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Leading drive and control specialist Bosch Rexroth is launching an intuitive guidance system to help UK manufacturers network their assembly line in preparation for Industry 4.0.

Available in March 2018, the modular system, known as ActiveAssist, operates alongside a production worker to streamline the assembly process and minimise errors. ActiveAssist guides the worker through each assembly stage using clear, visual instructions delivered through a projector, a pick-to-light system highlighting which components are needed, virtual surfaces and data glasses (such as Google Glass).

The system is able to adapt the work station and its instructions to the employee’s preferred language, as well as their pre-determined level of skill.  It also provides feedback on every step in real time through the use of 3D cameras and ultrasound. If any errors are discovered, the system will automatically intervene and guide the employee through the correction process.

ActiveAssist is easily integrated into both new and existing assembly processes. It can also adapt quickly to suit the assembly process, due to its open web platform and MES/ERP networking capabilities.

Bosch Rexroth is already using the ActiveAssist platform at its plant in Homburg, Germany, where it has helped to significantly increase the quality of productivity and the efficiency of the plant.

Andrew Minturn, Product Manager at Bosch Rexroth, said: “The ActiveAssist platform is one of many solutions that Bosch Rexroth is both offering to manufacturers and using at its own factories. Like many of Rexroth’s other solutions, ActiveAssist is easily configurable and can be retrofitted to any factory, allowing a variety of assembly tasks to be completed quickly and precisely.

“Industry 4.0 is set to bring radical changes to the manufacturing sector as a whole. Factories are becoming smarter and more streamlined, and manufacturers must act quickly to ensure they don’t get left behind. Solutions such as ActiveAssist will help manufacturers in the UK to remain competitive in the global marketplace by increasing the efficiency and quality of their output.”

ActiveAssist will be available in the UK in March 2018. For more information, please click here

Bosch Rexroth

Economical, precise, safe, and energy efficient: drive and control technology from Bosch Rexroth moves machines and systems of any size. The company bundles global application experience in the market segments of Mobile Applications, Machinery Applications and Engineering, and Factory Automation to develop innovative components as well as tailored system solutions and services.

Economical, precise, safe, and energy efficient: drive and control technology from Bosch Rexroth moves machines and systems of any size. The company bundles global application experience in the market segments of Mobile Applications, Machinery Applications and Engineering, and Factory Automation to develop innovative components as well as tailored system solutions and services. Bosch Rexroth offers its customers hydraulics, electric drives and controls, gear technology, and linear motion and assembly technology all from one source. With locations in over 80 countries, more than 33,700 associates generated sales revenue of approximately 5.6 billion euros in 2014.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 360,000 associates worldwide. The company generated sales of 49 billion euros in 2014. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including its sales and service partners, Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2014, Bosch applied for some 4,600 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to create solutions for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

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