With effect from 11.01.2021, Andreas and Christian Fritz will take over the man­age­ment of Quality Automation GmbH as suc­ces­sors Heinz Monnartz and will man­age the com­pa­ny togeth­er as Managing Directors with their father Michael Fritz and the Directors Friedhelm Steffens and Christian Franssen in the future.

Vorstellung neue Geschäftsführung

Heinz Monnartz found­ed Quality Automation GmbH in 2000 togeth­er with Michael Fritz and worked for the com­pa­ny until 2018. In the last two years, he con­tin­ued to be avail­able to us as Managing Director and impor­tant con­tact per­son, but with­out active­ly par­tic­i­pat­ing in the busi­ness. Now, how­ev­er, it was time for him to ded­i­cate him­self to a well-deserved retire­ment and “make room for youth”. Heinz, we wish you and your wife Wilma all the best, good health and con­tin­ued fun and excit­ing expe­ri­ences on your travels!

The suc­ces­sors, Andreas and Christian Fritz, have of course known QA through their father since its found­ing and have both been employed by the com­pa­ny for sev­er­al years. Andreas Fritz has been work­ing in the field of soft­ware devel­op­ment for almost 10 years and has been Director since 2016. Christian Fritz has been employed in appli­ca­tion devel­op­ment for more than 3 years, most recent­ly in a man­age­r­i­al role.

Unterschrift beim Notar

The employ­ees trust in the abil­i­ties of the new man­ag­ing direc­tors and wish them much suc­cess and ener­gy for their impor­tant new func­tion in the inter­est of a sus­tain­able fur­ther devel­op­ment of the company.

As a cus­tomer, you can con­tin­ue to rely on con­ti­nu­ity in our core val­ues of inno­v­a­tive strength, high qual­i­ty and fair pric­ing. We sin­cere­ly thank you for your pre­vi­ous trust and look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing a reli­able and sta­ble partnership.

All around on the fir tops,
I saw golden lights sitting…

2020 was a spe­cial year, a year marked by ups and downs, hope and lock­downs. We look back on times of hard­ship and uncertainty.

The Corona pan­dem­ic was a great chal­lenge for all of us — both pro­fes­sion­al­ly and pri­vate­ly. Once again, it has become clear how impor­tant the top­ic of dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion is. Be it for home school­ing or home office — none of this would have worked with­out a reli­able inter­net con­nec­tion and func­tion­ing soft­ware. And, of course, we have also become aware of a great poten­tial for expan­sion. We are glad that we as a com­pa­ny were very well pre­pared for this. Since almost every employ­ee has his or her own lap­top and has the appro­pri­ate tools for remote work via Microsoft Teams, we were able to quick­ly switch to the home or flex office and thus sig­nif­i­cant­ly reduce the risk of con­ta­gion in the office. In addi­tion, we were able to cre­ate the pos­si­bil­i­ty for employ­ees with chil­dren to rec­on­cile home school­ing and work. One had to get used to see­ing chil­dren doing their home­work in the back­ground of meet­ings. Did it harm the work activ­i­ty? We don’t think so! Our employ­ees even say that they were able to con­cen­trate bet­ter on com­plex tasks at home and worked more effi­cient­ly. Definitely a rea­son for us to con­tin­ue offer­ing the flex office option next year.

The gen­er­al uncer­tain­ty in the indus­try over the past year has also had an impact on our com­pa­ny — projects are being post­poned, enquiries with­drawn, many cus­tomers are rest­less and unset­tled. Assignments are becom­ing more short-term. The flex­i­bil­i­ty and agili­ty of the QA team is in demand. No prob­lem for us. Many thanks to our team for this willingness!

But cau­tious opti­mism is spread­ing towards the end of the year. Business is pick­ing up again, bud­gets, projects and enquiries for the com­ing year are increas­ing. We are very hap­py about this, because it means we can look for­ward to the next year with con­fi­dence. And in gen­er­al, at the end of the year, there is light at the end of the tun­nel — the vac­cine is ready for use and will ensure that the bur­den on the health sys­tem is reduced and the risk groups are protected!

We would like to take this oppor­tu­ni­ty to thank our staff for their hard work and flex­i­bil­i­ty. Without your sup­port, under­stand­ing and resource­ful­ness, we would not be doing as well as we are today. This can­not be tak­en for grant­ed and we are real­ly proud to be able to lead such a great team.

And of course we would also like to thank our cus­tomers and coop­er­a­tion part­ners for the trust they have placed in us, the spir­it of part­ner­ship and excit­ing joint projects. We are glad that all com­pa­nies have made it through the cri­sis large­ly unscathed so far and are also look­ing pos­i­tive­ly towards 2021.

Let us try to bring the year to a calm and peace­ful end. We wish our employ­ees, our cus­tomers and coop­er­a­tion part­ners as well as their fam­i­lies a blessed Christmas, relax­ing days and a hap­py new year.

And most impor­tant­ly: stay healthy!

