Laboratories

Automatisierungstechnik und Robotik - Labor

Laboratory for Automation Technology and Robotics

Automation is a highly interdisciplinary field in which essential topics of mechanical engineering, mechatronics and electrical engineering are overlapping. It goes along with the fascination to build machines that are able to run processes autonomously.

The lab is focussed on automated assembly. It is equipped with:

  • Transfer systems
  • Assembly robots
  • Programmable logic controllers
  • Pneumatic, electrical and servopneumatic handling systems
  • Various sensors and actuators
  • A wide range of information and communication technology

The main components of automation technology are introduced in practical trainings. Parts of the assembly line have been developed in student projects.

Robotics is a major part of automation. A typical assembly robot (SCARA) and a universal robot as common representatives of the robotics industry are here at disposal. Both are equipped with image processing systems. Besides programming the robots directly at the line, simulation is another essential aspect of the practical training program.

Recently, the automation technology and robotics laboratory was supplemented by a range of mobile, autonomous systems. Wheeled platforms (TurtleBot, NXT and in-house developments) belong to them as well as humanoid robots (Nao), which give an insight into the complex kinematics and programming of humanoid service robots. These robots are able to play soccer as well ...

 

Room Goe 01 4 08

Head of the laboratory

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stephan Kallweit
Goethestraße 1
52064 Aachen
Room Goe 01411
kallweit(at)fh-aachen.de
T: +49.241.6009 52348
F: +49.241.6009 52681

Laboratory staff

Heiko Engemann M.Sc.
Aachener-und-Münchener-Allee 1
52074 Aachen
Room 0405
engemann(at)fh-aachen.de
T: +49.241.6009 52506
F: +49.241.6009 52681

Equipment

Assembly line with automotive transport trolley

Automated assembly line with five assembly stations, consisting of typical industrial components for assembly tasks on cylinder heads for diesel engines, such as:

  • Transfer system with points and automotive programmable transport trolley
  • Integrated four-axes assembly robot, type SCARA with safety cell
  • Gripper changing system with parallel, angular and vacuum grippers
  • Electric, pneumatic and servopneumatic handling devices
  • Screwdriving station with electronically controlled tightening parameters
  • Vibrating spiral conveyors, self-developed active depots
  • Line and station PLCs
  • Mechanical, electronic, and optical safety installations
  • PC with programming and simulation software
  • Several camera systems

Modular assembly system with double-strap transfer system

Workpiece carrier transfer system with diverts and infeeds to realize assembly task on mobile phones, consisting of:

  • Hybrid system with integrated manual assembly workstations
  • Workpiece carrier, double strap and accumulator chain transfer systems
  • Modular design with replaceable cells
  • Data transfer between stations and workpiece carriers, control technology

6-axes universal robot

  • Type RV-3SB (Mitsubishi)
  • Robot-vision-cell (Festo)
  • Reach 640 mm, ultimate load 3 kg, repetitive accuracy ± 0.02 mm
  • Long-stroke grippers, parallel grippers
  • Stationary color camera, reflex sensor, optical waveguide including computer with programming and evaluation software
  • Simulation software CIROS Studio

4-axes assembly robot

  • Type Turbo-SCARA SR60 (Bosch Rexroth)
  • Control IQ 150, teach pendant, offline programming software
  • Reach 600 mm, ultimate load 2 kg, repetitive accuracy ± 0.025 mm
  • Parallel, angular, vacuum grippers, gripper change system
  • Safety cell

Humanoid robots (Nao)

  • Five humanoid Nao robots with 25 degrees of freedom by Aldebaran Robotics (RoboCup standard platform)
  • Simulation and control software

Mobile, autonomous robots

  • One TurtleBot, consisting of iRobot Create, Netbook, Kinect sensor, and ROS
  • One iRobot Roomba 555 robot vacuum cleaner with Kinect sensor

CAD - Labor

CAD Laboratory

Practical trainings

The CAD lab is used for the following practical trainings:

  • Basics of CAD
  • CAD/CAM

The participation in Basics of CAD is compulsory for all students. Here they learn the basic 3D techniques required for using a CAD system. The training is performed in groups with 15 person.

The CAD/CAM practical training comprises two parts: In the first part (CAD), the capabilities of modern CAD systems are demonstrated. Students are introduced to ways of modeling and assembly modeling and much more by using the Inventor CAD system.

In the second part of the training (CAM), students deal with the computer-aided generation of milling programs. This part of the training takes place in the CAD/CAM lab.

