Done – 1st Hackathon!

First of all, thanks to all the students, members and the big support from ITQ – both with hardware and food.

We are proud to announce, that our first Hackathon was a huge success, and the new students felt very welcome in our team. To give you a short overview, here some figures:

  • 2 days
  • 12 Interested Students
  • 6 Mi5 Members
  • 4 Projects
  • Countless: Ideas, Sensors, Raspberry Pi 2, Lego Mindstorms, …

You can find below a video done by one of the students, Dominik Serve, who did a very professional video cut. Great job!

 

Mi5 / Virtual Reality and Real ‘Steel’ side by side

We proudly present you our newest video, where you can see the configuration we used during the SPS IPC drives trade fair.

Side by side you can now compare the simulation in industrialPhysics and the real machine. Don’t get confused, it is not just a nice-to-have feature. It was essential for us, to use the simulation during the development for testing purposes of system-wide aspects.

You can see the following things:

  • No module is visible in the simulation. This means, that the module have not yet been initialized by the process tool, and no position is saved.
  • A virtual module is being initialized. The initialization works in a way, that the mover is passing a sensor (virtual/real) and the module sends back to the XTS a boolean value when the mover passes by.
  • The modules get initialized and, first the Cookie-Module, then one after the other appears in the simulation. Once a module appears, that signalizes, that they now are configured and ready to produce
  • You then will see an order in action.
  • Pay attention to the different colors that the mover is changing to. This is the virtual-reality-mode of the simulation, where a mechanic can see in which state the mover is in. He then would know, if it is save to touch or not.
  • Further you see, that one Cream-Module is missing in the simulation. It has been deactivated on purpose. But nevertheless the machine is able to produce any cookie without error, thanks to our modular approach.

We hope you enjoy the video. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

New Video from sps ipc drives

About two weeks have passed since the sps ipc drives. We have had a lot of positive feedback for our trade-fair demonstrator both from our sponsors and interested people. Many said, that our exhibition is the closest anyone got to the topic “Industry 4.0”

There was also a camera-team from elektroniknet.de that posted a very nice video and an article on their website. Click on the image below to see the video.

 

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.

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.