Industrial automation products from Bosch Rexroth, distributed throughout southern Africa by the Hytec Group, enable manufacturers to embrace the emergence of Industry 4.0 smart factories.
This is driven by the fact that the industrial automation sector has already entered the new era of Industry 4.0 (the fourth industrial revolution).
As an early adapter of industrial automation solutions, Bosch Rexroth is well placed to maximise the benefits, advantages and opportunities that Industry 4.0 will bring with it. One of the most significant of these is the potential for increased collaboration between stakeholders.The primary reason for this will be quicker communication and real-time data exchange.
Companies like Bosch Rexroth are collecting valuable practical experience through the application of industrial automation at its own plants around the world.It has demonstrated how work at a Smart Factory with a multi-product line could look in the future through the application and implementation of industrial automation solutions.
Through its association with Bosch Rexroth, the Hytec Group will also be driving industrial automation as both a leading automation supplier and a manufacturing company.With its significant automation portfolio and production experience from across the globe, Bosch Rexroth offers leading industrial automation and manufacturing solutions – from single piece items to high volume production.
Software and intelligent algorithms that have custom designed for hydraulic applications already equalise non-linearity inherent in fluid technology.
An example of this is Bosch Rexroth’s Sytronix series which combines the best properties of both electric and hydraulic systems.
This effectively enables applications, traditionally controlled by valve controls constructed of steel or iron, to embrace industrial automation through operation by decentralised intelligence in the electronically controlled device.
In addition, Bosch Rexroth has integrated all of its electrohydraulic expertise into its IndraMotion MLC control solution software.
This opens the door for industrial automation applications as the technology allows for special characteristics inherent in fluid technology to the point where it replaces elegant programming with parameterisation.
As Industry 4.0 moves from potential to reality, it has become clear that no single company or organization can achieve much in isolation. Industry 4.0 and industrial automation solutions are dependent on connectivity – technically as well as organizationally, within an entire value creation process where both suppliers and manufacturers are connected.
Open standards are crucial. Industry 4.0 and industrial automation signal the “beginning of the end” for proprietary interfaces. This is one of the primary reasons why Bosch Rexroth is collaborating with research organizations, original equipment manufacturers, manufacturers, and others.
It is simultaneously working with leading IT partners for cutting-edge solutions such as Open Core Engineering. This will enable partners and customers to work within their preferred development environment and programming languages from the IT world to optimise efficiency and versatility of industrial automation development
Factory automation is the largest proponent of pneumatic technology as it uses much lower pressures than hydraulic applications.
Aventics has integrated electronics into its current pneumatic range, such as the ED series electro-pneumatic pressure regulators or AES modular electronics for the advanced valve generation. The range of products provides the functionality needed for machine networking making it ideal for industrial automation applications.
Electronic servo control enables high levels of precision. The Bosch Rexroth System 300 advanced DC tightening system allows multi-stage programming and multiple synchronisations of spindle motors.
As more and more energy efficient technologies are being used in industrial automation scenarios, electro mechanical actuation is now a process that should be even more seriously considered due to its economic energy use solution.
Industrial automation solutions are based on flexible, modular, and scalable models. According to the respective requirements, different manufacturing layouts consisting of manual and industrial automation work stations with self-sustaining controls can be quickly realized.
The convergence of all aspects of Information Technology combined with process synchronisation and machine autonomy means the Hytec Group, through its relationships with Bosch Rexroth and Aventics, can provide industrial automation solutions for most industrial applications.
The intelligent tightening systems from Bosch Rexroth are equipped with integrated torque and rotation sensors and intelligent software functionalities to ensure process reliable tightening connections.
The tools can be integrated into the industrial automation environment either via cable or wireless via WLAN by means of a wide range of interfaces and protocols for the exchange of commands and data.