“Future Laboratory Factory” showroom – modern industry at your fingertips

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Bosch Rexroth has created a modern Industry 4.0 showroom as part of the innovative CU.BE (Customer Benefit) center network. The benefits of automation solutions and showcasing the latest products in action were the motivation behind establishing a place that can be visited in person at the company’s headquarters in Warsaw. The showroom is also available in virtual form for interested companies.

The “Factory of the Future Lab” is a space where automation experts, programmers, maintenance and production staff, as well as technology enthusiasts, can not only learn but primarily test live Industry 4.0 concepts. It features solutions commonly used today in the automation of production processes, as well as the latest technologies set to be implemented in manufacturing plants in the near future, following the vision of Industry 4.0.

Assembly line in 'Factory of the Future Lab' / Photo: Bosch Rexroth Sp. z o.o.

Assembly line in ‘Factory of the Future Lab’ / Photo: Bosch Rexroth Sp. z o.o.

Bosch Rexroth develops and implements the most innovative production automation technologies. Their components are tailored to specific requirements and used to build advanced production machines. The “Factory of the Future Lab” showroom allows partners and customers to test these solutions, which may currently seem futuristic but will soon become the industry standard. The facility addresses the needs and expectations of customers who want to explore the potential, power, and validity of implementing innovative Industry 4.0 solutions in their facilities, as stated by Thomas Ilkow, CEO of Bosch Rexroth.

New Approach to Programming and Digital Twin

The showroom’s assembly line, known as the “Factory of the Future Lab,” is composed of 90% Bosch Rexroth products and software. Key technologies in the facility include automation and robotics solutions, such as innovative PLC controllers, industrial computers, motors, linear displacement technologies, cobots, as well as IT and artificial intelligence solutions. The showroom also demonstrates the potential of modern protocols by integrating them with the IT world and industry, facilitating data exchange with cloud computing.

Adam Piszczatowski, Industry 4.0 Manager at Bosch Rexroth, highlighted three Industry 4.0 technologies used in the showroom that make it truly unique. Firstly, the use of high-level programming languages greatly expands the possibilities for clients due to increased flexibility and openness to web interfaces. Secondly, specialized microservices in the form of computer programs have been created to exchange information with the production line, enabling machines to communicate with each other and even with products or humans without relying on overarching systems.

The third crucial technology is the so-called digital twin, a virtual representation of physical devices. This allows actions to be performed on the real object from a virtual position, leading to better optimization, extensive testing of prototypes, and error elimination. In summary, these are the most modern production automation solutions applied in their laboratory today.

Industry 4.0 not only focuses on optimization but also enhances worker safety

The concept relies on intelligent digital technology to unlock previously untapped machine potential. The benefits of implementing such advanced technologies are numerous, including the ability to detect delays or other irregularities on the production line.

Optimization efforts, from energy savings to minimizing losses, including material losses, directly translate to increased production efficiency. However, Industry 4.0 is not only about efficient production; the adoption of innovative technologies also allows for improved safety and comfort for workers.

The concept of Industry 4.0 involves the automation of many activities, especially repetitive and monotonous ones. This enables employees to have more time to focus on more strategic or creative tasks. The constant improvement of the work environment to be friendly and safe for people, allowing optimal integration of human work with machines, is facilitated by Industry 4.0, as explained by Ievhen Grabowski, Application Engineer at Bosch Rexroth.

Modern technologies enable improvements such as setting the native language on a monitor connected to a machine or adjusting the height of a worktable. Although seemingly simple solutions, they significantly enhance the daily work comfort. “The paramount value is primarily the safety of workers. Currently, technology offers a range of solutions, such as advanced sensors, making collaborative robots not only an integral part of modern production, replacing humans in physical, repetitive tasks but also safer than ever before,” added Grabowski.

In addition to presenting technological solutions, Bosch Rexroth also offers theoretical support to facilitate digital transformation for partners. Through collaboration, the company conducts customized training to familiarize clients with Bosch Rexroth products and guide them through each stage of implementing production processes with real-world examples.