Aluminum production in Germany is regarded as an essential driving force for many economic sectors and employs an average of around 80,000 people. Aluminum is a recyclable material: Only about 40 percent of aluminum production, aluminum products manufactured in over 600 aluminum processing plants in Germany, is exported – as a result, about 60 percent is further processed within Germany.
Since the material aluminum enables the production of practical, durable, and recyclable products, the German aluminum industry has been experiencing a steady upswing for many years. This is particularly noticeable in the sales figures of the German aluminum processing companies: between the financial years 2010 and 2015, for example, sales in the aluminum industry rose from 14.5 to almost 16 billion euros, a trend that will probably continue in the coming years. The use of this material is particularly widespread in the automotive and transportation industries, where aluminum is used for the construction of machines, plants, for manufacturing engines. Due to the extensive customer contacts, Fink & Partner’s software developers set the goal of providing an innovative and production-related software solution in the form of a LIMS (Laboratory Information and Management System) that is precisely designed for the requirements of customers from the aluminum industry. The so-called LIMS are specialized quality management systems that entirely cover and combine the areas of incoming and outgoing goods as well as production, testing, and measuring procedures with a single software solution.
Functionality and applications of [FP]-LIMS in the aluminum industry
The LIMS software designed by Fink & Partner GmbH offers the possibility to check the quality of incoming raw materials or finished products in the outgoing phase. The software uses different data sources that can be accessed via interfaces to further data processing tools. A LIMS system is therefore considered as the ideal support for modern R&D departments of large companies that want to make their workflows in the area of data tracking/audit, data analysis, and data evaluation more effective. In this context, LIMS systems offer a flexible architecture and are designed for the following core areas of application:
- Creation of measurement strings (determination, storage, and processing of measurement data via sensor technology)
- Creation of control lines (analysis of measurement data, protocol management and subsequent problem solving)
LIMS systems also enable the user to fulfill high documentation requirements. In everyday production the determined raw data can be evaluated quickly and easily, using such systems and then made accessible for presentation. LIMS systems are particularly in demand for reports about incoming and outgoing goods as well as for interim quality controls to be able to create certificates and make potential usage decisions quickly and automatically. Conversely, manual work steps within the field of inspection processing can be decisively reduced, which considerably reduces time, costs, and personnel deployment. The following measurement methods represent potential areas of application for the LIMS systems from Fink & Partner:
Cooperations with renowned tech suppliers: LIMS systems for the aluminum industry
- Bruker (measuring instruments: Bruker Q4 Tasman, Bruker Magellan)
- Spectro (measuring instruments: Spectro SPECTROMAXx, Spectro Spectrolab)
- Hitachi (Measuring Instruments: Hitachi Foundry Master)
- Thermo Fisher (measuring instruments: Thermo Fisher ARL instruments)
- ZwickRoell (Measuring instruments: Zwick instruments via test expert)
Modules used by Fink & Partner within LIMS systems
Renowned references and know-how within the aluminum industry thanks to many years of experience
Customers within the aluminum industry have already been equipped with innovative, individualized, and release-ready software solutions from Fink & Partner.
With more than 25 years of experience in the field of LIMS systems and other software applications in the field of quality management, we are always at the disposal of potentially interested parties and would be pleased about successful cooperation.