Industry meets academia

EATON Lab is a shared laboratory between Czech Technical University in Prague and EATON company. They join together to create  a space that accelerates the flow of innovations  from the university into industrial applications. EATON provides a feedback for students and academics to help them target research efforts to maximize the impact of their work.

Projects open for students

Factory of Future project

European Union funded project that aims to design, impementation and evaluation of integrated technologies that will allow flexible and energy effient production systems for SMBs.

Intelligent Sensor Analysis

Noninvasive sensors such as a sensor of the electrical current is an elegant way how to improve observability in a production environment. However, signals from these sensors may be difficult to understand and analyze. To address this, we work on machine learning algorithms to compute uptime of the machines, their mode and time needed to perform the given operations. We collect a large stream of data from the production shopfloor into our data cluster that needs to be automatically labeled and processed by advance machine learning algorithms.

Microsoft Hololens Mixed-Reality

Join us on a project for developing new applications for mixed-reality headset Microsoft Hololens. Applications (interactive holograms) are programmed in Unity 3D engine that runs an on-board computer. The target application will help human operators to interact with production machines and HMI panels manufactured by EATON company. 

Distributed PLC architecture (Micro PLC)

ASIC2 can control a switch gear device or an I/O module with SWD connectivity over the integrated micro controller. In current available devices the logic is fixed and was developed based on device requirements. In this project the local logic should be flexible and programmable. For this a small PLC run time or similar solution should be implemented. Also a programming environment e.g. CoDeSys (IEC 1131) should be used to program and debug the software.

Implementation of an IO-Link Master in SWD T-Connector

EATON provides within the SmartWire product assortment a IP65 solution to collect data from sensors in the field. The SWD T-Connectors are the needed interface for such sensors. Today we can connect simple digital I/O sensors (e.g. for position detection) or analog sensors (e.g. PT100 for temperature sensing). Intelligent or smart sensors have nowadays a digital interface. A common standard is the so called IO-Link interface. Scope of this project is the development of a single IO-Link master hardware which can be connected to ASIC2 over (e.g. SPI interface). IO-Link components should be standard components (ideally newest) which will be available on the market. The form factor of a possible solution should fit into the SWD T-Connector geometry. First iteration is a POC to evaluate the hardware functionality based on demo boards. Also the needed software as to be developed and implemented. Function test are also desired in final results.

Extension of today's current LED function in stack lights

Current EATON stack light (SL4 / SL7) are equipped with colored LED light sources to illuminate the different sections of the stack light. ASIC2 is able to operate directly with 24VDC and can control also directly a RGB LED. Different and new possibilities of light control and light effects for such a stack light segment should be evaluated and developed within this project. Also a POC hardware should be created. Additionally control possibilities for the operation of typically 3 or 4 segments can be created.

Predictive monitoring solution for motors

ASIC2 can operate directly with 24VDC. ASIC2 should be the sensor interface, but also the communication interface for a motor sensor system to measure and determine motor status and/or behavior. Sensors should be attached to a motor for measuring vibration, temperature, currents, magnetic fields, ASIC2 should measure, operate and provide motor data for a predictive maintenance approach. ASIC2 should also communicate over the integrated RS485 interface the important data to a test system.

Apply now

We provide competitive scholarships. In case you are interested in working on a project within the scope of EATON Lab, send an application letter to Antonin Novak (antonin.novak [at]