High-quality engineering helps to provide high-quality entertainment aboard the AIDAnova. Picture the scene. You’re on board the AIDAnova, a stunning new cruise ship operated by AIDA Cruises, and you’re spending the evening in the Theatrium, one of the vessel’s entertainment venues. Fog shrouds the stage. Vivid lighting effects and lively beats fill the room. Then, from the ceiling, a huge cylinder covered with LED panels glides down. The cylinder, which has a diameter of nearly four meters and is installed two decks above the stage, telescopes through the ceiling. Its exterior is completely wrapped in LED panels. Exclusive new effects Together with engineers, we developed the LED tunnel exclusively for AIDAnova. It’s something that can produce completely new dramatic effects for the ship’s variety-filled show and entertainment program. The stage technology used on AIDAnova sets new standards for cruise ship entertainment. The upper stage machinery, which we designed, planned and built together with AIDA Cruises, includes additional point and lighting hoists, as well as a circular curtain hoist. The lowerable, 360-degree stage is surrounded by three two-part ringed stage sections that can also be lowered. During the shows, a stage technician operates the upper stage and lower stage machinery with a joint Rexroth stage control. Precision control With more than 20 safety functions, the stage control meets all safety regulations. The shows are centrally planned and prepared in the Entertainment House in Hamburg. This is where the directors have the corresponding motion sequences and scene changes programmed. The sequences and scene changes are then copied onto the control system aboard the ship and run in coordination with the lighting, which is triggered via time code. Bringing the technology on board We integrated the stage technology into AIDAnova at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg. Cruise ships are assembled from sections, which are joined together to create blocks that are 30m in length by 30m in width. The sections start the building process upside down: The floor is on top and the ceiling on the bottom. The sections aren’t turned over until they’re joined to a block. In addition to the Theatrium, we also took responsibility for the stage technology of Studio X – a completely equipped TV studio on board the AIDAnova – and the Time Machine Restaurant, which promises exciting dinner entertainment for the entire family. Over the next few years, we’ll be equipping other AIDA cruise ships with stage technology made in Lohr, then wishing them ‘bon voyage’ as they begin their journey around the world.
Photo: AIDA Cruises
Author: Volker Kirsch Job title: Head of Sales, Stage Technology
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We keep the world moving forward with the latest hydraulic drive and control technology, but it’s the people here at Bosch Rexroth who make it happen on a daily basis. That’s why we want to give you an insight into the motivation of people who get up to work for us each morning in very different roles across Bosch Rexroth. Their commitment brings new meaning to the words
‘We move. You Win’. Hello, Katharina Remmele, Expert for Connected Systems and Process Development, so what moves you at 7:51 am? What is your role at Bosch Rexroth and what does your average day look like? I am responsible for process developments and connected systems in mobile hydraulic assembly. I don’t have recurring daily business, as I work in an agile project environment. On an average day I start my work at around 7am, sit together with my project teams and discuss the tasks for the day, before all of us have to catch up with the support for running systems or continuous development of new processes. What was the first thing that attracted you to a role with us? From the external point of view, I saw Bosch Rexroth as an innovative international acting company. This was why I got in contact with Bosch Rexroth for my diploma thesis, to find out what the key factors of a successful market leading company are. My first experiences as an employee were very positive. The task was challenging and my colleagues amazing. Age, experience and gender seemed to be irrelevant, the only thing that counted was my motivation and my performance. This was what I was looking for and so I decided to start my professional career at Bosch Rexroth in the Junior Managers Program (JMP). We are a global company - how does your role connect you with other colleagues from the Bosch Rexroth global community? What do you appreciate most when you think of your colleagues? As part of the lead plant team embedded in an international production network, it is part of our daily task to work together with other teams all over the world. “There is only a perspective seeing, only a perspective knowing” (Quote Friedrich Nietzsche) and so it is crucial to have an international and diverse team with different experiences to tackle global challenges. At the moment for example, we are developing a standard specification for a manufacturing execution system and strategy that fits for all Bosch Rexroth plants worldwide. As you can imagine, this can only be achieved with a global team. Talking about international opportunities: what international opportunities have you been given? During my JMP program, I spent 6 months in our manufacturing plant in Beijing, China. This was a huge personal and professional opportunity for me. To go abroad challenged me to find new perspectives and to look behind the scenes of a very different culture and mindset. Once more, I realized how enriching diversity is. Bosch Rexroth is driven by innovation and being at the cutting edge of everything we do. How is your role keeping you at the forefront of technology and innovation? In my role as an expert for connected systems and process development in assembly, I am getting involved in all projects for new or updating assembly lines in our Elchingen plant. My task is to connect humans, machines and their environment to create better working conditions and improve quality and profitability of our products. Of course, we are at the forefront to give Bosch Rexroth products their first pilot projects in serial production – like we did with the Bosch Rexroth Active Assist in 2018.
