Jens Lindfeldt shows a hydraulic pump with Condition Monitoring in the background.
“It’s an area we’re investing heavily in,” explains Jens Lindfeldt, sales manager for industrial applications at Bosch Rexroth in southern Sweden.
At Elmia Automation the company is exhibiting a standard unit equipped with Condition Monitoring. The unique feature is that the unit can be configured via a website. Status and maintenance data are supplied directly via the machine.
“It’s all related to what’s happening in Industry 4.0 and Connected Industry, a field we’re focusing strongly on,” he adds.
Improving energy efficiency is another hot trend throughout the automation industry, and Bosch Rexroth is a leader there too. Called Sytronix, the company’s system acts to minimise energy costs, reduce the sound level in factories and more.
“With Sytronix you only use the energy that’s needed,” Lindfeldt says. “Depending on which system the hydraulic pump has, Sytronix uses either frequency drive or servo drive.”
He adds that thanks to Sytronix, a hydraulic pump at one particular company has become 90 percent more energy efficient.
Both Sytronix and Condition Monitoring offer numerous advantages. The gentler operation gives a longer lifespan and the continuous monitoring makes it easier to work pre-emptively. Nor does the application need to be cooled, which reduces energy usage.
The last-mentioned advantage is also present in the second-generation servo operating system with integrated servo drive from Bosch Rexroth: the IndraDrive Mi. It’s a cost-efficient solution thanks to its much faster installation time.
“IndraDrive Mi needs far less wiring and you don’t need any power distribution to measure the voltage. It’s particularly popular for larger machines with a number of servo motors,” Lindfeldt says.