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Lending a hand to change a life

Lending a hand to change a life

Prosthetic arms can cost $3,000-$30,000, which may be prohibitive for patients in developing countries or for parents of children who can outgrow a prosthetic each year. Dremel, a business unit of Bosch Power Tools division, has helped high school students find a solution. Equipped with a Dremel 3D Idea Builder printer, members of Novi High School’s FIRST Robotics team are learning about 3D printing and creating prosthetics for their Helping Hands project. The students have built and donated 75 hands through their partnership with e-NABLE, a global network of volunteers using 3D printing to provide free prosthetic hands for those in need. These prosthetics cost $20-$50 to make and are durable enough for daily use. In addition to providing affordable prosthetics, the Helping Hands project focuses on education by teaching neighboring schools and communities how to print and assemble prosthetics.

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Improving the quality of our natural resources

Improving our natural resources

A main source of pollution in our rivers is storm water runoff, which is full of contaminants and debris from roofs, lawn fertilizer, roads, and parking lots. Rain gardens help reduce the amount of pollution in the water by acting as a barrier between storm water runoff and these rivers. Rain gardens are most effective when planted with native plant species because they: thrive in local conditions, support indigenous wildlife, and have a deep root system to absorb storm water runoff. Invasive species inevitably grow in the rain gardens, but are damaging because they hinder the growth of beneficial native species.

The Rouge River runs through the most densely populated portions of Michigan making it most susceptible to environmental degradation. Bosch has been an active partner with Friends of the Rouge for 13 years to help restore and maintain the river’s native ecosystem. Most recently, more than 40 associates came together to remove invasive species from rain gardens around the Rouge River. Through this partnership, Bosch is demonstrating a commitment to improve the environment so that families can continue to enjoy the scenery and wildlife surrounding our natural resources.

Bosch Kitchen

2016 ENERGY STAR Award Winner

Bosch kitchen appliances are committed to water and energy efficiency. In addition to manufacturing energy efficient dishwashers, as well as ENERGY STAR certified compact laundry, refrigeration and ventilation products, Bosch continues to develop new innovations that minimize the consumption of precious resources. This dedication led Bosch to be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the 2016 ENERGY STAR Emerging Technology Award.

This award is given annually to innovative technologies that meet rigorous performance criteria by reducing energy use and lowering greenhouse gas emissions, without sacrificing features or functionality.  The award recognizes the Bosch 24-inch stainless steel and glass door refrigerators in the Innovative Refrigerant Systems category as the best low global warming (GWP) refrigerant systems that help protect the environment, while offering additional energy savings. Bosch was selected for its use of R600a refrigerant, a more efficient, sustainable and environmentally friendly alternative to the widely-used R134a refrigerant. Bosch has been an ENERGY STAR partner since 2007, offering appliances that are making a positive impact in our world.  

Getting young girls excited about STEM careers

Getting girls excited about STEM

In July 2016, Bosch’s Charleston, South Carolina, plant teamed up with local businesses to host nearly 100 rising 8th and 9th graders for the 2016 Girls Day Out two-day summer camp. It was designed to showcase STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers to encourage these young women to be thinkers, problem solvers, leaders and entrepreneurs.

To get the full effect of manufacturing work life, the girls toured the Bosch plant, which supports production of passenger car diesel and gasoline fuel injectors, as well as next generation anti-lock brake and electronic stability control systems.

In addition, the program featured a session to teach parents about various STEM degrees and college admission, as well as exercises to teach the girls valuable interpersonal skills techniques, proper etiquette and how to dress for success. A job expo hosted by local businesses and colleges introduced girls to the realities of the job search while providing insights into each girl's comfort level, confidence and self-awareness.           

Gleaners

United Way

In 1887, five Denver residents recognized the need to work together in new ways to make the community a better place. Out of this need, the United Way was born as a way to unite services and support systems for people in the community. Bosch believes the same still holds true in communities today and has chosen to partner with United Way across the country. With the goals of removing barriers to education, increasing financial independence and improving people’s health, Bosch and associates provide financial contributions and volunteer hours, and lend their skills to United Way.

In Detroit, Bosch associates provide expertise in lean processes and continuous improvement to help United Way partner Gleaners Community Food Bank. As a result, the time it takes to instruct volunteers has been reduced 67 percent, from 45 minutes to 15 minutes per session. And for Gleaners - which relies on 48,000 volunteer hours a year - that has significant lasting impact. In addition, improvements in quality and ergonomics have made it easier and safer for volunteers and staff. These contributions ultimately lead to the organization being able to reallocate hours and increase their overall effectiveness in the community.

FIRST Robotics

FIRST Robotics

Bosch is a proud partner of FIRST Robotics. Bosch views FIRST not just as a robotics program, but as an opportunity for high school students to innovate, problem solve and become future leaders. Teams of students are required to design, build and program the robots’ software and then compete in competitions with the ultimate goal of making it to the World Championships. Bosch partners with 21 teams – made up of nearly 900 students – by providing knowledge, tools, scholarships and mentoring to help them learn and compete at the highest levels. In 2016, five Bosch teams made it to the World Championships. As a result of their participation on FIRST teams, many students have received community-engagement awards and college scholarships, as well as shown a greater interest in STEM-related careers.

Bosch associate volunteers help low-income families

Bosch associates help families

In August 2016, about 30 associates at Bosch’s Research and Technology Center in Palo Alto, California, spent a day designing and building two playhouses for low-income families as part of Habitat for Humanity’s Playhouse program. One playhouse for a family of four had a zombie theme, and the other was a castle design, complete with a king, queen and fire-breathing dragon, for a local military family.

For each playhouse created, Bosch donated $2,000 to benefit local, low-income families. The donation not only covered the cost of the house, but supported Habit for Humanity’s mission: bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope.

Automated

Bosch safety systems reduce crashes and save lives

The best protection against crashes is to prevent them. For more than 30 years Bosch has been developing active safety systems that significantly reduce the number of crashes, despite increasing traffic density. Bosch introduced the world’s first antilock braking system (ABS) for passengers in 1978, a milestone in the area of active driving safety. In an emergency braking situation, ABS prevents a vehicle’s wheels from locking and ensures safe braking: the vehicle remains steerable and stable. Bosch launched a further development of ABS technology for passenger cars in 1987 with its traction control system (TCS). This technology improves a vehicle’s traction by preventing wheel spin when a vehicle starts off or accelerates, particularly on a slippery or wet road surface.

In 1995, active driving safety reached yet another dimension thanks to the introduction of Bosch’s ESP® technology. ESP incorporates the functions of ABS and TCS, with the additional benefits of stability control, supporting the driver in all situations. It detects if skidding is imminent and intervenes by applying braking power to individual wheels and/or reducing engine power in order to restore the vehicle's stability.

The foundation of these technologies are Bosch sensors, which provide precise data to inform the systems’ management of these critical situations.

Zero waste to land fill

Zero Waste to Land Fill

Bosch strives to reduce its environmental impact and actively improve environmental conditions. Bosch’s Zero Waste to Land Fill (ZWLF) program includes recycling but goes a step further, taking a complete system approach to minimize waste, maximize recycling, reduce consumption and divert waste materials from landfills. A total of 13 Bosch North America locations have achieved ZWLF status by overhauling their waste-management processes.