Technical Equipment

The Institute of Mechatronic Systems has well-equipped laboratories and workshops. In the following, a variety of devices is listed.


Industry 4.0 plant model: Handling process of a packaging line

The imes has a model factory with various serial and parallel kinematic robot systems at its disposal with which a fully automated handling process similar to that of a modern packaging line can be carried out. On the one hand, the system enables the application-oriented evaluation of innovative methods of robotics and control on the basis of state-of-the-art industrial drive and control technology. On the other hand, advanced methods for the analysis, monitoring and optimization of complex processes can be developed and tested in a real environment. A variable power supply concept for the electrical drive systems and close data networking of all control components with the institute's own BigData analysis platform make it possible to address a wide variety of use cases, not just from the field of industry 4.0. Training can also be carried out on the existing system.


  • SCARA robot
  • Delta robot with conveyor belt
  • Jointed arm robot with linear guide
  • Stacker crane

Rapid Prototyping System

An Objet350 Connex3 Polyjet 3D printer is availabe in the imes NIFE Lab.



  • Resolution: x-axis: 600 dpi; y-axis: 600 dpi; z-axis: 1.600 dpi 
  • Layer thickness up to 16 µm
  • Building space: 340 × 340 × 200 mm
  • 8 print heads
  • different material properties in one printing process
  • Materials for the medical sector available


An DMG LASERTEC 12 SLM  is available in LZH.


  • Build volume (X / Y / Z): 125 × 125 × 200 mm
  • Min. Layer thickness: 20 µm
  • Min. Focus diameter: 35 µm
  • Laser Power standart: 200 W
  • High precision building of 3D parts
  • Additive manufacturing using selective laser melting

Identification & Control

Test Vehicles and Measurement Equipment

In order to test and to record data, the Institute of Mechatronic Systems has its own test vehicles. 


  • Vehicle Type: Volkswagen Touran
  • Engine: 1,9 l, 77 kW
  • Drive: Front-wheel drive, manual transmission


  • Vehicle Type: Volkswagen Golf GTE Plug-In Hybrid
  • Engine:1,4 l, 110 kW, 250 Nm
  • electric engine: synchronous motor, 75 kW
  • Drive: Parallel-Hybrid


  • Inertial measurement unit for vehicle dynamic measurements ADMA ECO+, GeneSys
  • GPS- and Kalman Filter-based measurements
  • measurements of accelerations and rotations
  • founded by BMWi
Source: GeneSys


  • Dewesoft Data Aquisition System (DAQ)
  • Recording von vehicle data in real-time
  • Analog inputs
  • CAN-bus inputs
Source: Dewesoft


  • Speedgoat Baseline Target-PC
  • Real-time applications of Simulink models
  • CAN-bus interface
Quelle: Speedgoat


  • ETAS ES 910 Target-PC
  • Real time applications in vehicle
  • CAN-bus interface
Quelle: ETAS

Medical Technology & Image Processing


A digital volume tomograph (DVT) Xoran xCAT is availabe in the NIFE Lab.


  • Voxel size: 0.1 - 0.3 mm
  • Scan volume 14x14x24 cm³


To investigate the feasability to sterilize medical instruments we use the autoclave system Melag Vacuklav 23b+. It is a sterilization system class B, which is suitable for continuous steam vacuum sterilization processes.


  • Stand-alone (no fixed water connection)
  • Volume: 22 Liter
  • Tray Dimensions: 19 x 42 x 2 cm (B x T x H)
  • 230 V / 2500 W
  • Weight: 48 kg
  • Loading: 5 kg instruments

Optical Coherence Tomography

The Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is one of the most powerful emerging optical imaging modalities. The Swept Source Fourier Domain OCT of Thorlabs Inc. has the capability of producing high resolution, three dimensional image data.


  • Center Wavelength: 1325 nm
  • Spectral Bandwidth: >100 nm
  • Imaging Volume: 10 mm x 10 mm x 3 mm
  • Axial Resolution: ca. 10 µm
  • Transverse Resolution: ca. 15 µm

Optical Navigation Systems

The Institute of Mechatronic Systems has optical navigation systems, that allow for 6DOF pose-calculations of objects in space. The laboratories are equipped with the following devices: NDI Polaris, Qualisys Oqus 4 and Advanced Realtime Tracking GmbH ARTTrack2.    

