For some time now, QA has been using a Fischertechnik-mod­el for fac­to­ry sim­u­la­tion. This com­bi­na­tion of dif­fer­ent sta­tions, con­trolled by a Siemens Simatic S7-200, is used by trainees, interns and Bachelor or Master stu­dents to real­is­ti­cal­ly mod­el com­plex processes.

As QA it is impor­tant to us that our trainees, interns or stu­dents can work in a prac­ti­cal way and there­by gain impor­tant expe­ri­ence. Only by apply­ing and imple­ment­ing do you learn to find solu­tions inde­pen­dent­ly and to meet chal­lenges most of the time,” explains Managing Director Andreas Fritz.

The fac­to­ry sim­u­la­tion con­sists of the mod­els sort­ing line with col­or recog­ni­tion, mul­ti-machin­ing sta­tion with kiln, auto­mat­ed high-bay ware­house and a vac­u­um suc­tion grip­per. With these sta­tions, a closed mate­r­i­al cycle is pos­si­ble. The work­pieces are retrieved from the high-bay ware­house, processed in the machin­ing sta­tion, then sort­ed by col­or in the sort­ing sys­tem and then returned to the high-bay warehouse.

In the course of a bach­e­lor the­sis, the soft­ware was recent­ly revised and fur­ther devel­oped, so that many new func­tion­al­i­ties have been added. It is now pos­si­ble, for exam­ple, to select via the Simatic HMI pan­el the exact sequence in which the dif­fer­ent­ly col­ored work­pieces are to be retrieved and returned to storage.

To give you an insight into our fish tech­nol­o­gy mod­el, we have filmed a machin­ing cycle from dif­fer­ent angles and edit­ed it into a short video.

We hope you enjoy watch­ing it.


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We are pleased to wel­come our new employ­ee Dipl.-Ing. Achim Merzbach at Quality Automation GmbH. With his many years of pro­fes­sion­al expe­ri­ence in indus­tri­al pro­duc­tion and automa­tion he will sup­port us in the func­tions of Senior-Consultant.

Dipl.-Ing. Achim Merzbach

Achim Merzbach can look back on an excit­ing pro­fes­sion­al career to date. In 1990, he start­ed as a PLC engi­neer in mechan­i­cal engi­neer­ing at Philips in Aachen. In 1993 he changed to the halo­gen lamp pro­duc­tion at Philips Licht as project man­ag­er in the field of indus­tri­al automa­tion tech­nol­o­gy. In this posi­tion he worked for sev­er­al years. From 1995 he took over the com­plete Factory Engineering and from 1997 also the pro­duc­tion man­age­ment of the halo­gen lamp man­u­fac­tur­ing and packaging.

From 2000 he was respon­si­ble for the devel­op­ment, indus­tri­al­iza­tion and automa­tion of the coat­ing depart­ment as main project man­ag­er and lat­er addi­tion­al­ly as depart­ment manager.

In 2010 he again took over the man­age­ment of Factory Engineering to sup­port the imple­men­ta­tion of LEAN man­age­ment. Here the focus was on TPM (opti­miza­tion of plants, process­es and main­te­nance). Another focus was the devel­op­ment of the ener­gy man­age­ment system.

In 2018, Achim Merzbach took over site man­age­ment at a soft­ware and IT ser­vice provider with a focus on mar­ket­ing, cus­tomer sup­port and acqui­si­tion and pro­fes­sion­al net­work­ing. The pre­vi­ous knowl­edge of his pre­vi­ous man­age­r­i­al posi­tions and his tech­ni­cal knowl­edge are a great advan­tage when inter­act­ing with customers.

The way to QA

As ear­ly as 1990, our man­ag­ing direc­tor Michael Fritz, then also work­ing for Philips, and Achim Merzbach got to know each oth­er. Since the foun­da­tion of QA, there have always been long-stand­ing busi­ness con­nec­tions and a great mutu­al trust.

With all his many years of expe­ri­ence, Achim Merzbach will now sup­port Quality Automation GmbH as a Senior-Consultant with a main focus on sales. His respon­si­bil­i­ties will include sup­port­ing and advis­ing the exec­u­tive board, the man­age­ment and the project man­agers in both exter­nal and inter­nal projects. Furthermore, he will be increas­ing­ly involved in the acqui­si­tion of new cus­tomers and the sup­port of exist­ing cus­tomers. In oth­er words, he will be your direct con­tact for all ques­tions regard­ing our ser­vices, prod­ucts or ongo­ing projects.

