After studying physics, Mr. Giselher Gruener worked as head of the research and development department at the IGT Institute of Graphic Technologies. After the German reunion, he founded the company emtec Electronic GmbH in 1995 together with the company Muetek, later Muetek BTG, and started with the introduction of the PDA measuring system Penetration Dynamics Analyzer with several modules for special applications (coating color, printing ink, adhesives and oil) to predict the converting properties of paper, liner and board.
In 1997 the company introduces a smaller version of the PDA Module Standard: the EST12 Surface and Sizing Tester. Hu Yuntao, General Manager of Shanghai Forest & Paper Scientific Instrument Co., Ltd., one of our long-term representatives in China, remembers some of the sales he is very proud of: “Together with the EST, the big players in China like Nine Dragon Paper Group and Shanying International Group as final end users of the device, we found out the reason of their poor printability problems! They adjusted their paper machine settings according to emtec EST t95 results and have overcome these problems.”
Emtec’s strategy of best possible service and support, highest possible customer satisfaction, high quality of its products in connection with very helpful, accurate and reliable test results has proved successful and led to very good long-term relationships with customers and partners.
In 2002 the innovative PEA module Print Evenness Analyzer for the PDA system was presented to determine the mottling behavior of printing paper. And maybe something to chuckle about: at the end of the emtec product guide version of 2002, a part of the emtec team was shown with the former contact data.
In 2004, Giselher Gruener and others founded the company AFG Analytic GmbH. In close cooperation with emtec, two new and at this time state-of-the-art wet end test devices could be introduced to the paper industry. The CAS Charge Analyzing System to measure the charge of fiber suspensions – it was the first equipment with integrated titrator. Two years later the FPA Fiber Potential Analyzer was developed to measure the surface charge of the fiber (Zeta Potential). Emtec Electronic has the exclusive right to distribute the two devices worldwide.
In 2005 a new unified software EMS emtec Measurement System was introduced for all emtec and AFG devices with an automatic curve evaluation, parameter calculation and unified appearance. The DCS Deposit Control System was presented in 2006 and is used to determine the deposits in the pipes of paper machines.
A really important and impressive event in the 25 years history of emtec Electronic was the development of the TSA Tissue Softness Analyzer. The device was introduced to the tissue paper industry in 2006 and is the first measurement device that objectively measures haptic properties of hygienic papers. During the first years of the TSA development, emtec Electronic joined a close collaboration with the former SCA Research Center in Mannheim. Mr. Mario Forte, today Customer Quality Director Tissue Quality & Environment Europe at Essity, says: “It was a great collaboration over the years with Emtec to develop the TSA as key support in soft tissue paper product production, helping in R&D with data and not only with subjective characterization, standardizing and reducing variability across the process and delivering same quality every-day to consumers. We´ve got a lot of good learnings together!”
In 2013, the company introduced their emtec FPO Fiber Zeta Potential Analyzer Online, a stand-alone online device, which functions fully automatic and transfers the results automatically to the process control or to an internet server, which enables the access to measurement results location-independent.
Since 2013 emtec invites all of its international representatives every two years to Leipzig to share the latest knowledge and experience as well as information about new products and application areas. Three interesting days with excellent discussions. These meetings are not only business meetings, it feels more like meeting family and friends. Emtec organizes good dinners and nice get together every night, including a big BBQ as a recompense for the tight seminar schedule during all three the days. It is always a great experience to have so many of our partners here together at the same time, it is great input for further improvements and innovations.
After the great success in the tissue paper industry, where the emtec TSA has become an industrial standard over the years, emtec started in about 2014 with the promotion of the device in the nonwovens and one year later in the textile industry under a different name – emtec TSA Tactile Sensation Analyzer. Since the target here is the same as in the tissue paper industry – haptic properties of the product according to the actual requirements – the emtec TSA can be used for tests with nonwoven and textile material in the same good way as it is possible with tissue paper. Changes in the test method and also at the device make it now possible to use the device throughout the complete nonwoven and textile production chain for R&D, process optimization, trouble shooting, quality assurance and so on.
Mr. Daniel Ohndorf, who is the most senior employee of the sales department, was asked to add some words about a travel experience he likes to remember: “I have been working in emtec for 20 years now and certainly there have been a lot of interesting, funny and weird episodes in the course of that time. One memory that always makes me smile when it comes to my mind is a fun story from a trip to South America: I went there with my colleague Ulli Kasten and right from day one it became a very busy trip with several customer visits per day and daily relocation by airplane overnight. So not much time for other things during this trip. Still I remember that in one of these flights – I believe it was from Bogota to Quito – it passed midnight and it turned to be Ulli’s 50th birthday. Still he preferred to use the flight for having a nap. So, our Colombian colleagues and I took the chance to secretly arrange a small birthday party on the plane including a tiny cake and Champagne provided by the flight crew. On the stroke of midnight, we woke up Ulli – and probably some other people on the plane – by our “Happy Birthday” chant. He was really surprised and happy and the rest of the flight was a quite hilarious one.”
The latest innovation comes again from the partnership with AFG. Together the improved and new designed CAS touch! and FPA touch! have been introduced to the industry in 2016. The two updated and upgraded test devices didn’t change their measuring principle, but on other fields a lot of improvements could be realized, which makes them again state-of-the-art. With their small size and light weight, it is easy to carry them, the touchscreen enables an easy and intuitive handling and with the PC software deeper analyses of the tested material are possible.
In 2017 emtec organized its first yearly workshop for the corrugated board industry in Leipzig. Experts from the industry present results from their work with the EST12 Emtec Surface & Sizing Tester or PDA.C02 Module Standard and how they use the devices to optimize their processes and the quality of their products. Different experiences are shared, which often leads to interesting discussions and new ideas. Since 2017 organizes these workshops on a yearly base, usually early in the year.
Besides innovative products that have been developed and improved over the last 25 years, emtec is also flexible enough to take uncommon and new paths if special situations make this necessary. A good example is a customer visit during the peak of the Corona restrictions, which was done by Ullrich (Ulli) Kasten and Stefan Ruebesam outside on a parking lot while keeping the necessary distance.