Michael Fritz
Managing Director

Andreas Fritz

Christian Fritz

Friedhelm Steffens

Christian Franssen

“20 years QA, that’s a real suc­cess sto­ry!” — this is how our man­ag­ing direc­tor Michael Fritz express­es his joy and pride about the com­pa­ny anniversary.

And indeed, the devel­op­ment of Quality Automation GmbH is real­ly impres­sive. Since its foun­da­tion in 2000, the com­pa­ny has con­tin­u­ous­ly expand­ed and devel­oped its fields of activ­i­ty. Meanwhile, the port­fo­lio includes not only clas­sic PLC pro­gram­ming but also elec­tri­cal design and pro­duc­tion, image pro­cess­ing, dri­ve tech­nol­o­gy, robot­ics, high-lev­el lan­guage pro­gram­ming and, as a prod­uct, our own ERP sys­tem for SMEs. Whether retro­fit, con­ver­sion or devel­op­ment and pro­duc­tion of new sys­tems — as a gen­er­al con­trac­tor or in the func­tion of project man­age­ment, we have been suc­cess­ful­ly real­is­ing projects for our cus­tomers from all over the world and all indus­tries for 20 years now.

“20 years — that makes more than 550 man-years of expe­ri­ence for our staff. We have enor­mous know-how, a wealth of knowl­edge that we can draw on and which is con­stant­ly grow­ing. Both we and our cus­tomers prof­it from this in equal mea­sure,” says Mr Fritz.

We would like to take this oppor­tu­ni­ty to thank our employ­ees for their great com­mit­ment over all these years and our cus­tomers for the trust and coop­er­a­tion they have shown us. Unfortunately, the sit­u­a­tion this year pre­vent­ed our open day and a big cel­e­bra­tion of our anniver­sary. However, post­poned is not can­celled: we firm­ly hope to be able to cel­e­brate togeth­er with all our employ­ees and cus­tomers next year! Until then, Mr Fritz would like to thank you per­son­al­ly with a video mes­sage. To the next 20 years! Stay healthy!

Or how to step up your game and connect your machines
as much as your social media.

A Master thesis of Maximilian Aretz

Up to this day many machines and pro­duc­tion lines are still not up to date with the newest technologies.

Connecting your machines to IoT Gateways pro­vides a lot of advan­tages such as more trans­paren­cy and eas­i­er main­te­nance. For his the­sis Maximilian Aretz looks behind the scenes and real­izes such a retro­fit.

The the­sis as a work in progress

Maximilian Aretz is a stu­dent at the University of Applied Science in Aachen in the depart­ment of Automation and propul­sion tech­nol­o­gy. He works at QA since 2017 and already fin­ished his Bachelor here. Now he start­ed his master’s the­sis. His cho­sen field of top­ic: the IoT Gateway. Equipped with the hard­ware and soft­ware for an IoT Gateway from Bosch Rexroth he is now test­ing and visu­al­iz­ing the pos­si­bil­i­ties and advan­tages of the Gateway. 

In the com­ing months he will start the process data analy­sis. This will include prepa­ra­tion and selec­tion of data, the effi­cien­cy of the machine includ­ing non­op­er­a­tion peri­ods, pro­duc­tion times, main­te­nance, errors and mes­sages and pre­ven­tive main­te­nanceas well as qual­i­ty man­age­ment and report gen­er­a­tion. Additionally, he will work on mes­sages and warn­ings via visu­al­iza­tion sys­tems, E‑mails and MS-teams. 

The IoT Gateway

An IoT Gateway Software offers an effi­cient solu­tion con­sist­ing of con­trol­ling hard­ware and soft­ware that pro­vides the con­nec­tion to the indus­try 4.0 with­out mess­ing with the automa­tion logic.For thisSensors must be added to machines to detect data like move­ments and ambi­ence con­di­tions. The IoT Gateway is used to the col­lect these data from the sen­sors. This data can then be eval­u­at­ed but it must also be pro­tect­ed. The Gateway itself includes a fire­wall and VPN to pro­vide net­work pro­tec­tion and secure com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

New trans­paren­cy with IoT Gateway Software

IoT Gateway Software allows you to get more trans­paren­cy about machine and pro­duc­tion data. The data can be fetched with real time mon­i­tor­ing of process data like tem­per­a­ture, pres­sure and vibra­tions. This data can be used to opti­mize pro­duc­tion process­es and helps to keep con­stant high quality.

Prognostic main­te­nance and service

Rule-based eval­u­a­tion of spe­cif­ic infor­ma­tion is a big help for pre­dic­tive main­te­nance and ser­vice on machines and pro­duc­tion lines. Additionally, it pro­vides a save solu­tion for remote main­te­nance while leav­ing the com­plete con­trol with the machine oper­a­tor. This way efforts and costs can be reduced.

In September, Kollmorgen host­ed a part­ner event at its Ratingen European head­quar­ters enti­tled ‘Together we can do more’. The two-day event offered plen­ty of room for dis­cus­sions with oth­er con­tract part­ners and pro­vid­ed in-depth tech­ni­cal knowl­edge about today’s automa­tion solu­tions, as well as the inno­va­tions of tomorrow.

