Adaptronic components

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Adaptronic offers solutions for the challenges in production technology by implementing highly integrated intelligent systems. The focus of developing and using adaptronic components lies on high-precision and simultaneously highly dynamic manufacturing plants and technologies. Objectives include reducing non-productive times, increasing drive dynamics by systematic lightweight construction and intelligent auxiliary components or opening up completely new processing technologies.

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Adaptronic components for production plants

Adaptronic components for automotive engineering

Adaptronic components for medical engineering

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  • Actively influencing vibration behavior, noise radiation, contour and geometrical properties as well as damage tolerances of production systems and production conditions
  • Increasing precision of highly dynamic manufacturing plants and technologies
  • Implementing functions in machine components in a more robust, flexible, dynamic and exact manner
  • Increase in performance in automotive engineering, power engineering, machine and plant construction, railway vehicle manufacturing, medical engineering, structural engineering and building services
  • Ideal adaptation of adaptronic components to variable external conditions and the particular manufacturing task

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  • Development and implementation of actuator-sensor components, based on
    • thermal and magnetic shape memory alloys
    • Piezoceramics
    • electro-active polymers
    • magnetorheological and electrorheological fluids
  • Market analyses and feasibility studies for adaptronic solutions
  • Functional and economic evaluation of adaptronic solutions

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Demonstration units and test plants

  • Parallel kinematic test plant 3POD
  • Test plant for feed axes
  • biPOD parallel kinematics
  • Adaptive spindle holder for 3POD and 3-axis milling center
  • Active absorber for wind energy plants
  • ERF valve and MRF absorber
  • 5-axis machining center

Calculation and simulation

  • FE structural analysis (ANSYS, Pro/Mechanica, FEMtools)
  • Multi-body simulation (ITI SimulationX, Alaska, Pro/Mechanica, ANSYS)

Development and design of components

  • Design and construction of complex systems (CATIA, Pro/Engineer, AutoCAD & Inventor)

Control technology

  • Controller synthesis (Matlab, Simulink)
  • Rapid control prototyping systems (dSpace)
  • Control electronics for piezoceramics, ER/ MR fluids, thermal and magnetic shape memory alloys (SMA)

Metrology

  • 150 channel measurement system by Brüel&Kjaer PULSE
  • 48 channel mobile measurement system by LMS
  • 3D laser scanning vibrometer, rotation vibrometer
  • LaserTRACER
  • Sensors for force, pressure, temperature, AE and acceleration
  • Tekscan system (analysis of pressure distribution)