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Innovative digital processes at the BSH warehouse in Traunreut, Germany
What’s happening at my warehouse right now? Have we picked the best transport route? And what is the safest approach? Thanks to cameras, sensors, and the right software, associates at the BSH Hausgeräte warehouse in Traunreut, Germany know the answers to these questions. The Intralogistics Hub project stands for the realization of Industry 4.0: it records all movements and the flow of goods in real time. This is the first important step toward digitizing logistics management. Transreut took this step In cooperation with the Connected Logistics department, which is part of the new Bosch Connected Industry strategic unit in Feuerbach.
Goods are identified according to their location, making scanning redundant
Highly precise, down to the last five centimeters
“We wanted to maintain transparency for every process in the warehouse,” says Bernd Licinac, who is in charge of Intralogistics Hub in Traunreut. The data of all forklifts in operation are displayed graphically on a large control screen. Sensors and cameras attached to the forklifts record floor markings that are visibly placed six meters apart from each other all over the warehouse. These record whether the vehicles are loaded or not, and where they are currently located. “Thanks to these data and algorithms, we always know where the forklifts are, down to the last five centimeters, and we also know how fast they are moving,” says Licinac. This is valuable information with regard to reaching an important goal in Traunreut: “We want to increase safety in the workplace.”
Bernd Licinac studies the heat map indicating the speed of the forklift
Safe and simple
A map shows all movements, and areas where forkilfts are moving at high speeds are marked in red. “We added safety measures to spots that were especially dangerous. In critical zones, forklift software slows our vehicles down to ten kilometers per hour,“ says Hans Bernhofer, the head of logistics. The process of registering goods when they are stored or removed from the warehouse has also been simplified. The products are identified based on the spot they are stored in, which is shown through the camera in the central terminal. The driver no longer needs to scan the goods himself; now, he just needs to hit the confirm button. The system makes work safer, faster, and less stressful.
More on smart Bosch sensors can be found here.
Buderus Guss innovation reduces brake dust by up to 90
Circular in shape, the size of a plate, and as thick as a thumb – long before ABS, ESP, airbags, and other technologies, the braking disc made driving safer, significantly shortened braking distances, and contributed to reducing the number of accidents. At present, the car part is attracting attention for another reason: brake dust. The lion’s share of particulate matter is the product of road, tire, and brake dust, and not the result of fuel combustion. According to State Institute for the Environment, Measurements and Conservation in Baden Württemberg, 32 percent of particle emissions in road traffic come from breaking and tires, with about half coming from braking dust.
To improve urban air quality, braking dust must be significantly reduced. To this end, The Bosch subsidiary Buderus Guss has developed the iDisc. Compared with a conventional braking disc, it reduces brake dust production by up to 90 percent. “Bosch has not only been working to maintain air quality under the hood,“ says Dr. Dirk Hoheisel, the member of the Bosch board of management whose responsibilities include Buderus Guss. “The iDisc is the braking disc 2.0”.
Clean and safe
The iDisc’s unique selling point, the prefixed “i“, stands for innovation: it is a hard metal coating made of tungsten carbide, which is currently only offered by Buderus Guss. The basis of the disc is a conventional grey cast iron brake disc, of which the Bosch subsidiary produces up to 20 million units per year. To turn it into an iDisc, the friction rings are treated mechanically, thermally, and galvanically in a process that Buderus Guss and Bosch research developed over many years, and are ultimately coated. The iDisc is not only clean, it is also safe and has a longer life cycle: The braking power is comparable to that of a ceramic brake and the iDisc lasts twice along as a conventional brake disc.
Gerhard Pfeifer, the President of Buderus Guss, is convinced that the iDisc will succeed: “Against the backdrop of the ongoing particulate matter debate in many countries and cities around the world, all signs point to a breakthrough.” After all, brake discs will be needed in cars for decades still, and they are being produced in increasing numbers: in the passenger car segment alone, global demand exceeded 330 million units in 2016.
More information on the iDisc can be found here.
Bosch supports Munaychay, a children’s village in Peru
The Munaychay children’s village is situated at 3,000 meters above sea level, a half-hour drive from the Peruvian valley town of Urumbamba. The village is home to around 70 children whose parents have either passed away, or who are unwilling or unable to take care of their children. Carmen Muñoz Angulo, who heads the village, says: “When they come to us, many of the children are traumatized and have to learn how to trust again.” The children live in small groups, each of which has a house mother. Thanks to Munaychay, the children are gaining new possibilities. Not only to they have rooves over their heads, they can also go to school.
Bosch supports the children’s village in a number of ways. The company has donated a schoolbus, a solar-powered water heating system, and a range of household appliances. What is more, for the past five years, Primavera has given the village money, books, and other donations in kind. The aid initiative, which is run by Bosch associates, supports projects all over the world that aim to help children in need. In addition to this, a group of 15 volunteers – most of them from Germany – supports the local team in the Peruvian mountains on a regular basis. “Before they came here, the children in the village had practically no prospects besides a life of poverty,” says Asunta Tapia, the head of HR at the Bosch regional company in Peru and a member of Primavera. “Now they have a brighter future ahead of them. And that’s why supporting them is so important.”