The added value for the customer

Through this per­son­nel expan­sion, it is now pos­si­ble for us as Quality Automation GmbH to main­tain an even clos­er busi­ness rela­tion­ship with our cus­tomers and to sup­port you with advice at any time. You have an expe­ri­enced and com­pe­tent con­tact per­son who will take care of your con­cerns and also pro­vide you with help­ful and knowl­edge­able infor­ma­tion with his exper­tise in the emerg­ing top­ics of dig­i­tal­iza­tion, Industry 4.0, IoT and Smart Factory.

Even in these dif­fi­cult times, we are of course on the road for our cus­tomers at home and abroad. Depending on the des­ti­na­tion, this requires good plan­ning and com­pli­ance with var­i­ous require­ments. However, the health of our employ­ees is always our top pri­or­i­ty dur­ing these assign­ments. In this arti­cle, we report on a for­eign assign­ment in Croatia as a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of our busi­ness trips.

Auslandseinsatz in Zeiten der COVID-19-Pandemie

Before the trip start­ed, some orga­ni­za­tion­al points were clar­i­fied the week before. The doc­u­ments required for entry includ­ed the A1 cer­tifi­cate on social secu­ri­ty leg­is­la­tion, a trav­el noti­fi­ca­tion for entry into the Republic of Croatia and a cer­tifi­cate issued by QA on the absolute neces­si­ty of a busi­ness trip. Furthermore, proof of a neg­a­tive test for infec­tion with the coro­n­avirus must be car­ried when enter­ing Croatia and re-enter­ing Germany. In coop­er­a­tion with the cus­tomer in Croatia, an appoint­ment for an on-site PRC test was already orga­nized before the start of the trip.

With the QA com­pa­ny car and equipped with a sup­ply of FFP2 masks, we set off from Stolberg in the direc­tion of south­ern Germany. First stopover: Frankfurt am Main. Here a PRC express test was car­ried out. Thanks to good orga­ni­za­tion on site and pri­or book­ing of an appoint­ment, the test was com­plet­ed in the short­est pos­si­ble time and the jour­ney could be con­tin­ued quick­ly. The test result arrived by email after only about 30 min­utes. The des­ti­na­tion for the first day was the city of Passau in Bavaria. Due to the long total dis­tance of 1200km, a stopover was nec­es­sary. We delib­er­ate­ly decid­ed against an overnight stay in Austria, as this would have result­ed in a 10-day quar­an­tine obligation.

Equipped with vignettes for Austria and Slovenia, we con­tin­ued the next day to the vicin­i­ty of the Croatian cap­i­tal Zagreb. On arrival at the customer’s site, work on the plant was start­ed imme­di­ate­ly and con­tin­ued suc­cess­ful­ly over the next few days.

In order to have a proof of a neg­a­tive PRC-Corona test for the return jour­ney to Germany, this was already car­ried out one day before depar­ture at the University Hospital for Infectious Diseases in Zagreb. Our employ­ee was accom­pa­nied by the cus­tomer, as he is famil­iar with the local con­di­tions and orga­ni­za­tion­al struc­tures. The results were avail­able in time for the depar­ture and so we returned to Stolberg with an overnight stay in Germany.

Since a few days Quality Automation GmbH is now a licensed Certified Excellence Solution Partner of Bosch Rexroth. This means that we belong to a select­ed net­work of sales and ser­vice part­ners in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Together with around 60 Excellence (CE) part­ners, we have a high lev­el of per­for­mance and solu­tion exper­tise for automa­tion, dri­ve and con­trol technology

We have been an offi­cial Bosch Rexroth sys­tem inte­gra­tor since 2009 and are pleased to take the next step after these suc­cess­ful years of coop­er­a­tion. The mul­ti-stage struc­tured cer­ti­fi­ca­tion process, in which we have proven our com­pe­tence and per­for­mance in all rel­e­vant dis­ci­plines, makes us a CE Solution Partner.

As a CE Solution Partner, we offer intel­li­gent, safe and effi­cient solu­tions from Bosch Rexroth. Our spe­cial­ly trained and qual­i­fied per­son­nel have exten­sive exper­tise to sup­port our cus­tomers in the design, opti­miza­tion and com­mis­sion­ing of their automa­tion projects. As a Certified Excellence Solution Partner, we are always avail­able to pro­vide expert advice and pur­chas­ing support.


