Dr. Steffen Haack, member of the Executive Board at Bosch Rexroth AG responsible for the Industrial Applications business unit and sales, is confident: "Employee acceptance is crucial to the success of Industry 4.0. During numerous pilot projects, we have built up a great deal of experience in our own production plants and used this as a basis for developing new system solutions that support both processes and the people working in a networked factory." The latest developments, which the company is showcasing at HANNOVER MESSE 2016, include the Active Cockpit, a new production information system that has been designed to boost productivity by providing better information.
The Active Cockpit is an interactive web-based communication platform that records all the relevant data from a production line and updates it dynamically. However, crucially, it also maps out this information in real-time visualizations, directly at the production line. As a result, the Active Cockpit serves as a link between production systems and company IT systems that will support networked assembly under Industry 4.0 conditions. This new communication platform puts people at the very heart of everything, ensuring that workers can immediately identify production deviations and implement improvements straight away, for example. Indeed, having all the relevant data at your fingertips is the ideal starting point for making well-founded decisions. Visitors to HANNOVER MESSE 2016 can experience the Active Cockpit in action in a modular production line for themselves. Bosch Rexroth is exhibiting five intelligent, networked stations to show how autonomous production lines can be linked up with manual assembly stations, how production network functions can interact with company IT systems and how pre-existing machinery can be easily connected.
Bosch Rexroth AG (97816 Lohr, Germany), Hall 17, Stand B38