Digital multimeter as an icebreaker for IoT projects


With the new SCD Sensor, Bosch Rexroth now meets the omnipresent requirement of machine manufacturers and users for considerably easier and cheaper data collection. This is possible both in already networked environments and in combination with non-connective products.

Sense Connect Detect – the new SCD Sensor from Bosch Rexroth

The innovative digital all-rounder for IoT users is just 35 x 35 x 11.5 mm. It can be quickly attached with adhesive or cable ties to the object to be monitored, such as a motor, a pump or a valve, for example. After the first wake-up from sleep mode the multi-sensor immediately begins with the predefined data collection per app. Thanks to the integrated on-board analysis, the data of all integrated sensors is immediately visualized on the smartphone with the first use already. The entry and basis for the Internet of Things consequently becomes more practical and easier than ever.

Swift entry to the Industrial Internet of Things: the SCD sensor – Sense Connect Detect

No configuration, no commissioning

Thanks to multi-sensors the SCD already meets the requirements of typical IoT project collection scenarios. Acceleration can then be used to spot vibrations or shocks, while current flow or switch positions (on/off) can be detected via the magnetic field. The temperature informs about possible overheating, the integrated light sensor enables lighting or warning light monitoring. Default queriescan also be adjusted via the app.

Send data wireless over many years

The Rexroth sensor uses the energy-efficient Bluetooth LE (Low Energy) Standard for completely wireless data transmission. This is especially important for longer-term use in permanent IoT installations. The SCD can be used in upcoming releases with Rexroth’s IoT Gateway software, allowing it to become the first element of a complete end-to-end solution, which ranges right through to local or cloud-based data analysis for typical i4.0 applications, such as condition monitoring or predictive maintenance.

Digital multimeter for IoT projects

Bosch Rexroth accelerates the implementation of IoT projects with the smart sensor and an app. Firstly with the faster definition of collection scenarios, secondly with the wireless connection and fast configuration of the data collection. Investment hurdles are also reduced, as the SCD’s price is similar to sensors in the lower price range, but it also provides the added value for fast setup and visualization. The digital multimeter could therefore quickly become an icebreaker for IoT Projects.

For questions about the SCD sensor please contact i4.0@boschrexroth.com

Further information about sensors can be found in these blog posts:

„IoT sensors: The senses of the Factory of the Future”

IoT use cases implemented quicker with multi-sensors  


Author:  Julian Weinkoetz
is product manager for Data Analytics in the area of PLC and IoT Systems at Bosch Rexroth. After his apprenticeship as an electrician for devices and systems in the field of pressure and temperature measurement technology, he completed his studies of industrial engineering with the specialization electrical engineering at the Technical University of Darmstadt as Master of Science. Before joining Robert Bosch GmbH in 2015, he worked in automotive engineering in China. He held various positions at Bosch, including in the United States, before taking up his current position at the end of 2017.


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