Robert Bosch Extends Use of Tecnomatix eMPower Solution for Production Optimization


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Nashua, N.H. — Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd.announces that Robert Bosch GmbHis extending its use of eM-RealNC software from Tecnomatix to production plants in Germany, France, Italy, Turkey, the Czech Republic, the U.S. and Japan.

What started as a pilot numerical-controlled (NC) application in Bosch's central location for research and advanced development in Schwieberdingen, Germany, has developed into a standard NC simulation technology for the optimization of metal-working production throughout Bosch.

Simulation with eM-RealNC enables detailed analysis and optimization of NC programs, taking into consideration the entire manufacturing environment — including machines, clamping devices, workpieces and tools. Two substantial application scenarios have resulted from this: Before the start of production, the simulation system can be used to verify newly provided NC programs, accelerating the production start-up of new products. After production start-up, NC programs can be further optimized and the throughput of production plants increased.

Bosch has experienced reductions of up to 90 percent in ramp-up times for new NC programs, as well as up to 15 percent reductions in cycle times. In one example, production capacity in one manufacturing plant was so extensively enhanced that even after an increase of customer release orders, no additional machines had to be procured. Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. is the driving force in Manufacturing Process Management (MPM). For more information, visit www.tecnomatix.com.

As second-largest supplier worldwide of automotive technology, Bosch employs 144,700 people. In 2002 the company achieved revenues of 23.3 billion Euro with products for the automotive industry. The four biggest business segments are injection technology for combustion engines (diesel and gasoline); systems for active and passive security in the car (brakes, ABS, traction slip control, electro-hydraulic brakes SBC, airbag control); electrical machines (starter, generators, motors); and products for mobile communication (radios, navigation and information systems for the driver). Bosch manufactures automotive products at 119 sites throughout the world.

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