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Bosch's EX70 CCTV proves survival of the fittest theory at Boeing Research and Technology
EX70 CCTV from Bosch survives against odds at Boeing Research and Technology
Images from the CCTV help engineers quickly pinpoint problem areas in the machine control programme
Compact cameras survive the elements

With several company-owned facilities and a network of global suppliers, Boeing Research and Technology is responsible for the implementation of advanced machining technology for commercial airplanes. Conditions inside the machines are brutal - cutters are bombarded with coolant, and chips from the titanium and aluminium parts fly at high velocities. These hazardous environments limit engineers' visibility of the machining processes - forcing them to speculate causes of problems when they arose. The company sought a way to monitor processes for improvement opportunities and to enhance efficiency by more accurately identifying the causes of parts issues when they happen.

Problem: Extreme conditions impede monitoring of machining processes

  • Machining titanium and aluminium parts produces extremely harsh, wet environments
  • Inability to observe machining processes resulted in imprecise diagnosis of problems
  • Conditions unfit for people make monitoring through CCTV equipment essential.

  • Solution: Bosch's EX70 withstands brutal surroundings

  • Rugged NEMA 4X rated enclosure protects against ingress of liquid and prevents corrosion from harsh chemicals
  • Tough design is strong enough to withstand flying debris
  • NEC Class I, Division 1 certification assures safe operation in hazardous locations
  • Compact size allows for effective surveillance in tight spaces
  • Precision optics delivers outstanding video imaging

Results: Improved machining processes

  • Cameras record processes inside machines and operator consoles
  • Images captured help engineers quickly pinpoint problem areas in the machine control programme
  • Cameras installed at company and supplier facilities help improve the quality of parts when a problem exists
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