Industrial Robots and Manufacturing Automation

Faculty of Electrical Engineering

Industrial Robots and Manufacturing Automation

Room: L 219

Phone: +49 351 462-3501

Laboratory industrial robots and manufacturing automation

The use of industrial robots is an essential basis for the modern manufacturing industry, both to increase productivity and to relieve people of heavy, tiring or dangerous work. When designing flexible, low-operator production sections, they are essential and take over e.g.

  • parts manipulation (e.g. loading robot),
  • are directly integrated into technological processes (e.g. paint spraying robots) and
  • implement parts transport (e.g. driverless transport systems).

Furthermore, service robots open up a multitude of new fields of application, such as

  • Cleaning robots (e.g. cleaning high-rise glass facades)
  • Inspection robots (e.g. inspecting sewer pipes)
  • Medical robots (e.g. support and operate disabled persons)
  • Earth detection robots (e.g. digital mapping)
Mobile robots in use
Mobile robots in use

This interesting topic is offered to students of the study fields Mechatronic Systems / Vehicle Mechatronics, Automation Technology and Technical Informatics as well as Electrical Power and Drive Engineering by

  • Robot applications
  • Control and simulation / Programming of robots

In our laboratory, articulated arm robots are available to students, on which practical experiments are carried out.

They program, 'teach' and test the robots.

Content of the practical work

On a horizontal articulated arm robot (SCARA), the students are familiarized with the basics of industrial robotics through active, practical work. The focus is on programming the robot, which is carried out using modern software. In order to make the tasks clear, different objects (pallets, cylinders, etc.) are available, which, depending on the task, have to be arranged by the students on the machine table of the robot within its range of motion. The planned tasks can be tested in advance by simulation. The positions to be automatically reached are either controlled directly with the software, determined by "teaching" or calculated directly. It works online with the control PC of the robot (direct point control, teaching). In addition, the simulation for a project can also be created and tested offline with a virtual controller on a second PC.


Mobile robot Robotino from FESTO

The diameter is 450 mm and the height is 290 mm.

It has a weight of 20 kg and can load 30 kg.

A special feature are the three independently driven all-side wheels (omnidirectional drives) that also allow turning on the spot.

Speeds of up to 10 km/h can be reached.

The robot can be operated e.g. via the graphic programming system Robotino View via wireless LAN.

FESTO mobile robot
FESTO mobile robot

Robot integrated manufacturing system

At this complex robot-integrated manufacturing system, students can work on interesting topics as a project or diploma thesis.



[Translate to English:] Versuchsstand
Test stand of a production line "Sorting of festoon lamps"

Supervising professors and laboratory engineers