Lemgo, Germany

The Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied science is a well-reputed state university in Germany, which carries out research and higher education at four locations. OWL belongs to the 10 best research oriented Universities of Applied science in Germany and enrolled approximately 6.700 students in 9 faculties, which offers Bachelor and Master study programmes with a strong focus to Engineering and Technology disciplines. Ph.D.-programmes are carried out in cooperation with different partner universities .The headquarter is in Lemgo, located between Hannover and Dortmund, in the north-east of the state North Rhine-Westphalia. The university is named just as the region Ostwestfalen-Lippe, which is one of the most important technology clusters of mechanical engineering and industrial electronics in Germany. Because of its research strength the university became a full member of the European University Association in October 2010. In the CHE-Ranking 2013/2014 Electrical Engineering was listed as one of Germans best study programmes. Wikipedia.


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Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2009.1.3 | Award Amount: 5.89M | Year: 2010

IoT@Work will develop the technologies required to enable Internet of Things (IoT)-based applications and processes in the manufacturing domain. The IoT architecture will allow production processes to adapt quickly and easily to new business models and processes. Process and industry automation, however, have strong demands for reliable communication and security guarantees, which the IoT architecture has to incorporate from the start. Today, deployment and commissioning of complex production processes or Internet-enabled applications interacting with production systems still require a time consuming and error-prone manual network configuration process. This is due to the need to maintain a high level of determinism, safety, and security of the production process itself and avoiding both safety-critical failures and costly production interruptions. Furthermore, the traditional concept of a systems boundary does not scale in scenarios where repurposed production systems have to fulfil new goals and adapt aspects like connectivity, dependability, security and privacy.\n\nIoT@Work will deliver tools and runtime mechanisms based on IoT technologies to significantly simplify commissioning, operating, and maintaining complex production processes. The contribution of this project will be focused on using self-configuration mechanisms, enabling what we call secure Plug&Work IoT. We want to contribute to the design ideas of the IoT architecture in order to dynamically and securely adapt networks and resources to better fit to change, where this change could be due to infrastructure change, failures, or even process adaptations.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: FoF-08-2015 | Award Amount: 4.15M | Year: 2015

The rise of the system complexity, the rapid changing of consumers demand require the European industry to produce more customized products with a better use of resources. The main objective of IMPROVE is to create a virtual Factory of the Future, which provides services for user support, especially on optimization and monitoring. By monitoring anomalous behaviour will be detected before it leads to a breakdown. Thereby, anomalous behaviour is detected automatically by comparing sensor observation with an automatically generated model, learned out of observations. Learned models will be complemented with expert knowledge because models cannot learn completely. This will ensure and establish a cheap and accurate model creation instead of manual modelling. Optimization will be performed and results will be verified through simulations. Therefore, the operator has a broad decision basis as well as a suggestion of a DSS (Decision Support System), which will improve the manufacturing system. Operator interaction will be done by a new developed HMI (Human Machine Interface) providing the huge amount of data in a reliable manner. To reach this aim, every step of the research process is covered by a minimum of two experienced consortium partners, who conclude the results of the project using four demonstrators. The basis for IMPROVE are industrial use-cases, which are transferable to various industrial sectors. Main challenges are reducing ramp-up phases, optimizing production plants to increase the cost-efficiency, reducing time to production with condition monitoring techniques and optimise supply chains including holistic data. Consequently, the resource consumption, especially the energy consumption in manufacturing activities, can be reduced. The optimized plants and supply chains enhance the productivity of the manufacturing during different phases of production. Furthermore, the industrial competitiveness and sustainability in EU will be strengthened.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2007.3.7 | Award Amount: 3.85M | Year: 2008

The project Flexible Wireless Automation in Real-Time Environment aims to implement a novel platform, which will have a real-time communication based on WLAN (IEEE 802.11). This novel secure middleware between the physical communication and the application will be designed with special respect to security, flexibility and mobile, real-time enabled nodes that can roam between the Access Points of the system. This and the conjunction with localization services will enable the dynamically reconfigurable factory of the future, seizing new market opportunities with revolutionary new possibilities for applications. The interfaces to the applications will be open, allowing third party development in a secure and predictable factory automation network. The outcome of the project will open possibilities for more efficient production processes and plants due to its flexibility and scalability. Moreover it is likely that this proposed pro ject will influence science as well as the market due to the savings for (re-)cabling and maintenance as well as new opportunities as factory wide maps of goods.


