Bosch Rexroth hit a milestone last year by selling €1 billion in green technology. Coincidentally, they also announced that they’re saving their customer €1 billion by providing green technology for industrial automation.
How does sustainability translate to savings? They’re showing off new ways to “conserve resources, reduce energy consumption, protect the environment, and mitigate global warming” at this year’s Hannover Messe trade show.
Those are already big goals. But Rexroth’s focus on sustainability is part of a larger awareness of global trends. “Megatrends such as digitalization, an aging society, and efforts toward greater sustainability are driving the demand for automation,” Bosch chairman Dr. Stefan Hartung pointed out.
Using their own technology
Rexroth is using their own green technologies in their plants, seeing an internal savings of 500 million Euros each year.
“Our response to shortages is efficiency,” says Bosch chairman Dr. Stefan Hartung. “Anyone looking to manufacture sustainably needs to adopt Industry 4.0.”
The new tech they’re showing off:
- collaborative robotics, including lightweight cobots that can reach around corners for palletizing and warehouse work
- control technology for Industry 4.0
- energy-efficient hydraulics
- electrified mobile machinery for agriculture, construction, and more
- stationary fuel cells for buildings and factories; solid-oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) with an overall efficiency of more than 85 percent are already in use at the Bosch Rexroth Hydrogen Campus.
- automated battery recycling, more efficient than manual methods
It’s an exciting collection, and Bosch Rexroth is expecting to reach their milestone of €10 billion in just a few years.