Dennis Paustenbach is 31 years old and has been work­ing for Quality Automation GmbH since April 2016. More than two years ago, he decid­ed to take a part-time dis­tance learn­ing course and is now about to write his master’s the­sis. We asked Dennis some inter­est­ing and per­son­al ques­tions about this, which he was hap­py to answer. In the fol­low­ing, you can read about his moti­va­tions, dai­ly study rou­tine and pri­vate plans after com­plet­ing his stud­ies. Of course, you will also learn some­thing about the frame­work and con­tent of the study and not least per­son­al tips from Dennis to those read­ers who are cur­rent­ly think­ing about start­ing a dis­tance learn­ing pro­gram themselves.

Let’s first look back a few years. After Dennis com­plet­ed his appren­tice­ship as an elec­tron­ics tech­ni­cian with dis­tinc­tion in 2010 as one of the best in his class, he first worked in his pro­fes­sion for a year until he decid­ed to start cer­ti­fied tech­ni­cian pro­gram at night school at the Berufskolleg für Gestaltung und Technik in Aachen. Already here he expe­ri­enced what it was like to have to study and take exams while work­ing. This went so well that Dennis caught up on his tech­ni­cal high school diplo­ma at the same time, and so by the end of 2015 he had his tech­ni­cal high school diplo­ma and was a state-cer­ti­fied technician.

Why study?
At the begin­ning of 2016, his pro­fes­sion­al path led to the elec­tri­cal design depart­ment of QA. After a lit­tle over a year in his new job, he decid­ed to pur­sue the part-time dis­tance learn­ing Master of Science in Electrical Engineering with a spe­cial­iza­tion in Automation Engineering at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences, Department of EIT.

When asked why he chose this course of study, Dennis has sev­er­al imme­di­ate answers: “Because of my train­ing as a state-cer­ti­fied tech­ni­cian for automa­tion tech­nol­o­gy and because of my work up to that point as an elec­tron­ics tech­ni­cian in the field of automa­tion, it made sense for me to also com­plete my fur­ther edu­ca­tion in the sub­ject area. I also found that elec­tri­cal engi­neer­ing suits me and that I enjoy it a lot.” Furthermore, he sees the field of automa­tion tech­nol­o­gy as very future-ori­ent­ed and grow­ing strong­ly in the com­ing years. “I think that tasks that will have to be solved in the indus­try in the future require a good basic edu­ca­tion. I want to be pre­pared for this not only prac­ti­cal­ly, through my job, but also the­o­ret­i­cal­ly through my stud­ies. I want to gain a deep­er insight into the the­o­ry behind the things I apply and use in my dai­ly pro­fes­sion­al life.”

The study
The dis­tance learn­ing pro­gram at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences con­sists of 7 semes­ters of stan­dard study time, with the 1st semes­ter being a prepara­to­ry semes­ter, due to the lat­er­al entry from tech­ni­cian to master.

“Only when you have suc­cess­ful­ly passed the exams of the prepara­to­ry semes­ter, you are allowed to start with the actu­al stud­ies”, Dennis reports. He remem­bers the time well: “Getting admit­ted to the pro­gram at all is a chal­lenge. In addi­tion to an appli­ca­tion with a resume, a let­ter of moti­va­tion and a let­ter of rec­om­men­da­tion, you also need a good tech­ni­cal degree to be invit­ed to the entrance exam. If you pass the entrance exam and the exams at the end of the prepara­to­ry semes­ter, the actu­al stud­ies begin. From orig­i­nal­ly more than 40 lat­er­al entrants inter­est­ed in study­ing in the admis­sion process, only 4 peo­ple actu­al­ly start­ed the studies.”

The con­tents
Classroom lec­tures are held four times a month, usu­al­ly on Fridays and Saturdays, but some­times also on Sundays. The exams at the end of a semes­ter are divid­ed over two week­ends. Most of the knowl­edge has to be acquired in self-study after work or on the week­ends off. “This already requires a high degree of self-dis­ci­pline and moti­va­tion, espe­cial­ly after a long day at work,” Dennis tells us. Due to the Corona pan­dem­ic, there are cur­rent­ly no face-to-face events. This saves trav­el­ing to the uni­ver­si­ty, but makes per­son­al inter­ac­tion and knowl­edge exchange with fel­low stu­dents and pro­fes­sors more difficult.

