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Launch of an Industry 4.0-ready guidance platform

28 January 2018

Bosch Rexroth has launched a modular guidance system designed to help manufacturers network assembly lines in readiness for Industry 4.0.

ActiveAssist operates alongside a production worker to streamline the assembly process and minimise errors. It guides workers through each assembly stage using clear, visual instructions delivered through a projector, a pick-to-light system highlighting which components are needed, virtual surfaces and data glasses (such as Google Glass). 

The system can adapt the work station and its instructions to each users preferred language, as well as their pre-determined level of skill.  It also provides feedback on every step in real time, through the use of 3D cameras and ultrasound. If any errors are discovered, the system will intervene and guide the employee through the necessary correction process.  Its open web platform and MES/ERP networking capabilities allows ActiveAssist to be easily integrated into both new and existing assembly processes and it can adapt quickly to suit the assembly process.  

Bosch Rexroth has already employed the ActiveAssist platform in its own plant, in Homburg, Germany, where it has helped increase productivity and efficiency of the plant. Andrew Minturn, product manager at Bosch Rexroth, said: “ActiveAssist is easily configurable and can be retrofitted into any factory environment, allowing a variety of assembly tasks to be completed quickly and precisely. 

“Industry 4.0 is set to bring radical changes to the manufacturing sector as a whole. Factories are becoming smarter and more streamlined, and manufacturers must act quickly to ensure they don’t get left behind. Solutions such as ActiveAssist can help UK manufacturers remain competitive by increasing the efficiency and quality of their output.”

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