ResearchFinalised Projects
Kühlkonzepte auf Basis elektrokalorischer Materialien

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
  • Adaptable and Component-Protecting Disassembly in the Regeneration Path
    Part of the DFG-funded Collaborative Research Centre 871 "Regeneration of Complex Capital Goods" is a "component friendly and adaptable disassembly". Disassembly initiates the regeneration process of an aircraft engine. By automating the disassembly processes and identifying the process variables, it is possible to disassemble components in a way that is gentle on the components despite characteristic uncertainties.
    Team: Dipl.-Ing. Richard Blümel
    Year: 2018
    Sponsors: DFG
    Lifespan: 2018-2022
  • Precision Assembly
    Whether clockworks, sensors or pacemakers: wherever components have to be assembled with high accuracy, conventional robots reach their limits. In this research focus, match works on new methods to implement precise and economical assembly processes.
    Team: Christoph Schumann, Martin Stucki
    Year: 2018
    Sponsors: basic funding
    Lifespan: continuously
  • Handling of Hot-Forged Hybrid Components in the Process of Tailored Forming
    The Collaborative Research Center (CRC) 1153 "Tailored Forming" aims to develop the potential for hybrid solid components based on a novel process chain and to design the necessary manufacturing processes. The aim of subproject C7 within the CRC is to provide functional modules for the shape-variable and at the same time precise handling of components with temperatures of up to 1250 °C, taking into account additional process requirements (e.g. cooling of the components in the gripper). Grippers that simultaneously meet high requirements for workpiece variability, workpiece temperature and positioning accuracy do not exist so far.
    Team: Caner Ince
    Year: 2019
    Sponsors: DFG
    Lifespan: 4 Jahre
  • PhoenixD
    PhoenixD looks to the future of precision optics. Its core concept is to merge optical systems, design and simulation tools with all relevant production technologies into one combined platform so as to create individualized and highly-functional optical devices. In this project, match takes over the general assembly of optical modules and does researches on the process-integrated self-alignment of optical films and the modelling on UV-bondingprocesses.
    Team: Martin Stucki, Christoph Schumann
    Year: 2019
    Sponsors: DFG
    Lifespan: 7 Years
  • Self-Assembly
    The research area Self-Assembly is concerned with the design of self-assembly systems. The positioning is caused by forces that arise from physical effects between the components. Handling of the individual components is therefore no longer absolutely necessary, which enables new applications such as contactless assembly.
    Team: Christoph Schumann
    Year: 2019
    Sponsors: PhoenixD, DFG
    Lifespan: 7 years
  • CRC 1368: adhesive-based assembly processes in XHV-adequate atmospheres
    As part of the CRC 1368 "Oxygen-free production", processes in manufacturing, assembly and handling technology are being investigated under the complete technical exclusion of oxygen. The joining technology of adhesive bonding plays an essential role in assembly technology, which is why subproject B04 is concerned with adhesive-based assembly processes in an oxygen-free atmosphere. The physical properties of an adhesive bond, which ultimately determine strength and service life, are influenced by oxygen and water in many adhesive systems. The subproject aims to gain knowledge about the technical properties of bonded joints produced in oxygen-free atmospheres and with deoxidized joining partners.
    Leaders: Prof. Annika Raatz, Prof. Wolfgang Maus-Friedrichs
    Team: Sandra Gerland, Rolf Wiemann
    Year: 2020
    Sponsors: DFG
    Lifespan: 4 Jahre

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
  • iAero
    In cooperation with the IFA (Institute of Production Systems and Logistics), an aerodynamic feeding system is to be developed further in this project, so that parts can be fed flexibly and in large quantities into a subsequent process. Based on the geometric data of the parts and a simulation model of the orientation process, the system should independently identify, adjust and apply the optimal setting parameters.
    Leaders: Prof. Annika Raatz, Prof. Peter Nyhuis
    Team: Torge Kolditz
    Year: 2017
    Sponsors: DFG
    Lifespan: 2017-2020
  • Underactuated handling systems
    Within the field of "underactuated handling systems" assembly systems with fewer actuators than degrees of freedom are being researched. The basic idea is to reduce the design effort and avoid the costs of actuated systems, where each degree of freedom is typically linked to a separate motor. The main topics are the structural synthesis of the orientation mechanism and the control of the highly nonlinear dynamics.
    Team: Tobias Recker
    Year: 2017

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
  • Collaborative Assembly of Human and Machine
    In the process chain, assembly represents the last step of value creation and thus plays an crucial role in the production process of companies. The high cost and time-consuming processes involved in the assembly indicate that there is considerable potential for rationalization, from the planning and preparation of the assembly to the execution of the assembly. In addition, companies are looking for solutions to address problems resulting from an aging workforce and an increasing demand for skilled workers. For this reason, match develops collaborative assembly systems and processes.
    Leaders: Prof. Annika Raatz
    Team: Sebastian Blankemeyer
    Year: 2015
  • 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
  • Robot-assisted cooperative handling and assembly
    The handling and assembly of compliant and large-scale components is an important step in the process chain, especially with regard to fiber composite production. The problems that can occur when handling flexible components are their shape changes, which can lead to an undefined placement position. Furthermore, grasping with conventional grippers is often not possible.
    Team: Sebastian Blankemeyer
    Year: 2015
  • 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
  • KryoPKM
    Within the project: "Methods for the automation of handling processes under cryogenic conditions" we addresses the automation of handling processes in biobanks in the field of cryopreservation (from -130°C to -196°C). The project is carried out in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering (IBMT, Sulzbach/Saar).
    Leaders: Annika Raatz
    Team: Philipp Jahn
    Year: 2017
    Sponsors: DFG
    Lifespan: 2017-2021
  • 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
  • Autonomous Mobile Robotics
    In the assembly and manufacturing of large-format products and systems, very large and complex handling and assembly devices are used, which can only be set up and operated at one central production site due to their size and complexity. The finished products and systems have to be disassembled and transported to their destination, where they are reassembled. In the future, autonomous mobile robots will be used to assemble or manufacture these large-format machines directly at their destination. This will involve the cooperation of several different mobile robots in various sizes.
    Team: Tobias Recker
    Year: 2018
  • 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
  • TRR 277 Additive Manufacturing in Construction
    While productivity in the manufacturing industry increased linearly in most areas, this value has stagnated in the construction industry for about 50 years. The reason for this is the high manual effort required to create complex formwork elements. The aim of TRR 277 is to avoid this by using additive manufacturing processes. An interdisciplinary approach is being pursued, taking into account planning, production and assembly, in order to provide concrete elements that meet future requirements without formwork and more comple geometries in a way that saves energy and resources.
    Team: Lukas Lachmayer
    Year: 2020
    Sponsors: DFG
    Lifespan: 4 Jahre

Soft Material Robotic Systems

  • Soft Material Robotic Systems
    In the research area of Soft Material Robotic Systems (SMRS) we deal with robot structures made of soft and flexible materials, which - in contrast to their counterparts made of hard materials such as steel or aluminium - are inherently safe in direct contact with humans. SMRS are for example predestined for use in collaborative assembly systems, where humans and robots move and interact in the same workspace.
    Team: Ditzia Susana Garcia Morales, Serhat Ibrahim, Mats Wiese, Jan Peters
    Year: 2019
    Sponsors: DFG Priority Programme
    Lifespan: 6 years