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Operator guidance system
One of the main issues associated with manual assembly processes is human error – with potentially costly ramifications that manufacturers can ill-afford if they wish to remain competitive.
 
To tackle the issue, leading drive and control specialist Bosch Rexroth has developed a highly innovative step-by-step virtual guidance system to support workers in a production environment. 
 
Designed to simplify manual production processes, the new Operator Guidance System (OGS) helps optimise quality and traceability, while simplifying the task for users.
 
Following initial set-up, OGS provides on-screen, step-by-step instructions ensuring the correct components and tools are used for each process. This ultimately eliminates the risk of incorrect part fitting or tool selection, reducing rework time, potential damage and delays in production.
 
Designed from the start to be a low cost solution, OGS is a Windows 10 application that can function on an entry level PC. Every process is recorded by the system, helping issues to be addressed immediately. Similarly, once a job is complete, results are automatically saved, creating a clear audit trail. In turn this data can be used for end of line buy off, product re-work and long term traceability.
 
Stuart Williams, Emerging Technologies Manager at Bosch Rexroth, says: “Complex manual production lines can be subject to human error as they often rely on an ‘expert’ worker who knows the process for a particular operation. This often leads to an uncontrolled and un-auditable process coupled with a complete lack of flexibility when redeploying workers with changing production targets.
 
“Also, manufacturers build their reputation on quality and efficiency – once tarnished, it can be difficult to rectify. In a bid to help manufacturers remain competitive and improve efficiency, our new Operator Guidance System provides the ideal solution. OGS will transform the way manual assembly lines operate for the better. It will make human error almost impossible and optimise quality and traceability. Crucially, by using OGS manufacturers can maintain reputations and keep costs down. The time and resources to train workers is also reduced, as there is always a clear picture and instruction what to do next.”

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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