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Compact Control Platform

Bosch Rexroth's compact ctrlX CORE control system, with its open and flexible architecture, removes the boundaries between the IPC, embedded system and drive-based technology platforms.

"This scalable all-purpose control system offers numerous advantages, such as a fewer component requirement, reduced engineering effort as well as higher productivity," said a company spokesperson. The embedded control system is now available in series production.

"With ctrlX CORE, we have developed the most consistent, flexible and open control platform available. It can be used for various applications-from pure PLC applications in the general machine market to motion applications for simple handling tasks and typical platform applications," said Steffen Winkler, Vice President Sales of the Business Unit Automation & Electrification Solutions at Bosch Rexroth AG.

ctrlX CORE is the heart of the automation platform ctrlX AUTOMATION from Bosch Rexroth. A central advantage of the control platform is the open software architecture with flexible app technology. It is suitable for any automation application, and its openness offers users a new scope for setting up functions, according to the company.

With the modular software toolbox ctrlX WORKS, developers can select the required apps or use any open source software. It is possible for the customer to run self-developed software on the open platform and convert functions into apps in all common programming languages. Furthermore, industrial applications can be offered in the ctrlX App Store. Third-party apps can also be downloaded. The ctrlX Data Layer, which is anchored in the controls, provides communication between the apps and manages the secure information access of all apps.

Bosch Rexroth has developed the ctrlX Device Portal for easy administration, maintenance and servicing of the device software. It enables the central administration of control systems across plants. All available apps can be assigned to the ctrlX CORE and updated.

"When developing the latest generation of our control platform, it was important to us to liberate machine manufacturers and end users from dependency on the availability of PLC specialists and proprietary systems," said Winkler. "We implemented this with the Linux real-time operating system to provide consistently open standards, app technology, web-based engineering and comprehensive IoT connections. In addition to machine and factory automation tasks, ctrlX CORE also solves challenges in areas such as building automation, intra and goods logistics, energy generation and distribution and increasingly mobile automation applications."

For more information contact:

Bosch Rexroth Corporation

14001 South Lakes Drive

Charlotte, NC 28273


800-REXROTH (739-7684)

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