As part of Dr. Stetter ITQ commitment with education and new technologies for Industry 4.0, and considering the big success of our previous “Smart Green Island Makeathon” held in Gran Canaria, we are proud to announce our next major event: February 2017 Makeathon. This time, we have decided to do things a little bit differently. Thus, we will be holding different workshops during the whole event. Some of this workshops are conceived as an introduction to the Makeathon itself, such as the Robotics Workshop, where participants will learn tons of cool stuff for their projects, whereas others are more oriented to current industry professionals.

We would like you to come and experience our next Makeathon. Professionals and students from all disciplines & all semesters are invited!




Preparation for Hannover Fair – Tasks

It has been some time, since we gave you some feedback. This is because of the exams, that we all have to write right now. TU Munich is not easy on us, and even though most of us think, that it is way more fun to work on the Mi5-Project, it doesn’t really help – real life I guess.

So we figured, that the increased workload on less shoulders calls for a new way to organize and delegate the different tasks, that are important. Inspired from the load-balancer, that are so common in modern web-development, we implemented our own version of it.
We also wanted to make all the tasks visible, that everybody is doing, because sometimes, responsability grows, and is not really communicated around the team.

Every team member had to write his own tasks on a card, with his color on it. Divided into the categories, technical and other. Technical would be the things that belong to a module or the whole machine. Everything, that is mandatory for a running machine.Other includes for example, PR, website, documentation, communicating with new team members, and more.

We then started to build clusters for a person, so that tasks are delegated to a person, that is already doing something similar. Also, we could define a person, that is mostly responsible for a group of tasks and coordinates all tasks that are related to that group.

The result:
AufgabenMarkusMarkus handles the public relations, but is supported by Kilian and me regarding graphics and other picture material. Besides, he will continue working on the Siemens Teamcenter topic, and be the responsible person for the mechanical manufacturing.








AufgabenOliverOliver will handle and coordinate the tasks that belong to the new OPC UA server. He also coordinates the SVN Repo, and continues with his development of the process tool.





Jonas tasks consist of being responsible for the XTS development, contact with Beckhoff. He also became the buddy of Diego, our newest team member and will help him integrate into our team, and assist with all open questions he might have, regarding Email, SVN, GIT, etc.







AufgabenKilian Kilian will continue working on the simulation. He is responsible for the mover adapter. Besides he is going to help in the PLC programming.









AufgabenThomas I will continue working on the HMI, supported by Björn. The contact to our spanish team is mainly through me. A GIT introduction is to be done by me, and also I am responsible for the two webpages that we maintain, and delegate the writing of the posts.







The team gave a very positive feedback for this kind of task delegation. It was good to visualize what every person is doing, and for what everyone feels responsible. Furthermore it showed, which tasks are done by nobody and that needs to be done. It helped to balance the tasks according to the ability of each person and the time each of us has.

Please comment and leave a reply if you have used a similar approach to solve this problem. We are also happy if you get inspired by this method and leave a reply.

System Rendering

To get an overview of our sales fair demonstrator, we put all the modules and parts in one big rendering file. The cookie team, the cocktail team and the system team in construction contributed big parts to it. It consists of several parts, which are put together in one assembly.

The active parts are highlighted by color, while frame and non-active components are grey. Except for the XTS, of course.

This scheme is important to see the dimensions and the space, that is required for the total assembly. It also shows, that the height of the modules, while not functionally important is not equal over the modules. This might be an issue for a next update.

Due to our constant feedback with suplliers, we could already implement the sensors in this assembly. On the right we see Hardware from Beckhoff and from Wenglor.

Plese feel free to give feedback in the comment section below.

Introduction to MI5 (ger)

In the following video, we will give you a short introduction about the Project MI5. In general, we think of it as a perfect possibility for students, to enhance their practical experience. Since in universities, the focus lies on the theoretical stuff, we additionally learn to apply our newly learned skills.

This practical experience is unique for must of us, and challenges us. We recognize, that it can be a big step, from dry theory, to practical application.