Tomorrow’s manufacturing facility will still use everything from hydraulics to electrics, and automation will provide more flexibility than ever.

The Multi-Product Line brings together hydraulic power units with embedded sensor technology to provide predictive indicators.

By now, anyone involved in the industrial sector has probably heard the term, “factory of the future.” Those four words bring to mind an industrial utopia defined by increased productivity with no downtime, round-the-clock productivity, previously untapped levels of customization, improved safety capabilities — all boiling down to more profitable production processes.

There are a number of companies offering systems, software, and other tools to help achieve these goals. One of these companies is Bosch Rexroth.

At the heart of the Bosch Rexroth approach is the automation and IoT software that could turn such a vision a reality. Dr. Henier Lang, SVP of Automation & Electrification Solutions at Bosch Rexroth defines the factory of the future this way: “Full flexibility, individuality and scalability. This is exactly what the factory of the future is about.”

The company is heavily involved in bringing these future capabilities into the present with its portfolio of automation solutions. But as automation takes up most of the factory of the future’s attention, technology such as hydraulic components, linear motion and assembly systems can easily fall out of view. Years of multi-technology expertise has made it clear that full flexibility, individuality and scalability must remain a reality.

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