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.

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

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

Marco Unterhofer final thesis

MASTER 2018: Evaluation of the applicability and suitability of Industry 4.0 concepts in different company sizes (closed)

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

Final Thesis Thomas Stecher

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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 (closed)

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

Florian Morandell_FinalThesis

BACHELOR 2018: Planning and design of a workpiece carrier transfer system in the Smart Mini Factory Laboratory (closed)

The objective of this thesis is to create a concept for the installation and integration of a workpiece carrier transfer system in the Smart Mini Factory laboratory on the basis of models and methods learned in theory. The work is divided into two areas: a) integration through flexible automation and b) process and layout planning.

Student: Daniel Wegleiter, Tizian Santa (Bachelor in Industrial and Mechanical Engineering)

Supervisor: Dr.-Ing. Erwin Rauch, Prof. Renato Vidoni

Wegleiter_final thesis

FinalThesis Tizian Santa

BACHELOR 2021: Conception and digital modelling of a hybrid assembly line in the Smart Mini Factory Lab (closed)

The objective of this work is the conceptual development of a hybrid (semi-automized) assembly line for a pneumatic cylinder assembly in the smart mini factory. Based on the process model a digital model of the assembly line is build up in 3D CAD. This model is used to perform a digital inspection of functionality and dimensioning of the line. Virtual reality was also used in order to check these aspects.

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

Bachelor Thesis Armin Peer - Conception and digital modelling of a hybrid assembly line in the Smart Mini Factory Lab