Research and teaching at the Chair of Mechatronics do not serve the complete purpose until, they serve for the welfare of society. For this reason, we give great importance to the transfer of knowledge, the results of research projects and persons in industry and society. This endeavor is implemented through a multitude of cooperative publicly funded and bilateral projects with industry, preparation of young academics for a responsible position in companies or employment with public employers. This is also reflected by the participation and support of research staffs at the Chair to the startups.
Since spring 2016, new opportunities have opened up for a Master's degree in "Automotive Engineering & Management".
The Faculty of Engineering at the University of Duisburg-Essen offers the five-semester Master's programme, which is unique in Germany, on a part-time basis for professionals who have successfully completed a suitable degree programme and have relevant professional experience.
The Master's programme combines economic and technical study content that is specifically geared towards the automotive industry. This enables you to further substantiate your experience already gained in practice professionally and to acquire a further degree.
In the realisation of mechatronic system solutions, mercatronics GmbH uses a well-equipped toolbox: in addition to the development and production of mechanical and electronic components, microcontrollers (including Arduino and ARM), PLC technology and robot systems are integrated into cost-effective solutions and supplied from prototype to small series. Project management and software development complete the portfolio. Apps for iOS, Android and Windows Mobile as user interfaces are increasingly gaining customer interest.
NectOne® was founded as a spin-off from the Chair of Mechatronics at the University of Duisburg-Essen in 2015. The founder, Dr. -Ing. Sebastian Feldmann worked several years as solutions architect of ERP and CRM systems at various integration projects. While finishing his PhD he was the leading engineer for several key-projects like the humanoid robot HUMECH (www.humech.de) and FAROMIR (www.faromir.de). NectOne supports customers in development and implementation of industry 4.0 solutions at complex mechatronic systems, in Robotics, Industrial Production and Automotive application.
The large number of students in teaching creates a considerable amount of work for examinations, both in conducting the examinations and in the subsequent correction. To reduce this effort, a software package was created that simplifies the creation and execution of electronic examinations. The programme makes it possible to "programme" examination tasks. This means that the tasks are created in the form of code or algorithms. From this input, a desired number of individualised and randomised tasks or examinations are automatically generated. Within a task, numbers, images, diagrams, texts and also the solution methods can vary. The examinations generated with the help of examU are thus inherently deception-proof, as the examination participants are not able to exchange correct results with each other. The generated tasks are also checked for plausibility using predefined boundary conditions to ensure that all generated tasks are mathematically valid and make sense in terms of content. At the same time, a sample solution is also generated fully automatically for each task. The generated exams can be imported into various LMS systems. It is particularly easy to use moodle as an LMS examination platform. The company examU was founded to distribute the software outside the University of Duisburg-Essen.
As part of the EXIST research transfer program, red cable robots is currently working on a project to become the world's first manufacturer of industrial cable robots. The company is a spin-off of the Mechatronics Department of the University of Duisburg-Essen. red cable robots GmbH was founded in 2023 and is currently planning to launch its products in 2025.
A cable robot consists of a tool-carrying platform that is moved by coordinated winding and unwinding of cables connected to it. This approach keeps the mass to be moved low, allowing large workspaces and high dynamics to be achieved in an energy-efficient manner. Similar to conventional industrial robots, any tool can be attached to perform a variety of tasks automatically. However, compared to cable robots, conventional robot systems are physically limited in their reach. Automation systems become more expensive and slower as the size of the work area increases. As a result, robotic applications in large workspaces, with large workpieces, or with high dynamics requirements can be difficult or impossible to implement. With cable robots, however, this is possible and opens up completely new automation possibilities.
The project team is building on decades of research experience and can look back on many successful projects, some of which have even met with an echo at the Federal Ministry level (see e.g. LINK).