About Qass Technologies
In May of 2001 QASS.net GmbH was formed in Wetter, Germany by two life long friends, Rainer Peitz, and Ulrich Seuthe. Ulrich developed software products which sustained the company while also developing the CiS.01. At the same time Rainer focused his attention on the commercial aspects of the company, developing the customer relations for this future product. Five months latter, in October the first system was installed in a straightening press. In there first full year of operation, 2002, over 50 systems were installed worldwide. Strategically it was clear that continued success required a presence in the United States, so in November of 2002 QASS.net USA Inc was born to promote and service the US market. In April of 2003 an office and warehouse was established providing both sales and technical support in suburban Chicago. In anticipation of adapting this technology to other manufacturing applications QASS Technologies was established to better reflect our companies strategic thrust.
Quite simply the CiS.01 was developed to help identify cracking in hardened parts when they are straightened. During the straightening process the part is subjected to extreme pressure that can result in stress fractures. Conventional methods of detecting these cracks can sometimes be inadequate. The crack can often be in the part but the surface can actually close back when the pressure is released. What was needed was a more reliable method of monitoring the process so that production was screened. Our system was developed to help identify those parts, giving the client another method of identifying problems. The CiS.01 is mounted and integrated into the straightening press, by filtering out machine noise the system can monitor the process looking for the energy that is emitted when the crack occurs. A specially designed sensor is mounted on the tooling of the press. This sensor is turned on and off by the controller, and the resulting energy levels of the signals are recorded for further analysis. If the energy level is exceeded the press will stop and will reject the part. Special software is included to download the data and offer a stastically overview of the process. After a part is identified by our system as defective, the client must conduct further testing to identify where the actual crack is located. This information can help in monitoring the entire process.
At the present time the CiS.01 is installed in over 100 straightening presses worldwide. This year our research team is working very hard to adapt this technology to other machine tool operations. We are looking at applications where a machine tool is highly automated and either a part or tooling failure is costly in terms of production loss or machine downtime.