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Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0

Welcome to the Smart Factory

More and more people and things are connected over the Internet. This development changes almost all aspects of our private and professional life. Moreover, networking has a fundamental impact on the value added in production. Industry 4.0 opens up new potential for greater productivity and efficiency.

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Industry 4.0 combines the digital and the real world at a previously unknown level. It brings people and digital-controlled machines together with information technology and the Internet. Objects are always identifiable and communicate independently. Throughout the entire value-added chain, production and logistics processes are networked via cloud technologies in order to be able to respond promptly and flexibly to changing customer requirements in a constantly changing market environment. Markets have become more volatile, product life cycles shorter. Customers demand individualized products with greater diversity, the competition is increasing. In addition to individualization, demographic change leads to a shortage of skilled workers and places entirely new demands on working conditions in production. On the other hand, industry 4.0 opens up unprecedented possibilities for higher productivity, flexibility and quality.

7 billion people and 50 billion things are interconnected

Mobile assistance systems

For the challenges of industry 4.0, agile and flexible manufacturing systems are needed, which can be adapted quickly and cost-effectively to different requirements. Mobile assistance systems, which are no longer limited to a single production process and can be flexibly used for different purposes, are at the heart of the intelligent factory.

They can be used independent of the location and support employees better than ever before with monotonous, simple or ergonomically challenging tasks. This way, they contribute significantly to process optimization and enable the cost-efficient production even of small batches starting with lot size 1.

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Benefits

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Flexibility through mobility

Flexibility through mobility

Mobile production systems can be applied independently of location within the production facility. They can be flexibly adapted to production requirements without having to change existing structures, thus facilitating agile engineering. Their slim design makes it possible to integrate them into existing production lines.

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Increasing efficiency

Increasing efficiency

Increasing efficiency

Mobile assistance systems help to optimize processes and increase efficiency. Moreover, they cannot only handle small batches starting with lot size 1, they can also handle peak loads flexibly and economically, for instance in agile production islands.

Increasing efficiency
Supporting employees

Supporting employees

Supporting employees

By taking over monotonous and simple tasks, industry 4.0 mobile assistance systems support employees better than ever before. They can be intuitively configurated, without the need for programming expertise.

Supporting employees

Industry 4.0 at Bosch

Bosch as a leading user and a leading provider.

Bosch is in a unique position to drive industry 4.0 with a double strategy. As a leading user, Bosch is collecting valuable practical experience in the transformation of its own plants to industry 4.0. These experiences contribute directly to the development and implementation of new products, systems, software and solutions for the Smart Factory. This makes Bosch a leading provider of industry 4.0. As a leading user and provider of industry 4.0, we are not only optimizing our own international production network. Instead, we actively seek cooperation with our partners in order to establish value-added networks beyond company boundaries and to fully implement industry 4.0.

Why Bosch Industry 4.0

Drawing from our long experience we found seven key features of i4.0. They are the guidelines for all new components, software modules, and services by Bosch.

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Distributed intelligence

From autonomous rollers to flexible manufacturing modules: with distributed intelligence, modules know their technical skills and organize themselves decentrally.

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Fast integration and flexible configuration

Fast Integration and flexible configuration facilitate the adaptability of industry 4.0. People, machines, processes, and flows of goods are connected fast and easily and can be quickly adapted to ever-changing requirements.

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Open standards

Open standards are essential to integrating equipment and software of various suppliers into connected concepts. They form the basis for horizontal and vertical integration and thus the seamless exchange of information.

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Virtual real-time representation

Virtual real-time representations of objects interact with each other and with software systems. They enable the real-time analysis of all manufacturing and logistics data and the control of all physical objects.

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Digital life-cycle management

Aggregating and analyzing all the available data during the complete lifespan of a product helps to continuously improve the design and manufacturing processes.

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Secure value-creation network

Safety and security for industry 4.0 includes the protection of people from machinery-related hazards (safety) and the protection of corporate facilities and IT from attacks and faults from the surrounding environment (security).

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People as key players

In industry 4.0, people are the key players — work is getting easier, safer and more efficient — enabled through technology — but people will continue to play the main role.

Guided Tours

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Industry 4.0 up close — embark on a guided tour through one of our Bosch plants and learn about our products and solutions in practice. Experience industry 4.0 in the field in one of our five selected plants: Reutlingen, Feuerbach, Suzhou, Homburg, and Blaichach.

Make an appointment today:

By mail: i4.0.GuidedTours@de.bosch.com
or call: +49(39)183229675.