Industry 4.0 needs a complete automation solution

ctrlX AUTOMATION surmounts the classic boundaries between machine controls, the IT world and the Internet of Things. With a Linux real-time operating system, consistently open standards, app programming technology, web-based engineering and a comprehensive IoT connection, ctrlX AUTOMATION reduces components and engineering costs by 30 to 50%.

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Burr-free punching with drive technology from Bosch Rexroth

article {{picture::}-ZRÏS묐$KþZ(Ó?size=11}}Michael Haun

A young Berlin-based company is developing durable, freely combinable machines with an innovative punching process for the plastics industry. A key feature is the highly dynamic servodrive technology from Bosch Rexroth. It meets the highest demands as regards functionality and impresses with its high performance.


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ctrlX SERVICES: Engineer easily

article Julian Weinkötz

Both machine manufacturers and users are keen to achieve efficiency gains through automation. The trend here is for increasingly simple processes. And engineering is no exception. Solutions that support people and lighten their load are highly sought-after. This is where ctrlX AUTOMATION and its ctrlX SERVICES come into play. In keeping with the motto “Engineer easily”, the software as a service provides kits of components, for example the Software Development Kit (SDK) designed to make software development easy, a virtual control environment and digital twin and simulation solutions designed to ensure that reliable processes are achieved throughout the development stage, commissioning and operations.

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Why automation needs digital twins

article Karsten Kreusch

Whether in relation to components, machinery or complete production processes, these days digital twins play an important role in product lifecycles. As digital replicas of products or processes, they depict their properties, status and behavior and hence connect the real world with a virtual one. As such, they ensure reliable processes throughout the development stage, commissioning and operations and can be used for optimization purposes and to improve quality and increase efficiency. The potential that digital twins possess can also be leveraged for ctrlX AUTOMATION.

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News & Events

“Der Deutsche Innovationspreis” goes to Bosch Rexroth

An innovation that changes an entire market: ctrlX AUTOMATION from Bosch Rexroth completely redefines automation in industry. This innovative power has now been underlined with an important award: “Der Deutsche Innovationspreis” 2021. This initiative, founded in 2010 by WirtschaftsWoche, Accenture, and EnBW, named Bosch Rexroth the winner in the “Large Companies” category on June 25 under the patronage of German Federal Minister Peter Altmaier. The award ceremony took place as a digital event.

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Automation meets machine vision

Machine vision is an integral part of automation, whereby products are used which control automated processes based on industrial camera systems. HD Vision Systems facilitates automation by means of visually guided object localization, tracking and detection as well as QR code scanning. The company now provides these functions as well as interfaces to standard area scan cameras as a vision suite in the ecosystem of the Bosch Rexroth automation platform ctrlX AUTOMATION. In addition, the two companies are developing customized machine vision products as well as a use case for object recognition and oriented placement by means of a Cartesian robot.

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ctrlX AUTOMATION, Plant-Engineering, Product of the year award


Awarded once again! Both our automation platform ctrlX AUTOMATION and our modular drive system ctrlX DRIVE received the “Plant Engineering Product of the Year” award. This award honors outstanding innovations of 2020 in the United States, as voted by the audience of industry-leading publication Plant Engineering.

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Press releases

"Bosch Rexroth to Host Live Industry Webinar Showcasing New Factory of the Future Automation Project"

"Rexroth ON LOCATION—The Future of Factory Automation" will feature world-class precision automation customer DWFritz Automation and their development of a highly complex automated assembly line.

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"Lessons learned for new approaches in machine control"

Movie rentals and automation? Digital assets create better customer experience, which applies to today’s open-automation advances, such as separating software from hardware, using open-source designs and easier to implement, more flexible automation.

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Product roundup: Little big drives and motors

Compactness, modularity, scalability and added power let motion devices punch above their weights

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Bosch Rexroth Explores New Avenues in Automation

Bringing together control, IT, and the IoT to create an open, scalable system.

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Modular Machine Control Automation Platform

Bosch Rexroth’s new ctrlX Automation platform addresses multiple functions, such as IoT, control, motion, safety, I/O, and HMI through the use of apps to add system functionality.

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With ctrlX SERVICES, Bosch Rexroth is Expanding Its Wide Range of Support Services For ctrlX AUTOMATION

Bosch Rexroth is expanding its ctrlX AUTOMATION platform by adding new services for users: App Store, Device Portal and online Community.

