Almost two months have passed since we, this year’s work-study students, were given a rough outline of our project at the onboarding session in Baad – and a lot has happened since. The test bench in need of modernisation was temporarily kept in the training workshop to enable us to have access to it on a daily basis, and to allow us to familiarise ourselves with it as much as possible. This meant we could really apply ourselves to the project.

All teams began to get to grips with the subject, whether it was measuring the test bench in order to digitise it in CAD, or disentangling the cables in the control cabinet. After some initial teething problems, like obtaining a new license or installing the relevant software for the programs, all teams were now able to begin their work.

We soon had a number of questions to answer: which parts could we keep, which would need to be replaced, where could we find new parts? In answering these questions, we found the new test benches, purchased from EP Ehrler Prüftechnik Engineering GmbH, an extremely useful guide as they generally had the same functions we wanted our test bench to have later on.

Company visit to EP Ehrler Prüftechnik Engineering GmbH

So that we could get a better feel for the subject, we were invited to visit EP Ehrler Prüftechnik Engineering GmbH at their premises in Niederstetten near Künzelsau. Once there, we were first shown around the test bench department where we were given general information on the different test benches and got a great insight into the work involved in test bench construction. During the visit, we also spotted one or two components that we wanted to install in our old test bench and marvelled at the neat and orderly switch cabinet there, which gave us something to aim for when we build ours!

At the end, over a relaxed coffee, we were able to put any questions we had to the software specialists from EP Ehrler Prüftechnik Engineering GmbH. This was the perfect opportunity to find out directly from the experts which parts we would need to install, why certain parts would need to be installed in the new test benches, and how precisely the measurement technology would need to be matched with the software.

On the car journey back, there were enthusiastic discussions amongst the team about the next steps we would take. Many things that seemed an unsolvable mystery to us beforehand had now been clarified, and we now had a clear objective and a more concrete plan in mind.

Final push – recording the current status

In the days that followed, we continued with the planning, taking a snapshot of the current state of affairs: we completed the pneumatic plan, the current circuit diagram was digitised and the CAD team is working hard on a 3D model of the test bench.

Our ‘PR department’ is also doing some great work: we have now decided on a logo and have even ordered our own customised t-shirts. You can see the result in the picture 🙂

Of course, there are still a few questions here or there but ultimately the programs are new to us all. We do, however, receive active support for all issues from contact partners within the company. As such, we are positive about the weeks to come, during which we will endeavour to design the newly modernised test bench, so that we can start with the implementation right away when the next practical stage begins in March.