Start UP!

After one week-end of very intensive work, we managed to get all modlues up and running. Thanks to our extensive use of HIL simulation, we could manage the start up with the XTS and the Cookie Module in only three hours. It felt like plug and play.

  • Wiring the modules (Cookie- and Cream-Module) on Thursday and Friday
  • Setting up the modules on Saturday
  • Connecting them on Sunday

While it was the first time, that the modules were actually connected to our Process-Tool, the HMI and the Process-Tool and the simulation were already pretty firm. So on that side, we didn’t have any problems. But still, of course, there is still room for optimization, which we will use, until the fair. The clock is ticking. Less then 7 days!

Have a look at our first successful run:


On the video you see Oliver, how he is ordering a task on our touch panel. The XTS then starts, while Oliver goes to the “Manual Module” view on the HMI. The XTS is getting a cookie, and later Oliver is doing a manual task.

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!

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.

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.