Bosch partners up to combine "Industrie 4.0" platform and Industrial Internet Consortium standards

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German engineering and electronics company Bosch is working in partnership with SAP of Germany, Dassault Systèmes of France, and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) of India on a solution to effectively reduce the power consumption in some of its plants.
 
The project will combine the technical standards of Germany's "Industrie 4.0" platform and of the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) "for the first time", Bosch said in a statement.
 
To date, the lack of common language between the two standards has "hindered the smooth international coordination of manufacturing, logistics, and building and energy management," according to Dr. Werner Struth, a member of the Bosch management board.
However, the "two worlds are now coming together", Struth says, with Bosch and its partners aligning two references architectures – RAMI4.0 and IIRA – in a prototype at its Homburg plant.
 
Bosch explained that the when all the energy-intensive machine in its Homburg plant runs at the same time, it results in very high electricity consumption, with the costs of this pushing up the cost of manufacturing the hydraulic valves.
 
But by using software to manage production, thus bringing down electricity consumption, energy demand can be optimized and peak loads reduced by 10%.
 
"This reduces manufacturing costs and increases competitiveness, while protecting the environment at the same time," Bosch's statement said.
 
The solution will require the combined expertise of SAP, Dassault Systèmes and TCS, who will make use of Bosch IoT Suite which "continuously collects data from all the machinery in the plant".
 
The energy management solution is based on the IIC's IIRA architecture – energy management connects to the production facilities via the Industrie 4.0 platform's RAMI4.0 architecture. with the RAMI and IIRA standards having now been aligned with each other and made compatible, software-based data exchange between the production lines and the energy management system is now possible.
 
AVReporter Energy Management Software is already running in Bosch's Central European plant.
 
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