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Software and technology such as intelligent servo drives from Bosch Rexroth have enabled Focus Label Machinery, a manufacturer of printing presses, to incorporate further automation into its latest flexographic printing press.

Having identified market demand for a value-added machine incorporating increased automation, Focus Label Machinery began looking for a partner who, as well as providing the right technology for the job, would also offer the on-going in-depth technical support required as part of a new product development programme.

Bosch Rexroth was selected to take the project forward. Having received the brief, Chris Nevin, industry sector manager for printing and converting at Bosch Rexroth, began designing a solution that, as well as increasing automation and consistency, would reduce energy consumption and provide increased flexibility for end users.

By using Rexroth’s Indramotion for Printing software in collaboration with the servo drive hardware, Focus Label Machinery is able to use commissioning visualisation to help customers move programmable logic controllers toward parameterisation instead of programming. In-built screens further allow all the advanced control concepts to be visible alongside representative graphics, further easing the commissioning phase and simplifying fault finding.

According to Bosch Rexroth, using scalable hardware with intelligent software means lower cost hardware can used for simple applications and high-performance hardware can be included as and when required without having to completely rewrite the application code. This is thanks to the software’s modular design.

Benefits of application

  • David Lee from Focus Label Machinery said: ‘For our customers the ability to serve and quickly adapt to a wide range of markets, while maintaining high levels of productivity, cost-efficiency and quality, is key. By incorporating Rexroth’s servo drive technology with software that the company has developed specifically for the printing industry we have been able to create a value-added product that meets all of our customers’ needs.’
  • Lee added that Bosch Rexroth’s high level of technical support was key to the success of the project.
  • Implementing a combination of software and technology, Bosch Rexroth was quickly able to meet Focus Label Machinery’s demand for a high-quality automated printing machine.
  • By incorporating intelligent servo drives, Bosch Rexroth was able to share load-specific demands between motors and drives, ensuring the press operates at optimum efficiency and, as a result, reducing energy demands.
  • It also meant that set-up input could be minimised, allowing more consistent, repeatable results and providing end users with greater flexibility to meet the demands of different customers, no matter what the substrate.

 

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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