The FIP range allows an unprecedented level of flexibility in designing machine frames.

  • New profile connections allow for continuous internal wiring
  • High degree of design flexibility due to a wide range of accessories.
  • Combinable and expandable modular system

When machine frames are designed, wiring is often not thought of or, at best, is an afterthought. Profiles are usually retrofitted with cable ducts, subsequently altering the design and increasing the assembly and installation work involved. However, thanks to our innovative profile joints, Bosch Rexroth's new Function Integrated Profiles (FIP) feature a fully internal cable guide that can pass through our profile stop joints. The FIP range comprises four profile cross-sections for market launch with an accessory catalog that also complements the modular system. The entire solution can be combined with the established Rexroth modular profile system and provides an unprecedented level of design flexibility.

The function-integrated profiles feature an innovative concept that enables robust frame designs with a completely internal cable guide that is already integrated in the profiles. The connection elements are the real outstanding features: the unique profile joints continue the internal cable guidance of the corner and longitudinal profiles and thus ensure continuous internal cabling that can pass through and out of our profile stop joints and can be removed from the frame at any point along the route. The advantage of this is that the installation of the cable conduit that would otherwise be required becomes largely redundant and subsequent changes to the frame construction are no longer required. This saves time and money and also has the potential for great savings in terms of parts usage.

An important occupational health and safety requirement is that cables with different types of current must be kept physically separated from each other. This is ensured by separators, which are installed in the profiles through the existing separation slots. They allow separate wiring of data, power and hose lines. In this way, the FIPs comply with the legally imposed EMC requirements for electrical installations. Unused separation slots can be used in the future for any necessary cable equipment that was not included in the original design plans. The profiles also provide sufficient space for the internal 10 mm slot which, for example, allows the connection of plugs.

The solution has been certified by the VDE (German Association for Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies) and boasts impressive design freedom. Due to the fact that the FIP range is based on the 40 mm grid standard, it can be combined and extended with all basic profiles of mechanical elements of this profile raster. An extensive catalog of accessories, including end covers, spacers, end caps, edge protectors and base plates, provides production planners and frame designers with additional benefits.

One of the other outstanding features of the FIP system are the groove-free exteriors which, thanks to the smooth hinged cover, ensure that the profiles have a standardized finish. This guarantees a clean appearance throughout the construction. Customers can choose between plastic parts in gray or black signal finishes. The gray finish creates less contrast with the frame construction, while the black version is suitable for ESD-protected areas.

As one of the world's leading suppliers of drive and control technologies, Bosch Rexroth ensures efficient, powerful and safe motion in machines and systems of any size. The company bundles global application expertise in the market segments mobile applications, machine applications and engineering, and factory automation. With its intelligent components, customized system solutions 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 for the Internet of Things. With offices in more than 80 countries, more than 32,300 associates generated sales revenues of approximately €6.2 billion in 2018.