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News | Industry 4.0 – connected for the future

Bosch presents assistance systems for industrial production at the Hannover Messe 

The APAS assistant carefully grasps the metal part and hands it to its colleague. APAS is not a Bosch associate, but rather a robot that is part of Industry 4.0. Bosch is showing the technology at the Hannover Messe until April 28. In the future, machines will play a greater role in supporting production workers. “Thanks to digital connectivity and production assistants, daily industrial work will become easier, more productive, and safer,” says Dr. Stefan Hartung, member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH, whose areas of responsibility include the Industrial Technology business sector. Collaborative robots such as the Bosch APAS assistant are already being used by automotive suppliers, carmakers, and consumer goods manufacturers.

 

Connected Industry

 

Apart from the APAS assistant, Bosch is also exhibiting the APAS inspector in Hannover. The robot is able to detect whether the surface material of a work piece meets the necessary requirements. In this way, Bosch not only ensures consistently high levels of quality, it also allows workers to avoid tedious work steps. “Thanks to digital connectivity, many of the tasks what used to cost workers time can now be carried out quickly and simply. Industry 4.0 makes daily work in production much easier,” explains Stefan Aßmann, head of Connected Industry at Bosch, at a press conference ahead of the Hannover Messe.

Connected for more energy efficiency

Connectivity also helps make the working day easier: for instance, Bosch technology has connected more than 80 machines to one another at an Osram light manufacturing plant in Berlin. The Bosch Production Performance Manager (PPM) is at the heart of the Osram Ticket Manager. The system gathers machine data in real time and processes it further. What is more, employees can use an app to keep informed on the status of their machines at all times. This allows them to plan upcoming maintenance work or order replacement parts for machines more easily, and to monitor their machines more effectively.

Connectivity can also be used to optimize energy consumption. At its plant in Homburg, Germany, Bosch has reduced its energy costs by EUR 1.65 million per year thanks to Industry 4.0. To this end, all relevant machines have been connected to an energy platform that processes the data and presents it clearly. Thanks to pre-defined upper or lower limits, associates can immediately identify areas in which energy is unnecessarily consumed, or facilities that are underutilized. Bosch not only improves the energy efficiency of its own plants, it also offers its services to external customers. With intelligent connected solutions, Bosch can help its customers reduce their energy consumption by up to 25 percent.

More information in Industry 4.0 can be found here.

News | Yallah! Young Muslims volunteer

Robert Bosch Stiftung promotes volunteerism among young Muslims in Germany

 

Developments at Robert Bosch Stiftung

 

Within the framework of the “Yallah!” program, young Muslim volunteers aim to provide insights into their religion and initiate a dialog with non-Muslims. In March, 20 participants met for a two-day conference in Berlin, at which they shared ideas and learned more about fundraising, press work, and organizational development.

 

Yallah! Young Muslim Volunteering

 

One of them is Yasser Haji Mohamad from Aleppo, Syria. He has lived in Mötzingen, southern Germany, for more than a year. “We have to talk more about Islam,” says the 19-year-old, who would like to study medicine in Germany. To this end, together with his friend Mehmet Arslan, he stared a “mobile dialog tent” in which Muslims can talk about Islam in German with one another. Non-Muslims can also take a quiz to find out more about the religion. Visitors to the tent have shown a great deal of interest and curiosity. “They want to know why we fast and ask questions about the role of women,” says Yasser. To him, painting a positive image of Islam is very important.

 

Hafssa El-Bouhamouchi, a 24-year-old from Bielefed, would also like people to gain a better understanding of her religion. With her team from the Hanover chapter of Muslimische Jugend in Deutschland e.V. (young Muslims in Germany), she has organized the “Tea Time” event series, which which sees Muslims invite non-Muslims for a cup of tea. The series has received funding from the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs. “Muslims must take ownership of the discourse about Islam once again,” says El-Bouhamouchi, who holds a degree in Islamic Studies. “We must speak up and help eliminate prejudice.”

 

Robert Bosch Stiftung supports the project within the framework of its “Yallah! Junge Muslime engagieren sich” (Young Muslims Volunteer) program, which funds projects and initiatives of young Muslims who want to make a difference in their surroundings. The selected projects receive 5,000 euros in funding. In addition, the Stiftung invites project representatives to take part in a two-day project management seminar, during which they learn skills in writing funding applications, fund management, and public relations.

 

More information on “Yallah!” can be found here.

 

Information for people who would like to apply for financial support from Robert Bosch Stiftung for their projects can be found here.

News | Safely on the road toward 2025

Fewer accidents by 2025 thanks to connected vehicles

According to the current “Connected Car Effect Study 2025”, which was conducted by Bosch in cooperation with the Prognos research institute, cars will likely be saving lives and preventing accidents by 2025. Among other things, the partners examined what connected vehicles will be able to do in the future thanks to technologies such as highly automated driving. They found that the effects of connectivity will have many positive, measurable effects.