Specification NDI Polaris und ARTTrack2

  • Measuring accuracy: 0.3 mm
  • Refresh-rate: 60 Hz
  • Measuring range: Distances up to 4 meters

Specification Qualisys Oqus 4

  • Measuring accuracy: 0,1mm

  • Refresh-rate: 480Hz (up to10 kHz with reduced FOV)
  • Measuring range: Distances up to 25 meters



High Frequency Er:YAG Laser Source

The diode-pumped laser source DPM-15 (Pantec Engineering/3m.i.k.r.o.n) is well suited for ablating hydrous material due to its specific wavelength. Biological hard tissue (bone) as well as soft tissue can be processed with optical scanners in a volume of 10 x 10 x 10 mm3 and with tunable speed or ablation rate. 


  • Power output up to 9 W
  • Pulse frequency 50 Hz to 500 Hz
  • Focal diameter 400 µm
  • Ablation volume 10 x 10 x 10 mm3 (extendable)

3D X-Ray Imaging System

The Ziehm Vision-FD-Vario 3D is a modern and fully digital flatpanel x-ray imaging system providing both detail rich 2D images and 3D data sets. The system at the institute is not intended to be used on human beings or animals.


  • 20 x 20 cm2 flatpanel detector
  • resolution: 2.4 lp/mm
  • up to 25 frames per second
  • 5123 voxel resolution of 3D data sets

Mobile Coordinate Measuring Machine

The Institute of Mechatronic Systems has a mobile coordinate measuring machine (Faro GagePlus).


  • Volumetric accuracy: 0,025 mm
  • Spherical workspace having a diameter of 1,2 m

OP Microscope

Research is performed with a stereo operating microscope Allegra 50 from Möller-Wedel GmbH for scaled-up vision during clinically oriented application. Future image-guided interventions and further medical technogy development could profit from this device, e.g. in experimental ENT surgery. 


  • 5-step magnification changer (2x, 4x, 8x, 16x und 32x) at f=250 mm
  • Coaxial halogen lamp illumination
  • Stereo camera adapter

Robotics & Autonomous System

Actuated multi axes kinematics

The Institute of Mechatronic Systems has several serial and parallel kinematic robotic systems. The laboratories are equipped with industrial articulated robots as well as a parallel 3(P)RRR planar robot.


Mobile Robot "KMR iiwa"

The KMR iiwa is a combination of a mobile platform (KMP omniMove 175) and a lightweight robot (LBR iiwa 14 R820). The robot can navigate autonomously and is designed for human-robot interaction. With its flexibility, the KMR iiwa is particularly suited for integration in an Industry 4.0 environment.


  • Arm: 14 kg rated payload
  • Arm: 820 mm max. reach
  • Arm: 7 controlled axes
  • Arm: Torque sensors in all joints
  • Platform: 145 kg max. payload
  • Platform: Obstacle detection with laser scanners and ultrasonic sensors
  • Platform: 8 h battery operation time

Redundant Serial Light Weight Robot

Due to its integrated sensors and its redundant seventh axis the KUKA Light Weight Robot (LWR) is very well suited for human-machine-interaction. Its ligth weight of only 15 kg combined with a nominal load of 7 kg allows the robot to be energy efficient, flexible in its working position and to conduct a variety of assignments.


  • 7 kg nominal load (max. 14 kg)
  • 1.84 m3 workspace volume
  • 0.05 mm repeatability
  • 7 actuated rotational axes


Parallel Precision Robot

The H-824 6-axis-positioning system of Physik Instrumente (PI) GmbH & Co. KG is particularly suitable for high precision applications. In comparison with serial robots, this compact parallel robot with six degrees of freedom has a higher stiffness and reliability.


  • 10 kg nominal load
  • Travel ranges up to 45 mm / 25°
  • 7 nm resolution
  • 0.1 µm repeatability