Amongst oth­ers Friedhelm Steffens could obtain first-hand infor­ma­tion about the inno­v­a­tive, new gen­er­a­tion of syn­chro­nous ser­vo motors AKM2G.

As long­stand­ing sys­tem part­ner and autho­rized deal­er, we could already offer inte­grat­ed solu­tions in the field of plan­ning, engi­neer­ing, com­mis­sion­ing and ser­vice as well as var­i­ous soft­ware solu­tions since 2007. As pre­mi­um sys­tem part­ner we are spe­cial­ly trained in Mitsubishi Electric tech­nolo­gies and can offer qual­i­fied train­ing cours­es and services.

In 2017 the com­pa­ny Quality Automation GmbH sup­port­ed once again the schol­ar­ship pro­gram of the FH Aachen. Within the scope of a so-called one year schol­ar­ship QA advances the stu­dent Patrick Lückel from the fac­ul­ty elec­tri­cal engineering.

Mr. Heinz Monnartz, Managing Director of Quality Automation GmbH, had the pos­si­bil­i­ty to hand over the schol­ar­ship to Mr. Lückel on 11th November 2017 in the frame of a cer­e­mo­ni­al act.

Mr. Monnartz was asked in an inter­view why the schol­ar­ships are so impor­tant to him and why he acts as a spon­sor for now 7 years. First of all he wants to take over social engage­ments and then he would like to pro­mote the net­work­ing of Quality Automation with the tech­ni­cal col­lege and its stu­dents. Besides he always made good expe­ri­ences. He only met inter­est­ed and high­ly moti­vat­ed stu­dents dur­ing that time und found it out­stand­ing to enable the schol­ar­ship hold­ers to gain insight into the prac­tice. One of them, Mr. Benedikt von den Driesch, is employed by QA by now. Thus, the schol­ar­ship pro­gram serves as recruiting-instrument.

Mr. Monnartz also demon­strates cre­ativ­i­ty regard­ing schol­ar­ship plac­ing. One of the schol­ar­ships was a dona­tion to his 60. birth­day. So, he was the first pri­vate per­son that spon­sors a schol­ar­ship at the FH Aachen. Besides he gives a schol­ar­ship away on the occa­sion of a com­pa­ny anniver­sary of a friend­ly com­pa­ny in Garching, München.

Since 2011 Quality Automation finances a schol­ar­ship at the FH Aachen every year. It is a pri­vate con­cern of the founders and man­ag­ing direc­tors Heinz Monnartz and Michael Fritz to sup­port young per­sons. This at least serves as sup­port of young tal­ents of Quality Automation GmbH.

„To sup­port young tal­ents is a task of soci­ety and also for the region­al econ­o­my. It is impor­tant for our region to inspire the best tal­ents for a job here“, says Heinz Monnartz in the annu­al report 2016/​17 of the schol­ar­ship pro­gram of the FH Aachen.

See also the arti­cle about Heinz Monnartz in the schol­ar­ship program.

Daniel Meurer stud­ies elec­tri­cal engi­neer­ing with field automat­ing and dri­ve engi­neer­ing at the FH Aachen. For the real­iza­tion of his prac­tice project and the fol­low­ing bach­e­lor the­sis he choos­es the com­pa­ny Quality Automation. A sub­ject was quick­ly found: „Resistant Auto-ID sys­tem for prod­uct track­ing“. By using that sys­tem dif­fer­ent kinds of mate­r­i­al media of an exist­ing plant should be marked. The marks should con­tain the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion num­bers of the mate­r­i­al media and should serve for the clas­si­fi­ca­tion of the process data. 

The work­piece hold­ers are sub­ject to dif­fi­cult oper­at­ing con­di­tions like high tem­per­a­tures, acids and lac­quer­ing. The job was to devel­op a mark­ing sys­tem that resists such con­di­tions. The real­iza­tion should be per­formed exem­plar­i­ly from the tak­ing of the code to the eval­u­a­tion in an SPS.. Following the col­lo­qui­um tak­ing place in the room for train­ing course at QA the exam­in­ing pro­fes­sor Ulrich Hoffmann (FH-Aachen) and the co-exam­in­er Friedhelm Steffens (QA) quick­ly find out that the per­for­mance should be eval­u­at­ed with the top grade very good (1,0). The com­pa­ny Quality Automation com­pli­ments Mr. Meurer on the passed exam and looks for­ward to a pos­si­ble coop­er­a­tion in case of a mas­ter thesis.

The man­age­ment proud­ly dec­o­rat­ed the employ­ees Ralf Kops and Andreas Limpens for their ten years old employ­ment jubilee on this year’s Christmas par­ty. From left to the right: Michael Fritz (Managing Director), Ralf Kops, Heinz Monnartz (Managing Director). Mr. Andreas Limpens unfor­tu­nate­ly could not attend the ceremony.