The increasing challenges of automation cannot be met by coexisting products, but only by complete solutions. With ctrlX AUTOMATION, Bosch Rexroth will demonstrate how this works at the digital HANNOVER MESSE trade fair from April 12-16th, 2021. The ctrlX AUTOMATION system – consisting of hardware and software solutions – has a Linux real-time operating system, completely open standards, app technology for programming, web-based engineering and comprehensive IoT connectivity.
“The level of automation is advancing in all industries. Increasing digitalization requires new solutions that enable networking with other systems and offer openness in all necessary directions. Therefore, our customers require individual solutions that are appropriately interlinked, rather than stand-alone products. Isolated solutions typically operate within their own boundaries and cannot interact with related or other systems,” explains Steffen Winkler, Vice President Sales, Business Unit Automation & Electrification Solutions at Bosch Rexroth.
With ctrlX AUTOMATION, Bosch Rexroth creates the necessary interoperability. One of the main unique selling points of the automation platform is the unlimited openness of the system. This applies to the choice of standards and interfaces used, as well as hardware and software integration.
Automation components can be combined with each other as required
With Bosch Rexroth, the customer can use available components – from existing and new solutions to applications from the ctrlX World ecosystem – and combine them as desired. For example, the MS2N motors from ctrlX AUTOMATION can be operated on existing drive controllers and the new ctrlX DRIVE controllers work together with proven CNC and motion controls MTX and MLC. Conversely, users can use the ctrlX CORE control in combination with the drives and I/Os of existing product lines.
The openness of the platform and the ecosystem around ctrlX AUTOMATION also allows for the integration of third-party solutions. Customers can use apps from Bosch Rexroth as well as apps from third-party providers and apps they have created themselves with ctrlX World. This automation platform is also open for the co-creation of solutions and hardware from partners, creating solutions for specific industry requirements.
“The compatibility of the individual components makes it possible to solve automation tasks as needed. The migration to new solutions is easy to implement with ctrlX AUTOMATION. In doing so, we ensure spare parts availability from a guaranteed 10 to a possible 25 years. This allows customers to make their architectures stable, state-of-the art and fit for the future,” explains Steffen Winkler.
Bosch Rexroth will present the variety of solutions around ctrlX AUTOMATION at the HANNOVER MESSE 2021 trade fair.
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