All connected-up
for the future

#QnessConnectedFuture

Creating intelligent data exchange solutions today for connected tomorrows.

Visionary ideas and Industry 4.0

Linking together production machinery, intelligent controls for production plants and automated data sharing for work process planning, have become essential aspects of manufacturing operations over the past few years. Visionary ideas for the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 are ensuring there is now also interconnected test and result monitoring for quality assurance.

 

Where the future is taking us

We are absolutely convinced, within the next 10 years the new generations of testing devices will be hooked up to – and communicate with – superordinate production planning centres, test planning systems and measuring device monitors.

Qness has a clearly-defined goal

We aim to develop all the requisite technologies, processes and resources, and ensure that customers get 100% benefit from all the interconnected devices installed by Qness to profit from optimised data management.


All the steps, tools and developments this requires, are integral to our project: #QnessConnectedFuture We can already meet many of these requirements today!

 

“As the leading innovator in the field of hardness testing, we consider it our duty to develop devices that set new standards, both in the mechanical and digital domains. Every Qness machine must guarantee easy digital connectability, while also offering maximum flexibility. This approach defines our daily work – from initial development through to servicing. We are creating solutions for tomorrow, today!”

Where we are now already

 

Over 60% of all Qness customers transfer results via protocols and data exports.

 

Qness already installs data connections for approximately every 4th hardness testing device sold on the German-speaking market.

 

Currently, the most common interconnectivity is with QDAS systems for long-term statistical evaluation, accounting for over 40% of all Qpix Control Plug-In solutions.

 

Many of the central European heat treatment plants we are familiar with use the order management software AMS made by the German company ttc. Almost 75% of the Qness hardness testing devices used by these customers have already been fitted with the Qpix Control AMS Plug-In.

Our mission

Number of interconnected Qness hardness testing devices

Benefits

Efficient documentation

Reduced operator influence

Minimization of error sources

Faster and improved process monitoring

Real-time results

Reduced Costs

Our tools

Unrivalled expertise

Unrivalled expertise

Our team is comprised of experts almost exclusively devoted to the tasks of providing advice, clarifying requirements and implementing data connection projects. Our software programmers guarantee flawless technical implementation for inter-device connectivity and we optimize application technology to ensure the best possible operational comfort and convenience.

Qconnect

Qconnect

Qconnect is the interface in Qness Qpix Control2 software, providing customers with a full portfolio of inter-device connectivity - from serial production, open XML interfaces (bi-directional) and pre-specified plug-in solutions, such as the QDAS Plug-In+, through to customer-specific connectivity solutions implemented completely by Qness. We have a professional solution for every applicational requirement.

Documentation and information

Documentation and information

Qness provides useful documentation about the Qconnect interface, and information materials on the plug-in modules, in order to ensure customers and partner companies can rely on the best possible support while clarifying requirements and implementing the project.

Templates STANDARD

Templates

Especially when tests have to be repeated several times, modern test devices benefit immensely from template options. Once test program templates have been saved, they can be applied to any required number of test pieces. Templates can be managed via any number of devices hooked up to the network. Templates can be set-up, saved and selected by all Qpix Control2-driven devices.

Automatic export functions STANDARD

Automatic export functions

Many pro-level export functions are built into Qness solutions as standard. Raw data is exported into CSV/TXT and XML, report exports into MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF – as part-specific issues or as individual exports. All export configurations can also be stored individually for templates.

Qness Calibration Manager STANDARD

Qness Calibration Manager

This is a leap forward for calibration result management - The Qness Calibration Manager reminds operators of the necessary tests at freely definable intervals. Test results are added to the ongoing statistical record at the push of a button.

Auto-Email NEU

Auto-Email

E-mails featuring result protocols and error reports can be sent straight to the customer or the production manager; and can, if desired, be fully automated after the tests. Our 2nd generation Qness Qpix Software now makes it possible.

