A sparkling performance
The curtain rises, the floodlights shine, the stage comes to life. That requires a wealth of behind-the-scenes technology – so that a theatrical performance becomes a cultural event. The Burg-theater in Vienna is rejuvenating its stage technology. Using modern controls, Rexroth is bringing the fly loft machinery up to the state of the art. In the future, the new SYB 3.0 stage control system will command the drives that were installed in the 1990s. The operator controls dozens of hydraulic winches and cylinders using multi-touch control panels. Within just seconds, those devices raise or lower sets and transform the scene on stage. Rexroth pays special attention to system safety, of course. One particular software function, the collision assistant, sounds an early warning if flats should get too close to each other.
The thrifty factory of the future
In the future, industrial manufacture will be able to use 40 percent less energy than is consumed today. This is the premise adopted by those contributing to a project dubbed “Energy-Efficient Factory for Interdisciplinary Technology and Applications Research – ETA Factory”. This project is sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology and is under the leadership of the Technical University of Darmstadt. Its star-studded participants include two universities, three research facilities and twelve commercial companies. Bosch Rexroth is contributing its applications experience, its own research and development capacities and equipment, and the Rexroth 4EE system, spanning multiple technologies. “The model for the ETA Factory meshes well with the holistic approach we adopted in 2009 with our Rexroth 4EE system concept,” explains Klaus Frank, Vice President for Strategy and Innovation at Bosch Rexroth. “We don’t use Rexroth 4EE to optimize individual production steps, but entire manufacturing systems instead.” Among the tasks handled by the development engineers at Bosch Rexroth is acquiring data on all the energy flows within the ETA Factory and controlling operations automatically, to make them more energy-efficient. A further sub-project examines how the factory building, the building’s technical equipment, and the process chain used in production itself can interact at the thermal level in a closely defined fashion. One example is that the waste heat from the processes can be used to generate cooling for the machines involved – with little or no external energy input.
On the spot in Houston
At a formal ceremony, the sixth Bosch Rexroth Service Center to date opened in Houston, Texas, this June. On over 2,600 square meters of floor space, 14 members of staff provide professional services for marine and offshore applications in the fields of sales, training and technical services. The new Service Center is a further strategic step toward establishing after-sales service directly in key markets in the future. “Houston is the most important American location for the oil and gas industry. With our local service, we are securing access to the offshore markets and to our customers in the Southwest,” as Berend Bracht, Bosch Rexroth Americas President in the USA, explains.
Surfing and waterskiing in any weather? Even though there is no sea or lake anywhere nearby? In a simulator in Buthiers near Paris, avid water sports fans get their money’s worth. The French company MADEAconcept SAS developed a surfing simulator which detects the athlete’s position and movements and uses that information to channel precisely the right amount of water beneath the board or water skis. MADEAconcept activates and controls that flow of water with pneumatic cylinders and valves from Rexroth Pneumatics. The company also uses aluminum strut profiles from Rexroth for the basic structure of the simulator.
50 Years of Bosch Rexroth in the UK
Half a century ago, Bosch Rexroth founded its first overseas regional company in Hitchin, England. Initially a small operation, it has subsequently become an important and well networked part of the business. The 220 employees celebrated its 50th anniversary with a huge party at historic Hagley Hall in Warwickshire.