Students' Thesis

The following Students’ theses (Bachelor, Master and PhD thesis) have been or are being carried out by engineering students in the laboratory.

In addition, advertised topics for future Students’ theses can also be viewed in this area. If you are interested in any of the topics, please contact the contact person listed.

BACHELOR 2018 - Hybrid assembly - case of a pneumatic cylinder assembly in the Smart Mini Factory Lab (ongoing)

The objective of this work is the development of a hybrid assembly workstation for the assembly of a pneumatic cylinder. The student analyses the current assembly process and evaluates the assembly processes with regard to their suitability for manual or automated execution. The student then develops a workstation on which an operator and a lightweight robot (Universal Robot UR3) can assemble the product together.

Student: Armin Peer (Bachelor in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering)
Supervisors: Dr. Erwin Rauch and Luca Gualtieri

MASTER 2018 - Assessment model for industrial companies to define the maturity level of industry 4.0 implementation (ongoing)

The objective of this work is the development of an assessment model for Industry 4.0 maturity levels. The students summarizes the state of the art regarding assessment and maturity models and the state of the art regarding existing Industry 4.0 concepts discussed in scientific literature. He develops an assessment model suitable for industrial companies to identify their actual status and to define their targets in implementing new and innovative Industry 4.0 concepts and technologies. This study supports ongoing research activities in the EU H2020 research project SME 4.0.

Student: Marco Unterhofer (Master in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering)
Supervisors: Dr. Erwin Rauch

MASTER 2018 - Evaluation of the applicability and suitability of industry 4.0 concepts in different industrial sectors and company sizes (ongoing)

The work aims to evaluate which industry 4.0 concepts are suitable for different company sizes and sectors. For this purpose, experts from the EU H2020 project "SME 4.0" as well as various companies from the selected sectors and company sizes will be surveyed. The survey is followed by a statistical evaluation of the results and the preparation of hypotheses. The results and hypotheses should provide information on which industry 4.0 methods are most appropriate for a particular combination of the two parameters a) enterprise size and b) industrial sector.

Student: Thomas Stecher (Master in Industrial and Mechanical Engineering)
Supervisor: Dr. Erwin Rauch

MASTER 2018 - Study of the current state of engineering education in South Tyrol and recommendations for the future in the context of industry 4.0 (ongoing)

The work is supported by the Interreg Italia-Austria project "Engineering Education 4.0". In the context of this work the student examines the current status of the engineer education in South Tyrol. A mapping with all education and training institutions is created and a profile is created for each of the institutions as to how far and how Industry 4.0 is currently being taught. Subsequently, the student develops recommendations for actions on how training in engineering can be improved with regard to Industry 4.0 in the future.

Student: Florian Morandell (Master in Industrial and Mechanical Engineering)
Supervisor: Dr. Erwin Rauch

Use of NFC/RFID for smart process and production control (open)

In the Smart Mini Factory Laboratory of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, students learn how to set up and operate an assembly line. The work will investigate the use of modern methods and technologies to identify products and their use for production control. Systems and hardware already exist for the use of RFID and other systems for NFC. It is necessary to investigate possible technologies for production control, choose the right systems and then install, test and implement the systems in the laboratory.

Please contact Dr. Erwin Rauch if you are interested in this thesis.

Digitalization of assembly stations and connection to ERP system (open)

In the Smart Mini Factory Laboratory of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, the current assembly tables for manual and hybrid assembly are provided with paper assembly instructions. These work tables have to be digitized by equipping them with monitors and connecting them to the ERP system CANIAS. It is necessary to familiarize oneself with the ERP system and connect the Smart Mini Factory Laboratory, create the BOM and materials and implement all material requirements sequences and production planning sequences for the pneumatic cylinder.

Please contact Dr. Erwin Rauch if you are interested in this thesis.