For the development of mechatronic systems, we support you up to manufacturing. IMMS drives are used in semiconductor production worldwide. Photo: IMMS.
For the development of mechatronic systems, we support you up to manufacturing. IMMS drives are used in semiconductor production worldwide. Photo: IMMS.

Development of mechatronic systems

We develop actuator systems and open- and closed-loop controls as embedded solutions according to customer specifications with highest demands on precision, dynamics, available space, performance and efficiency. A model-based system design approach allows us to find the best possible solution for your product. With the help of powerful simulation and rapid prototyping tools, we develop solutions for a fast and flexible initial commissioning of your system. We create prototypes and support you from the idea to the start of series production.

  • Based on experiences from numerous research and customer projects we offer the following services:

    • concept and feasibility studies in the field of magnetic drives
    • exact calculation and design of electromagnetic drive systems as integrated components
    • high-precision electromagnetic direct drives up to 6D
    • magnetic guides and bearings
    • design of open-loop and closed-loop controls and implementation on customer hardware
    • virtual prototypes
    • production transition

Our portfolio includes:

  • Targeted methodical development of mechatronic actuator systems

    • exact calculation and design of electromagnetic drive systems as integrated components
    • systematic use of FEM for the modelling of:
      • statics, structural dynamics,
      • magnetics, electrostatics,
      • thermal and coupled phenomena,
      • to eliminate costly redesigns and increase reliability and robustness
    • thermal management of actuator systems:
      • thermal modelling
      • temperature control concepts
      • validation
    • design of air/magnet guided actuator systems with nm-precision
    • actuator systems for vacuum applications
    • design of actuator systems for applications with highest dynamics (200 m/s2)
    • model-based and experimental optimisation of machine dynamics and vibration behavior
  • Development of application-specific open-loop and closed-loop controls

    • Developing solution concepts on the basis of a model-based overall system consideration
    • Controls for actuator systems with nm precision
    • Hardware/software codesign of controls for actuator and sensor systems
    • Reliability and efficiency through structured development process
    • Powerful control algorithms:
      • adaptive,
      • minimal system excitation
      • disturbance compensation
    • Architecture design and parameterisation with rapid prototyping tools
    • implementation on target hardware
    • metrological identification/verification of system dynamics/model
    • real-time test of control units on HIL test benches
  • Development of real-time control systems

    • wired real-time networking
    • Adaptation of real-time operating systems incl. porting to highly resource-constrained HW platforms
  • Application fields

    • open-loop and closed-loop controls for embedded direct drives (linear, rotary) e.g. in medical devices
    • open-loop and closed-loop controls for 6D-positioning, nm-precision, high dynamics
    • optical inspection and analysis
    • medical technology
    • laser precision machining
    • multi-coordinate metrology
    • MEMS and microsystem technology manufacturing
    • nanotechnology
  • Technical equipment

    • extensive design software such as MATLAB/Simulink, ANSYS, Maxwell and powerful computing technology
    • interferometric and capacitive displacement and angle measurement technology
    • measurement technology for magnetic quantities
    • vibration and analysis measurement technology
    • precise temperature control, temperature measurement, thermography
    • vacuum chambers for experimental setups
    • development environments for industrial control systems such as B&R, Beckhoff
    • rapid prototyping systems, such as dSpace, for fast initial commissioning