Research
Finalised Projects

Finalised Research Projects at the Institute of Assembly Technology

Developing and Optimising of Handling and Assembly Processes

  • Handling of solar cells
    The aim of the project is the investigation of parallel robots for high speed handling operations of solar cells for industrial applications. Alternative parallel kinematic structures for the handling of solar cells are to be designed and the functional models of the CRC 562 for industrial tasks are to be investigated in terms of their suitability.
    Team: Annika Raatz, (Jan Schmitt)
    Year: 2011
    Sponsors: DFG Knowledge transfer project
    Lifespan: 1,5 years

Machine Concepts and System Integration

  • Active tool holding device
    The aim of this research project is to increase the productivity of machine tools with rotating tool holding devices by actively influencing the machine structure. The limiting factor for the performance of a machine tool is the dynamic and static behaviour of the structure. If machine tools are operated near their limits, undesired machine vibrations may occur. As a result, either the machining of the workpieces cannot be completed or parameter values (feed, speed, etc.) are selected which do not fully exploit the machine's performance.
    Team: Annika Raatz, (Alexander Boldering)
    Year: 2011
    Sponsors: DFG
    Lifespan: 3 years
  • Cooling concepts based on electrocaloric materials
    Electrocaloric materials belong as other caloric materials to the group of the active materials and show a temperature change under the influence of an electric field. For applications that temperature range, the exploitation of the electrocaloric effect promises great potential. This is particularly the case in systems with limited energy, for example in e-mobility.
    Team: Annika Raatz, (Phillip Blumenthal)
    Year: 2012
    Sponsors: DFG
    Lifespan: 3 years

Robot aided Assembly and Handling Processes

  • 3C-PKM
    The aim of the project "Development of a parallel kinematic structure for the 3C application field" is to analyse and further develop the kinematics of an ABB Flexpicker in order to meet the requirements of handling and assembly tasks in electronics assembly. To this end, the workflow of a possible development process is worked out and relevant boundary conditions and target parameters are identified.
    Team: Annika Raatz, (Gunnar Borchert)
    Year: 2012
    Sponsors: DFG Knowledge transfer project
    Lifespan: 1,5 years
  • ProVorPlus (Functionally integrated process technology for preassembly and component manufacturing of FRP metal hybrids)
    In order to increase the economic potential of fiber-reinforced plastic-based lightweight construction, the production of components with component integrated hybridization is appreciated. Different materials with different properties are combined to form a single component, which enables the functionalization (mechanical, thermal and electrical) of the individual materials.
    Team: Annika Raatz, (Christopher Bruns)
    Year: 2015
    Sponsors: BMBF
    Lifespan: 3 years
  • Generative Manufacturing in Construction
    The production of concrete components in the building industry has always followed the traditional manual process, in which buildings have to be built "stone by stone" and the concrete elements have to be manufactured by means of elaborate wooden formwork. Although the construction industry has powerful calculation software and high-performance concretes, the production process is complex and not automated. This is where the above-mentioned project comes in. The aim is to use a fully automated, robot-based production cell to produce generatively free formed concrete components for building construction.
    Team: Annika Raatz, (Serhat Ibrahim)
    Year: 2016
    Sponsors: MWK
    Lifespan: 2 years
  • Cable-driven orientation device
    In the area of "cable-driven orientation devices", structural extension mechanisms (three dof) for delta-robots are being researched which are actuated by means of bowden-cables. If the motors of the extension mechanism are attached to the base frame of the robot system, the robot mass will be reduced and the mechanical stress of the structure decreases.
    Team: Annika Raatz, (Daniel Krebs)
    Year: 2016
    Lifespan: 3 years
  • SafeMate
    The goal of the research project SafeMate is to implement collaborative assembly systems in cross-industry applications and to develop general strategies and concepts for the introduction and design of such systems. These general strategies are to be summarised in a guideline, which is intended to provide companies with guidance in the form of action and decision-making corridors when designing collaborative assembly systems.
    Team: Tobias Recker, Sebastian Blankemeyer
    Year: 2017
    Sponsors: BMBF
    Lifespan: 3 years
  • Economic production of load-compatible FRP / metal composites
    In cooperation with the IFUM (Institute for Forming Technology and Forming Machines), this project aims to develop and optimize an economical production of load-bearing FRP / metal composites. Local FRP accumulations are to be arranged and fixed between two steel sheets. Subsequently, the layer structure is transferred to a two-stage press for impregnation and forming.
    Team: Annika Raatz, (Christoph Schumann)
    Year: 2018
    Sponsors: EFB/AiF
    Lifespan: 2 years