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As one of the world's leading suppliers of drive and control technologies, Bosch Rexroth ensures efficient, powerful and safe movement in machines and systems of all types and sizes. Based in Lohr im Spessart, the company combines worldwide application experience in the market segments of mobile and industrial applications as well as factory automation. With intelligent components, customized system solutions, engineering and services, Bosch Rexroth creates the conditions for fully networkable applications. The portfolio also includes the Linux-based operating system ctrlX OS, which has become increasingly established since it was opened up to the entire automation market, as the digitalization and sustainability goals of the industry can be achieved primarily with open and modular solution platforms.

Important step towards a standard solution

ctrlX OS has now taken an important step towards becoming a standard solution thanks to a new partnership with congatec. The collaboration between Bosch Rexroth and the provider of embedded systems, which are used in industrial automation and other areas, expands the possibilities for users of embedded and edge computing products from congatec. In addition, the use of ctrlX OS gives the Bavarians access to Bosch Rexroth's extensive ecosystem.

Openness is the only sensible approach in the automation industry

Steffen Winkler, Sales Manager of the Automation & Electrification Solutions business unit at Bosch Rexroth, emphasizes the need to establish open solutions: "ctrlX OS can be used universally and is scalable as required. Based on manufacturer-independent standards, we can now also support any design of ctrlX OS-based embedded computer platforms. Users of congatec's open and modular solution platforms will also benefit from this with immediate effect. With this important new partnership, we are jointly sending a further signal that openness is the only sensible way forward in the automation industry."

ctrlX OS opens up a complete world of automation for users

congatec is a fast-growing technology company with a focus on embedded and edge computing products based on Computer-on-Modules. By using ctrlX OS and the associated ecosystem, users gain access to the entire solution portfolio and a wide range of apps. This means that they can use both ctrlX OS apps and apps from the partner world ctrlX World. Ready-made building blocks at hardware and software level simplify the development of even complex embedded applications, including edge and cloud integration. This shortens time-to-market while offering a high level of design security.

Achieving the goal thanks to a strong partnership

One of congatec's goals is to provide fully integrated and application-ready solutions for applications. These range from connecting sensors and actuators in the field to the cloud. "In Bosch Rexroth, we have found a strong, internationally active partner that supports the modular and open design approach of our secure embedded building blocks in a very comprehensive and application-oriented manner on the software side," explains Dominik Reßing, CEO of congatec, adding: "This makes our modular, scalable range of solutions for networked and cloud-integrated applications even more attractive. And the apps create great added value for developers - for example, they enable faster and more efficient application development. This makes it easier to implement the speed and agility required in the modern factory."