Do you feel you are presented with varying and exciting challenges in your role? How do you make a difference? Yes, I do feel my role provides varying and exciting challenges. With the topic Industrie 4.0 and the development of new working stations and machines, I always get in contact with the latest technologies and services. My motivation is, to improve the working conditions of my colleagues on the shop floor on the one hand and increase the benefit of our products for our customer on the other hand. What about balance – how flexible are you to balance your private and professional life? How have you been able to shape your role and make it your own? Balance between private and professional life is always an issue when you are highly motivated in your career. Two years ago I got the opportunity for flexible working conditions to fit both – my career and my family. Since then I work 50% of my working time from home. This was very new for a project manager in a production environment. My boss, my colleagues and my husband supported me a lot and now my working conditions fit perfectly to my idea of being a mother and project manager at the same time. What training and development opportunities have you been given so far, and how did they help you reach your full potential? Since I began working with Bosch Rexroth I receieved a lot of development opportunities on the job as well as internal and external trainings. For me it was always important to improve personal and technical topics at the same time. This way I got more and more confident and became an expert for connected industries. I am curious to learn about innovations and to find a way to realize them in my working field. What achievement are you most proud of during you time in the business so far? Last year Elchingen plant was the host for the Bosch manufacturing conference and I was one of 4 project managers who had the chance to present their technical innovation to all the manufacturing management board of Bosch internationally. I am still very proud, of the results my team and I obtained within a 6 month period of preparation. We will gain from the positive feedback of our guests, the innovative technical solutions and the team spirit of the conference. How do you see your future development progressing over the next 5 years? Bosch Rexroth will extend the topic Industrie 4.0 with tailor-made products for our customers to fit their requirements. I am looking forward to being part of this success story and also to adapt these upcoming solutions to our own shop floor. As you can imagine we do have a lot of challenges and even more opportunities for connected manufacturing over the next couple of years. Additionally my personal expectation is to be a multiplicator for agile and diverse teams to share my “Bosch”- experience with new colleagues. If you were to sum-up your time here in 3 words, what would those words be? Diversity, flexibility, connectivity. Would you recommend a career with us to a friend or relative and why? Of course I would recommend a career with Bosch Rexroth to a friend or relative. I always had the chance to work on innovative topics and projects, to give my ideas and shape processes. Additionally, my management gave me the opportunity to make my career fit to my personal needs and ideas. What does the company slogan ‘We move. You win’ mean to you? Bosch Rexroth changes – and I can be part of the success story for the future by being part of the change process. This makes me proud. Thank you, Katharina.
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Since it was first established in 1938, the SOITAAB Group has been a world-leading manufacturer of industrial CNC cutting machines. Their ambitious motto "Cutting at the highest levels" reflects their commitment to developing quality technology and the highest production standards. The Italian company, which offers the widest choice of cutting technologies on the market, decided to review its suppliers in 2007, in line with its own high standards. This decision led to a long-term collaboration with Bosch Rexroth – a relationship based on the trust and synergy between the two companies. Precise and flexible OMNIAtech is an innovative machine tool, made-up mostly of Rexroth solutions. Linking multifunctional solutions with combined technologies, it enables the flexible processing of all types of sheet and plate. This versatile, multi-tool machine performs numerous operations, such as thermal cutting, marking, drilling, threading, flaring and milling. The sturdiness of the system, combined with modern technology and our embedded control, ensures a high level of quality and precision for every operation performed. Opening up new possibilities The combination of toothed belt drives and the latest generation MS2N synchronous servomotors, enables an acceleration of up to 50m/s² and a maximum speed of 5m/s. Our XM42 embedded control, which is based on the latest Dual Core chip technology, offers cutting edge machine control. Depending on the complexity of the cuts, the internal cycle time can reach peak values from a minimum of 0.25ms. In combination with compatible I/O modules for real-time use, this opens up new possibilities to reduce its cycle times and increase the quality of processing. Ready for the future In addition to Sercos, EtherCAT I/O and a multi-Ethernet on-board interface, additional communication modules for all current protocols increase flexibility and security for the future. With the integrated OPC UA Client/Server, the control is set up for use in connected environments and for the Internet of Things, which is the next big challenge for SOITAAB. About SOITAAB SOITAAB Impianti srl employs around 65 people, in addition to a significant number of external collaborators, professionals and technological partners. SOITAAB Impianti has also enlarged its international presence with the new opening of SOITAAB USA in Illinois. The company is part of the industrial group, Rival Mechanical Working, that supplies SOITAAB with all the carpentry and precision mechanics, which guarantees the construction of highly controllable, robust systems with configurations that can deliver dynamic performance.
