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

Simple Motor Control Application using Texas Instrument‘s Control
Law Accelerator (CLA)

The aim is to create sample application for controling the motor (spin/stop) using Texas Instruments development board that has C2000 processor supporting CLA. The application should be compiled with CLA C compiler and should be able to run on CLA. As the CLA will be a standard feature of new C2000 devices, it is very important to utilize CLA to make the main processor available for other time critical tasks (like communication, prognostic and heath monitoring, etc.). The expected contribution should be effective usage of CLA, find its imitations (type of tasks/functions/data types not ideal) and provide recommendations.

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.

Cyclic Redundancy Code (CRC) and Checksum Algorithms implementation as a block in Simulink to Ensure Critical Data Integrity in Aerospace

The aim is to create Simulink block or the library of blocks using various CRC and Checksum algorithms currently used in Aerospace Industry or propose better ones to ensure critical data integrity. The algorithms should be implemented as a C-language S-function(s) that are complainf with MISRA-C coding standard. While checksums and CRCs have been in use for many years (the seminal CRC reference dates back to 1957), published research into their effectiveness is sparse. Additionally, many different application domains, including aviation, use a wide variety of data-integrity approaches that do not necessarily correspond to published best practices.In part, this seems to be because of computational costs (in embedded devices) that have historically limited the ability to evaluate CRC performance. Another factor is a communication gap between mathematical discussions of the techniques and what practitioners need to successfully apply those techniques to aviation domain. Often, it is simply because of practitioners copying problematic error detection techniques already in use under the incorrect assumption that widely used approaches must be good approaches. The research covered by this thesys is intended to address these issues

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 Martin Kostal (martin.kostal [at]