The St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences has set up four experimental workstations for the dual study programme Smart Engineering. These workstations show how digital technologies are used in industrial production processes within the framework of Industry 4.0.
Students of the UAS can use these workstations which illustrate and explain current topics pertaining to Industry 4.0 for training purposes.
Jobs of the Future
Digitalisation is increasingly changing the professional world and everyday working life in the industry – be it assistance for factory workers, machine service manuals using Virtual and Augmented Reality, the collaboration of man and machine, the monitoring of processes, or new forms of data transmission.
In close cooperation with companies, the dual study programme Smart Engineering at the St. Pölten UAS trains experts for the highly interdisciplinary new task areas of Industry 4.0. Four experimental workstations have now been established for practice-oriented teaching. Their main purposes include the transfer of knowledge regarding industrial image processing, sensor-based component organisers, and several 3D print systems.
“The new industrial workstations allow us to make the courses in the study programme Smart Engineering even more practice-oriented. At the same time, they provide us with new opportunities for researching innovations in the area of the ‘workspace of the future’. Furthermore, the workstations extend the range of our workshop offers for school classes and companies concerning the transfer of knowledge and research”, explains Academic Director Thomas Felberbauer.
Development and Testing
By using the new workstations, students can – in the course of project work as well as bachelor and diploma theses – develop undertakings in the field of digital technologies with reference to industrial production and test their feasibility. For example, they can research the application of technologies in the area of Augmented and Virtual Reality for assistance systems, work instructions and support.
The existing video projection and camera systems can be used to optimise production processes and enhance the quality of the developed products.
The workstations are supposed to be further developed in cooperation with providers of control and automation technology. An automated, collaborating human-robot interactive station is to be created before the end of this year.