Room Goe 03307

Head of the laboratory

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Pamela Stöcker
Goethestraße 1
52064 Aachen
Room Goe 03301
pamela.stoecker(at)fh-aachen.de
T: +49.241.6009 52487
F: +49.241.6009 52681

Laboratory staff

Dipl.-Ing. Josef Schmertz
Goethestraße 1
52064 Aachen
Room Goe 02308
schmertz(at)fh-aachen.de
T: +49.241.6009 52376

Equipment

Hardware

  • 21 PC  systems
    • Precision Tx610 (Dell)
    • 27"- und 24"- monitors (Dell)
    • 3D-mouse (3DConnexion)

Software

  • Inventor Prof. 2014 (Autodesk)
  • Mechanical desktop, AutoCAD (Autodesk)
  • CAM system HyperMill (Open Mind)
  • NX 8.5 (Siemens)

CAD/CAM - Labor

CAD/CAM Laboratory

The equipment of the CAD/CAM Laboratory of the FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences reflects the entire CAx process chain in the production field; from model data acquisition/compilation and rapid prototyping up to the milling of components on modern 5-axis milling machines.

The following lab equipment can be used for practical trainings and project works:

Model Data Acquisition:

  • Hardware: 3D-Scanner (Steinbichler) incl. high-performance-workstation and scanning workstation
  • Software: Surface feedback and quality assurance (3D-Systems DesignX and Verify)

Model Data Generation (CAD):

  • Hardware: 18 PC workstations and 1 workstation for presentations
  • Software: Autodesk Inventor, Siemens NX (pilot stage)

Rapid Prototyping:

  • Hardware: HP 3D Printer

Machine Simulation:

  • Software: OpenMind HyperMill, DMG Virtual Machine (DMU 50 eVo simulation)

Manufacturing (CAM):

  • Hardware: 5-axis milling machine Datron M8; machining center DMG DMU 50eVo (workshop building), CNC lathe Mazak SQT 200 (workshop building)
  • Software: OpenMind HyperMill, Siemens NX CAM (pilot stage)

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Room Goe 02 4 08
T +49.241.6009 52474

Head of the laboratory

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martina Klocke
Goethestraße 1
52064 Aachen
Room Goe 02405
klocke(at)fh-aachen.de
T: +49.241.6009 52459
F: +49.241.6009 52681

Laboratory staff

Dipl.-Ing. Ralf Sander
Goethestraße 1
52064 Aachen
Room Goe 02407
sander(at)fh-aachen.de
T: +49.241.6009 52411
F: +49.241.6009 52681

Equipment

Hardware

  • 18 + 1 PC workstations
  • Simulation work place
  • 5-axes CNC milling machine (Datron M8)
  • HP 3D printer
  • 3D scanner with scanning workstation

Software

  • Autodesk Inventor
  • Siemens NX
  • CAM system HyperMill (Open Mind)
  • DMG Virtual Machine

Workshop building (used for practical trainings)

  • CNC lathes
    • Mazak SQT 200
  • CNC milling machines
    • MAHO 635 (3-axis)
    • DMG DMU 50eVo linear (5-axis)

Dimensionelles (geometrisches) Messen - Labor

Laboratory for geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T)

The lab is mainly used for the following practical trainings:

  • Quality systems
  • Measurement technology
  • Quality management methods

 

Equipment

  • Computer-controlled flexible 3D measuring device with tactile contact (Brown & Sharbe)
  • Tactile roughness measuring devices with software (Hommel tester)
  • Hand-held meters (Vernier caliper gauge, dial gauge, outside micrometer)
  • Test gauges
  • Gauge blocks (steel)
  • Height gauge
  • Measuring microscope
  • Inductive measuring probe
  • Laser triangulation sensor
  • Laser interferometer
  • Torque measuring shaft with strain gauges

Room Goe 01 4 08

Head of the laboratory

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stephan Kallweit
Goethestraße 1
52064 Aachen
Room Goe 01411
kallweit(at)fh-aachen.de
T: +49.241.6009 52348
F: +49.241.6009 52681

Laboratory staff

Heiko Engemann M.Sc.
Aachener-und-Münchener-Allee 1
52074 Aachen
Room 0405
engemann(at)fh-aachen.de
T: +49.241.6009 52506
F: +49.241.6009 52681

Physiklabor

Physics Laboratory

Almost all students of the three faculties Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics, Aerospace Technology, and Electrical Engineering and Information Technology use the Physics Laboratory in their 1. or 2. semester, because a practical training in Physics is part of the Physics course. The lab holds approximately 15 experimental setups (in different versions, each 2-6 times), allowing students to conduct measurements in Mechanics, Electrodynamics, Optics and Solid State Physics. In addition, the following devices are available for scientific studies: two photospectrometers, a Faraday spectrometer, a setup for measuring optical modes in planar magneto-optical waveguides, an ellipsometer and optical benches with various optical components.

A particular highlight of the Physics Laboratory is the large collection of physical gadgets (toys) which can be used for a variety of creative experiments.

