Industry 4.0 Lab

Digital technologies are currently changing daily work routines in the industry and the companies at a rapid pace. The St. Pölten UAS keeps up with these developments. After all, it is particularly important for students in education and training to be up to date when it comes to technological developments if they are to be prepared for the challenges of the so-called digitalisation of companies.

The equipment of the lab is oriented towards the workplace of tomorrow where human-machine interaction and new forms of data transfer become everyday routine. In order to keep pace with the progress and to meet the high demands, the current state of research is continuously evaluated and the equipment enhanced accordingly.

The objective is to offer students and other interested persons an environment for the mediation and testing of the latest digitalisation and Industry 4.0 use cases and technologies.

Learning for Practice

Using several 4.0 experimenting workstations, the students carry out research and training to learn how exactly production processes can be analysed and optimised through digital technologies, and to understand the consequences for persons and machines.

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In teaching and within the framework of their projects, the students work both under supervision and independently using special “training robots”, transport belts, industrial cameras, video projection systems, and professional identification systems (RFID, QR code).

Strong Partners from the Industry and Lab Equipment

The lab equipment in the field of Siemens machine control units is certainly state of the art as well. In addition to the latest S7-1200 training kits, the lab also features S7-1500 kits including HMI panels for advanced machine data exercises. Furthermore, the Tec2Screen tablet simulation tools of Festo are unique assets as well. They allow for a virtual simulation of special machines and processes on the tablet. For example, it is possible to establish a complete virtual sorting system including sensors per workstation.

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Thomas Felberbauer, Academic Director of the dual bachelor degree programme Smart Engineering, is convinced of the necessity of practice- and future-oriented teaching: “The new industrial workstations enable us to give the Smart Engineering courses even more practical relevance. At the same time, we benefit from new opportunities to explore innovative topics related to the ‘workplace of the future’. Furthermore, the lab infrastructure is constantly expanded in cooperation with suppliers of control and automation technology to react to current developments and requirements.” 

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