Bosch Rexroth and Tulip announce the launch of a Smart Workstation, a joint customer-focused product that combines Bosch’s manual production system with Tulip’s Manufacturing App Platform to create a powerful Industry 4.0 workstation.
Bosch Rexroth‘s Smart Workstation leverages IoT-enabled manufacturing apps to transform traditional benchtop operations, increasing operator productivity, improving quality, and collecting and visualizing real-time manufacturing data. The Smart Workstation is the result of a strategic alliance between Tulip and Bosch Rexroth, who are joining forces after successfully collaborating at multiple customer sites. The workstation is built to order and comes ready to use.
“We’re excited to partner with Tulip to bring the best of our technologies to market and make Industry 4.0 more accessible to manufacturers around the world,” said Rodney Rusk, Industry 4.0 business leader at Bosch Rexroth. “Manufacturers today expect a digital manufacturing experience. Smart Bench allows them to get up and running with Digital Manufacturing Apps in minutes.”
Natan Linder, CEO at Tulip, added, “We’re proud of this alliance with Bosch Rexroth. This is the first time manufacturers are able to design their digital experience online and get a fully functional workstation delivered on their shop floor, ready to use out of the box. This will completely redefine the manufacturing workbench.”
To expand upon the relationship, the Smart Workstation integrates Bosch’s IoT devices such as the Bosch XDK110, an environmental sensor; the Bosch Rexroth ID200, an RFID system; and the Bosch Rexroth Nexo, a cordless nutrunner have been added to the growing supported Device Ecosystem, which makes them ready to use with Tulip.
The Smart Workstation comes retrofitted with a Tulip I/O Gateway, which connects all devices and machines to Tulip’s Manufacturing App Platform, a Tulip Light Kit, an easy-to-program pick-to-light solution, as well as a number of other industrial sensors to get manufacturers started with IoT-enabled manufacturing apps. The bench also includes access to Tulip’s Manufacturing App Library, a growing collection of app templates ready to use and customize.