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How Bosch is driving Industry4.0 India

Posted by Nina Whelan on December 05, 2022 Nina Whelan


Bosch India uses advanced analytics to detect manufacturing defects. They also plan to tap quantum computing for material simulating.

More recently, the German conglomerate has localised advanced automotive technologies to support India’s desire to be more self-reliant and resilient and is supporting the development of Industry 4.0 in India by creating agile, future-ready plants and integrating local suppliers into its ecosystem.

Take its Bidadi plant, for example. In the last two years, the plant has not only become a low-cost manufacturing facility, but through a flexible labour model, it has been able to secure more temporary manpower while implementing advanced analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) to detect manufacturing defects.

Its Nashik plant, on the other hand, has focused on behaviour-based safety to reduce first-aid cases and near miss accidents, while the Naganathapura plant is implementing low-cost automation to improve operational efficiency.

Vadiraj Krishnamurthy, chief technology officer and vice-president of BGSW, said the company is now looking to strengthen its research and development (R&D) in areas such as digital twins, connected mobility and supply chain automation. It has started a hackers’ garage and an innovation fund to nurture and incubate promising ideas.

Krishnamurthy said the company has had years of experience in materials simulations using conventional computers, along with the ability to mass-produce high-end technology products. This includes electric vehicles, which could be built with new materials designed by quantum computers that improve energy efficiency and reduce consumption of natural resources, he added.

Bosch India has also leveraged IoT and AI and build an artificial intelligence of things (AIoT) platform, which is being showcased at its campus headquarters in Bangalore, with people remainng at the centre of its AI efforts.

Krishnamurthy said: “The differentiating factor between AI and human intelligence is the human element of empathy. Our approach is to close this gap so that humans and technology could work seamlessly.

“We are running research projects on human compatible machines or ‘internet of behaviour’, which mainly focus on understanding human emotions along with sensing the environment through classic IoT to offer more relevant insights in our connected products."

Meanwhile, like many other technology and industrial firms, Bosch India is driving efforts to manage its carbon footprint. At the Bidadi site, various measures to reduce energy consumption have been implemented using a smart energy management system. This has enabled the plant to achieve some 680MWh of energy savings in 2021.

On how the company is measuring the impact of its Industry 4.0 initiatives, Krishnamurthy cited two dimensions: how its employees are using digital technologies to work effectively and innovate; and how its customer and partners are experiencing its products and services.

“The way we look at measuring the impact is based on our digital maturity model which encompasses different elements like process optimisation, digital adaption and impact creation. In the next two to three years, our aim is to jump by at least two to three steps ahead in our maturity model," he revealed.

Last month, Bosch announced that it will invest 10 billion euros by 2025 in digitalisation and connectivity. Two-thirds of that will go towards developing and expanding promising new technologies, with a focus on sustainability, mobility, and Industry 4.0.

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