Nokia, ifm and Wago are new partners in Bosch Rexroth's ctrlX Automation ecosystem. As third-party providers, they provide communication solutions such as 5G via the automation building block.
The communication from machine to machine or between other devices on the shop floor is crucial for the implementation of Industry 4.0. Bosch Rexroth and its third-party suppliers provide appropriate solutions for communication at all levels via the ctrlX World partner network of the ctrlX Automation automation system. New on board are now Nokia, ifm electronic GmbH and Wago Kontakttechnik GmbH & Co. KG.
With ctrlX Automation, Ethernet communication to the factory level is possible as a standard. Bosch Rexroth is also working with Nokia to connect the automation system to private and factory-wide 5G campus networks, allowing machines and automated guided vehicles to communicate directly with each other via 5G.
Nokia's 5G network has already been implemented in the new model factory at Bosch Rexroth's Customer and Innovation Center in Ulm, Germany, where it will enable the development of 5G application scenarios in combination with ctrlX AUTOMATION. In this model factory, »plug-and-produce« becomes reality. Components, modules, subsystems and system solutions identify themselves, recognize their tasks and are ready for use at the touch of a button.
»4.9G and 5G campus networks will play a crucial role in the factory of the future. Nokia's industrial-grade campus solution, Nokia Digital Automation Cloud, offers ultra-low latency and high reliability with scalable capacity via standardized mobile technology. Nokia is a leading provider of campus solutions with over 380 enterprise customers, more than 70 of which are already deploying 5G to accelerate digital transformation,« said Jochen Apel, Head of Digital Industries at Nokia.
ifm electronic GmbH, a specialist for sensor technology, supports the communication of machines in the smart factory. "Within the machine, the requirements for connectivity are increasing due to the growing number of sensors and actuators. In addition to EtherCAT as the automation bus, together with ifm we offer a simple way to parameterize and operate IO-Link sensor technology," explains Hans Michael Krause.
The IO-Link sensors and masters from ifm can be fully integrated into ctrlX Automation. For example, they simplify commissioning. The ifm software is installed on the same engineering PC as ctrlX Works, the software and engineering toolbox from Bosch Rexroth.
Benno Kathan, CTO of the ifm group of companies, explains: »With the help of IO-Link, several process values can be transmitted cyclically with only one sensor cable. This increases plant effectiveness and leads to cost savings. In addition, IO-Link communication with the sensors enables excellent diagnostics and parameterization options from a central location. Plug-and-play is particularly important for our customers during commissioning. Through ctrlX World, we can make all these benefits available to users.«
Wago Kontakttechnik GmbH & Co. KG, a supplier in connection and automation technology as well as interface electronics, is also a new partner of ctrlX World. The company complements the ctrlX I/O portfolio with tested I/O systems both in the control cabinet and in machine-oriented applications. In the first step, the integration of Wago I/O systems for signal processing and sensor as well as actuator connection will be brought into ctrlX Automation. These Wago systems support a wide range of industry-specific communication protocols, so that various applications beyond machine and plant engineering can be realized. Customers thus benefit from scalable solutions for integrating physical measurement variables as well as applications and assets in areas such as building automation, energy management, shop floor connectivity and much more.
»In ctrlX World, together with Bosch Rexroth, we offer users the freedom for individual, customizable solutions. This allows them to respond flexibly to the requirements of their industry,« explains Marco Henkel, Vice President Technology Management at the Wago Group.
NOKIA GmbH, WAGO Kontakttechnik GmbH & Co. KG, ifm electronic gmbh