In the first part of the pro­gram, stu­dents are taught in-depth fun­da­men­tals of elec­tri­cal engi­neer­ing. Topics such as sys­tem the­o­ry and sig­nal pro­cess­ing are on the pro­gram. In the sec­ond semes­ter, stu­dents choose a spe­cial­iza­tion. Special meth­ods of con­trol engi­neer­ing, learn­ing con­trols, robot­ics and elec­tro­mo­bil­i­ty are just a few of the sub­jects. Interdisciplinary sub­jects such as com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nol­o­gy, employ­ee man­age­ment and labor law are taught regard­less of the spe­cial­iza­tion. The pro­gram con­cludes with a master’s the­sis and the aca­d­e­m­ic degree of Master of Science.

The mas­ter the­sis at QA?
Dennis is cur­rent­ly in his 4th semes­ter and his master’s the­sis is due in the com­ing sum­mer semes­ter. Here, of course, our first ques­tion was whether he would like to write it at QA or gain new expe­ri­ence in oth­er com­pa­nies. “I would like to do my master’s the­sis at QA, this has already been clar­i­fied and I am very hap­py about it. Only the top­ic still needs to be clar­i­fied,” Dennis tells us. Here at QA, he has many oppor­tu­ni­ties to direct­ly put into prac­tice what he has learned and is also sup­port­ed in many ways. “I’m very glad that QA has my back here, whether it’s from spon­ta­neous vaca­tions to study just before exams to my pro­fes­sion­al career after graduation.”

What’s next after graduation?
Dennis sees his future con­tin­u­ing at QA, after grad­u­a­tion he would like to stay with us, but ori­ent him­self more in the direc­tion of soft­ware devel­op­ment. There are already inter­nal agree­ments on this, he tells us. In his pri­vate life, too, things will change after grad­u­a­tion: “I am con­fi­dent that I will have more time for my fam­i­ly and friends again. After grad­u­a­tion, a new phase of life begins and top­ics such as fam­i­ly plan­ning and build­ing or buy­ing a house will also be on the agen­da in the next few years.”

We would like to take this oppor­tu­ni­ty to wish Dennis every suc­cess in his fur­ther stud­ies, his pro­fes­sion­al career and, of course, that he achieves all his goals and wish­es in his pri­vate life.

Further tips for our readers 
If inter­est in study­ing or oth­er fur­ther edu­ca­tion and train­ing has now been aroused, Dennis has a few more tips: “First of all, you should be aware that study­ing while work­ing is very time-con­sum­ing. Friends and fam­i­ly often take a back seat, espe­cial­ly short­ly before exams. In gen­er­al, you should be very self-moti­vat­ed and have the will to fol­low through with your stud­ies. Good sup­port from your employ­er is also very impor­tant. In addi­tion, you should have the prospect of a posi­tion in your own com­pa­ny or in anoth­er com­pa­ny that fits in with your fur­ther edu­ca­tion, so that you can apply what you’ve learned direct­ly after your studies.” 

This year, we are once again a schol­ar­ship provider and are sup­port­ing Robin Feistel, a master’s stu­dent of elec­tri­cal engi­neer­ing with a focus on automa­tion tech­nol­o­gy at the FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences, with a one-year schol­ar­ship. We are very pleased that Mr. Feistel has informed us that in par­tic­u­lar the receipt of the schol­ar­ship has also moved him to the deci­sion to pur­sue a Master’s degree after the suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of the Bachelor’s pro­gram. This is real­ly a great affir­ma­tion and shows that the schol­ar­ships are effec­tive in help­ing stu­dents to be able to achieve their desired degrees.

Mr. Feistel’s goal is to lat­er find a var­ied and chal­leng­ing job in the field of automa­tion tech­nol­o­gy, where he can con­tin­ue to devel­op and expand his knowl­edge. He is par­tic­u­lar­ly inter­est­ed in mas­ter­ing chal­lenges in automa­tion from a com­bi­na­tion of design, pneu­mat­ic and elec­tri­cal solu­tions. In oth­er words, a real all-rounder.

Unfortunately, we were not yet able to meet Mr. Feistel dur­ing the schol­ar­ship award cer­e­mo­ny. Due to Corona restric­tions, there was of course no face-to-face event in Aachen’s town hall with per­son­al pre­sen­ta­tion of the schol­ar­ships. Instead, the FH Aachen came up with some­thing great! Please have a look at the FH Aachen web­site for more infor­ma­tion: Scholarship Award 2020

We are look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ing Mr. Feistel as soon as the Corona sit­u­a­tion allows for a per­son­al meet­ing and a pre­sen­ta­tion of the com­pa­ny. Until then, we wish him all the best and much suc­cess in his fur­ther studies!


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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!


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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.