Intern Development of ARC Controller | Contour Advanced Systems

april 20, 2024

Intern Development of ARC Controller | Contour Advanced Systems



Contour Advanced Systems has developed its own hardware over the past few months for controlling mobile industrial installations. This has resulted in ARC, a cost-effective controller that will replace traditional and expensive PLC systems. ARC is based on the STM32 platform and programmed in Rust. Although it already offers many functionalities, it currently lacks software support for important features such as Ethernet, RS-485, and MODBUS. Additionally, there is no desktop application for optimal control and monitoring of the ARC controller.

Assignment description:

The internship or graduation assignment is divided into two essential tasks:

  • Board Support Package (BSP) Development:Expand the functionalities through further development on a prototype of a Board Support Package. This package needs to be extended with device drivers for Ethernet, USB, and RS-485. The integration of the MODBUS protocol for controlling Ethernet and RS-485 is crucial here.
  • Desktop Application for ARC:Design a desktop application that communicates with the ARC via the previously mentioned USB connection using its own protocol. This application enables users to upload software to the controller and graphically display the status of the IO.

Bonus assignment:

In addition to these two main tasks, there is a bonus assignment related to implementing version control, such as Git, in industrial automation. Given the benefits of version control in software development, we aim to integrate this efficient practive into our working environment. Your expertise and advice on setting up a version control system are highly valuable to us.

Who is Contour Advanced Systems?

Contour Advanced Systems (AS) is a growing international service provider focused on delivering quality and sustainable total solutions. Since its establishment in 1905 until 2012, the company operated under the name Klein Poelhuis Sepcial Projects. Subsequently, it was acquired by Contour Group BV. Contour AS is primarily active in High-Tech projects and module and device construction. Contour AS translates innovative technological knowledge into the best solution for its clients. The company operates as a chain manager, thus having all disciplines in-house to fully produce the High-Tech products themselves. This is done through an integrated ‘plan-build-operate’ process, which focuses on advising, designing, integrating, testing, documenting, and maintaining systems and products. The customer is the basis of production at Contour Advanced Systems, hende the production is fully customer-order driven. For this reason, work is carried out on a wide variety of assignments; from check-in systems for airports and cabinets for fire hoses to High-Tech container for Defense. As a multidisciplinary system integration specialist, Contour AS operates in five market segments:

  • Defense & Security
  • Data & ICT
  • Intra Logistics
  • Energy
  • Special housing

With years of experience, Contour Advanced Systems is capable of building various total solutions for different clients worldwide. It is interesting to note that the work is never the same. The diversity of projects ensures that Contour AS is always fully engaged in engineering development.

Do you think you can strengthen our team? Take on the challenge and apply now!

Who are you?

For the internship position ‘Development of ARC Controller’, do you recognize yourself in the following profile:

  • You are a student in the field of Applied Computer Sciences, Embedded Systems Engineering, or a related discipline.

Innovar (Innovatiehub Varsseveld)

The companies Contour Advanced Systems, Van Raam and Waterkracht from Varsseveld entered into a collaboration on February 1st, 2012, to establish an ‘Innovatiehub’ in the Achterhoek region; Innovar. In the ‘Innovatiehub’, alongside your internal supervisor, there is also a Hubmanager available to guide you. The guidance from the Hubmanaer primarily focuses on the progress of your learning process. Additionally, through the ‘Innovatiehub’, you have the opportunity to collaborate with other students and exchange experiences. Innovar is inteded for students who. with a fresh perspecitve through an internship, project, or thesis assignment, help companies to continuously innovate.

Each period, approximately 30 students undertake internships or thesis projects at Innovar. More than 500 students have already completed their internship or thesis assignment at Innovar! Discover the benefits that Innovar can offer you:

  • Informative workshops
  • Extra guidance (report, layout, etc.)
  • Process guidance sessions
  • Improved communication between students and employees
  • Bi-weekly joint lunches with all students
  • A Hubmanger to whom you can always turn with your concerns!

What do we offer?

Contour Advanced Systems believes in the innovative insights that students bring with them! Therefore, you can expect the following from us:

  • A good internsihp or graduation allowance;
  • A challenging and educational internship or graduation period;
  • A delightful treat every week;
  • An informal and open work atmosphere;
  • Professional guidance and an innovative working environment.

Can you already envision it? You working at Contour Advanced Systems! Then quickly get in touch and discuss the possibilities with Hubmanager Kayleigh Saman via or call 0031 628 224 863.

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