Robert Bosch GmbH (BOSCH)

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In 2013, its roughly 281,000 associates generated sales of 46.1 billion euros. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Automotive Technology, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 360 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 50 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2013, the Bosch Group invested some 4.5 billion euros in research and development and applied for some 5,000 patents. This is an average of 20 patents per day. The Bosch Group’s products and services are designed to fascinate, and to improve the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. In this way, the company offers technology worldwide that is “Invented for life.” The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH. Functions like fleet management, condition monitoring and position fixing for commercial vehicles are based on the interconnection of vehicle and external IT systems. For commercial vehicles, Bosch offers technical system solutions that enhance the efficiency, safety and ergonomics of the driver’s workplace. To connect the vehicle’s systems to external IT systems, an additional communication unit – the connectivity hardware – reads out the vehicle data from the control units and transmits it to the external systems. Bosch provides various hardware solutions for this data transmission that have been specially designed for commercial vehicles. The access to vehicle data by external IT systems can, for instance, be utilized for continuous vehicle condition monitoring and uptime management. This allows maintenance schedules to be organized better, potential malfunction to be detected sooner and uptime to be enhanced.

Relevant Expertise for the project:

Bosch works on the development of preventive diagnosis modules for enhancing uptime. To do this Bosch combines relevant powertrain system knowledge with a holistic system approach. For commercial vehicles external surveys and customer consultations show that for fleet operators uptime is a business critical topic. Therefore the key activities focus on answers for the questions: Which detection methods for the state based prediction of failures are necessary? How to enhance uptime and retain flexibility and maintainability in use of predictive maintenance algorithms after start of vehicle production? How to integrate those predictive maintenance modules in fleet management? How to keep predictive modules and transfer technologies standardized? Bosch performs research to reach a deep inspection depth and to achieve a new detailed prediction granularity with a combination of several state detection technologies. In addition to that Bosch works on software algorithms which enable the over the air execution and post SOP adaption of preventive diagnosis modules on connectivity hardware.

Role in the project:

Establishment of a foundation for the preventive diagnosis of powertrain products (commercial vehicles) for the web based optimisation of uptime. Development of methods and proceedings to: a) detect the load and wear based failure based on the actual state of systems and components and b) do prognosis of the product lifetime by reconfigurable analysis systems based on online data of vehicle individual data in order to enhance vehicle availability. From development point of view Bosch has long term extensive knowledge in component and system design of powertrainIn MANTIS Bosch will contribute with knowledge for the development of algorithms to enhance uptime with preventive diagnosis modules with a detection granularity down to component level. The competencies will be used in WP7 (Validation of MANTIS solutions in relevant scenarios) and WP4 (analysis and decision making). Furthermore these preventive diagnosis modules can be included in a commercial service platform solution relevant for WP2 (service platform architecture development). With an additional Bosch communication unit – the connectivity hardware we contribute to WP3 (smart sensing and data acquisition technologies) as Bosch uptime modules partly run on connectivity modules and are reconfigurable after vehicle start of production.