Here, Bosch would like to introduce three children and young people from the Munaychay children’s village.
“This is my home, my family,“ says 15-year-old Luis. He has lived in the children’s village for ten years with his sister Milagros and two of his eight brothers. Their family was poor and they were often beaten. In Munaychay, Luis has earned to play traditional Andean instruments like the Charango and the Quena flute. Later on, he hopes to study music.
Milagros, 17, will soon graduate from school and leave the village to study psychology at university in Lima. To earn the money she needs to finance her studies, she wants to work as a hairdresser.
Two years ago, Sarah came to the village when she ran away from a violent family life. Now, "food and friendship" are the two things that are most important to her. At school, the 11-year-old is interested in biology. “I want to become a veterinarian.”
Network meeting on integration at the Bosch Center in Stuttgart
Representatives of the 210 companies that are part of the “Wir Zusammen” (We, together) network, of which Bosch was a founding member, convened on November 17 at the Bosch Center in Stuttgart to discuss the integration of refugees currently living in Germany. These companies strongly believe that successful integration calls for cooperation between policymakers, society, and business. At presentations and workshops, event participants discussed the challenges and opportunities related to integration.
Organizer Marlies Peine in conversation with representatives of Bosch and a refugee
What is the network’s current status, and where is it headed? To answer this question, companies shared their experiences and were given information on challenging topics. At workshops, participants were given advice on how to deal with trauma or the threat of deportation. The host presented its own integration project as well as personal impressions from trainers, refugees, and associates.
A multifaceted commitment
Bosch has taken a multifaceted approach to helping refugees prepare for their working lives and adapt to their new surroundings in Germany. With internships, the company helps young people prepare for an apprenticeship. In addition to this, Bosch associates help refugees work toward an independent life. Among other things, they look for kindergarten spots, give German lessons, and organize activities such as soccer tournaments and evenings of cooking.
Dr. Gregor Heemann, Senior Vice President HR, introduces the activities of Bosch
A broad-based initiative
The “Wir Zusammen” initiative, which German companies founded in 2016, aims to develop long-term prospects for refugees. While meeting the basic needs of newly arrived refugees was the initial priority, companies are now increasingly focusing their efforts on labor market integration. All of the projects are presented in an online platform, with the aim of honoring the companies’ commitment and encourage others to do the same.
Bosch contributes to the debate at the UN climate conference
Until this Friday, representatives of the UN climate framework convention from 196 countries and the European Union are convening at the 23rd World Climate Conference in Bonn. The delegates are negotiating how the 2015 Paris Protocol should be put into practice, thus limiting global warming to significantly less than two degrees Celsius. The aim is to draw up a rulebook that will be adopted at the next summit, which is set to take place at the end of 2018 in Kattowitz, Poland. The pressure to take action is high: last year was the hottest on record, and the Arctic ice cap is smaller than at any time since the first satellite images were recorded at the end of the 1970s.
Carbon-neutral at the COP: Bernhard Schwager (left) and Urs Ruth
In parallel to the official negotiations, actors from science, politics, business, religious communities, and environmental groups also discussed ways in which these urgent challenges can be addressed. Bosch took part in these discussions on the “Innovation as a solution for climate protection” panel, at Business and Industry Day (BINGO), and at several other events.
Showing great promise: carbon-neutral fuels
The potential of synthetic fuels, which Bosch is currently researching, was a central focus of the discussions. A recent study that the company commissioned shows that e-fuels can save 2.8 gigatons of carbon dioxide by 2050. Urs Ruth, chief expert for climate and energy at Bosch, said: “In the long run, synthetic fuels will complement e-mobility concepts perfectly. Consumers who do not wish to switch to an electric vehicle will simply be able to modify their cars, and thus make their driving climate neutral. This will benefit the climate enormously. We thus welcome the initiative of the German Federal Ministry for the Economy and Energy, which is promoting promising fuels over the course of the energy turnaround in transport”. Stefan Eppler, Bosch specialist for alternative fuels, says: “Not only is the product itself carbon neutral, so too is its production. With power-to-fuel, in the future it will be possible to produce synthetic fuels with renewable sources of energy.”
Urs Ruth (right) in conversation with Christoph W. Frei, Secretary General of the World Energy Council
Multifaceted: Bosch climate protection activities
Bernhard Schwager, head of the sustainability office at Bosch, presented the company’s climate protection activities. Bosch aims to reduce its own carbon dioxide emissions relative to value added by 35 percent by 2020 over 2007 levels. In 2016, the company had already achieved a 30.6 percent reduction. At the same time, Bosch has already reduced its energy consumption by 35 percent since 2007. The company also continuously reduces its waste production and water consumption. Compared with 2007 levels, in 2016 the company produced 23.7 percent less wastes and consumed 35.9 percent less water.
The German Pavilion at the UN Climate Conference in Bonn
More information on Bosch research in the area of synthetic fuels can be found here.