White Goods

A Digital Revamp on the Factory Floor

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A BSH white goods production line.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    • The digital revolution in manufacturing, known as Industry 4.0, is proving beneficial to companies willing to invest in technology.
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    • The Bosch Siemens Household Appliances (BSH) facility in Giengen employs 2,800 people who with the help of digital technology produce 7,000 pieces of equipment a day.
    • The demand for energy-saving equipment caused the German market for household appliances to grow by 4 to 5 percent last year to €8.2 billion ($9.1 billion).
    • On the world market, Bosch subsidiary BSH recently surpassed Electrolux and moved into second place behind Whirlpool. In 2015, BSH sales increased by 10.8 percent and reached €12.6 billion.
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Except for the rhythmic noise of the machines, things are quiet on production line 82.

In the past at the refrigerator factory of Bosch Siemens Household Appliances (BSH) in Giengen, there had often been loud calls for the foreman when an unexpected problem arose. But today, machines themselves send a text message to the group coordinator when something isn’t functioning properly. The coordinator is often at the assembly line in less than a minute; this used to take several minutes – tiny differences that make a huge difference in terms of productivity.

“Industry 4.0 is not a vision but actual reality,” said Jochen Heel, who is responsible for production of refrigeration equipment at BSH, the household appliance subsidiary of Bosch.

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