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Mechatronics 4.0 Masterclass V: Best practices toward robust sensing & control of your system

The Mechatronica 4.0 project aims to help Flemish companies to put the Industry 4.0 philosophy into practice. Sensing and control technology will be a key feature of the next generation of autonomous, safety and inspection systems, and it is the focus of our next Mechatronics 4.0 Masterclass. The aim of this masterclass is to inform you about the possibilities of sensing and control systems, to provide you insights into how to integrate these systems into products or production systems and how to develop them in an effective way. Register via this link

Do you mostly apply conventional controllers to your product and do you make optimal use of them? Are you looking for more advanced control solutions to improve the performance and autonomy of your product? Do you see the added value of advanced control techniques for your application and want to learn what they would require?

Our next Masterclass on Control in the Mechatronics 4.0 project will give you an insight into conventional and advanced control techniques and what they could bring for your application. We present you a blend of company testimonials, demo setups and industrial cases in a variety of applications like mechatronical products, production machinery and their processes, mobile systems and vehicles, drivelines.

Through a varied and comprehensive program, managers and engineers in development and engineering will gain insight into:

  • Which control technique fits my application?
  • The added value of applying a learning controller to their product. 
  • Which hardware and toolchain can I use to develop my system?
  • How to put a model-based control design into practise.


(do note that all presentations will be in English) 

08:45 - Registration

10:00 - Sensing and control technology, what is in it for me?
Andrei Bartic en Bruno Depraetere, Flanders Make
Knowing the status of a machine is becoming increasingly important. It helps to predict and accurately schedule maintenance, reduces tuning time and allows machines to learn from each other. We’ll guide you through the biggest trends in sensing and control and lift the veil on the innovative projects that we currently work on.     

10:45 - Open loop control
Modern smart products (watcth the video on the topic here!)
Maarten Witters, Flanders Make

For systems that present a low level of uncertainty, as it is often the case with mechatronics systems, advance open loop control techniques can boost  their performance. In this talk, we review several approaches to consider when implementing open loop control laws. We illustrate with concrete applications such as a printing machine, a transmission based on a wet clutch or an energy management system.

11:15 - Coffee break 

11:30 - PID control: application
Scanning laser hardening and vibration suppression applications (want to know more about PID control?)
Mats Vande Cavey en Bruno Depraetere, Flanders Make

PID feedback controllers (Proportional Integral Derivative) are the backbone of most practical mechatronic controls. In this talk, we introduce standard techniques for PID feedback controllers. We focus on novel applications that make use of information from the controllers to improve the performance of the system. As such, we approach amongst others feedforward control methods in combination with feedback controllers. In addition, we illustrate with two examples of PID controllers applied to a laser hardening process and vibration suppression applications.

12:00 - How and why going from PID to learning / adaptive control?
Uncertainty and variability in machines with repetitive tasks
Erik Hostens, Flanders Make

In order to deal with uncertainty and variability in the system, basic PID control techniques have to be extended to more advanced techniques. This leads to adaptative control for non-repetitive tasks and iterative learning control for repetitive tasks. We use real cases, such as a weaving machine, to exemplify the applicability of both techniques. 

12:30 - Company testimonial I
Multi-axial machining centre including laser hardening
Freddy Vanspringel, Test Engineer R&D at VCST Industrial Products 
Hardening complex mechanical components for prototypes and small series is a time-consuming process entailing accuracy risks. VCST Industrial Products, a world-class automotive supplier of precision-machined powertrain and brake components, explains how they gained a competitive advantage by introducing a multi-axial machining centre with laser hardening.

13:00 - Lunch & Demonstrations

  • Light Catcher - adaptive (learning) control
  • Modular drive train setup – control of magnetic bearing
  • Small Jacquard set-up – model based control
  • Development platforms Tractor (click for the video on our autonomous systems)
  • MDAVD Evoque II - comparison of a lateral control algorithm with a human driver
  • Sit control/Locator demo - navigate an AGV through a factory environment (click for the video on the SitControl project) 
  • Additive manufacturing trajectories optimisation

15:00 - Path planning navigation
Automated guided vehicle and Additive Manufacturing applications (see what we've already done on path planning)
Kurt Geebelen, Nathan Dwek en Anke Van Campen, Flanders Make

In this talk, we present control methods and techniques for path planning applications where no (or very little) human interaction is possible. We address the common problems of obstacle-avoidance (both fixed and moving) as well as switching positions from local to global coordinates and vice-versa. Finally, we illustrate the theory with two applications: an autonomous guided vehicle (AGV) and a laser for additive manufacturing.

15:30 - Model-based control design in practise - Toolchain
Practical implementation, testing and validation of controllers
Bruno Depraetere, Flanders Make

Complex controllers are often first made and then tuned using simulation models, after which validations are performed on simplified hardware or dedicated test benches/machines, before finally being deployed in the full machine. In this talk, we present how non-standard controllers can be deployed easier, cheaper and faster by means of rapid-prototyping tools.  We show specific hardware for testing and rapid-prototyping systems,  and share some tips and tricks. 

16:00 - Company testimonial II
Development and control of a sun light tracker
Tom Denuwelaere, Project And Technology Manager at EcoNation  
EcoNation is a Belgian company specialised in the development, production and installation of light domes for industrial buildings. They discuss  the compact and smart light tracker, which was optimised in the Mechatronica 4.0 project. The project directly contributed to the control algorithms for the rotating mirror, thus significantly increasing the efficiency of the LightCatcher.  

16:30 - Round table discussion (questions tuned to interest from welcome session)

17:00 - Network drink


Members Mechatronica 4.0: free, members Sirris/Flanders Make: 150 Euro (ex VAT), non-members: 300 Euro (ex VAT)

For registration, click here.



20/06/2018 -
08:45 to 17:30
Sirris/Flanders Make - Celestijnenlaan 300, 3001 Leuven
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