Icon--AD-black-48x48Icon--address-consumer-data-black-48x48Icon--appointment-black-48x48Icon--back-left-black-48x48Icon--calendar-black-48x48Icon--Checkbox-checkIcon--clock-black-48x48Icon--close-black-48x48Icon--compare-black-48x48Icon--confirmation-black-48x48Icon--dealer-details-black-48x48Icon--delete-black-48x48Icon--delivery-black-48x48Icon--down-black-48x48Icon--download-black-48x48Ic-OverlayAlertIcon--externallink-black-48x48Icon-Filledforward-right_adjustedIcon--grid-view-black-48x48IC-logoutIC-upIcon--info-i-black-48x48Icon--Less-minimize-black-48x48Icon-FilledIcon--List-Check-blackIcon--List-Cross-blackIcon--list-view-mobile-black-48x48Icon--list-view-black-48x48Icon--More-Maximize-black-48x48Icon--my-product-black-48x48Icon--newsletter-black-48x48Icon--payment-black-48x48Icon--print-black-48x48Icon--promotion-black-48x48Icon--registration-black-48x48Icon--Reset-black-48x48share-circle1Icon--share-black-48x48Icon--shopping-cart-black-48x48Icon--start-play-black-48x48Ic-OverlayAlertIcon--summary-black-48x48tumblrIcon-FilledvineIc-OverlayAlertwhishlist

This website uses absolutely necessary cookies. If you consent to the use of convenience cookies, please click “Yes, I agree.” By clicking on “Change settings.” you can change this setting at any time and withdraw your given consent. More information you can find in our “data protection policy”.

Our research experts

Joachim Frangen

Industry 4.0 – connected industry: enabling smart and agile manufacturing

“In Industry 4.0, production gets connected, intelligent, and by far more versatile than today: Learning production facilities will communicate, co-operate with humans, optimize resource efficiency, and get increasingly independent of the goods they are producing. This will enable customer-individual products with shorter life cycles and save resources. By implementing the fourth industrial revolution in evolutionary steps, we are paving the way towards smart production.”

Joachim Frangen, Chief Expert for Production Automation Engineering

I am Joachim Frangen, Program Manager for ‘Industry 4.0 – Connected Industry’ and Chief Expert for Production Automation in the corporate sector Research and Advance Engineering. I technically coordinate research and development activities aiming at connected, agile, and smart manufacturing. We create visions for future production and convert innovative ideas into real-world I 4.0 solutions, in close co-operation with our plants and our business sector Industrial Technology.

Curriculum vitae

Industry 4.0 Vision

2014

A holistic vision of an Industry 4.0 plant is presented

APAS – Automated Production Assistant with Sensor Skin

2011

A highly flexible collaborative robot system is rolled out

DTF – Bosch Desktop Factory

2007

A versatile assembly machine concept starts operation

Selected publications

  • Transporting device with a stator for the controlled transport of a transport element relative to a stator

    Robert Bosch GmbH (2018)

    Transporting device with a stator for the controlled transport of a transport element relative to a stator
    • J. Frangen
    • WO2018108408 A1
  • Fertigungsanlage (Production equipment)

    Robert Bosch GmbH (2018)

    Fertigungsanlage (Production equipment)
    • J. Frangen
    • DE 102016216206 A1
  • Robotic vehicle, especially for an automation system and automation system with robot vehicle

    Robert Bosch GmbH (2018)

    Roboterfahrzeug, insbesondere für eine Automatisierungsanlage sowie eine Automatisierungsanlage mit dem Roboterfahrzeug (Robotic vehicle, especially for an automation system and automation system with robot vehicle)
    • J. Frangen
    • DE 102016216210 A1
  • Method for operating a sensor system, sensor element and sensor system

    Robert Bosch GmbH (2017)

    Method for operating a sensor system, sensor element and sensor system
    • J. Frangen, D. Seiz
    • WO 2017108235 A1
  • Method and device for contactless positioning of a testing device in a hollow part and testing device

    Robert Bosch GmbH (2015)

    Vorrichtung und Verfahren zum berührungslosen Bestimmen einer Lage einer in einen Hohlkörper einführbaren Prüfvorrichtung sowie Prüfvorrichtung (Method and device for contactless positioning of a testing device in a hollow part and testing device)
    • J. Frangen, D. Seiz, F. Timm
    • DE 102014211822 A1
  • Sensor system for monitoring surroundings on a mechanical component and method for actuating and evaluating the sensor system

    Robert Bosch GmbH (2014)

    Sensor system for monitoring surroundings on a mechanical component and method for actuating and evaluating the sensor system
    • J. Frangen
    • US2011050256 A1
  • Method for operating a sensor system and sensor system

    Robert Bosch GmbH (2014)

    Verfahren zum Betreiben einer Sensorsystems sowie Sensorsystem (Method for operating a sensor system and sensor system)
    • J. Frangen
    • DE102012212754 A1
  • Sensor system for monitoring surroundings on a mechanical component and method for actuating and evaluating the sensor

    Robert Bosch GmbH (2012)

    Sensor system for monitoring surroundings on a mechanical component and method for actuating and evaluating the sensor
    • J. Frangen
    • WO 2012089486 A1
  • Safety device for a handling apparatus, in particular an industrial robot, and method for operating the safety device

    Robert Bosch GmbH (2012)

    Safety device for a handling apparatus, in particular an industrial robot, and method for operating the safety device
    • J. Frangen
    • WO 2012089486 A1
  • System and method for recognising collisions in automated production or assembly

