Introducing our master thesis students!

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Olof, Mikaela, Jens and Ted are currently doing their master thesis at ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems’ headquarters in Landskrona. Hear what they think about our company, their projects and of course – about automatic doors!

The group of classmates studies mechanical engineering at Lund University in Sweden, and all got in touch with ASSA ABLOY at the student fair ARKAD

"We got a good first impression of ASSA ABLOY at the fair, you could tell they were as interested in us as we were in them," says Mikaela

"They had a list of some thirteen topics, and I thought five of them seemed really interesting, so we decided that we wanted to know more," says Jens.

They all had a few different companies to choose between, but the decision soon landed on ASSA ABLOY, much thanks to the dedication of their mentor at the company, and the well worked out process.

"ASSA ABLOY had a good understanding of what it takes to do a master thesis, that it's only 20 weeks and that it has to have a certain academic level. So we knew that if we do our master thesis at ASSA ABLOY, there will be no issues between the university and the company." Says Jens.

"But at the same time, ASSA ABLOY was very flexible, and have a 'we'll fix that' mentality," Ted explains.

Increasing energy efficiency on automatic sliding doors

The four students work in teams of two, which both focus on improving energy efficiency on automatic sliding doors.

"We're working with hold force on sliding doors; it's the force that's keeping the doors closed. To achieve that today the motor has to be kept running at all times, but we're looking at a mechanical solution that could eliminate the need of the motor," says Mikaela.

"Ted and I are looking at how to minimize the air leakage on sliding doors, and if we can find a replacement for the traditional brushes that exist today." Says Olof.

"The technology is similar to that of a robot"

Both groups are still in the concept phase of the project, but will soon start looking at building prototypes. So far working with doors has exceeded their expectations.

"This is the technology I've been studying, the combination of mechanics and electronics. Perhaps doors don't sound all that interesting, but the difference between an automatic door and an automatic car or a robot is really not that big. Robots sound more advanced, but if you open up an automatic door, it's really the same technology" Jens explains.

Ted continues "The opportunities surrounding the products are also really interesting. You can, for example, save a lot of money on energy by improving certain features on the door".

The master thesis will be presented in January 2019, but during the fall we will dive in and learn more about each specific project – so stay tuned!