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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.
On the occasion of its anniversary, the Bosch fire brigade is launching an apprenticeship for plant firemen
The Bosch fire brigade first saw the light of day on February 10, 1917: at the time, fire chief Wendelin Mayr of the Stuttgart fire department and 40 volunteer firefighters laid the foundation for fire fighting at the company. The success story started with a hose cart, an extending ladder, several hand pumps, and two respiratory protective devices. Today, the Bosch fire brigade is active at 60 locations around the world and counts 1,900 part-time and full-time associates who protect the company’s premises 24 hours a day.
Qualified industrial fire fighters are in high demand all over Germany, and that demand continues to increase. This is because applicants need to meet strict criteria and apprenticeships in industrial fire fighting are few and far between. To improve the situation, Bosch is planning to launch an apprenticeship in 2017 that will be accredited by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce. In so doing, the company will draw on its 100 years of experience. “In the future, we want to train 15 young people each year to perform these tasks,” says Siegfried Czock, who is charge of apprenticeships and continuing education at Bosch.
The job is multifaceted: in addition to fire prevention, the Bosch fire brigade regularly holds training seminars for associates and carries out environmental protection measures. “When called upon, they respond quickly and know their locations inside and out, so they can effectively protect people and save lives,” says Christoph Kübel, member of the Bosch board of management and head of industrial relations. The Bosch fire brigades also work beyond the walls of the company if required; they have provided manpower and equipment in the past, and are a reliable partner to more than 35 cities and municipalities in Germany. “Bosch fire brigades thus also contribute to municipal fire prevention, and this in turn makes communities safer.”
More information on Bosch fire brigades can be found here.
The electronic stability program (ESP) has been mandatory in newly registered vehicles since November 1
According to the findings of European Union studies, ESP saves lives. For this reason, it is now mandatory in Germany. Effective November 1, 2014, all new cars to roll off the assembly lines must be equipped with the standard anti-skid system. Mandatory ESP applies to all newly registered passenger vehicles and light commercial vehicles weighing up to 3.5 tons. Vehicles that are already registered and do not have ESP must be retrofitted within one year.
The legally required retrofitting aims to reduce the number of skidding accidents, which often occur in road traffic when drivers attempts evasive maneuvers on wet, dirty, or slippery roads. Forty percent of fatal road accidents are the result of skidding. To minimize the risk, Bosch developed and launched an automated anti-skidding system as early as 1995. Since then, ESP has prevented some 190,000 accidents across Europe, and saved more than 6,000 lives as a result. This makes ESP the most important vehicle safety system after the seatbelt – even ahead of the airbag.
With the help of intelligent sensors, ESP monitors whether the vehicle is headed in the same direction the driver is steering up to 25 times per second. If there is a deviation between the two values, the system first reduces engine torque before it slows down each wheel to prevent the vehicle from swerving. The ESP system is a further development of the anti-lock braking system, which Bosch developed in 1978. Not only does ESP help prevent skidding, it also serves as the basis for many driver assistance systems as well as automated driving.
“ESP is a unique success story that we aim to continue, also outside of Europe,” said Gerhard Steiger, president of the Bosch Chassis Systems Control division. Until now, the company has produced more than 100 million ESP systems. According to independent studies, up to 80 percent of skidding accidents in road traffic could be prevented if all vehicles were equipped with the ESP system.