Tubular Framing System improves lean factory efficiency.

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Used to create new solutions or optimize/extend old ones, EcoShape facilitates construction of custom workstations, material shuttles, and flow racks. It is based on reusable and recyclable anodized aluminum profiles and also includes caps and bolted-together connection elements. Special adapters are also available for applications requiring high load-bearing capacities. Use helps improve assembly lines and avoid errors through kaizen or poka-yoke principles in lean manufacturing.



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Rexroth EcoShape Tubular Framing System Ideal for Lean Factories



Rexroth's new tubular framing system, EcoShape, used in combination with components from Rexroth's Manual Production Systems (MPS), makes it easy to construct custom workstations, material shuttles or flow racks. EcoShape's easy-to-use design allows customers to quickly create new solutions or optimize and extend old ones. This makes it possible to continually improve existing assembly lines and avoid errors through the application of the kaizen or poka-yoke principles in a lean manufacturing setting.

EcoShape is based on reusable and recyclable anodized aluminum profiles and also includes caps and connection elements. Special adapters from Rexroth's modular aluminum framing system are also available for the aluminum profiles, for applications requiring high load-bearing capacities. With Rexroth's connection technology that compensates for minor length differences, workers can easily cut and set up the aluminum tubes on-site. These intuitive connection elements are bolted together for easy re-use or reconfiguration, while ensuring securely-fastened, high-performance structures.

The user also saves time designing the system, as the graphical components of the tubular framing system are included in Rexroth's MTpro planning software. Using a drag-and-drop interface, the desired components can be assembled within a virtual 3-D scene.

Bosch Rexroth AG is one of the world's leading specialists in the field of drive and control technologies. Under the brand name of Rexroth the company supplies more than 500,000 customers with tailored solutions for driving, controlling and moving machinery used in industrial and factory automation as well as in mobile applications. Bosch Rexroth is a partner for industrial applications, factory automation, mobile applications and renewable energy development. As The Drive & Control Company, Bosch Rexroth develops, produces and sells components and systems in more than 80 countries. In 2008 Bosch Rexroth AG, part of the Bosch Group, achieved sales of around $8.3 billion (5.9 billion Euro) with 35,300 employees. Visit www.boschrexroth-us.com for more information.

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