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News | Artificial intelligence for more sustainability

Bosch gives a talk at the 2017 B.A.U.M. annual conference

On May 17 and 18, the annual conference and award ceremony of the German working group for eco-friendly management (B.A.U.M.) took place at the Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt. Under the banner of “Sustainability as a success factor”, experts from universities, professional associations, and the private sector presented new sustainability solutions. Dr. Lothar Baum, the head of a data assessment research team at the Bosch campus is Renningen, was among the speakers. The expert explained the importance of Big Data and artificial intelligence in mastering the challenges of the future.

 

They are living the #SuccessfactorSustainability: The B.A.U.M. award winners of 2017   

 

More data for smart machines

In 2017, 15 trillion gigabytes of data were digitally stored. Thanks to growing computing capacity and increasingly complex networks, the data pool is growing at lightning speed. “The ability to generate new knowledge out of large volumes of data will be decisive in the future”, says Lothar Baum. Big Data, the collection and analysis of huge data sets, also shapes the foundation of artificial intelligence (AI). It describes the process in which machines imitate human behavior based on prescribed or learned patterns. An AI system recognizes its environment with cameras or sensors and uses the data it collects to make predictions or take action.

 

Experts for artificial intelligence: Bosch specialist Dr. Lothar Baum (on the left) and US journalist Jay Tuck (on the right) 

 

Producing and parking in a sustainable manner

Manufacturing processes at Bosch are an example of how artificial intelligence can be used. By analyzing large volumes of data, smart factories continuously monitor product quality and can thus minimize material waste. This increases efficiency, conserves resources, and helps ensure long product life cycles. The search for parking spots also calls for intelligent technology: connected vehicles automatically detect free parking spots and transmit the information to the Bosch cloud in real time. As a result, other drivers are also guided to available spots more quickly and precisely. This solution not only saves time, it also reduces CO2 emissions.

 

Safety expert and author Jay Tuck presents his newest book release "Evolution ohne uns" ("Evolution without us") at the B.A.U.M. conference

 

A center for AI research

The field of artificial intelligence is an important part of Bosch strategy. By 2021, the company will have invested some 300 million euros into the Bosch center for Artificial Intelligence, which will employ almost 100 specialists. “Together with our research colleagues, we are creating new algorithms and computer structures to handle large volumes of data in the best possible manner,” says Lothar Baum. Another team is responsible for cooperating with the divisions to turn the research findings into practical solutions at more than 250 Bosch sites. 

Bosch has been a member of B.A.U.M. e.V. since 1990. In 2009, Franz Fehrenbach, chairman of the supervisory board of Robert Bosch GmbH and managing partner of Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG (RBIK), received a B.A.U.M. environmental prize in the large company category. The award acknowledged his commitment to the environment.

More information about how Bosch is connecting mobility intelligently can be found here.

More information on intelligent IoT solutions can be found here.

News | Greater energy efficiency in manufacturing

TU Darmstadt opens the “ETA” model factory

On March 2, Darmstadt Technical University, the German Parliamentary State Secretary Brigitte Zypries, and the Minister of Economics for the State of Hesse, Tarek Al-Wazir, celebrated the opening of the “ETA Factory”.  At this “Energy-efficient Factory for Interdisciplinary Research on Technology and Applications”, researchers are studying how energy efficiency can be improved under real-life manufacturing conditions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Video only in German available)

The ETA Factory produces control disks for hydraulic axial piston pumps, using a production process that is typical in the mechanical engineering sector. In the factory, not only the machines, but also building components are networked and designed with energy efficiency in mind. Thus, for example, the system uses the waste heat from the tool-making machines to provide heat for other plants and for the space inside the factory itself. The production hall is heated and cooled with the help of capillary tube mats that are integrated into the building's envelope. The partners predict that the research project could reduce total energy costs in the production process by up to 40 percent. The TU will share the knowledge gained from the research project with manufacturing companies. 

The model factory cost about EUR 15 million to build.  Besides the German Federal Government, the TU Darmstadt, and the German state of Hesse, more than 30 industrial companies participated in the project, including the Bosch subsidiaries Bosch Rexroth and Bosch Thermotechnology. These two companies contributed technical infrastructure in addition to sector-relevant expertise and process knowledge. Their contributions included Bosch Rexroth production processes, which served as a model for the production of the control disks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brigitte Zypries, Parliamentary State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, praised the project for its practical relevance. “Increasing energy efficiency is decisive in the transition to renewable sources of energy,” she said. “In the ETA factory, for the first time, researchers are examining an industrial production process in its entirety, and studying how energy consumption can be optimized in the system as a whole, in the interplay of the production process, and in the building. I am pleased to note that this project, with about 35 participating industrial companies and research institutes, represents outstanding collaboration between business, research, and teaching. This will help ensure that the findings are put to practical use.”

More information on the ETA Factory can be found here.

 

 

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Video: TU Darmstadt 

Image: Felipe Fernandes / TU Darmstadt