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Reissued and extended: "Encyclopedia of Power Tools" from Bosch


· Comprehensive lexicon for the first time on DVD

· Information on surface finishing with emphasis on “wood”

· 1500 questions and answers for many practical examples

Bosch has reissued the “Encyclopedia of Power Tools”. The edition 2006 on DVD offers comprehensive information for application of power tools. Additionally, it was extended by the two chapters “1500 Questions and Answers” and “Surface finishing”. Not only salesmen, tradesmen or teachers, but also interested DIY enthusiasts will find a wealth of answers for day-to-day applications in this encyclopedia.

The “1500 Questions and Answers” deal with all kinds of subject areas, from the composition of good screwdriver bits through to the selection of tools for working on stone. The answers about lithium-ion batteries, the technology of the future for cordless power tools, should attract particular attention. The new chapter on surface finishing concentrates mainly on “wood”. It guides the reader to the ideal power tool for his needs and uses simulations to present practical tips for dealing with the work piece. The information about machine accessories and all different kinds of coated abrasives can save unnecessary work steps or prevent mistakes.

Bosch has updated the existing chapters on the CD to meet the latest state of the art. This includes the extensive “ Encyclopedia of Power Tools”, a reference work animated with state-of-the-art technology, a computer-based training program and the large “Media pool” picture database. The “Acoustic tour” introduces the user step-by-step to this extensive literature. Here, a female narrator explains how the comprehensive pool of knowledge can best be used for your own needs. The layout and presentation of the encyclopedia are based on, the website of Bosch’s Power Tool Academy that contains more than 10 000 pages. With its structuring and its many links, the DVD makes it easy to find the desired information, pictures or videos.

The “Encyclopedia of Power Tools” explains more than 1 400 technical terms in an easy-to-understand manner using numerous illustrations – from A for abrasives to Z for zero voltage switch. A good feature for private study are the six intensive courses covering subjects like stoneworking and woodworking, surface finishing, intelligent measuring tools or application-oriented assistance. At the end of each course there is a knowledge test that examines your understanding of the subject matter.

The Media pool offers the user a unique collection of files: in addition to a large number of photographs and diagrams, this database also provides 3D models and videos of Bosch Power Tools. This offers the user the opportunity to view the tool of his choice in advance from all sides and also in action. Modern animations and simulations make it possible to “try out” power tools in a virtual world on the PC and to find out how they work. This makes the Media pool a valuable source of information for creating your own seminars and e-learning units. Examples of the file formats used are JPG (photographs), ASF (videos) or SWF (animations). The offer is rounded off by a collection of games.

Anybody interested in the new encyclopedia DVD can obtain it free of charge at It also runs on older PCs with Windows 95 operating systems onwards. For animated illustrations the program uses various multimedia plug-ins which are installed automatically, if required, the first time the program is started.

The Bosch Group is a leading global manufacturer of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology. In fiscal 2005, some 251,000 associates generated sales of 41.5 billion euros. Set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering,” the Bosch Group today comprises a manufacturing, sales, and after-sales service network of more than 280 subsidiaries and more than 12,000 Bosch service centers in over 140 countries.

The special ownership structure of the Bosch Group guarantees its financial independence and entrepreneurial freedom. It makes it possible for the company to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future, as well as to do justice to its social responsibility in a manner reflective of the spirit and will of its founder. 92 % of the shares of Robert Bosch GmbH are held by the charitable foundation Robert Bosch Stiftung. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG.

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