Communication is everything

In the Factory of the Future, it’s connectivity that counts. We already use open standards such as Multi-Ethernet and IO-Link in all drive technologies. Increasingly, the internationally accepted Open Platform Communications Unified Architecture standard is being used for cross-machine-to-machine and machine-to-IT applications. With the real-time extension, Time Sensitive Network for Open Platform Communications Unified Architecture and the new mobile radio standard 5G, all components and modules and machines will be able to exchange information with real time IT in the near future. The result: Total transparency in the Factory of the Future.

Making information visible

The interactive communication platform ActiveCockpit already captures all relevant data of a production line and processes it in real time. This means that employees on site can react immediately to deviations and initiate optimization measures. New apps continuously extend the functionality and simplify the connection to backend systems. In the future, ActiveCockpit will be the individually configurable turntable and marketplace for all communication tasks related to the manufacturing process.


Networking old with new

Existing machines will integrate into networked environments with little effort: Users can easily achieve this with the IoT Gateway software. With an embedded control system or a Box IPC, it networks machines and modules retrospectively and turns them into communication-capable IoT devices. All devices connected to IoT Gateway software in a network can be centrally managed via the Device Portal. Users will soon be able to install both functional and security updates worldwide at the same time. In the future, IoT Gateway software will preprocess large amounts of data decentrally and initiate transactions with cryptographic currencies.

IoT Gateway

Software for practice

The Nexeed software solutions from Bosch simplify the monitoring and optimization of all manufacturing processes in day-to-day business - as demonstrated every day in numerous Bosch plants. They network all devices and instances from the sensor to the cloud. Nexeed Automation creates maximum transparency and the Nexeed Production Performance Manager helps employees to make the right decisions about maintenance and quality in production faster. We are currently developing further functionalities to help users improve the availability of their production equipment.


A better view with sensors

Operating conditions can be monitored with sensors that detect wear before it leads to downtime. Rexroth is already installing additional temperature and vibration sensors in the profiled rail systems with the Integrated Measuring System - Absolute value measuring system. They enable condition monitoring directly at the scene of events. A new generation of networkable sensors like Sense Connect Detect Sensor and Cross-Domain Development Kit will collect decentralized operating data and transmit it via app. Their use is extremely simple and they can be placed into operation without prior knowledge or experience. We’re showing a first application at the Hannover Fair to demonstrate to machine manufacturers and users how they can gain new data directly from the workspace. From this, they can gain fresh insight to help them optimize the production processes.



ActiveCockpit is an interactive communication platform for lean shop floor management in production industries. By delivering in live time access to all relevant process data, it enables to react quickly at the production line. Based on the Lean principles, deviations can be managed swiftly, with the result of improved OEE.

Now: ActiveCockpit collects and aggregates manufacturing and logistic data from back end system as ERP or MES. Through its standardized visualization of KPI, deviations are made transparent in live time. This is how it supports continuous improvement and increases productivity.

Next: In a next step it will digitalize your value stream mapping. Process data will be updated in live time. And finally Value Stream Design will be simulated in closed loop to reach faster the optimized flow.

Additionally, the open platform from ActiveCockpit will able you to extend the system through own or specific applications.

Beyond: What features would you like, when you dream beyond?

IoT Gateway software

IoT Gateway software connects new and legacy machines easily and cost efficiently. It does not intervene with the automation logic of the machine controls. The transferred data helps to optimize production processes and product quality.

Now: Bosch Rexroth offers a complete ecosystem from sensor to cloud solutions according to Bosch IT security standards. The IoT Gateway software is easy to integrate thanks to OPC UA (server/ client). It can be also used with 3rd party controls.

Next: As the next step IoT Gateway software will enable users to digitally manage all connected IoT devices remotely. It will encompass scalable IoT upgrade packages for legacy machines and a Software Development Kit (SDK) for creating individual applications. In addition, security functions such as encrypted data transmission and increased protection against viruses will be available.

Beyond: In future the IoT Gateway software will be able to pre-process data and handle local analytics. Users can implement payment via cryptocurrencies like IOTA.

Nexeed Production Performance Manager

The Nexeed Production Performance Manager supports employees responsible for maintenance and quality in fast decision-making. For this purpose, the software collects and harmonizes production and machine data from many different sources across the shopfloor in real-time, merges this data, visualizes it and passes on defined events to production staff.

Now: The Nexeed Production Performance Manager provides an overview of the current status of individual machines and the entire production system. The easy rule configuration enables maintenance technicians to conduct predictive maintenance tasks with the least possible machine downtimes. To improve product quality, process data can be monitored and documented consistently in real-time.

Next: The functionalities for process monitoring provide more detailed actionable insights for process and quality engineers. Cloud functionality is further improved, and machine suppliers can use the Nexeed Production Performance Manager for addional industry 4.0 services for their machines.

Beyond: The Nexeed Production Performance Manager provides a standardized IT basis for new Industry 4.0 solutions. Customers benefit from a large ecosystem and open Industry 4.0 standard for the connected value stream, which incorporates the existing Nexeed solutions and many further third-party applications.

Integrated Measuring System (IMS-A)

The IMS-A combines the functions measuring and guiding in one high precision and simple electro-mechanical product.

Now: The rigid and robust solution offers high accuracy while working wear free and insensitive to interference by electro-magnetic fields due to the inductive measuring principle.

Next: Within the next releases IMS-A will connect easily by a digital nameplate to the control environment as a plug&play module. Optional system updates enable new features.

Beyond: Product performance can be customized by software packages, a process observer analyser detects wear and deviations. Determined data can be used to improve the digital twin.

SCD – Sense Connect Detect

Your entry to the Factory of the Future. The SCD is a sensor that detects and analyzes data in an inexpensive way. It is used in combination with an app or an IoT Gateway. The sensor measures data such as temperature, acceleration, magnetism and light intensity.

Now: The existing prototype version is easy to use and the commissioning can be done without technical expertise. The SCD offers a high flexibility in all applications.

Next: Together with SCD, Bosch Rexroth is developing Industry 4.0 out of the box and making all components intelligent in any machine concept.

Due to the compact design it can be easily integrate in the factory. The SCD offers different use cases to digitalize the value stream e.g. condition monitoring, crash monitoring, localization and running time tracking.

Beyond: In the future there will be digital business models like data point based billing.


XDK is a smart connected sensor platform to seamlessly transition from the IoT prototype to professional small series and high volumes, a constantly growing ecosystem to bring IoT alive.

Now: XDK is a universal programmable sensor device packed with state of the art sensor technology and ready-to-use software packages, capable of fulfilling all your IoT application needs. XDK gives you the power to monitor, control and analyze your process remotely over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, giving you 24/7 access to data.

Next: The XDK professional data logger is an expert tool for data acquisition. It allows for time-stamped and precise data acquisition of multiple sensors with high data rates.

The new XDK Mita programming language which is being provided by the Eclipse Foundation as an open source project, simplifies the programming of the IoT kit even further.

Beyond: Future modular sensor concepts may focus on more ruggedized housings for universal smart multi-sensor devices as well as downloadable firmware from application web shops.