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Bosch Rexroth helps Texas A&M establish Fluid Power Laboratory

Bosch Rexroth helps Texas A&M establish Fluid Power Laboratory
Drive and control company equips new Texas A&M Lab with equipment to educate students using the newest technology in hydraulics, pneumatics and advanced control methods.

Bosch Rexroth provided hydraulics and pneumatics training equipment in the new Texas A&M fluid power lab.

(December 14, 2007 – College Station, TX – Bosch Rexroth was honored recently at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas for its involvement in the creation of the Bosch Rexroth-R.C. Womack Fluid Power Laboratory.

The lab, which was created in conjunction with Womack Machine Supply, is a newly renovated, state-of-the-art facility which will showcase eight new fluid power trainers including pneumatic and industrial hydraulic systems from Bosch Rexroth.

Bosch Rexroth Corporation president and CEO Berend Bracht joined Texas A&M University educators and students as they officially opened the lab for the 2007-2008 academic year.

“Bosch Rexroth is proud to partner with Womack Machine Supply and Texas A&M University to bring its fluid power expertise to the forefront of engineering technology and education,” said Berend Bracht. “With the number one ranked Industrial Development Program in the world, we at Bosch Rexroth cannot think of a better environment to showcase our products and experience than Texas A&M University.”

The laboratory was proposed by Texas A&M to Womack and Bosch Rexroth in April of 2006. The primary mission of the lab is to educate students using the newest technology in hydraulics, pneumatics and advanced control methods. Its secondary mission is to attract industry sponsored projects and to provide professional training or continuing education to engineers, distributors and managerial professionals working in the fluid power market place.

“This laboratory models the integrated engineering business environment where multiple technologies converge to solve customers’ problems,” said Dr. Walter W. Buchanan, head of the Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution at Texas A&M. “We are grateful to Bosch Rexroth and Mr. R.C. Womack for this facility, which blends technologies taught in all programs of our department.”

The lab will be divided into three areas: lecture space, hydraulics and pneumatics. The hydraulics and pneumatics areas will be equipped with latest Bosch Rexroth fluid power technology including the use of computers, simulation software and data acquisition systems to guide the learning experience.

Courses taught in the lab will relate to both the Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution (ET/ID) curriculums and will encompass both ET and ID students who are studying fluid power technology. The main courses to be taught will be Fluid Power Technology and Fluid Mechanics. The emphasis will be on basic hydraulics and pneumatics as well as electro hydraulics and pneumatics.

The ET/IT Programs at Texas A&M University have 600 students and serve distributors and manufacturers from maintenance, repair, and operations channels, and channels serving construction, high tech distribution and manufacturing. ET/IT students are the most highly recruited at Texas A&M University and are hired by many distributors like Womack Machine Supply.

“This lab is a powerful teaching tool that provides our students with hands-on experience to better prepare them for industry applications,” added Dr. Barry Lawrence, laboratory director and program director of industrial distribution. “The continuing relationship between Bosch Rexroth, Womack Machine Supply and Texas A&M will continue to advance education for fluid power channels through cutting-edge teaching and new knowledge creation through research.”

As a long-time industry champion, Bosch Rexroth is honored to donate its time and resources to the ongoing vision of fluid power technology at Texas A&M University. With both monetary and equipment backing for the new Fluid Power Laboratory, Bosch Rexroth will continue to support the mission of the ET/IT programs and provide the best engineering education and hands-on training for young professionals entering the marketplace.

Bosch Rexroth AG, part of the Bosch Group, achieved sales of approximately $6.2 billion (4.9 billion Euro) in 2006 with over 29,800 employees. Under the brand name of Rexroth the company offers all drive and control technologies, from mechanics, hydraulics and pneumatics to electronics and associated service. Over 500,000 customers worldwide utilize Rexroth’s unique technological know-how to implement their innovative and future-oriented systems and machine concepts. The global player, represented in over 80 countries, is an extensive supplier of components and systems for industrial and factory automation and mobile applications.
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