 

Room Hoh 00207 | Hoh U1214 | Hoh U1208a
T +49.241.6009 52374

Head of the laboratory

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Heinrich Hemme
Goethestraße 1
52064 Aachen
Room Hoh 00208
hemme(at)fh-aachen.de
T: +49.241.6009 52357
F: +49.241.6009 52345

Equipment

  • Appr. 15 experiment setups in different versions
  • 2 photospectrometers
  • Faraday spectrometer
  • Ellipsometer
  • Several optical benches
  • Measurement setup for measuring optical modes in planar magneto-optical waveguides
  • Large collection of physical "toys"

Schweisstechnisches Labor

Welding Laboratory

The Welding lab is used for practical trainings that go along with the following courses: Joining Processes, Welding and Innovative Manufacturing Procedures II.
In addition, it is frequently used for student projects, final theses and R&D projects in collaboration with industrial partners. Here the emphasis is on practical manufacturing issues. | more details

 

Equipment:

  • Numerous welding devices
  • Welding robots
  • Metallographic laboratory
  • Microscopy
  • Various test equipment

      Room 00 1 01

      Head of the laboratory

      Prof. Dr.-Ing. Markus Schleser
      Goethestraße 1
      52064 Aachen
      Room Goe 00308
      schleser(at)fh-aachen.de
      T: +49.241.6009 52385
      F: +49.241.6009 52368

      Laboratory staff

      Dipl.-Ing. Hans Lingens MBA IWE
      Goethestraße 1
      52064 Aachen
      Room Goe 00305
      lingens(at)fh-aachen.de
      T: +49.241.6009 52418
      F: +49.241.6009 52368
      Andreas Vollmann
      Goethestraße 1
      52064 Aachen
      Room 00101
      vollmann(at)fh-aachen.de
      T: +49.241.6009 52430
      F: +49.241.6009 52347

      Strömungslabor

      Flow Laboratory

      Goettinger wind tunnel
      Testing bodies in flow fields

      • Wings
      • Spheres

      Water tank

      • For flow visualization

      Pipeline test benches

      • Volume flow measurements
      • Pressure drop measurements
      • Determination of speed profiles
      • Determination of throttle elements' characteristics
      • Determination of hovering speeds

      Pelton turbine

      • Determination of characteristics
      • Mechanical torque measurements
      • Optical speed measurements

      Centrifugal pumps test stations

      • Measurement of characteristics
      • Cavitation observations

      Axial fan on suction chamber test bench

      • Measurement of characteristics
      • Applying different procedures for volume flow measurement, pressure measurement
      • Power measurements
      • Determination of hub impact losses
      • Rotating stall analyses

       Radia fan test bench

      • Determination of the characteristics
      • Volume flow measurements on inlet nozzle, pressure measurements
      • Mechanical torque measurements
      • Optical speed measurements

       

      Room Goe 00116

      Head of the laboratory

      Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Heynen
      Goethestraße 1
      52064 Aachen
      Room Goe 00412
      heynen(at)fh-aachen.de
      T: +49.241.6009 52331
      F: +49.241.6009 52681

      Laboratory staff

      Dipl.-Ing. Jürgen Schönwald
      Goethestraße 1
      52064 Aachen
      Room Goe 00411
      schoenwald(at)fh-aachen.de
      T: +49.241.6009 52433
      F: +49.241.6009 52681

      Equipment

      • Goettinger wind tunnel
      • Water tank
      • Pipeline test benches
      • Pelton turbine
      • Centrifugal pumps test station
      • Axial fan on suction chamber test bench
      • Radial fan test bench

      Technische Mechanik/FEM - Labor

      Laboratory for Applied Mechanics / Finite Element Analysis (FEA)

      Applied Mechanics and its follow-up subjects (i.e. Finite Elements, Machine Dynamics and Dynamics of Multi-body Systems) form an important part in Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics. The currently available computer-aided design tools are indispensible for problem solving. The Laboratory for Applied Mechanics / FEA provides a modern learning and development environment, in which students learn to use simulation programs efficiently.

       

      Equipment

      CAD-Tools

      • Inventor
      • ProEngineer

      Finite-Elemente Programs

      • Ansys/Workbench (multiphysics)
      • LSDYNA/LS-PrePost
      • DYNA3D

      Strenght verification FKM

      • KISS-Soft

      Vibration analysis / multi-body simulation

      • ANSYS
      • SIMPACK

      Room Goe 00204
      T +49.241.6009 52451

      Head of the laboratory

      Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hans-Jürgen Raatschen
      Goethestraße 1
      52064 Aachen
      Room Goe 00209
      raatschen(at)fh-aachen.de
      T: +49.241.6009 52431
      F: +49.241.6009 52681

      Laboratory staff

      Dipl.-Ing. Ralf Sander
      Goethestraße 1
      52064 Aachen
      Room Goe 02407
      sander(at)fh-aachen.de
      T: +49.241.6009 52411
      F: +49.241.6009 52681