And the winners of the Student Awards 2020 are…


The AALE association presented this year's "Student Awards" for bachelor's and master's theses in Leipzig on March 5, 2020. Three of the six theses nominated were completed at SEW EURODRIVE in the Production Planning, Gear Unit Development, and Research Technology divisions.

Students Award 2020
The winners of the Student Awards 2020
The winners of the Student Awards 2020

AALE is an association that promotes applied automation technology in education and development at universities. The awards were open to all theses on topics relating to automation technology completed for a bachelor's or master's degree at universities of applied sciences in 2018/19. The authors of the three best bachelor's and three best master's theses were invited to the 2020 AALE Conference, where they outlined their work in a short five-minute presentation.

Theses supervised and entered by SEW EURODRIVE secured first place in both categories. Alisa Gänsler's thesis focused on "Designing a startup-volume-synchronous matrix production system for manufacturing segmented synchronous motors." Aaron Bronner wrote a master's thesis on "Additive manufacturing based on the example of a topology-optimized gear unit housing", while Leon Schönefeld's thesis was on "Developing algorithms for imaging radar sensors in mobile logistics assistants."

Flexible approach to designing production systems

Alisa Gänsler's bachelor's thesis focuses on making production systems in companies more flexible. It concludes that a volume-synchronous and variant-flexible matrix production system can increase overall availability and reduce production costs, technical risks and throughput times. In her thesis, Ms. Gänsler developed a calculation system that compares manufacturing alternatives with various automation levels and can show the optimum design of a production system for any sales scenario.

Gear unit housings using additive manufacturing

Aaron Bronner's master's thesis describes the development of a new gear unit housing that can only be produced using additive manufacturing. This involved creating a rigid and more lightweight housing structure that shows significant added value compared to a standard cast housing. The result is an aluminum prototype produced using a 3D printing process whose functions are to be verified in tests in the next stage.

Localization of automated transportation agents

Leon Schönefeld's bachelor's thesis dealt with the localization of automated transportation agents. It examined the suitability of radar technology for this specific application. Mr. Schönefeld presented the theoretical principles of localization algorithms and explained the properties of the parameterizable radar sensor used.

Awards were presented for Alisa Gänsler's bachelor's thesis and Aaron Bronner's master's thesis. We are thrilled for both of them and congratulate them on their outstanding achievement.

Want to find out more about the projects by the two award winners? Then listen to these live radio interviews:

Wednesday (March 11, 2020) all day long on TechnikRADIO

Thursday (March 12, 2020) between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Second Radio

Sunday (March 15, 2020) between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on BH eins