Author: Paolo Lonati Job title: Key Account Development
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LKAB Malmberget is doing well, despite tough competition from opencast mines around the world. This is attributed to a high level of efficiency together with a high-quality product, good environmental awareness and highly skilled personnel. Their impressive iron ore mine in Malmberget, Sweden, is a high-tech facility housing an entire underground community, including roads, mining operations, offices and canteens. The mine has several ore bodies that are spread across the site, which is a full eight kilometers long and reaches depths below 1,250 meters. One essential improvement to the facility involved a 338-meter-long conveyor belt. The existing belt wasn’t living up to its task as the main line for carrying 80% of all the ore from the mine. After looking at several solutions and visiting LKAB in Kiruna, LKAB Malmberget chose a complete Hägglunds’ direct hydraulic drive system, which was installed in May 2016. Wanting compact design and maximum efficiency, they opted for two Hägglunds’ CBp motors with an installed power output of 2 x 630kW and a maximum capacity of 3,000 tons per hour. The drive system, which included the motor and four Hägglunds drive units, as well as a standby pump, now makes it possible to maintain operation even if one of the units stops. LKAB Malmberget’s maintenance engineer, Pär Sundqvist, shares his experience: “We haven’t had a single incident, everything has just worked the way it should. There was no need for any construction changes to install the new drive, so we completed everything during the May shutdown. Without the programming and control system support we got from Hägglunds, we would never have achieved such an effective system. LKAB Malmberget’s field mechanic, Håkan Hansson, gives his opinion: “The drive system works so well that you almost forget it’s there. It just keeps on running. The only thing we’ve had to do is replace filters. The hydraulic drive is specially designed for dusty environments, and all the hydraulic components are isolated from the electric motor. The system is now easy to service, lightweight and easy to keep clean. With the old 6,000 V motors and gearboxes it wasn’t possible to wash off the ore dust with water, so we had to vacuum-clean them regularly. The soft start of the hydraulic drive is gentler on the mechanical components when you start up. But the best feature of all is the creep drive. It’s very useful when we need to inspect the belt for damage from reinforcing bar and other scrap that sometimes gets caught up from rock reinforcement. Now we can gradually advance the belt to the point of damage and check it. The emergency stop function is also appreciated, as it enables the Hägglunds’ CBp motors to stop the belt in less than one meter from full speed. The process was analyzed in detail and we carried out a thorough risk analysis. Naturally we want to be able to stop the belt as quickly as possible to prevent any injury to employees. In July 2018 the conveyor belt had an availability figure of 99.5% and ran for 23–24 hours per day.
Author: Uno Sundelin Job title: Manager, Mining & Materials Handling, Hägglunds Products & Solutions
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On this, World Youth Skills Day, the United Nations highlights that there are 1.2 billion young people aged 15 to 24 years, accounting for 16 percent of the global population, yet they are almost three times more likely to be unemployed than adults. It goes without saying that training is one of the many things that can help to address this issue. The Bosch Rexroth Academy is proud to offer modern, state-of-the-art training to customers, employees, trainees and students around the globe. We aim to keep improving by updating our methods and systems, while also expanding our global reach. In order to do this, we’ve implemented a training license program. This program will enable our partners to pass on our official Academy training experience. We’re pleased to announce that we’ve issued our very first training license to the PMC Rail International Academy. First training license awarded The training license was awarded to PMC Rail after they completed an initial training period. This license enables PMC Rail to hold their own in-house training sessions using our equipment. The Bosch Rexroth licensed training center is located in Leverkusen, Germany. The academy provides in-depth training on our hydraulic systems to maintenance specialists from the rail industry. Setting new standards
The PMC Rail Academy enables students to benefit from a truly holistic approach to the learning process, which covers all aspects of hydraulic technology. Knowledge-based learning is supported and supplemented with practical exercises, which help to optimize the students’ learning experience. Putting theory into practice We’ve contributed a wide range of hydraulic equipment, which enables the students to put the theory they’ve learnt into practice. PMC Rail trainers, who can transfer their know-how, in conjunction with our highly advanced technical systems, come together to provide an educational program that’s both effective and enjoyable.
With the shortage of skilled workers in the rail industry, it’s essential that young people are introduced to this attractive industry in order to secure its future. The training center is a crucial initiative, which, in the medium-term, expects to educate 1,000 national and international participants each year. Looking to the future After its successful launch in Germany, we’ll be rolling out the license program to the first pilot customers worldwide. Companies will be able to purchase licenses for all the technologies we offer, not just for hydraulics. As part of our training center franchise model, we provide the training systems, training material and tests, and we train the training staff. The model is scalable to fit the needs of the customer. We intend to also offer this opportunity to countries in which this type of training isn’t currently available. This will enable customers to benefit from the highest level of training, a denser training network and more opportunities to participate in training that’s relevant to their success.
Author: Mark Endress Job title: Director of Drive and Control Academy
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