“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.

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.

The two man­ag­ing direc­tors of the com­pa­ny Quality Automation GmbH, Heinz Monnartz and Michael Fritz, can­not help to land the com­mu­ni­ty kids of the car­ni­val club 1. Walheimer K. G. 1973 e. V. warm­ly through the fool­ish sea­son by donat­ing QA vests.

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A suc­cess­ful image film for the MBA degree course „Management and entre­pre­neur­ship“ of FH Aachen. Quality Automation does not only ben­e­fit from the excel­lent con­tin­u­ing edu­ca­tion of sin­gle employ­ees but can also present itself in the film by Mr. Heinz Monnartz one of the man­ag­ing direc­tors of the company.