Online Support STANDARD

Online Support

The built-in remote client makes support provision childsplay for both application assistance and servicing requirements.

3D CAD data import

The Qpix Control2 Software generation offers revolutionary 3D component imaging, enabling use of 3D component data for hardness testing. Imported CAD models simplify navigation of the component, and especially the CAS technology helps to prevent collisions.

Barcode/QR code/DMC reader

Barcode/QR code/DMC reader

Qpix software platforms support barcode and QR code readers. Whether simply inserting header files (serial), managing the complete integration of reading devices for the automatic selection of templates, or calling up data from superordinate systems (optional) – barcode/QR code readers simplify work procedures for the tester, while also preventing operating errors.

Qpix Control2 PCI Plug-In

Qpix Control2 PCI Plug-In

 The ‘PCI Plug-In’ interface enables data link-ups to be managed individually and to be customized for specific requirements. The Qness programming team guarantees flexible interface programming. The PCI Plug-In also facilitates connections to SQL data bases and customer-specific ERP systems.

Qpix Control2 QDAS Plug-In+ NEW

Qpix Control2 QDAS Plug-In+ NEW

This is a pre-set software module package enabling a link-up to the statistics programme QDAS/qs-stat made by QDAS GmbH. QDAS specifies more or less the whole data field communication. Setting up the interface is done with Qness’ own, very attentively developed and simply operated QDAS Plug-In+ user interface. Even without further clarifications or adaptions, the module generates a QDAS-compatible and QDAS-analysable file.

Qpix Control2 AMS Plug-In

Qpix Control2 AMS Plug-In

ttc Informatik GmbH’s AMS order management system accompanies the production process, especially in many heat treatment plants. The Qpix Control2 Software module AMS Plug-In can be used to predefine items such as test programme templates and entire test guidelines for hardness testing. Subsequent to hardness testing, the results are sent back to the AMS system. The interface was jointly devised by Qness and ttc, and the plug-in module offers the whole basic scope of communication between AMS and the Qness testing device.

Qpix Control2 Remote Plug-In

Qpix Control2 Remote Plug-In

Entire hardness testing systems can be automated without human intervention using the Remote Plug-In. Every command, including those for mechanical motions, comes straight from the superordinate control centre. This is ideal, in particular for in-line hardness testing devices loaded by robots.

Global customer solutions  - Copy&Paste

Global customer solutions - Copy&Paste

Qness places particular importance on the provision of seamless connectivity for customers with operations spread over several sites. It’s our pleasure to develop a ‘customer standard’ with you, to ensure that every subsidiary in a corporate group or business – worldwide – can rely on an identical solution for the interconnectivity of Qness devices. Once the standard has been agreed upon, the interface can be applied to all other operational bases in a kind of ‘copy & paste’ procedure, without additional development costs for each separate device. We can guarantee all work and data management follows exactly the same procedures, across the entire group.

Qness milestones – Interconnectivity

Place your trust in our experience!
We have been developing innovative solutions for interconnectivity in hardness testing for almost 10 years.

2010

2010

First Qness hardness tester completely remotely controlled (Qpix Remote Interface)

2011

2011

Delivery and installation of the first device with QDAS standard format data

2012

2012

Development of the PCI interface (outsourced part of the hardness-testing software for simplified communication with customer systems)

2014

2014

Automatic export functions for Qpix Control and T12 software platforms

2017

2017

Presentation of the Qpix 2nd generation hardness testing software (Qpix Control2 & T2) – revolutionary operability with standard scope open data interface (data import & export)

2018

2018

Installation of the largest Qness test lab so far: One Qness customer uses 12 Qness Q30A+ hardness testing devices in the same room. All devices are connected up to QDAS and share the same test templates and component databases

2019

2019

Automatic sending of e-mails with results, protocols and error notices

New QDAS interface ‘QDAS Plug-In +’ – configuration and installation can be done directly by the customer

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