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Bosch Rexroth Sets New Standards for Safe Automation with ctrlX SAFETY

With ctrlX SAFETY, Bosch Rexroth introduces a novelty to the automation market: the most responsive and compact safety solution of its kind. The scalable system can be used as required–from the drive-integrated SafeMotion solution in ctrlX DRIVE to the complete ctrlX SAFETY control.

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ctrlX AUTOMATION extended by open I/O portfolio

BOSCH REXROTH has announced the next level of its open industrial automation platform ctrlX AUTOMATION; ctrlX I/O adds other interfaces on the field and control levels to the platform, a system shaped by app technology.

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Space-saving motors and drives

Pack more into tight spaces with fewer components and more programming power.

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Con ctrlX AUTOMATION, l’automazione open source di Bosch Rexroth esce dal… lock-in

La piattaforma della multinazionale tedesca offre la possibilità a costruttori di macchine e utenti finali di impiegare linguaggi di programmazione e software differenti, senza più le imposizioni tradizionali. La promessa? Maggiore autonomia e migliore gestione delo shopfloor. Ne abbiamo parlato con quattro manager dell'azienda: Franco Valgoi, Lorenzo Zerbi, Carlo Mariani e Luca Terni

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Bosch Rexroth lance la plateforme ctrlX AUTOMATION

ctrlX AUTOMATION, la plateforme d’automatisation la plus ouverte du marché, supprime les frontières entre le contrôle des machines, l'informatique et l’IoT, et permet de créer toutes topologies d'automatisme (langages, protocoles ou architectures...) de manière flexible.

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Bosch Rexroth veut réinventer l'automatisme avec sa plateforme ctrlX AUTOMATION

Le fabricant allemand affirme réinventer l’automatisation industrielle avec le lancement de ctrlX AUTOMATION, une plateforme 4.0 ouverte, évolutive et flexible.

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"Bosch Rexroth is presenting its new automation platform, ctrlX AUTOMATION at the SPS"

With the new ctrlX AUTOMATION platform, Bosch Rexroth has eradicated the traditional boundaries between machine control systems, IT and the Internet of Things. Centralized and decentralized automation topologies can now be created flexibly with the scalable platform. Thanks to a Linux real-time operating system, open standards, app programming technology, web-based engineering and a comprehensive IoT connection, ctrlX AUTOMATION reduces the engineering time and effort by 30 to 50%.

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"Bosch Rexroth Adopts Ubuntu Core for app-based ctrlX AUTOMATION Platform"

Canonical recently announced that Bosch Rexroth has selected Ubuntu Core for its app-based platform ctrlX AUTOMATION.

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"Bosch Rexroth introduces ctrlX AUTOMATION control platform"

ctrlX AUTOMATION offers users a choice: They decide whether to program in IEC 61131, PLCopen or G-Code, or in other conventional high-level or Internet languages.

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"Progettazione software flessibile Bosch Rexroth per l’automazione"

Bosch Rexroth presenta ctrlX AUTOMATION, piattaforma scalabile per sviluppo e progettazione software flessibile per tipologie di automazione centralizzate e decentralizzate.

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"Two steps ahead: una rivoluzione nel mondo dell’automazione"

Con ctrlX AUTOMATION, Bosch Rexroth presenta la piattaforma di automazione più aperta sul mercato.

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"Bosch Rexroth Introduces New Automation Platform"

With the new ctrlX AUTOMATION platform, Bosch Rexroth has eradicated the traditional boundaries between machine control systems, IT and the Internet of Things.

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"Bosch Rexroth now sells new products in new ctrlX AUTOMATION platform"

In total, ctrlX AUTOMATION cuts the engineering time and effort by 30% to 50%, which significantly reduces time to market for new machines.

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"There’s an App for That: Bosch Rexroth Reveals Web-Based Automation Platform"

The ctrlX AUTOMATION platform allows for web-based configuration in a consumer goods app store design.

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The ctrlX Configurator supports the complete ctrlX AUTOMATION portfolio and enables individual configuration of automation solutions – simply, quickly, and reliably. Users create the desired system topologies graphically without product knowledge. Support or the offer can be queried directly from the configuration. Round the clock – worldwide.


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