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FROM START-UP TO GLOBAL ENTERPRISE:
THE HIGHLIGHTS OF RED-ANT’S COMPANY HISTORY.

red-ant measurement technologies and services
red-ant measurement technologies and services

It all started with the vision of a new generation of innovative measurement systems. For graduate engineers Michael Ruthrof (mechanical engineer) and Oliver Thost (electrical engineer), this is why they decided to found a company: red-ant measurement technologies and services, established in 2004.

Ten years later, red-ant is a globally active company. It counts over 100 satisfied customers and more than 300 different products. Our measuring instruments have the highest resolution. Our first-class service is available around the clock, 7 days a week. And we want even more. We want to be even better. To your advantage.

2004 

  • Foundation of red-ant measurement technologies and services
  • Development of a universal data acquisition platform for vibration analysis as well as digital resampling order analysis
  • irst order BMW-M GmbH: development of a 16-channel data acquisition system for engine tests

2005 

  • Development of the product MIG16 AQS (Acoustic Quality Control)
  • Development of the product MIG16 SFE (an intelligent solution for early failure detection in gearbox and engine tests)
  • Order from BMW AG: early failure detection for Formula 1 BMW Williams
  • Development of measuring systems for the analysis of assembly faults on the special engine test rigs

2006 

  • SFE and AQS orders from new customers: early failure detection on bus axles (ZF Passau), CVT transmissions (MALI), chainsaws (Stihl)
  • Acoustic quality control for ZF Gotha

2007 

  • Opening of the sales office in Mexico
  • Development of a torsional vibration analysis system
  • Major order from Daimler-Chrysler: equipping the Marysville transmission plant with MIG16 AQS systems

2008 

  • Eröffnung des Vertriebsbüros in Mexico
  • Entwicklung einer Torsionsschwingungsanalyse
  • Großauftrag von Daimler-Chrysler: Ausrüstung des Getriebewerks in Marysville mit MIG16 AQS Systemen

2009 

  • Opening of the sales office in China
  • Development of portable measuring instruments for early failure detection
  • Development of the MIG16 AQS as an intelligent sensor
  • Major order from AMG: equipping the engine test benches with MIG16 AQS

2010 

  • Major order from BMW AG: nine early failure detection systems for engine endurance tests
  • Order from ZF Gainesville: development of a 24-channel AQA measurement system for wind power transmissions

2011 

  • Opening of the sales office in Brazil
  • Opening of the Competence Center for Transmission & Engine Damage Diagnostics in Munich
  • Development of our GSM product: dialing, shift force and travel monitoring at the transmission, end-of-line test bench for manual transmission

2012 

  • Opening of sales offices in India and Spain
  • Development of the MINI-MIG for vehicle tests
  • Order from BMW AG: five early failure detection systems for engines
  • Major order from FEV: 16 early failure detection systems for engine endurance tests

2013 

  • Opening of sales offices in France and Turkey
  • Expansion of the Competence Center to more than 50 systems worldwide
  • Development of a new optical speed sensor system
  • Development of a new vibration sensor system for valve damage
  • Development of MIG16 AQS 2.0 for shock absorber tests

2014 

  • Opening of the sales office in South Korea
  • Conversion of the company into a corporation