Bosch to introduce ‘smart manufacturing’ at India plants by 2018

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Bangalore | Published: October 7, 2015 12:24:20 AM

Bosch, the flagship company of the Bosch Group in India, is implementing smart manufacturing systems across its 14 manufacturing plants in India. The company, an exponent of “connected industry” or “Industry 4.0”, offers a range of solutions such as drives, automation, sensors, software, and predictive maintenance, a top company official said. Bosch also made a presentation on “Industry 4.0” to PM Narendra Modi and German chancellor Angela Merkel during a visit to Bosch Vocational Centre on Tuesday.

“By 2018, we aim to implement connected production in all 14 manufacturing locations across the country,” said Steffen Berns, MD. Later, speaking to reporters, Berns said: “Industry 4.0” is already a reality at several Bosch plants in India. In Bengaluru, where the company is headquartered, Bosch uses real-time data to shorten throughput times for the calibration of pumps for tractors. The location also provides associates with smart watches that promptly notify them of a machine malfunction.”

Thanks to real-time monitoring, manufacturing downtime can be prevented and productivity improved, Berns said. In September, production started at the new automotive component plant in Bidadi, about 35 km from Bengaluru, where Bosch applies connected industry principles to optimise manufacturing processes.

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