 

Connected Car

 

For one thing, driving in 2025 will be safer and more comfortable. For instance, the number of accidents can be reduced with an emergency braking assistant or cloud-based wrong-way driver warning systems. Thanks to connected assistance systems, more than 260,000 accidents resulting in physical injury could be prevented each year in the countries examined – the United States, Germany, and China. This represents the total number of accidents in Berlin within a two-year period.

Moreover, cars are going to become even more efficient: highly automated vehicles consume less fuel, and technologies that help drivers find parking spots reduce traffic and the associated emissions. With community-based parking, for instance, software accesses community information to find the route to the closest free parking spot. Today, drivers in Germany drive an average of one kilometer per search – thus congesting the roads and causing emissions. With connected parking technologies, 480 million kilometers of driving distance could be saved, about the distance from Earth to Venus and back.

For many years, Bosch experts have been developing technologies that aim to increase vehicle efficiency and make road traffic safer. Today, cloud-based systems already provide drivers with information in real time, which allows them to respond to sudden hazards or avoid traffic jams, for instance.

More information on the car of tomorrow can be found here.

News | More knowledge, more ability, a better future

Bosch associates spark enthusiasm for technology and a start-up culture 

More knowledge, more ability, a better future – for more than ten years, this has been the motto of  “Wissensfabrik - Unternehmen für Deutschland e.V.“ (Knowledge Factory: Companies for Germany). The initiative focuses on two areas. The first is education, and the aim here is to get children and young people interested in technology and business. With entrepreneurship, Wissenfabrik’s second sphere of activity, the initiative caters to students and up-and-coming entrepreneurs. In order to promote a start-up culture in Germany, Wissensfabrik brings start-ups and established market actors together and provides them with intensive knowledge-sharing opportunities.

 

Franz Fehrenbach mit Kinder - Bosch Wissensfabrik

 

As one of the founding members of Wissensfabrik, Bosch is actively involved in a number of projects. The active participation of its associates in these projects is one of the company’s priorities. Some 100 associates, among them senior executives, contribute their time as mentors or trainers across Germany each year. There are also 500 apprentices who help spark enthusiasm for science and technology. One example of a successful project is “KiTec – Kinder erleben Technik” (KiTec: Children experience technology), within the framework of which Bosch cooperates with 225 schools and daycare centers. Together with the apprentices, children work on their own technical projects such as homemade insect hotels or treasure chests. In the new “IT2School” project, apprentices introduce schoolchildren to digital learning. At present, Bosch engages in around 300 educational partnerships with daycare centers and schools. 

 

Wissensfabrik Bosch Studenten Start Ups

 

Bosch executives advise start-ups and students

Students and start-ups also benefit from the initiative: thanks to mentoring programs, young entrepreneurs can present their innovative, technology-oriented ideas to experienced executives, who provide feedback and advice to up-and-coming companies. For instance, Franz Fehrenbach, the chairman of the Bosch supervisory board, is active in the Weconomy start-up competition, where he spends a weekend supporting the candidates as an advisor. Until now, 180 start-ups have received valuable mentoring support through the Wissensfabrik.

Since it was founded in 2005, the initiative has cooperated with around 2,500 schools and daycare centers. 700,000 children across Germany have benefited from a range of projects that have enabled them to develop their creativity, their teamwork skills, and their inventiveness. In order to guarantee high-quality programs, the Wissensfabrik cooperates with universities. Moreover, scientists evaluate the pedagogical value of the learning materials and give their stamp of approval before they are used.

More information on the Wissensfabrik can be found here (only in German available).

News | Increasing agricultural yield in nutrient-poor soils

Robert Bosch Stiftung awards its 2017 Junior Professorship to Dr. Michaela Dippold

New developments at Robert Bosch Stiftung

In the coming years, food scarcity in Africa will continue to worsen as a result of stagnating agricultural yields for crop plants. One solution could be to use the types of high-yield plants that have contributed to increasing agricultural production in industrialized nations in recent years. The drawback of these types of plants is hat they require the best possible conditions, which were only available in high-performing agricultural environments until now.

 

 

The work of Dr. Michaela Dippold focuses on remedying this situation. The research associate in the department of crop sciences at Georg-August University in Göttingen is the Robert Bosch Junior Professor 2017. Over the course of her research, she will spend the next five years establishing the adaptation mechanisms of old plant types in Sub-Saharan Africa. Often, these are well adapted to local conditions such as drought and low nutrient intake, but their yield is relatively low. The aim of Dr. Dippold’s research is to find out how the water and nutrient intake of crop plants can be improved, also to achieve stable yields in nutrient-poor soils. The results of this work will serve as the basis for a new generation of high-yield plant types.

Since 2008, Robert Bosch Stiftung has awarded the “Sustainable Use of Natural Resources” junior professorship each year. The professorship is endowed with one million euros over a period of five years and serves to build an independent group of researchers at a German university or research institute. These groups serve to strengthen the realm of sustainability science in Germany and solve pressing environmental problems that are of particular relevance in developing or transitioning countries.

More information on the Robert Bosch Junior Professorship can be found here.