Innovative High-tech Demonstrators

ITQ aims to make engineering and technical courses more attractive to young people. That is why we have been carrying out “fun learning projects” together with universities and their students for more than ten years. The aim is to convey the latest technology in a playful way and to offer young people a completely new approach to technical topics. With our “High-Tech Toys” in study seminars, we inspire the next generation and make the courses more varied and interesting.

Based on the diverse experiences in our student teams, we have been working for several years with the VDMA on various expansion stages of the smart4i Demonstrator, which can be used to illustrate the technical possibilities of digitization and Industrie 4.0. In the meantime, over 100 motivated students from a wide variety of departments and nations have gone through this series of projects and presented them to a large number of well-known representatives from industry and research.

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GOOGLE CLOUD

FWIP ICE CREAM

SMART4I

SMART AIRHOCKEY

MI5 SHOWCASE

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LIMOWEB

MI5 DARTBOARD

Demonstrator Rennbahn

RACING TRACK FOR SINGLE CHILDREN

Demonstrator Flipper

PINBALL WITH BRAINS

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Innovative

Our project approaches are always innovative. We create Industrie 4.0 prototypes and demonstrators using the latest methods and tools.

International

In our projects, we work closely with students from all over the world and in cooperation with a large number of universities within and outside of Europe.

Iterative and incremental approaches

When implementing our projects, we always rely on agile methods, which we have expanded accordingly for use in mechatronics (e.g. mechatronic Scrum).

Interdisciplinary

In all projects, the focus is on interdisciplinarity. We combine different approaches and methods from different disciplines.

GOOGLE CLOUD DEMONSTRATOR

Google Cloud hands-on experience – Made by ITQ

The educational project “Intelligent Fwip Ice Cream Demonstrator” shows the latest technological standards in the field of intelligent automation and collaboration of robots. The task was to equip a “Portobello”, the IoT ice cream machine with capsule system from Fwip, with new motors and sensors and to enable intelligent operation with the help of a “Sawyer” Robot from Rethink Robotics. Two student trainees worked on the project, who, in addition to engineering, were also able to deepen their practical experience in project management and 3D printing.

The automatically controlled robot takes an empty ice cream cup with a gripping hand and places it under the dispensing point of the machine. It then uses a vacuum gripper to take the desired ice cream cartridge from the cooling device and places it in the Fwip ice cream machine. This then prepares the ice cream. In the final step, the robot arm removes the prepared ice cream and serves it to the user at the dispensing point. The entire process of ice cream preparation is made visible to the viewer with the help of neopixels.

FWIP ICE DEMONSTRATOR

Collaborative robots – The intelligent ice cream machine

The educational project “Intelligent Fwip Ice Cream Demonstrator” shows the latest technological standards in the field of intelligent automation and collaboration of robots. The task was to equip a “Portobello”, the IoT ice cream machine with capsule system from Fwip, with new motors and sensors and to enable intelligent operation with the help of a “Sawyer” Robot from Rethink Robotics. Two student trainees worked on the project, who, in addition to engineering, were also able to deepen their practical experience in project management and 3D printing.

The automatically controlled robot takes an empty ice cream cup with a gripping hand and places it under the dispensing point of the machine. It then uses a vacuum gripper to take the desired ice cream cartridge from the cooling device and places it in the Fwip ice cream machine. This then prepares the ice cream. In the final step, the robot arm removes the prepared ice cream and serves it to the user at the dispensing point. The entire process of ice cream preparation is made visible to the viewer with the help of neopixels.

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smart4i Demonstrator

Smart4i Demonstrator

From the Cloud to the Personalized Power Bank

The smart4i Demonstrator makes Industrie 4.0 tangible and proves that manufacturing processes can be made Industrie 4.0 compatible by efficient use and combination or technological components. By means of the smart4i Demonstrator, customers have the option of ordering an individualized power bank. Color, wrapper and label can be adapted to the customer’s personal preferences and wishes.

Your order is immediately processed by the demonstrator and the parameters relayed to the modules. The distinctive feature is the consistent crosslinking from the cloud to the field devices, which is ensured at all times by unified interfaces (OPC UA) and information models. The smart4i Demonstrator was implemented in only 36 weeks by an interdisciplinary and international team of 36 students in cooperation with industry partners.

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Smart Airhockey Demonstrator

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Artificial Intelligence through Machine Learning

With the new Smart Airhockey Demonstrator, an impressive trade fair demonstrator has been implemented that presents “machine learning” with a fun factor. The joint project by AMK and ITQ is a model example of today’s engineering and was continuously developed in iterative steps by an international and interdisciplinary team of students in close cooperation with Aalen University within six months.

With the new Smart Airhockey Demonstrator we want to show how IoT and automation-related drive components are linked to one another. The aim is to expand the range of IoT and automation-related demonstrators and thus to illustrate the ubiquity of IoT in everyday life. With the help of camera systems, the movement path of the puck is recorded and the shuffle stick moves at lightning speed with the help of the AMK drive motors to defend its goal – a playful battle at the highest level!

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Mi5 Showcase

Tangible Engineering

An interdisciplinary and internatonial team of 20 highly motivated students from different fields – e.g. mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science – and from different nations – among them Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Tunisia, and China – have carried out the project “Showcase MI5” together with partners from industry, research, and education.

MI5 stands for “mechatronic, ideal-typical engineering” fulfilling the following 5 i’s: innovative, interdisciplinary, incremental and iterative. This “engineering demonstration plant” was built virtually and as a real machine, and presented for the first time in 2014 at the trade fair SPS IPC Drives. It also visualizes the concrete individual steps of the engineering.