News Article | November 25, 2016
Site: www.greencarcongress.com

« Toyota develops method to observe behavior of Li ions in electrolyte; expected contributions to battery performance & durability | Main | Loop Energy introduces fuel cell range extender for heavy-duty vehicles; in-service operation to begin in 2017 » Audi AG has appointed Dr. Ing. Peter Mertens, previously Senior Vice President Research & Development at Volvo Car Corporation in Göteborg, Sweden, as the new Board of Management Member for Technical Development at Audi. Mertens has exceptionally broad technical expertise and an international background in the automotive industry. These are ideal qualifications for him to make further progress with the Technical Development division at Audi. —Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management After his apprenticeship as a toolmaker, Peter Mertens studied production technology at Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences. In 1985, he gained a master of science degree in industrial engineering and operations research at Virginia Polytechnic Institute in the United States. Between 1985 and 1990, he was head of the technology transfer department at the University of Kaiserslautern, where he gained a doctorate in engineering. His first position in the automotive industry was at the then Mercedes-Benz AG, where he passed through several management positions as of 1990. In 1996, he was appointed chief executive of Tegaron Telematics GmbH, a joint venture between DaimlerChrysler Services AG and Deutsche Telekom AG in Bonn. In 2002, he moved to Adam Opel AG, first as executive director for medium-sized and large model series. This was followed by responsibility for the compact cars of General Motors Europe in 2004 and for all compact cars of General Motors worldwide in 2005. In late 2010, Mertens was appointed to the management board of Jaguar Land Rover and was responsible for corporate quality for the entire Tata Motors Group including Jaguar Land Rover. As of March 2011, he was Senior Vice President Research & Development at Volvo Car Corporation.


Gaj P.,Silesian University of Technology | Jasperneite J.,Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences | Felser M.,Berne University of Applied science
IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics | Year: 2013

Nowadays, computer systems are presented in almost all types of human activity and they support any kind of industry as well. Most of these systems are distributed where the communication between nodes is based on computer networks of any kind. Connectivity between system components is the key issue when designing distributed systems, especially systems of industrial informatics. The industrial area requires a wide range of computer communication means, particularly time-constrained and safety-enhancing ones. From fieldbus and industrial Ethernet technologies through wireless and internet-working solutions to standardization issues, there are many aspects of computer networks uses and many interesting research domains. Lots of them are quite sophisticated or even unique. The main goal of this paper is to present the survey of the latest trends in the communication domain of industrial distributed systems and to emphasize important questions as dependability, and standardization. Finally, the general assessment and estimation of the future development is provided. The presentation is based on the abstract description of dataflow within a system. © 2005-2012 IEEE.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: LCE-07-2014 | Award Amount: 2.97M | Year: 2015

The AnyPLACE (Adaptable Platform for Active Services Exchange) project intends to develop a modular smart metering platform. The targeted system aims to provide a bidirectional service exchange gateway that enhances the interaction between end users, market representatives, electricity network operators and ICT providers. The proposed solution will allow performing energy remote metering (electricity, gas, heating and cooling), exploiting electricity networks in a more efficient manner and turning end users in active energy markets players through their engagement in demand response programs. Moreover, the utilization of the AnyPLACE platform to actively manage and control electricity networks will also allow mitigating operational problems related with the variability of renewable based generation. To enable the development of an effective modular and flexible platform, an analysis to the different regulatory frameworks, energy/telecommunications standards, potential scenarios of deployment, technical requirements of the solution and technologies currently available will be performed. A modular and plug and play SW and HW platform will be developed in parallel with current and expected regulatory initiatives and standards. A cost-benefit analysis on different possible configurations will be developed, to ensure that appropriate configurations, or even retrofitted solutions, are designed for each context and their cost do not exceed 100. A set of prototypes will be built with different combinations of modules to deal with different scenarios of application, which will be tested in a smart grid laboratory environment and in a field trial, providing a real-world assessment of their performance. Near-market prototype versions will be produced, accomplishing the project knowledge and technology transfer to industrial consortium partners as well as general industry and service providers. The AnyPLACE project will also address public acceptance of the designed solutions


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: BSG-SME | Phase: SME-2012-1 | Award Amount: 2.08M | Year: 2012

