Quality level up, costs down ‐ that is the main focus of modern manufacturing today. In the area of Industry4.0 the process monitoring plays a central role in forming technology.
In 1977, Professor Dr. Eng. Klaus Brankamp began a project at the RWTH Aachen, supported by the state of North‐Rhine Westphalia that marked the starting point for the invention that is today known all over the world as process monitoring technology.
In this project, the opportunities and possibilities for "production during unmanned shifts“ were to be explored. The active support of the production team through electronic measuring systems, multi‐machine operation or production during breaks or after end of shift were merely ideas, the realization of which many believed to be impossible.
Today, modern manufacturing without process monitoring is unimaginable, because the technology not only prevents process errors, but also shuts down machines in a timely manner, for example, in the event of malfunction. In this manner, costly damage is limited or prevented altogether. Success confirms Brankamp's position ‐ there are over 55,000 process monitoring systems from Erkrath in use all over the globe today.