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Bauer Gear Motor joins leading German innovators with prestigious award from Allianz Industrie 4.0 Baden-Württemberg

Bauer Gear Motor joins leading German innovators with prestigious award from Allianz Industrie 4.0 Baden-Württemberg Bauer Gear Motor, part of Altra Industrial Motion Corp., has been recognised as a leader in the implementation of Industry 4.0 by the Allianz Industrie 4.0 Baden-Württemberg. The award was presented to Bauer for its TorqueControl 4.0 system, an integrated electrical torque monitoring solution for geared motors.

The award was presented by Katrin Schütz, State Secretary at the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing of the state of Baden-Württemberg, who commented: “Medium-sized industrial companies and start-ups in Baden- Württemberg are leaders in the implementation of Industry 4.0, as today’s awards demonstrate.”

The TorqueControl 4.0 system is designed for rapid electronic torque measurement, a mechatronic solution integrated in the gear motor. This enables Bauer geared motors to be linked to Industry 4.0 networks and helps to immediately and reliably protect the powertrain from overloading. Developed under the slogan ‘Geared Motors Go Online’, a mains-powered geared motor can be enabled with TorqueControl 4.0 and integrated via IO-Link into the machine control interface.

Karl-Peter Simon, Bauer’s Managing Director, explains: “By collecting rapid and accurate current and voltage measurements, we are able to use TorqueControl 4.0 to automatically shut off the drive system when overload occurs and to display, report and assess torque progression cyclically. The system’s PLC can use this information to monitor the gear motor status and protect the system without requiring an extra mechanical torque overload clutch. Additionally, continuous load-point recording enables us to alter the motor's magnetisation by adjusting the voltage. As a result, efficiency can be significantly increased by up to 25% in applications run primarily in the partial-load range.

“We’re all extremely proud of the award, which we see as a recognition of our efforts to develop solutions that allow our customers to benefit from the real opportunities presented by Industry 4.0.”

Allianz Industrie 4.0 Baden-Württemberg is a networking initiative aiming to join key innovators and support businesses who are pursuing developments in Industry 4.0. The awards have been taking place since 2015, with a total of 127 companies so far being recognised for their efforts.

Bauer Gear Motor GmbH was presented with the award on 2nd July, 2018. The award was presented to Karl-Peter Simon and Simon Seybold by Katrin Schütz.

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