Public projects

In conjunction with other companies, ISG takes part in research or joint projects. Some of the research results had decisive impact on the software architecture and the process model.

Current research projects

Multi-spindle control (2018 - 2020)

"Development of a factor >= 4 faster / improved control"

Hitherto controls apply interpolation cycle times of 4 ms and more. All research and development measures limit themselves to optimize separate process aspects in order to improve these by some small percentage. Improving the shortage towards a considerably reduced cycle time has not yet been aimed at by any manufacturer or research institute. 

In order to be able to optimize the processing time on highend multi-spindle tool machines with typically >= 10 processing channels and >= 100 axis, this project is for the first time aiming at reducing CNC cycle time and SPS cycle to 1 ms.

Given the CNC cycle time being shortened by factor 4, it is possible to increase the processing velocity by factor 4 at remaining accuracy. As an alternative, it is possible to keep the given processing velocity and instead use more supporting points which results in a 400% improved quality.

iSrv (2017 - 2020)


The subproject "Re-usable modules for the generation of behaviour models" aims at working on and providing the consortium with an input on simulation-based methods for technology-based service systems. In particular based on intelligent virtual components that serve as reference for real machine components new service features for cloud-based solutions are meant to be enabled. By the help of iServ, process data is meant to be gathered, analyzed and thus deviate any need. The service platform is focused on complexity abstraction via casing of reuseable components in model kits. These modules, provided by ISG, complement data of the running production (transferred via cloud connector) with relevant information from virtual models of the production components as reference for the data analysis.  Thus, SMEs are meant to be put in the position to use technologies for proactive maintenance that so far, due to their complexity, have only been available for bigger companies. Project website

Projects completed within the last few years

Co-Simulation (2017 - 2019)

„Development of a co-simulation tool for realtime synchronisation of highly specialized simulation tools and libraries". Particularly for SMEs, it is necessary to constantly master the complexity of production processes better and better. For this purpose, multiple highly-specialized simulation tools and technology-specific simulation libraries have been created over the last years. So far however, they lead a lonely life alongside production: So far, it is impossible to master a holistic planning, realization, control and optimization of production processes and systems with only one simulation tool. The project aims at developping a co-simulation tool for the integration and realtime synchronization of highly specialized simulation tools and libraries. The realtime simulation tool to be developed links the already existing simulation tools and libraries in order to for the first time enable a complete picture of the entire production in hard time-deterministic control realtime.

Online changes (2017 - 2019)

„Online changes – Development of a new Hardware-in-the-Loop-4.0 simulation enabling the use of a 3D simulation model over the entire development process of a plant". More and more SMEs rely on the advantages of Hardware-in-the-Loop simulation. With this form of simulation, real hardware can in advance of the production process be connected with a virtual machine or plant for analysis and verification purposes. However, current HiL simulations suffer some disadvantages that prevent a complete, holistic and convoying use during the entire plant life cycle. The project aims at developing a new HiL 4.0 simulation that for the first time enables the use of one single continually extended simulation model accompanying the plant as a "dynamic functional specification" over its entire life cycle. The innovative solution includes the development of two new technologies that for the first time enable an online change of the simulation model and the repetition of critical conditions and results („snapshot technology“).

3D-GUIde (2015 - 2018)

„Graphical User Interface design. Pattern for intuitive interactions in 3D." Today, an easy and intuitive use of software working with 3D-data is the decisive factor for their respective providers. This is the only way to ensure that 3D software will become accepted and established in the (international) market. However, what makes a user interface with 3D visualization data and the respective control panels intuitively useable and even inspires their users? Questions related thereto are meant to be answered in this project. Furthermore, it will offer some decisive solution statements and methods for 3D software producers.
More information: Website 3D-GUIde

IndividlOLc (2015 - 2018)

„IndividlOLc – Development of a closed process chain for the automated production of highly individual contact and intraocular lenses". Within this project, ISG is engaged in the sub-project "Development of a high-performant, multi-core CNC control for providing high-frequented drive set values". The targeted high frequency CNC control would be the fastest and only 1-control solution with all advantages of safety technology in this segment - with great potential also for e.g. the sectors precision mold and tool making.

ProGen (2014 - 2017)

Highly productive generative product assembly wih laser-based, hybrid production concept; subproject: Development of a CNC interface for the handling of adapted robot paths.

Intelligent machine window "iWindow" (2014 - 2017)

This research aims at replacing windows as they are currently used in machine tools by intelligent machine windows. The intelligent window combines real and virtual world and is meant to virtualize the machine interior. Basis for the intelligent machine window is either a transparent display or a standard monitor. Independent of the method of machine interior virtualization, the intelligent window is supposed to be both: window and user interface. This enables interaction between user and machine. 

ExoSkelett (2014 - 2017)

Development of a highly dynamic, light jacket orthotic system for carcass and upper body for use in industry, rehab or sports; Development of an ergonomics training system for a highly dynamic, light orthotic jacket. 

Robin 4.0 (2014 - 2016)

Robustness thanks to integration, interaction, interpretation and intelligence ("Robin 4.0"); Simulationbased data analysis and flexible user interaction.
More information: Robin 4.0 Website

ReBorn (2013 - 2016)

Funded under: THEME FoF.NMP.2013-2 FoF.NMP.2013-2 - Innovative re-use of modular equipment based on integrated factory design
More information: Project abstract

ReApp (2014 - 2016)

Re-useable robot applications for flexible robot installations based on ROS; ISG-virtuos simulation software enhancement towards cloud-based simulation/test services.

Steuerungstestverfahren (2014 - 2016)

Development of a software-based method for an automated test of machine controls on the basis of virtual machines ("virtual control test bench"); Development of the abstract HMI interfaces, the realtime-capable, time deterministic fault generator and the block diagram based test framework. 

MultiFlex (2013 - 2015)

Development of a software-based multicore-realtime-method for the collision monitoring in custom manufacturing ("MultiFlex"); Development of a process chain and of innovative software processes for the realtime-capable collision monitoring.

UniFlow (2013 - 2015)

Development of a software-based method for the combined kinematic-dynamic material flow simulation ("UniFlow"); Development of the combined object model, the kinematic calculation engine, the kinematic library and the MF interface.

BosS (2011-2014)

Energy-efficient handling robot with self-adaptive system behaviour for chipping work processes on inhomogenous composites; Robot control for chipping fiber reinforced material.

Aktives Antriebssystem für Prothesen (2011-2013)
Prototype development of an active drive system for prostheses and orthoses; development and testing of a motion pattern comprehensive prostheses control.
Joint research project promoted by BMWi

AIMACS (2010-2013)
AIMACS - Advanced Intelligent Machine Adaptive Control System
Promoted by EU

Fräsroboter (2010-2012)
Development of a new, highly dynamic articulated arm robot system for the exact cutting in metal and for composite working in industrial serial production.
Joint research project promoted by BMWi, ZIM-Kooperationsprojekt

Mikroproduktionsmaschine (2010-2011)
Development of a Full-CFK microproduction machine with great adaptivity and mutability; Compensation of motion artefacts and techniques for system adaptivity via virtual machines.
Joint research project promoted by BMWi

Offener Antrieb (2009-2011)
Development of an innovative control and drive platform for tool machines on the basis of a realtime-capable model calculation engine; Development of a software-based junction to a FPGA-based control platform.
Joint research project promoted by BMWi

WIEMOD (2008-2010) 
The project WieMod aims at defining a process for the systematic tool-based development of simulation-based product models. By applying model driven architecture principles and considering portability standards, re-usable and flexibly adaptable simulation models are to be developed.