FOFIND will develop new affordable daily consumed functional food (biscuits, breads and juices) and nutritional supplements, using innovative low cost functional ingredients derived from milk and potato fibre. This new products will be directed to population with specific nutritional needs that cause hypertension, hypercholesterol, osteoporosis, anemia and bowel problems. The main results of FOFIND will be (1) Functional ingredients derived from milk by-products with demonstrated activity (Lowpept plus phytosterols, CPPs plus calcium salts, CPPs plus iron salts); (2) Nutritional complement tablets with functional ingredients derived from milk by-products; (3) New biscuits with functional ingredients derived from milk by-products and potato fibre; (4) New bakery products with functional ingredients derived from milk by-products and potato fibre and (5) New juices with functional ingredients derived from milk by-products. Human testing will be carried out to demonstrate the functionality of the results: (i) Lowpept to prevent hypertension; (ii) Lowpept plus phytosterols to prevent cholesterol and hypertension; (iii) CPPs plus calcium salts to help the absorption of calcium and (iv) CPPs plus iron salts to prevent anemia. FOFIND project will support SMEs breaking through these barriers, by means of the development of new added-value functional food and nutritional supplements to be implemented in a short term, which will allow SMEs to increase their competitiveness and will lead them to achieve new market niches and new consumer profiles. FOFIND will develop new functional ingredients and food aimed to improve the most prevalent nutritional needs in EU, providing added value to the final products and, ultimately, increasing the return of investment of food producer SMEs. In order to ensure project objectives, FOFIND consortium is formed by four SMEs and five RTDs from four EU countries (Spain, Poland, Sweden and Germany).


Patent
Bayer Material Science and Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences | Date: 2014-01-13

The invention relates to a process for the production of at least one multilayer electromechanical transducer (44), comprising provision of at least one dielectric elastomer foil (10, 16, 22, 30, 46), application of at least one electrode layer (12, 18, 20, 24, 26, 28, 42) to at least one first part (16.1, 16.4, 22.1) of the elastomer foil (10, 16, 22, 30, 46) in an application step, arrangement of the elastomer foil (10, 16, 22, 30, 46) on a receptor area (4) of a folding apparatus (2), where the folding apparatus (2) has a first plate (2.1) and a second plate (2.2), fixing of the elastomer foil (10, 16, 22, 30, 46) on the receptor area (4), and folding of the first part (16.1, 16.4, 22.1) of the elastomer foil (10, 16, 22, 30, 46) onto another part (16.2, 16.3, 22.3) of the elastomer foil (10, 16, 22, 30, 46) in a folding step via folding of the first plate (2.1) in relation to the second plate (2.2) in such a way that the electrode layer (12, 18, 20, 24, 26, 28, 42) is arranged between the first part (16.1, 16.4, 22.1) of the elastomer foil (10, 16, 22, 30, 46) and the second part (16.2, 16.3, 22.3) of the elastomer foil (10, 16, 22, 30, 46).


Patent
Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences | Date: 2010-03-02

A device for transmission and/or generation of torque having a driveshaft and having a driven shaft acted upon by field-excited forces of a magnetorheological medium, the driveshaft terminates in a flange in a housing, at least one cylinder is arranged on the flange (7), and the cylinder extends over the driven shaft coaxially while forming a gap which is filled with the magnetorheological medium.


Maas J.,Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences | Graf C.,Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences
Smart Materials and Structures | Year: 2012

Dielectric elastomers can be used as generators, converting mechanical strain energy into electrical energy using the polymers capacitive behavior. The amount of energy gain depends, in addition to the mechanical setup of the device, mainly on the material parameters and the energy harvesting cycle used. While the usefulness of small-scale prototypes for harvesting the energy of waves has already been demonstrated, using the capability of flow energy in rivers, based on electroactive polymers, is still a significant challenge. After introducing the basic working principle of dielectric elastomer generators, the most unique energy harvesting cycles are described, considering electrical and mechanical losses. To harvest the energy of flowing waters, a novel flow energy converter based on a simple and environmentally sustainable mechanical design has been developed, consisting of an elastomeric tube with a closing mechanism on the outlet. The stationary stretch of such a tube is comparably small, but the resonant operation offers large tube deformations. The basic mechanisms of the flow energy converter are modeled, and confirmed on the basis of a FSI simulation, and a control concept is proposed. The expected mechanical behavior of the tube is demonstrated with a small-scale prototype. It can be concluded that a very efficient, resource-saving, scalable and lightweight energy harvesting system can be realized at comparably low frequencies in the infrasonic range. © 2012 IOP Publishing Ltd.

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