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VarioFlow plus expands application range

By Canadian Packaging staff   

Automation Conveying Bosch Group Bosch Rexroth IoT MTpro planning software Rexroth Robert Bosch GmbH VarioFlow plus chain conveyor system

The time and cost-saving Rexroth chain conveyor system ensures competitiveness by enabling fast time-to-market.

With the upgraded modular system of the VarioFlow plus chain conveyor system, Rexroth now offers users a series of standardized solutions for specific conveyor functions, which simplifies the fast implementation of customer-specific designs. The application spectrum now includes everything from simple machine interlinking to special ESD (ElectroStatic Discharge) solutions in the electronics industry, as well as secure transportation tasks in abrasive environments and stainless steel designs for food and packaging.

In virtually every industry, a competitive advantage depends heavily on short time-to-market. Rexroth’s VarioFlow plus chain conveyor, thanks to its ability to achieve easy and fast implementation of diverse, complex transportation tasks, provides an ideal basis for faster product introduction. The system enables flexible, customized solutions, saves space and is low-noise. In addition, the MTpro planning software supports fast project planning and with it, the ability to make short-term adjustments to changing market requirements.

With the latest upgrades to the offering of this modular system, users can now benefit from VarioFlow plus in the area of sensitive electronics production, as well. The ESD system ensures the safe avoidance of electrostatic build-up, offers a high chain tensile strength of up to 600 newtons and can also be used in applications requiring work piece pallet systems.

For use in abrasive environments, the system now includes new compact clean-rated conveyor section profiles in stainless steel and stainless steel slide rails. They ensure that falling particles capable of causing extreme wear are carried out of the system immediately. Moreover, users can transport sharp-edged products directly on a steel-plated conveyor chain.

The new drive concept contains a center drive and a transmission kit, with which a direct drive can easily be upgraded to a transmission drive. Rexroth offers a low-cost solution especially for accumulating buffer applications— with the 90° return unit, users can significantly reduce the need for return chain.

New chain types also ensure safe transport of a wide variety of products: the flocked chain protects delicate component surfaces, the gray chain minimizes optical distractions, and roller cleats protect product surfaces in ascending and descending conveyor sections.

Based on comprehensive application know-how, Rexroth has developed drop-in solutions for specific conveyor functions, such as a mechanically controlled traffic barrier for conveyor section junctions. These ready-to-use components simplify the implementation of customer-specific systems for the user, without the need to spend great effort on planning.

About Bosch Rexroth
Economical, precise, safe, and energy efficient: drive and control technology from Bosch Rexroth moves machines and systems of any size. The company bundles global application experience in the market segments of mobile applications, machinery applications and engineering, and factory automation to develop innovative components as well as tailored system solutions and services. Bosch Rexroth offers its customers hydraulics, electric drives and controls, gear technology, and linear motion and assembly technology all from one source. With locations in over 80 countries, more than 29,500 associates generated sales revenue of approximately 5-billion (CDN$7.8 billion) in 2016. To learn more, visit

About Bosch
Having established a regional presence in 1906 in North America, the Bosch Group employs nearly 32,800 associates in more than 100 locations, as of December 31, 2016. In 2016 Bosch generated consolidated sales of CDN$17.3 billion in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. For more information, visit, and
The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. The company employs roughly 390,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2016) and generated sales of 73.1 billion (CDN$113.7 billion) in 2016. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT (Internet of Things – a network of physical devices, vehicles, home appliances and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and connectivity which enables these objects to connect and exchange data) company, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, smart cities, connected mobility, and connected industry. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to create solutions for a connected life, and to improve quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 120 locations across the globe, Bosch employs 59,000 associates in research and development. Additional information is available online at


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