Metav 2016 – Measurement Technology

Metrology on the Way to Quality 4.0

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Whoever determines the data structure also determines the business model

What this means for the quality data in tomorrow's factory is explained by Schmitt: "Manufacturers of measurement devices must consider who is to be the future master over the data structures, for he will in future determine the business model." Due to the fundamental changes with digitalisation, fuelled particularly by consumer electronics, all users of smart phones are accustomed to comfortable access to even complex data. Their wish, according to Schmitt, is to have similar operating comfort in the workshop. Information at one click and no specific devices with complicated controls, as Schmitt sees it. "I therefore dare to doubt that the classical operating concepts, and thus also the systems for computer-supported quality assurance (CAQ), will still exist in ten years," Schmitt comments, and adds that measurement device manufacturers who cannot integrate their products into the IT world of their customers will get into difficulties. His message: "Understand your customer’s business and the value of his data!"

What, then, could be more logical, in view of this intensive meshing, than that to present quality assurance on the same platform as production technology for metal processing?", asks Dr. Wilfried Schäfer, CEO of VDW (German Machine Tool Builders' Association) somewhat rhetorically. The makers of measurement and test technology hold the same view. In response to their express wishes, the Metav is offering, with the Quality Area, a platform in North Rhine Westphalia and for neighbouring markets. With the Quality Area, the synergies between manufacture and quality testing are set in motion perfectly," says Michael Lücke, responsible for fairs and events at the Carl Zeiss AG in Oberkochen. "The Metav offers customers the opportunity to gather comprehensive information on one single platform as to which solution in measurement technology best suits their products, their machines and processes." The Quality Area is an established part of the fair and shows the entire spectrum of measurement and test technology and also of QM and evaluation systems. The nomenclature in the Quality Area extends to around 200 terms. A lecture Forum presents examples of Best Practice from industry.

New tasks, new challenges do however need new qualifications, new skills. This topic, too, is given a place in the Quality Area. The German Association for Quality (DGQ), Frankfurt am Main, is not only a partner of the Metav, but is presenting, as an exhibitor, samples of its own training and advanced training opportunities. Claudia Welker, CEO of the DGQ Weiterbildung GmbH: "In Germany, nine out of ten firms enable employees to attend further training and thus strengthen the firms’ skilled worker base. The challenges which both the economy and manufacturing firms have to face demand well trained and motivated staff." The training of specialist staff in updating courses on the one hand, and holistic, process-oriented thinking on the other, are making strong demands on firms.

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Industry 4.0 needs Quality Assurance 4.0

Dr. Benedikt Sommerhoff, head of DGQ Regional and managing specialist supervisor of research and masters projects in behalf of the DGQ, names the key point in the rising relevance of quality assurance for tomorrow's production: "For Industry 4.0, what is needed is Quality Assurance 4.0!" The smart factory of the future will be marked by complete networking. From that he deduces the following tendencies: "The significance of quality topics and tests will increase, and the level of automation in quality assurance is rising. Inline measurement technology for small batch sizes in series production, for example, is one of the upcoming challenges." The manufacturers, too, have recognised the potential of training. Against this background, the Metav of course also plays an important role as a platform. Faro Europe, Vicivision and E. Zoller are only some examples of firms which will use the fair to present their advisory and training services. MM

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