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AGV for the new Industry Space

In the new Industry Space, HTL Braunau has had access to a state-of-the-art classroom of over 200 m2 for research on industrial digitization topics since October 2021. In the current project, students are building a flexible and expandable AGV (Autonomous Guided Vehicle) across classes and subject areas. Ginzinger electronic systems provides state-of-the-art computer workstations for this purpose.

Robot programming, automation technology, AI and network security - all buzzwords in projects of digitalization in industry. In order to learn these areas not individually in the respective disciplines, but to achieve interdisciplinary cooperation and complex problem understanding from all departments, the idea of founding a research facility in the HTL Braunau was born and brought together in a laboratory: The Industry Space of HTL Braunau.

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Develop & solve problems of the future

The Industry Space is a new laboratory with an area of more than 200 m2, in which students from all areas of education at the HTL have been working on and solving problems of the future since last school year. The areas of electronics and technical computer science, mechatronics, electrical engineering and information technology are brought together in the Industry Space. In this way, experts in digitization are prepared and trained for the future in interdisciplinary problems at the HTL.

The focus of the Industry Space is on setting up a logistics system. The idea is to transport goods fully autonomously between different stations. Expertise comes from the above-mentioned disciplines. Students expand and program a self-driving car (Autonomous Guided Vehicle, AGV). The AGV is equipped with additional hardware for sensor technology and programmed to navigate autonomously with the help of artificial intelligence (AI).

Interdisciplinary work

Grippers are constructed for two ABB robots in order to be able to pick up the transported goods from the AGV. By means of programming, these robots can place the transported goods on a conveyor line, which is put into operation by the students and automated by means of PLC controllers. At the end of the conveyor line, another robot loads an AGV and the cycle closes.

In addition, an appropriately secure network environment is created that connects the AGVs, robots and PLC controllers. The logistics system itself was designed and programmed across departments. Industry protocols such as MQTT and OPC UA were used to collect and store measurement data in the IoT system. Simulation tools enable the young researchers to design virtual reality and augmented reality applications to recreate the physical system of AGVs, robots and conveyors.

If you want to find competent employees for the future who have the knowledge required today in the field of industry and digitization, it is imperative to invest in their training. This means modern teaching materials and premises, as well as interdisciplinary work. Thanks to the good organization and the exemplary networking of the HTL Braunau with the industrial companies, the AGV or Industry Space project was quickly realized. It goes without saying that it will be equipped with state-of-the-art technology.

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Ing. Herbert Ginzinger
Management at Ginzinger electronic systems GmbH

Your career at Ginzinger

The AGV project in the Industry Space was launched in October 2021. The rapid and unbureaucratic realization of the state-of-the-art classroom was made possible by the financial support of well-known industrial companies from the region. Ginzinger electronic systems supported the project with an investment of around 50,000 euros The company provided 42 state-of-the-art computer workstations for the Industry Space in the HTL. The handover took place on September 8, 2022 at the HTL Braunau.

flnr: Michael Berger, Tanja Ginzinger, Herbert Ginzinger (Ginzinger electronic systems), Gerda Schneeberger, Paul Dirnberger, Max Mayr, Anton Hangler (HTL Braunau)