Welcome on our website!

Welcome to our site on our mechatronics project. This site will offer you a complete description of our projection, starting from scratch and ending up with a working elevator mechanism. It will start out by giving a description of the projection and an overview of the team.

This site  is best viewed in mozilla firefox with a screen as big as possible :) (Actually any browser exept for IE will do to view this good)


The project was within the scope of the course “Mechatronics” taught at the Free University of Brussels. The purpose was to realise an electro-mechanical control system with a microcontroller based on given specifications. A few proposoals were done by the teachers, yet a new ideas were welcome as well. We decided to hand in our own proposal: the control of an elevator mechanism. This because to our opnion this was a very interesting combination of mechanics and electronics. In dialogue with the teachers, a few goals were set. What should are final design of the lift be capable of ? Our main goals were to: 
  • ·        Control the direction of the lift

  • ·        Control the speed of the lift

  • ·        Respond on requests from customers at different levels

  • ·        Use a clever algorithm to decide which floors to service first

  • ·        Build a three story lift shaft and cage

  • ·        Make the elevator control as robust as possible

 In addition a few extra features were listed:

  • ·        Transform the parallel data from the buttons to a serial input to the microcontroller

  • ·        Open and close doors of the cage

  • ·        Begin and end sensors of the shaft for safety

Our project would lead us to the most diversified engineering domains, including PWM , H – bridges, assembler programming, shift registers, design of PCB bord  and elevator control. This website will explain our work, results and motivation.



The team consists of 2 students
    - Kristof Hubin
    - Evert Vanderhaegen

Evert's main tasks and interests were:
  • ·        investigate and implement the use of a shift register

  • ·        the design and construction of the elevator shaft and cage

  • ·        installation of the motor and potentiometer

  • ·        testing of different motors

  • ·        testing of an alternative position detection system based on an encoder

  • ·        design PCB-bord in Traxmaker and the soldering

  • ·        design website 

Kristof's main tasks and interests were: 
  • ·        programming in assembler language

  • ·        motor control using PWM and H-bridges

  • ·        developping an elevator algorithm