Team Gran Canaria: First steps

The Mi5 Student Team Gran Canaria is on! As a result of our Robot workshop, some motivated students are continuing their work at our Lab in Las Palmas.

Mi5 Team Gran Canaria

We are currently working as an interdisciplinary team of 8 students.

Since both, the engineering and the informatics faculty, are cooperating with our project, some students are even able to have their work formaly accepted as a part of their studies.Faculty EIIC / ULPGCULPGC

PLC Electronics

First challenges were the electrical and electronical setup of our B&R delta robot, as well as the mechanical structure.


Currently the team is working on several tasks:

  • setting up a Simulation Environment using Siemens NX for CAD Design and IndustrialPhysics / Machineering for the HIL SimulationNX and Simu
  • constructing and building a case for the electronical components of the B&R Delta Robot

Lab Setup

  • Implementing an Image Processing Module for detecting coloured pieces, using MATLAB/Simulink

MATLAB Image Recognition

  • PLC & CNC Programming, OPC UA Setup and movement limits of the B&R Delta Robot



Despite the time in the university, we used the weekends for activities. Some Students of our Team and me went for a trip to ‘roque nublo’:


Also I managed to enhance my mobility and explore the island on two wheels:



Lessons learned:

  • It is close to impossible to find standard aluminium profiles on the island, but you get to know a lot of nice people while looking for them.
  • Seeing a moving robot catches every students attention, no mather if you can talk to him or not.
  • If a policeman pulls you over and asks you, if there are ‘STOP’ signs existing in germany aswell, he is not interested in german traffic culture.

New virtual demonstrator

We are currently building a complete virtual demonstrator, that will use 5 x 24″ Multitouch panels in the back, each for one module, 2 x 34″ monitors in the bottom for the xts in real size (2 x 86cm diagonal), 3 IPCs for the simulation, 2 Laptops, 1 HMI Multitouch 24″ panel.

Thanks to B&R for the support for the Touch Panels and the IPCs.

We will keep you updated on our journey to the virtual industry-ready production facility.


IQS Design Study – Andres Garcia

We proudly announce a design study, made by the spanish university IQS under Prof. Andres Garcia. It is the university of our alumni team members Jordi and Bernard.

Students made a design study in order to make their ideas of possible modules more tangible. You can see a frozen yogurt machine, with a cooled yoghurt dispenser and a topping module. In another study, there is a dispenser of “disparillos” and other sweets to decorate the product. In video 4/8 you can see an animated dispenser with different toppings and a mixer.

All the Mi5 team congratulates the students at IQS for their great work. We hope to collaborate further on this topic, and would love to build a module together.

Keep up the awesome work!

Ps.: Please note that video 2/8 cannot be watched in germany, since there is a GEMA conflict :-/

Virtual Process Simulation – Realization

In the video below, you can see the XTS PLC linked to the simulation with the simulation software Industrial Physics and to the actual hardware at the same time. This is used by our developer team to test their programming in a virtual HIL setup. Even without the actual hardware components, it is possible do a systematic test of the whole system.

Further infomations can be found under


Have a look at our newest video of the recent start up , too!

Simulation of the Cookie Module with Industrial Physics

We are working with Industrial Physics to generate our HIL setup. Starting with the first parts of the setup we are developing a digital representation of the cookie module.

The cookie dispenser works in the way, that the rotating disc is moved by a stepping motor. Whenever the cookie comes to the yellow ramp, it falls down by gravity. The simulation uses the same effects. The friction and other details are as close to reality as possible.

We will keep you posted about other modules and simulations.

Please feel free to comment below.

Simulation XTS and general process

To give the industry and our supporter a better understanding of the process, we visualized the modules that are docked to the XTS.

The simulation was done by Bernardt Cortes and Jordi Mas. Both students from the spanish university: Universidad Ramon Llull. They came to ITQ for 3 months, to get some working experience.