Advanced Mechatronic Systems (AMS) – Automation & Control Institute

Advanced Mechatronic Systems (AMS)

The group for Advanced Mechatronic Systems (AMS) at ACIN delivers research and education in the fields of precision engineering, scientific instrumentation and process-measurement systems, as well as industrial automation and control systems. A special focus of these research domains is on industrially relevant applications.
Our research activities aim towards the development of an integrated systems design approach, including theoretical aspects and advanced control methods, for industrial automation, production, and measurement systems.

In general, integrated system design and advanced control, e.g., of mechatronic and micro-systems, will play an important role in future technology. The demands on highest precision and throughput require advanced mechatronic designs and highly sophisticated controllers. Already at the system design phase all components involved in the specific application have to be considered. Examples for these components are the mechanical structure of the device as well as the power source, the actuators, the sensors, the control system, and the eventual application. Further requirements are a modular system design, re-usability of individual sub-systems, and re-configurability of the overall integrated system.

Achieving these objectives in a systematic way requires a significant research effort towards the optimal integration of process design and control design.

Mechatronic Design & System Integration

Our research activities in the field of mechatronic design and system integration aim towards the development of an integrated systems design approach, including theoretical aspects and advanced control methods, for precision motion systems, mechatronic imaging and measurement systems, as well as for modular robotic systems. Read more →

Scientific Imaging and Metrology Systems

In our research, we put a strong focus on improving the performance of mechatronic imaging and measurement systems. Here, mechatronics and feedback control are very important domains, bearing a huge innovation potential to enhance system performance of scanning-based imaging and metrology systems, Read more →

Precision Motion Systems

Motion control with highest precision at high bandwidths is a prerequisite for a broad variety of applications, such as scanning probe systems as well as for the next generation of lithography machines in semiconductor production, and other systems from high-tech industry. A typical requirement and challenge for precision motion applications is the need to achieve a wide dynamic range of 5 to 9 orders of magnitude. Read more →

Industrial Automation and Control Systems

Industrial Automation & Control Systems are key elements in any production system for both discrete manufacturing as well as for batch and continuous production processes. One challenge nowadays is that the cost for programming and commissioning of manufacturing systems is covering the largest fraction of cost for new manufacturing systems. Read more →