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Pilot projects and struc­tured sup­port. Espe­cial­ly for B2B high-tech hard­ware star­tups.

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Pilot projects and struc­tured sup­port. Espe­cial­ly for B2B high-tech hard­ware star­tups.

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OUR STORY

We are a con­sor­tium of three fam­i­ly-owned com­pa­nies.​

​Togeth­er we mas­ter the entire val­ue chain from the pro­duc­tion of raw mate­r­i­al up to the man­u­fac­tur­ing of ready-to-install sys­tems and com­po­nents. Through diverse process­es. In large-scale. In auto­mo­tive qual­i­ty.​

​With joint forces we estab­lished FASTTRACK in 2017 to live up to our ambi­tious stan­dards of con­tin­u­ous inno­va­tion. We don’t per­ceive new tech­nol­o­gy as a threat, but rather want to get involved first hand. Open inno­va­tion in a very prac­ti­cal process. Dig­i­tal­iza­tion to us is not an end in itself, but rather a means to an end. We want to offer you access to what makes us suc­cess­ful. ​

​Let’s work togeth­er, let’s grow togeth­er.

THE PROGRAM

THE PROGRAM

THE PROGRAM

WHAT WE LOOK FOR:
INDUSTRIAL B2B HIGH-TECH STARTUPS

REQUIREMENTS & BENEFITS

Seed, start-up or growth stage – it’s not our main cri­te­ria.​
More impor­tant­ly we want to be sure that you are mature enough to col­lab­o­rate with fam­i­ly-owned auto­mo­tive play­ers.​

Minimum Requirements

  • You have proven the core func­tion­al­i­ty or your tech­nol­o­gy under lab­o­ra­to­ry con­di­tions (pro­to­type or demon­stra­ble prod­uct)​
  • You have proven your ini­tial met­tle and now require indus­try insights, men­tor­ship and empir­i­cal prac­tice to take your prod­uct to market​

For more mature startups

  • You have suc­cess­ful­ly launched your product/service and want to test new tech­nol­o­gy use cas­es in the auto­mo­tive indus­try
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We open up our pro­duc­tion lines for you to do surgery on the open heart:
real data, real peo­ple, real process­es – all high­ly auto­mat­ed with short
cycle times, vibra­tions, noise, dust and heat.​

​A FASTTRACK project will give you no less than a reality check of your technology​

​Based on your offer and your need, the most suit­able project depart­ment will be deter­mined.
Amongst oth­ers, the 20+ FASTTRACK pilot projects up to this point took place in:​

​Qual­i­ty Management/End of Line, Intral­o­gis­tics, Engi­neer­ing, Prod­uct Devel­op­ment, Train­ing Cen­ter, Shop Floor and more

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ALUMNI

CASE STUDIES

HD Vision

Project Title

Com­put­er vision for qual­i­ty inspec­tion and error detec­tion

Project Scope​

HD Vision Sys­tems is up to date the only FASTTRACK Alum­ni who has con­duct­ed three PoCs suc­cess­ful­ly in par­al­lel — one with each part­ner.​

The idea behind all projects was to see, whether a ful­ly auto­mat­ed robot vision sys­tem would be capa­ble of meet­ing the qual­i­ty require­ments of large-scale pro­duc­tion with regards to cycle time, iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of error types and error detec­tion reli­a­bil­i­ty.​

Partner Environment​

High­ly auto­mat­ed pro­duc­tion lines with part­ly man­u­al qual­i­ty inspec­tion. Loud, greasy and dusty with chang­ing light con­di­tions and high cycle times.

Core Activity Startup
  • Adjust algo­rith­mic para­me­ters to sur­face prop­er­ties of met­al com­po­nents (in regards to sur­face reflec­tion and rough­ness)​
  • Train­ing the mod­el with default parts under dif­fer­ent envi­ron­men­tal settings​
  • Deter­mine the ide­al set­up and inter­ac­tion between robot han­dling sys­tems, sen­sor sys­tems, para­me­ters of data acqui­si­tion and fac­to­ry automa­tion
Core Activity Partner
  • Deter­mine a set of parts and error types to be detect­ed in the PoC​
  • Deter­mine a suit­able robot which could be equipped with the HD Vision sen­sor for test scenarios​
  • Make APIs avail­able
Project Result​

HD Vision Sys­tems under-promised and over-deliv­ered. In the PoCs they proofed their LumiS­can sen­sor sys­tem to be capa­ble of reli­ably inspect­ing sur­faces, detect­ing pre-deter­mined error types and even mea­sure com­po­nents in terms of vol­ume and tol­er­ances — in large-scale cycle times, reli­a­bil­i­ty and auto­mo­tive qual­i­ty.

After FASTTRACK

HD Vision Sys­tems expand­ed and con­tin­ued their PoCs with all three part­ners. They went on to test the sys­tem reli­a­bil­i­ty by test­ing some ten thou­sand com­po­nents.​

IMSystems

Project Title​

Design-to-cost of tooth­less gear­box

Project Scope​

Make the Archimedes Dri­ve pro­ducible (at large) scale and cost effec­tive. ​

IMSys­tems devel­ops and man­u­fac­tures a new gen­er­a­tion of gear­box­es. Con­trary to the wide­ly used trans­mis­sion of force tho­rugh geat teeth, IMSys­tems’ so called Archimedes Dri­ve trans­mits force through hol­low fric­tion rollers.​

Pri­or to FASTTRACK, IMSys­tems has proven the tech­ni­cal fea­si­bil­i­ty of their tech­nol­o­gy. To become a real­i­ble and com­pet­i­tive sup­pli­er for the robot­ics indus­try, they need­ed to prove their prod­uct qual­i­ty and lead time.

Partner Environment​

Hirschvo­gel has a vast amount of exper­tise con­cern­ing large-scale man­u­fac­tur­ing hard­ware prod­ucts.​ This project took place in the prod­uct devel­op­ment depart­ment with Advanced Engi­neer­ing, Tech­ni­cal Sales and Cal­cu­la­tion experts.

Core Activity Startup​
  • Deter­mine the core func­tion­al com­po­nents of the Archimedes Drive​
  • Deliv­er insights on how cur­rent prod­uct design would be realized​
  • Con­cept sce­nario analy­sis for 5‑year prod­uct ramp-up
Core Activity Partner
  • Adjust prod­uct design with regards to manufacturability​
  • Iden­ti­fy and map most suit­able man­u­fac­tur­ing steps​
  • Deter­mine suit­able raw mate­r­i­al to ful­fill required func­tions and lifetime​
  • Cost break­down includ­ing tool­ing price and cost per piece
Project Result​

The expert sup­port by Hirschvo­gel was a major mile­stone for IMSys­tems. The results not only proof, that the Archimedes Dri­ve can be man­u­fac­tured in large scale and be a com­mer­cial­ly viable tech­nol­o­gy, but also brings along high­er per­for­ma­ce at low­er COGS for future cus­tomers.

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