a comprehensive overview of energy consumption and costs.

Save energy and costs with the Energy Platform

Energy costs are a major factor in manufacturing enterprises. The Energy Platform provides a full breakdown of energy consumption and costs — for the whole facility or individual machines. The modules of the platform can be perfectly tailored to your requirements and used to record, visualize, and control the energy consumption of your overall production.

Energy Platform, Bosch, Energy efficiency, visualization, Industry 4.0, energy cost, i4.0, connected industry

Benefit

  • Energy consumption monitoring
  • Improved resource efficiency
  • Reduced CO₂-emissions and costs

Bosch Rexroth, Industry 4.0, IoT, IIoT, IoT Gateway, Connectivity, Hardware, Software, Sensor
Software solutions

Rexroth IoT Gateway

The IoT Gateway enables a simple exchange of data between existing and new production machines with IT applications.

Fast and flexible connection of machines to Industry 4.0

Network new and existing machines cost efficiently and optimize production processes and product quality: The IoT Gateway makes it easy to connect to Industry 4.0 environments without intervening in the automation logic. The precisely coordinated combination of control hardware and software collects sensor and process data and enables process data analysis.

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Benefit

  • Boost productivity and efficiency
  • Plug-and-run in three steps
  • Modularity for individual requirements
  • Scalable and robust control hardware
  • Future-proof with open software architecture

CytroPac, Hydraulics, Bosch Rexroth, Rexroth, Industry 4.0, Smart Factory, Sensors, Manufacturing, machinery equipment
Field level equipment

Rexroth CytroPac — Hydraulic Compact Power Unit with up

CytroPac is a compact and energy-efficient standard power unit with up to 4KW, 240 bar pressure and tank up to 20 liter.

Rexroth CytroPac — the Power Unit Revolution. Saves space, energy and time

Rexroth CytroPac is a compact and energy-efficient standard power unit. Space-saving design, completely equipped, and integrated. Radically new design due to a new technical approach with heat pipes for integration into all machine designs.

CytroPac, Hydraulics, Bosch Rexroth, Rexroth, Industry 4.0, Smart Factory, Sensors, Manufacturing, machinery equipment

Benefit

  • Space-saving heat pipe system ensures optimal cooling
  • Reduced tank size due to optimized design for efficient degassing
  • Plug and produce: preassembled and tested
  • Frequency converter additionally serves as a sensor node
  • Decentral intelligence analyzes data of components and fluid
  • Higher uptime due to condition monitoring and predictive maintenance

Industry 4.0, Industry 4.0 sensor device, Predictive Maintenance, IoT sensor, multiple sensor solution
Field level equipment

Connected Industrial Sensor Solution

CISS is a multiple sensor solution that increases your production efficiency and saves costs by monitoring data and enabling predictive maintenance.

Speed up your path to efficient Industry 4.0 solutions with CISS

The Connected Industrial Sensor Solution (CISS) is a flexible sensor solution specialized for your rough industrial environment. CISS offers you an easy handling of the complete machine range through a single multi-sensor device. Therefore, you increase your manufacturing efficiency by monitoring your machines, processes, and environmental conditions.

Industry 4.0, Industry 4.0 sensor device, Predictive Maintenance, IoT sensor, multiple sensor solution

Benefit

  • retrofittable multiple sensor solution
  • increased efficiency
  • less downtimes
  • high protection class
  • broad temperature range

Why Bosch Industry 4.0

Drawing from our long experience we found seven key features of i4.0. They are the guidelines for all new components, software modules, and services by Bosch.

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Distributed intelligence

From autonomous rollers to flexible manufacturing modules: with distributed intelligence, modules know their technical skills and organize themselves decentrally.

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Fast integration and flexible configuration

Fast Integration and flexible configuration facilitate the adaptability of Industry 4.0. People, machines, processes, and flows of goods are connected easily and fast and can be quickly adapted to ever-changing requirements.

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Open standards

Open Standards are essential to integrating equipment and software of various suppliers into connected concepts. They form the basis for horizontal and vertical integration and thus the seamless exchange of information.

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Virtual real-time representation

Virtual real-time representations of objects interact with each other and with software systems. They enable the real-time analysis of all manufacturing and logistics data and the control of all physical objects.

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Digital life-cycle management

Aggregating and analyzing all the available data during the complete lifespan of a product helps to continuously improve the design and manufacturing processes.

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Secure value-creation network

Safety and security for Industry 4.0 includes the protection of people from machinery-related hazards (safety) and the protection of corporate facilities and IT from attacks and faults from the surrounding environment (security).

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People as key players

In Industry 4.0, people are the key players — work is getting easier, safer and more efficient — enabled through technology — but machines will continue to play the subordinate role.

Guided Tours

Industry 4.0 up close — embark on a guided tour through one of our Bosch plants and learn about our products and solutions in practice. Experience Industry 4.0 in the field in one of our five selected plants: Reutlingen, Feuerbach, Suzhou, Homburg, and Blaichach.

Experience Industry 4.0 in the field in one of our five selected plants

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Martin Richter
Senior Partner Bosch Industry Consulting

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