Bosch has introduced the concept of ‘smart’ levelling with its launch of the GCL 2-50 C (red laser technology) and GCL 2-50 CG Professional (green laser technology), which allows hands-free remote control via smartphone, in addition to a motorised mount for precise positioning of the laser lines.
An innovative Bluetooth® connection means that these combi lasers can be controlled not only hands-free via a smartphone, but also remotely over longer distances. In addition, both combi lasers can be combined with the RM 3 Professional multifunctional mount. This motorised mount enables the laser lines to be precisely positioned, explains Sebastian Johannes, Bosch Measuring Tools Brand Manager.
“The GCL 2-50 CG Professional allows for supreme visibility, as well as an array of ‘smart’ functions to enhance its connectivity,” Johannes comments. Features include horizontal and vertical laser lines, and two centred plumb points with optimal visibility.
Precise positioning of the laser lines around the plumb points is possible via motorised positioning with the optional RM 3 Professional, using an app or remote control, or manual positioning with the RC2 Professional infrared remote control. This has the option of three available speeds, namely normal, fast, and step-by-step.
“You simply press and hold to rotate the tool, and then release button to stop the rotation,” Johannes explains. He stresses it is important to point the device at the RM 3 when doing this, due to the infrared function.
While traditional green laser products used colour-conversion technology to generate the green laser beam from a red laser diode, Bosch’s latest GCL line-up boasts a genuine green laser diode, which not only increases effectiveness and robustness, but offers the best visibility possible.
“The green laser light has 100% visibility by human eye, while red laser light only has about 24%,” Johannes points out. This makes the GCL 2-50 CG Professional the best laser level for use in adverse light conditions, compared to products based on red laser beam technology. The longer battery runtime also equates to reduced power consumption, as well as less heat emission, which extends the operational lifespan of the laser level.
The high visibility of the green horizontal and vertical laser lines ensures a working range of 20 m, without a receiver, while a working range of 50 m is possible with the optional LR 6 or LR 7 Professional receiver. A pendulum lock ensures safe transport, while there is an added benefit of a dual power source in the form of either 12 V-LI-ion battery or standard alkaline batteries.
The GCL 2-50 C has a working range of 20 m, increased to 50 m with and optional receiver, and an accuracy of ± 0.3 mm/m. It features red laser beam technology, projecting horizontal and vertical laser lines, and two centred plumb points for optimal visibility. This laser level is exceptionally versatile to use, due to the addition of a rotating multifunctional mount for a variety of mounting possibilities.
“The user benefits associated with the connectivity in particular effectively means contactless control of all laser functions,” Johannes highlights. This means an end to shaky laser lines, precision at all times, and full control even in hard-to-reach areas. An added advantage is three power settings, namely full visibility, balanced mode, or battery-saving mode, depending on the application at hand.
In addition, the motorised RM 3 means that the laser lines can be positioned with pinpoint accuracy wherever needed, even over longer distances. The RM 3, in turn, is powered by the battery pack of the GCL 2-50 C when attached, meaning that an independent power source is not required. Each foot of the RM 3 has a fine-adjustment rotational button for stability on uneven surfaces. Manual adjustment is also possible if required.
Dry-wall installation is made that much quicker due to a vertical alignment with a long overshoot of almost 360°. Interior finishing tasks such as transfer applications are enhanced due to easy positioning on given reference marks. A slope function with LED indication is ideal for installation of pipes, handrails, and staircase construction.
“The latest technological innovations from Bosch means it now offers a complete laser-levelling solution for construction professionals that is guaranteed to improve productivity and accuracy for most indoor levelling applications,” Johannes concludes.
Bosch is continuously increasing its footprint in Africa
Bosch has been present in Africa since 1906, and is currently in ten African countries: South Africa, Egypt, Morocco, Kenya, Angola, Mozambique, Algeria, Nigeria, Ghana, and Tunisia. Depending on future business development, the company plans to increase this number in the next years. All four Bosch business sectors – Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology – have operations on the continent. In 2016, Bosch generated sales of some €435 million, with more than 840 associates in Africa.
Corporate social responsibility in Africa
Bosch actively promotes talented young people in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2008, it was one of the initiators of Afrika kommt!, an initiative of German industry for junior managers from sub-Saharan Africa. Since 2008, Bosch has been part of a group of some 20 companies offering scholarships to African junior executives to spend a year in Germany completing a professional training programme. Since then, more than 58 young African have been selected for the programme. The goal is to foster mutual exchange and learning between budding African executives and German companies. www.afrika-kommt.de
In the spirit of its founder, Robert Bosch, the company is committed to encouraging and fostering entrepreneurship, innovation, and contribution to society at large. Bosch has been a proud sponsor of the 2016 All Africa Business Leader Awards, hosted by CNBC Africa, recognising the continent’s outstanding leaders. www.aablawards.com
The fourth industrial revolution provides the platform for an evolving education system to prepare the youth today to face the challenges of tomorrow. in 2015, Bosch South Africa invested in an outreach robotics program, giving the opportunity to children from various backgrounds to study robotics. This resulted in two teams qualifying and competing in the 2016 World Robotics Olympiad. http://www.dspretoria.co.za/
The Bosch Group at a glance
The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 390 000 associates worldwide (as of 31 December 2016). According to preliminary figures, the company generated sales of €73.1 billion in 2016. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT company, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, smart cities, connected mobility, and connected industry. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to create solutions for a connected life, and to improve quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is ‘Invented for life.’ The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 450 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 120 locations across the globe, Bosch employs 59 000 associates in research and development.
The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as ‘Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering’. The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.