Reference : 563304

A robot for ultrasound examinations (M/W)

  • Research and Development
  • France
  • Internship
  • Posting date : 12/10/2018

Position description

The Group has eight major cross-business research centers that serve all activities, thus optimizing synergies between them. These research centers maintain and develop the highest level of skills and key technologies for the Group. The student will closely collaborate and spend time in two of the eight Transversal Research & Development Centers by Saint-Gobain: Saint-Gobain Research Germany and Saint-Gobain Research Provence.

While the core competencies at SGR Germany are focused on functional and active glazing, one of its departments “Smart Manufacturing and Robotics” consists of experts in automation, robotics, Industry 4.0 and Industrial Analytics advising the different Business Units on how to best deploy these technologies.

At SGR Provence, research projects mainly concern mineral materials, ceramics and refractories: formulation, synthesis and material packaging, product characterization and in-service performance, development of manufacturing processes. The products, in the form of grains, powders, and machined components, are designed into high-tech applications, in areas such as production, energy-saving or environmental protection, for major industrial sectors and sustainable habitat.

With their respective expertise in manufacturing, SGR Germany & Provence offer technical support for the entire Saint-Gobain Group in ongoing production processes and contributes to optimization. Both R&D centers have partnerships with industrial companies, academic research laboratories and technical institutes.

The main objective of the studentship advertised here is to realize an automated cell where a robot moves an US (ultrasound) probe along products of complex shapes for remote examination. The design needs to consider aspects of safety, robustness, inspection quality, performance, investment and running costs and human robot interaction.


- Prototypical implementation of collaborative and/or classical robot applications

- Connection of e.g. sensors, grippers or Smart Devices to different robots

- Implementation of “data pipeline” to allow the analysis of the gathered sensor readings

- Feasibility studies with technical documentation

- Support the conception and optimization of industrial solutions in the field of automation and robotics



- Students (f/m) in the fields of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, information technology, computer science, automation technology or comparable degree courses

- Basic robot knowledge (e.g. kinematics and dynamics, CoBots)

- Experience in robot programming

- Programming knowledge (any high-level language)

- Experience in control engineering, sensor technology, machine vision, CAD/CAM helpful

- Enjoy familiarizing oneself with new technologies and using them

- Fluent in spoken and written English; German and/or French are an advantage

- Structured and independent working method


Additional description

Duration : 6 months (share time between Saint-Gobain Research Germany (Herzogenrath) & Provence (Cavaillon, France)

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Fort de plus de 58 000 collaborateurs répartis dans 48 pays, le Pôle Matériaux Innovants de Saint-Gobain propose un portefeuille unique de solutions haute technologie et à forte valeur ajoutée pour l’habitat et l’industrie. Il est un acteur mondial de premier plan dans le domaine des Matériaux Haute Performance (céramiques, polymères, abrasifs et tissus de verre) et des produits verriers à destination des marchés du bâtiment et des transports, dont l’automobile.

Situé à Cavaillon dans le Vaucluse, près d’Avignon, Saint-Gobain Research Provence étudie et caractérise une large gamme de produits de haute technologie, allant des réfractaires utilisés dans les fours verriers et industriels, jusqu’aux matériaux à architecture contrôlée, en vue d’applications dans des domaines tels que l’énergie, l’environnement et l’habitat (applications thermiques ou mécaniques, etc...).

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