WZL Machine Hall
2,400 m² of laboratory space, over 60 test benches & machines and state-of-the-art technology: In addition to an optimal infrastructure for researching a wide range of topics related to Industry 4.0, the hall enables the concrete implementation of our research projects centrally in one place.
2016: In the night of February 5, the old machine hall fell victim to a devastating fire. to the victim. The building as well as a large part of the machinery and experimental setups were destroyed by the fire. A cause of the fire could not be determined. Fortunately, no one was injured.
Bright, friendly, with a good choice of materials and colors and sound-absorbing elements, the new hall provides us with the best conditions for research orders. It offers enough space for our up to seven-meter-high machines for forming, machining, broaching or grinding, which are used to produce gears, drive blades, turbine parts for aircraft engines and other components for the aerospace industry, among other things. Highly sensitive computer measurement technology and sensors, such as structure-borne sound, are used to monitor, evaluate and optimize the utilization of the machines, the production process, the service life until the tools are changed and other parameters.
In a specially demarcated area of the hall, an open space has been created for research into the use of mobile robots in industrial assembly. Various mobile platforms for material transport and mobile manipulators with their own gripper arms travel here unerringly back and forth between different assembly stations. For the automated assembly of truck frames, for example, the exact paths and smallest tolerances are recorded during assembly using state-of-the-art sensor technology. These are then incorporated into the autonomous navigation technology for controlling the robot. In the erosion room next door, processes and energy use are optimized in the electrochemical production of high-performance components such as turbomachinery, while in the measuring and clean room, state-of-the-art methods and techniques such as computer tomography are used to reliably and reproducibly record and evaluate quality characteristics.