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Transforming Malaysia’s Palm Oil Industry: Bosch Rexroth Spearheads Automation and Sustainability at PIPOC 2023

Bosch Rexroth introduces new ctrlX AUTOMATION to the palm oil industry

Cutting-edge control system, ctrlX and connected hydraulics empower the automation of hydraulics in palm oil mill operations, in-line with the industry's focus on efficiency, digitalisation and sustainability

(L-R) Michel Gunawan, CEO Bosch Rexroth ASEAN Oceania, Prime Minister of Malaysia, YAB Dato' Seri Anwar bin Ibrahim, and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Plantation and Commodities, YAB Dato' Sri Haji Fadillah bin Haji Yusof and Darren Chan, CEO Bosch Rexroth Malaysia at PIPOC 2023 exhibition

Malaysia, the world's second-largest producer of palm oil, is poised for a transformative leap in its palm oil industry as Bosch Rexroth, a leading automation technology provider, continues to play a pivotal role in shaping the sector's future. With over four decades of unwavering support to Malaysia's dynamic palm oil landscape, Bosch Rexroth Malaysia is leading the charge towards efficiency and sustainability.

In line with the strategic direction set by Malaysia for its palm oil sector in 2024, Bosch Rexroth embraces optimism and innovation. The government's budget initiatives emphasize increasing productivity, reducing dependence on foreign labor, and fostering sustainability. Notably, the introduction of automation tax breaks underscores the pivotal role that automation technology is set to play in reshaping the trajectory of the palm oil industry.

Despite promising prospects, the industry faces challenges deeply rooted in historical labor dependency. Traditionally recognized as labor-intensive, the incorporation of mechanization and automation not only promises heightened productivity but also aims to make job opportunities more appealing to the local labor force.

Bosch Rexroth's commitment to this transformation was vividly demonstrated at the PIPOC 2023 - MPOB International Palm Oil Congress and Exhibition. The spotlight was on the integration of automation products, particularly the ctrlX AUTOMATION platform, into traditional palm oil processes. Serving as a pivotal link between machine controls, IT systems, and the Internet of Things (IoT), the ctrlX AUTOMATION platform ensures seamless control and monitoring, operating on a real-time Linux system with open standards, app programming technology, web-based engineering, and extensive IoT connectivity.

ctrlX AUTOMATION products showcased at the PIPOC 2023 Exhibition

Key Products Showcased at PIPOC 2023 Exhibition:

ctrlX CORE:

  • Central automation controller providing core computing and control functions.

  • Compatible with a wide range of automation technologies and devices.

  • Scalable architecture for flexibility in adapting to different automation requirements.

ctrlX COREplus:

  • Enhanced computing power for handling complex automation tasks.

  • Improved connectivity options for seamless integration with various devices and systems.

ctrlX I/O:

  • Interface between ctrlX CORE controller and physical devices in the field.

  • Modular concept for choosing specific I/O modules.

  • Supports various fieldbus communication protocols and

The versatility of the ctrlX apps further augments automation processes, addressing the industry’s evolving needs comprehensively across control, communications, and cybersecurity realms.

The integration of automation and digitalization in Malaysia’s palm oil sector signifies a significant shift towards business expansion, higher efficiency and reduced costs. Bosch Rexroth’s commitment to showcasing and integrating automation solutions aligns with the government’s vision for a sustainable, efficient, and technology-driven industry. This convergence positions Malaysia’s palm oil sector on a transformative path, fostering increased productivity and diminishing reliance on traditional labour models. The potential benefits, including reduced downtime, lower maintenance costs, contribute not only to operational improvements but also to the development of a more environmentally sustainable industry.

As one of the world’s leading suppliers of drive and control technologies, Bosch Rexroth ensures efficient, powerful and safe movement in machines and systems of any size. The company bundles global application experience in the market segments of Mobile and Industrial Applications as well as Factory Automation. With its intelligent components, customized system solutions, engineering and services, Bosch Rexroth is creating the necessary environment for fully connected applications. Bosch Rexroth offers its customers hydraulics, electric drive and control technology, gear technology and linear motion and assembly technology, including software and interfaces to the Internet of Things. With locations in over 80 countries, more than 32,000 associates generated sales revenue of around 7.0 billion euros in 2022.

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