Issue: September 2011, Posted Date: 9/1/2011
Company: Robert Bosch
Interview with Kenn Langosch iBusiness Sales Manager
Why did Bosch choose to develop this particular product? Were there new technologies, processes, or market demands behind its introduction and development?
Bosch CEP motors were originally designed for automotive windshield wiper systems. The under hood environment challenged Bosch to develop a reliable, compact, robust, and quiet gear-reduced motor. CEP motors have very successfully supported these demands for many years. When non-automotive industrial markets developed applications requiring these features, the Bosch CEP motor was well suited for these non-traditional applications. The production is maintained on the same high volume and quality lines as the automotive applications. High-volume automated production offers high-quality motors at a competitive price structure.
Did any problems need to be addressed during the development process?
The challenge is to match the correct features for each application. Each project is unique and requires specific specifications. The key is to utilize existing test data to determine which motor features should be proposed for the initial samples.
How long did it take to bring the product from concept to production?
Bosch CEP motors have been in production for many decades. Throughout this time many variations have been released to accommodate
the individual requirements of the customers’ applications.
Did cost factors change the final design of the product, and if so, how?
Each customer application has specific design parameters which influence the cost of the product. Our goal is to engineer a motor that supports the customer’s engineering requirements while satisfying their financial business case. Often, small changes can be made to high-volume motors without significantly affecting the costs.
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