Future mechanical engineering systems will be based on close collaboration of mechanics, electrical engineering, electronics, control engineering, software engineering and new materials, and will exhibit inherent intelligence, going beyond conventional mechatronics. We refer to such systems as Intelligent Technical Systems: They save resources, are reliable and handled intuitively. Here are three examples: First, smart agricultural engines that adjust themselves to harvesting conditions automatically, increase their utilization and optimize transport logistics. Second, a production system that optimally processes an individual customer’s order in minimized time. Third, an industrial laundry that automatically washes, dries, irons and folds 800,000 pieces of laundry per week in best quality using a minimum of water, energy and detergent. Such systems embody an innovative leap orientating towards the general principle of industry 4.0.
We offer comprehensive concepts of advanced control engineering such as adaptive regulation, algorithms to realize Self-X capabilities (automatic diagnosis, optimization, configuration, self-healing etc.) especially in cyber-physical systems as well as dedicated methods from the field of data analytics.