New Industry 4.0 Solutions from Bosch at Achema 2018

May 9, 2018

Bosch’s Industry 4.0 solutions deliver full transparency for all process and machine data.

Bosch is showcasing its latest Industry 4.0 solutions for visualizing and analyzing machine data at Achema 2018. Several machines and systems show how customers can use the Pharma i 4.0 Starter Edition to easily monitor machine status and process parameters. In addition, downstream data services make it possible to troubleshoot error causes quickly, and to ensure consistent product quality. “Bosch’s Industry 4.0 solutions are tailored to the special requirements of the pharmaceutical industry and deliver full transparency for all process and machine data,” says Dr. Christian Hanisch, project manager Industry 4.0 for pharma at Bosch Packaging Technology, in a press statement. “The ability to record and evaluate essential machine and process data helps our customers maintain high machine availability and performance-and to make real-time decisions based on hard facts.” Bosch also shows how augmented reality specifically supports machine operators during commissioning or maintenance.

Real-time visualization with the Pharma i 4.0 Starter Edition

The Pharma i 4.0 Starter Edition with browser-based user interface consists of three main components: plant operators receive essential data on their overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), for condition monitoring of plant status or processes, and on important events such as alarms or downtimes, simply and in real time. Visitors to Achema 2018 can experience the functions of the new Pharma i 4.0 Starter Edition on three machines: the new capsule filling machine GKF 720 and the new processing system SVP250 LF, combined with the filling and closing machine ALF 5000. Using a structured and intuitive dashboard view on the respective machines, the system displays information on essential machine and production data, such as number of filled containers or OEE. The data are made available on the customer’s network via a web service and can be viewed on mobile devices or desktop PCs.

Data services: identifying hidden correlations

Bosch also offers data analysis services. The portfolio includes data mining, which Bosch has recently begun providing as part of the Pharma Service for solid dosage forms. With Bosch’s data mining tool, large amounts of data can be examined for the smallest effects using statistical methods. In general, the data from two production batches are sufficient to draw first conclusions. More details will come to light with more data available for evaluation over longer periods.

Easy training with augmented reality technology

Bosch is also demonstrating its first augmented reality (AR)-based instruction manual in the field of pharmaceutical development. Operators are guided step by step through the Solidlab 1 laboratory system, from setup to process control. Additional information, such as calibration instructions and spare parts are displayed so that employees can quickly work with the system without the need for extensive training. The AR instruction manual is suitable for training new colleagues or for refreshing knowledge. Customers can use the remote function to connect directly with Bosch experts who provide live support. 

Source: Bosch Packaging Technology, Hall 3.1, Booth C71