    Robert Bosch GmbH (2011)

    System und Verfahren zur Kollisionserkennung bei Fertigungs- und Monatgeautomaten (System and method for recognising collisions in automated production or assembly)
    • P. Schlaich, A. Rueb, J. Frangen
    • EP 2324967 A3
  • Stepper drive and stepper drive assembly

    Robert Bosch GmbH (2010)

    Schrittantrieb sowie Schrittantriebsanordnung (Stepper drive and stepper drive assembly)
    • J. Frangen
    • DE 102008042235 B3
  • Hand-held jigsaw

    Robert Bosch GmbH (2008)

    Hand-held jigsaw
    • H. Kaiser, K. Marx, S. Delfini, W. Niehsen, T. Koeder, G. Flinspach, J. Frangen, J. Platzer
    • WO 2008055738 A1
  • Schüttgut-Zuführeinrichtung (bulk good feeder)

    Robert Bosch GmbH (2007)

    Schüttgut-Zuführeinrichtung (bulk good feeder)
    • P. Schlaich, J. Frangen, F. Pelz, F. Benkert
    • DE 102006026154 A1
  • Workplace for a machining strip comprising a modular platform and modular trays which can be inserted therein

    Robert Bosch GmbH (2007)

    Workplace for a machining strip comprising a modular platform and modular trays which can be inserted therein
    • K. Hinderer, P. Skljarow, W. Baier, K. Jaeger, S. Pfeiffer, F. Westphal, J. Frangen, P. Schlaich, F. Benkert, K. Teoh, B. Buesing
    • WO 2007079710 A1
  • Manufacturing plant with at least one process module for machining parts

    Robert Bosch GmbH (2007)

    Manufacturing plant with at least one process module for machining parts
    • S. Pfeiffer, K. Jaeger, P. Schlaich, F. Westphal, J. Frangen
    • WO 2007023037 A3
  • Device for transporting workpiece holders

    Robert Bosch GmbH (2007)

    Device for transporting workpiece holders
    • P. Schlaich, J. Frangen, F. Benkert, W. Baier, K. Teoh
    • WO 2007023059 A1
  • Method and device for detecting surface irregularities

    Robert Bosch GmbH (2003)

    Vorrichtung zum Detektieren von Unregelmäßigkeiten in der Topographie von Oberflächen an Gegenständen (Method and device for detecting surface irregularities)
    • J. Frangen
    • DE 10234590 C1
  • Method and device for testing connection stability

    Robert Bosch GmbH (2002)

    Verfahren und Vorrichtung zum Prüfen der Festigkeit von Verbindungen (Method and device for testing connection stability)
    • W. Happold, G. Bohn, J. Frangen
    • DE 10030007 C2
  • Method and device for detecting surface irregularities

    Robert Bosch GmbH (2001)

    Method and device for detecting surface irregularities
    • J. Frangen
    • WO 0133167 A1
  • Plug connector testing equipment

    Robert Bosch GmbH (1999)

    Prüfeinrichtung für Steckverbinder (Plug connector testing equipment)
    • J. Frangen
    • DE 19757823 C2

Interview

Joachim Frangen

Joachim Frangen

Chief Expert for Production Automation Engineering

“Please tell us what fascinates you most about research.”

I enjoy inspiring people with new and unexpected solutions that help them in their private or work lives by solving real problems. It gives me pleasure to find new ways in unknown terrain. Even as a child I wanted to become an inventor, inspired by Gyro Gearloose (Daniel Duesentrieb) and by construction kits that allowed me to realize ideas.

Joachim Frangen

Joachim Frangen

Chief Expert for Production Automation Engineering

“What makes research done at Bosch so special?”

The breadth of technical topics and expertise is impressive, both in the corporate sector Research and Advance Engineering and in the business units. The strong practical relevance creates a high personal identification with scientific challenges. The spatial and intellectual proximity to like-minded people who are enthusiastic about their subject accelerates the development of innovative solutions.

Joachim Frangen

Joachim Frangen

Chief Expert for Production Automation Engineering

“What research topics are you currently working on at Bosch?”

To advance Industry 4.0, we are working on new industrial information technologies that support secure connectivity of heterogeneous systems, virtual representation in real-time, and digital planning scenarios. We invent solutions that amplify human abilities, for example by ubiquitous availability of information, individual support, ease of use, and flexibility. Furthermore, we want to increase the versatility and learning abilities of our production equipment and make 3D printing accessible for series production.

Joachim Frangen

Joachim Frangen

Chief Expert for Production Automation Engineering

“What are the biggest scientific challenges in your field of research?”

We are dealing with scientific challenges in many fields. For example, applying machine learning methods to achieve advantages in production processes opens several scientific subjects. Also, building a holistic semantic model of our diverse world of production is a challenging topic. Or think of using 3D printing as a manufacturing process, requiring new ways of process and product design and proving the reliability of materials and components.

Joachim Frangen

Joachim Frangen

Chief Expert for Production Automation Engineering

“How do the results of your research become part of solutions "Invented for life"?”

The mission statement “Invented for life” is implemented early in a research activity. In the foundation phase, we describe the desired result in a concise picture of the future, like a painter who sketches the outlines of the future with just a few strokes. There, the reference to “Invented for life” can already be seen, for example in simplified workflows or increased resource efficiency. Subsequently, our research projects will transfer the future pictures into widely applicable solutions.

Get in touch with me

Share this on: