Invest in the future
The procedures established today for developing complex mechatronic systems are often stretched to their limits. ITQ has been involved in a multitude of research projects for more than 20 years, with the goal of coping with the increasing importance of interdisciplinary development. For it is important for the continuing ability of German companies to compete on the international market to give new directions and new impetus on the research sector. For this reason, we participate in the planning and implementation of research projects.
Improving the Employability of Doctorates in Emerging Areas
The European project OUTDOC (Outplacement support for doctorates in emerging areas) is financed by Erasmus+ programme and coordinated by the University of Salamanca in Spain. It is aimed at improving the employability of doctorates in emerging areas. The main study goal was to reduce the mismatch between employers’ demands and expertise of doctorates while identifying employers’ needs. More than 250 companies from several European countries have participated in a query in order to find the most valuable skills for employers. The collected data will be used to develop an online soft skills training that will increase employability of doctorates in the industry.
ECO MODE CONTROLLER
Energy-Efficient Process Control for Calenders
Because of increasing energy costs, a growing market for concepts for improving the energy efficiency of plants has emerged. The ECO MODE CONTROLLER project’s aim is the development of a more energy-efficient process control for plastic calenders, which is to be marketed later as a service by the companies involved. The unique selling point is the combination of high energy-saving potential, excellent integrability with existing plants, and low investment needs.
Building Networks for Innovative Technology Transfer between Middle-European Industry and Trade Associations
The purpose of the international research project NUCLEI is to replace outdated international management models with a “local” approach to technology by a transnational knowledge pool in order to support progressive fabrication innovations beyond regional borders. This not only increases economic interlacing but also stimulates more effective transnational value-added chains in the automotive and electrical industry, the IT sector, robotics, and mechanical automation.
Mechatronic Engineering for Efficient Product Development in Mechanical Engineering
The currently existing approaches for mechatronic engineering often lack clear connection to practical application. The research project MEPROMA aims to clearly frame requirements for methods and tools using application scenarios. The foundation for this is the process areas and activities in mechatronic engineering which have been identified in previous research projects. This ensures that future generations of tools and methods fulfil the requirements of innovative product development and can be used in daily practice.
Productivity and Flexibility Increase by Integration of Intelligent Systems in the Factory
The goal of the research project CyProS is to develop a representative spectrum of cyber-physical system modules and to create a conceptual and methodical foundation for their use in real production environments. ITQ is intensively involved in the generation of development methods for cyber-physical systems. Imaging cyber-physical systems, including their functions, components, and interfaces, is a key aspect.
Automated Configuration in Microsystems Technology
The main goal of the research project AKOMI is to increase the mutability of production plants. To achieve that, new methods for automatic configuration of microsystems components must be researched and implemented – that way the specialist effort for integration, configuration, and calibration of means of production in microsystems technology is reduced and reuse of means of production enhanced by appropriate modularization.
Operational Introduction Strategies for Application-Oriented Process Model
The foundation of every improvement process is recording the current state. For that reason, a central element of the research project BESTVOR is an assessment method (self-assessment) which can determine the central fields of action for improving the development process in a company within a few hours. Based on the findings from the self-assessment, concrete recommendations are given on which actions to take. The foundation for the evaluation of processes and action recommendations is the results of previous research projects as well as already-published VDMA guidelines and, last not least, the experience of notable mechanical engineering companies which have participated in BESTVOR (2006-2009).
Phase-Overlapping Development of User Interfaces in Mechanical Engineering
Current trends in the context of digitalization and “Industry 4.0“ make the operation of mechatronic systems more and more complex. To meet this challenge, utilizable systems are needed which the operators can master without problems. This can be achieved if the role of the operator is continuously taken into account when developing mechatronic systems. To this purpose, an interdisciplinary consortium has compiled a reference model for user-centered development of user interfaces of mechatronic systems within the research project PEBeMA.