With its ctrlX AUTOMATION platform, Bosch Rexroth is exploring completely new avenues in automation and is bringing together control technologies, IT and the IoT to create an open, scalable system. The company will demonstrate how this works at the virtual SPS Connect trade fair from 24 to 26 November 2020. Here, Bosch Rexroth will present the automation platform with its latest innovations in the areas of services, safety solutions, I/O modules and its own ecosystem. The compact control platform ctrlX CORE is also available for purchase just in time for the trade fair.
ctrlX AUTOMATION is based on a completely new software and engineering approach and means a complete departure from proprietary structures and systems. The automation platform includes all necessary software and hardware components for complete system solutions: high-performance controllers, compact drives, industrial PCs, safety solutions, I/O modules and HMIs.
ctrlX AUTOMATION enhanced with an open I/O range
The ctrlX I/O range from Bosch Rexroth offers new possibilities for users in terms of connectivity and networking. The solution represents a functional extension of the ctrlX CORE control platform and also enables horizontal and vertical integration. In the future, ctrlX I/O will offer comprehensive communication and performance enhancements as well as I/O modules geared towards future technologies such as 5G, TSN and AI.
Embedded controller ctrlX CORE now available
In addition, the embedded controller ctrlX CORE is ready to ship with the start of the fair. The modular, compact control is suitable for any automation application and, with its openness, offers users completely new degrees of freedom in setting up the functions. ctrlX CORE’s full scope of functions has already been tested by selected customers.
ctrlX SAFETY: redefining safe automation
With the safety solution ctrlX SAFETY, Bosch Rexroth is setting new standards for safe automation. The product is regarded as the fastest and most compact safety solution on the automation market. Its reaction time allows a more compact design and maximum safety during production.
ctrlX SERVICES for the automation of the future
The automation platform ctrlX AUTOMATION has recently been expanded to include ctrlX SERVICES. The ctrlX App Store now enables downloading of individually required software, while the ctrlX Device Portal facilitates easy and centralized administration of controls. The ctrlX AUTOMATION Community offers numerous functions such as support, know-how transfer and further training. Bosch Rexroth also guarantees 25 years of service availability for classic services.
ctrlX World for third party providers
Users can use apps from Bosch Rexroth, applications from third parties or apps they have produced themselves. ctrlX AUTOMATION users can access a broad portfolio of applications and download them easily via the App Store. In addition, more and more third-party providers are currently joining the ctrlX World, as they can provide their own apps on the platform and thus tap into new business potential.
Know-how transfer on topics of the future in automation
Bosch Rexroth will be sharing its expertise on the automation of the future at the virtual event in the form of round tables, virtual meetings and discussion panels.
Steffen Winkler, Vice President Sales of the Business Unit Automation & Electrification Solutions at Bosch Rexroth, will be present among others at a panel discussion on the “Effects on the Coronavirus Pandemic and the Digital Transformation”. In daily round tables, “10 Reasons for ctrlX AUTOMATION” will be presented. Furthermore, participants will receive exclusive information and individual advice in virtual meetings.
“The SPS Connect is the meeting place of the who’s who of the international automation industry – albeit virtually this year. With its digital concept, the trade fair is demonstrating that the industry needs to rethink. Digital networking is no longer just an option, but is essential for companies that want to remain competitive. This is exactly the philosophy we are implementing with ctrlX AUTOMATION,” says Steffen Winkler.