About us

The project was within a student project. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christoph Bunsen's team (Mr. Gerald Barthelmes, Mr. Roland Oppelt, Ms. Sabina Roman and Mr. Florian Spieß) was happy to support the students with advice and assistance.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christoph Bunsen
Gerald Barthelmes
Roland Oppelt
Sabina Roman
Florian Spieß (until December 2017)
Process Diagramm (Photo Credit: Abdulkareem, Seim)

Within their project, students of the Faculty of Busines and Engineering have automated the c-factory's economic processes. They took the already established processes and mapped them within the SAP system. A data link was set up to ensure that all order data is linked to the ERP system. It was particularly important not only to transfer the existing data, but also the economical processes such as the order management.

from left to right: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christoph Bunsen, Dominik Weppert (Photo Credit: VDMA/ Haas)

Mr. Dominik Weppert dealt with the field of augmented reality as part of his bachelor's thesis during the summer semester 2019. He created an assembly support with the help of the Microsoft Hololens. The bachelor thesis originated in a cooperation with the Virtual Reality Laboratory of the Faculty of Business and Engineering. Mr. Weppert had previously neither programming nor augmented reality background, since these are not included in the mechanical engineering curriculum. His special commitment was not only appreciate by Prof. Dr. Bunsen recognized, but also by The Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA).
Mr. Weppert was awarded the "Young Talents Award" as part of the 20th anniversary celebration "Digitization in Mechanical Engineering" as one of four best bachelor and master theses. Mr. Weppert's theses was chosen from 31 theses from twenty universities across Germany.

from left to right: Philipp Planer, Konstantin Davidov, Nadja Schuster, Julian Hagmann,
Markus Haaf (Photo Credit: FHWS/ Roman)

In the winter semester 2017 and summer semester 2018, four Master students automated the c-factory. Mr. Markus Haaf and Mr. Konstantin Davidov worked on the Human-Robot-Collaboratin. They put a robot arm into operation which makes the chassis available to the milling machine. After the top side is machined, the robot arm ensures that the chassis is also turned, thus the bottom side can be edited aswell. If the quality test is passed, the part is handed over the a self-driving robot, which transports the chassis to the warehouse.
Mr. Philipp Planer and Mr. Julian Hagman have designed and built the warehouse for this purpose. The storing is handled by a small robot.
Ms. Nadja Schuster designed and built an automated placement machine for her bachelor thesis. The machine ensures that the correct chassis is made available to the robot arm.

Matthias Höfling (Photo Credit: Stefan Bausewein)

As part of his extensive master's thesis, Mr. Höfling automated some of the c-factory processes. For one, he has developed a method that enables individual truck beds to be created parametrically. The corresponding data is automatically recorded in the database, ensuring that an automatic quality check can be carried out. Furthermore, Mr. Höfling expanded the 3D printing of the truck beds so they can be equipped with an NFC chip during the printing process. Therefore, the truck bed's production data can be recorded, e.g. production date, printing time, material, etc.

from left to right: Philipp Johannes, Philipp Zeitler, Maximilian Kohler,
Tina Rippstein, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christoph Bunsen (Photo Credit: FHWS/ Klein)

The cornerstone was laid by four master students during their Cooperation Project in the summer semester 2016 and winter semester 2016/2017. The team put the milling machine, the quality check machine and the functional check machine into operation. They also designed and programmed the website and the database. Ms. Tina Rippstein and Ms. Philipp Zeitler did the programming work, while Mr. Maximilian Kohler and Mr. Philipp Johannes put the machines into operation. Mr. Kohler also programmed the milling machine. Mr. Johannes designed a virtual model of the truck. This model can be used to digitally check whether the configured vehicle would fit in your own garage.