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Automation Technology

Automation Technology

Automation technology is one aspect of increasing the efficiency of machines, plants and processes. It is finding its way into many new applications and forms the interface between mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and information technology. Due to the increasing product variety and complexity of sensor and actuator technology, individual system solutions are required. Their application-oriented design, prototypical implementation and integration is as much a focus of ITA as the development of innovative algorithms for control and measurement data analysis to increase the degree of automation of machines, plants and processes.

AUTOMATION OF FACILITIES AND PROCESSES

In order to increase the degree of automation and thus the economic efficiency of machines, complex facilities and processes, ITA is engaged in the analysis of complex workflows and the development of specific automation concepts, which are optimized and validated by additional simulations.

WIRELESS IDENTIFICATION AND SENSOR TECHNOLOGIES

One aspect to achieve greater automation of plants and processes in the sense of Industry 4.0 is the use of wireless identification and sensor technologies (e.g. RFID and 3D image processing). Since numerous system parameters influence the applicability of these technologies, a technology-specific analysis of the respective process steps and the associated design and technological adaptation for system integration is carried out.

ALGORITHMS FOR CONTROL AND DATA ANALYSIS

In order to guarantee the performance of the sensor technologies used, effective and powerful open and closed-loop control systems, together with application-specific strategies for data analysis, must be adopted. In this context, the automation of measurement data acquisition and evaluation, data fusion of different sensor systems as well as the development of decentralized, distributed control systems are the focus of the research group.

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