System Engineering

The research area

When developing innovative mechatronic products, the use of a method-based and integrative product development process is of high importance. Only a holistic perspective allows to optimally conceive a system in all its details and to implement innovative approaches.

The focus of the IMS' system engineering research area is on the use of efficient methods and tools during the different stages of product engineering. When designing new products, the application of unconventional actors and sensors often leads to innovative, cost-efficient but nevertheless robust solutions. The direct cooperation with industrial companies as well as with national and international educational partners guarantees both regular know-how transfer and direct verification of the developed solutions' application suitability.

The team's focus

  • Inspection systems
  • Methods and tools for product innovation
  • Systemic product development
  • Unconventional actuator and sensor systems
  • Integrative product development process

Teamleader and contact person System Engineering

Prof. Dr. Wilfried J. Elspass

Prof. Dr. Wilfried J. Elspass

ZHAW School of Engineering
Technikumstrasse 9
8400 Winterthur

+41 (0) 58 934 78 28

Projects in System Engineering

Prime: Solutions for flexible assembly systems

PRIME aims to create new solutions for deployment by SMEs of highly adaptive, reconfigurable self-aware plug and produce assembly systems.


The aim of the multi-CLIC project is the universal connection of the existing SLCI-System to the Fixation other manufacturer. More information



Innovative electric Power Unit

The aim of this project is the development of a new drive unit, which is robust and compact and also can be manufactured at a low price. More information

Duromatic Comfort

Thanks to an algorithm developed by IMS, Kuhn-Rikon’s pressure cooker app calculates meal cooking times precisely. Thanks to this app even laypersons are able to prepare perfectly cooked dishes in a fast, healthy and energy-saving way. More information

Relax: Latest generation pressure steamer

The Relax project aimed at improving and developing a pressure steamer of the latest generation. The OLED touchscreen-based handling and the Zero-Watt standby are only two amongst the many innovations of the project. More information

Inspection robot: measuring oscillations with a microphone

The aim of the inspection robot project was to evaluate an alternative method for wedge tightness measurement, based on a mechano-acoustic approach. More information


The aim of the IMS quadrocopter project was to develop a GPS-positioned floating platform for video recording. More information