Bosch Rexroth (boschrexroth-us.com) makes a variety of equipment for flexible material handling, the most familiar of which are undoubtedly the structural aluminum components and associated equipment that are seemingly assembled like a Hot Wheels track (without the loops, of course). So you might think that when talking with Kurt Greissinger, product marketing manager, about developments in material handling the emphasis would be on structural aluminum components for conveyors and associated equipment.And you would be wrong.The reason is that at Bosch Rexroth, they have done considerable developmental work on lean material handling.
Modular Conveyors for Harsh Production EnvironmentsThe TS 5 transfer system from Bosch Rexroth's Linear Motion and Assembly Technologies Group features a robust design, suitable for harsh production environments and heavy transport of loads up to 300 kg (660 lb.). The TS 5 system can be configured to transport goods either on a workpiece pallet or directly on a continuous roller conveyor, and is available in three widths.Self-unloading ContainersSelf-unloading containers from Absolute Engineering (www.absoluteengineering.com) are claimed to help eliminate bending to reach parts or place parts on the bottom of containers in a manual load or unload scenario.
At this year’s SAE 2000 Congress & Exposition there was plenty of buzz and noise inside Cobo Center (including a Visteon-draped People Mover that rolled above the record-setting crowd). Here’s some of the audio, filtered.
Although it might seem that some automotive suppliers—like Bosch—are so wired into the automotive infrastructure that they really have it made without having to work at it. Think again. The people at Bosch recognize that the stakes are high and that the only way to make it is to do whatever it takes to be a superlative supplier. Here's a look at some of the things that it is doing.