Consulting & Quality Management

Many years of experience in quality management, in various foundry processes and in the sale of the foundry and automotive supply industry make us for your competent partner in these corporate issues.

Your contact: Dipl. Ing. Frank Wilhelms

Service as Resident Engineer for OEM Suppliers

We are happy to represent you on site at the OEM. Should the quality not meet the desired requirements, we also offer rework solutions.

Auditor EOQ 9001, VDA 6.3, IATF 16949

Today customers expect quality. The demands in the automotive industry or other industries are very high. An external audit or consultation often makes sense in order not to overload your own resources.

Quality Management and Foundry Consulting

We will be happy to advise you on all quality matters. From short-term individual measures to long-term projects, from small and medium-sized businesses to large corporations: We stand for holistic and sustainable solutions from A to Z.

Management Control

The right strategy to achieve your corporate goals is the be-all and end-all of corporate planning and control. The right way to success often leads through the analysis of facts and figures. With our experience and expertise, we are happy to advise you on how to achieve your corporate goals.

Change and Interims Management

In today’s world, a company has to adapt more and more quickly to its environment. In order to survive in this dynamic change, constant changes must take place in order to act successfully in the future. We can provide you with targeted support.


Curriculum Vitae

2003 – 2013 Huppert Engineering, Project Manager / QMB

Project Manager / QMB at Huppert Engineering GmbH & Co. KG (HE) Dautphetal Hesse, Homeoffice in Königs Wusterhausen for Daimler-Werke Ludwigsfelde, Berlin-Marienfelde, Hamburg, Kölleda, Stuttgart, Mannheim etc.

QM representative for the Huppert Group / PMD.
QM consulting and audits on behalf of HE suppliers. Advice on casting development for Daimler and its suppliers.

Sales representative, acquisition for HE suppliers for Daimler purchasing, selection of optimal production processes and suppliers according to Daimler requirements (costs, quality, logistics, adherence to delivery dates).

Inclusion in new developments at Daimler, consulting, market analyses, rationalisation and investment consulting for suppliers in Europe (many well-known foundries, processors and automotive suppliers e.g. +GF+, Mitec).

Many years of know-how in common casting processes (sand casting, gravity die casting, die casting) and materials (iron, steel, aluminium) up to sheet metal forming, forging and sintering incl. mechanical processing and assembly in Europe.

Huppert Engineering has its own series products and prototypes: Design of complete QM processes from QM planning FMEA, sampling, documentation of processes in production to complaints processing, support of subcontractors (foundries, processors, assembly).

2001 – 2003 Vaillant, Head of Quality Management and Maintenance

Head of Quality Management and Maintenance at Vaillant GmbH, Roding plant, Bavaria ( budget responsibility).

Aluminium die casting foundry and mechanical processing for automotive (brake systems, oil filters), automated clean room assembly of high-pressure pumps, heating technology components made of brass and aluminium.

My tasks included supplier promotion and auditing, support of the development department, introduction of preventive maintenance (TPM) according to the Toyota production system, improvement of the management system (EFQM model with VDA 6.1 + QS 9000).

Management responsibility for 55 employees (including 2 engineers and 8 foremen) of approx. 900 employees at the site.

Lectures on EFQM and Kaizen (events by Macils, Bayern Innovativ, Uni Duisburg, Uni Regensburg) as Vaillant was awarded the Ludwig Erhard Prize due to its achieved quality standards.

At Vaillant, the diesel high-pressure pumps were installed for VDO at the time.

The clean room assembly with high accuracy requirements and functional testing could be successfully evaluated after the first ½ year in the run-up with a large number of 1500 pumps/day with a total complaint rate of only 79 ppm. Here the positive motivation and the high level of training of the employees paid off.

Today, the division has grown strongly and has its own plant at Continental Automotive – Powertrain.

The die casting foundry with mechanical processing and tool making was known in recent years as PDR Präzisions Druckguss Roding and was recently sold to the Schweizer Group.

1999 – 2001 Sachs Gießerei, Head of Quality and Environmental Management

Head of Quality and Environmental Management at Mannesmann Sachs Gießerei GmbH, Kitzingen / Bavaria (budget responsibility)
Iron sand foundry and aluminium pressure foundry with machining and assembly.

My tasks included the optimization and auditing of processes, improvement of the QM system (QS 9000 and VDA 6.1) to an integrated management system (quality, environment, AS) including TS 16949 and DIN ISO 9001:2000, EMAS, DIN ISO 14001, supplier promotion and auditing, support in the development of new castings. Introduction of BDE, CAQ and SPC to control processes. Cooperation in the committee “Environmental Policy” of the German Foundry Association. Lectures on QM at Sachs (Euroguss). Management responsibility for 21 employees (including 2 engineers and 4 foremen).

Today it is the foundry: Frankenguss

1996 – 1999 Harz Guss, Assistant to the Head of Quality Assurance

Assistant to the head of quality assurance at Harzer Graugußwerke GmbH, Zorge plant. (occasionally AEK InterForm GmbH). Passenger car & commercial vehicle supplier of ready-to-install cast iron parts for engine, gearbox, chassis, etc.

Conversion and certification of the QM system according to VDA 6.1 and QS 9000. Process and sequence optimisation in production and development.

Project orders for the introduction of a new central EDP with CAQ, PPS, BDE.
Audits of suppliers and processing in the AEK plant Herzberg.
Intensive support of English customers (Cummins).

Today Harz Guss Zorge belongs to the Georgsmarienhütte Group.

1993 – 1996 Georg Fischer, Head of Quality Planning

Head of Quality Planning at the new Schubert & Salzer plant in Leipzig (from 01.1995 Georg Fischer GmbH).

(Commercial vehicle & mechanical engineering supplier of ready-to-install large iron castings).

Development and introduction of the quality management system, planning of the quality assurance of the new production plants, development of the process controls,

1995 Certification according to DIN ISO 9002 and VDA 6.

Supervision of a diploma thesis on preventive maintenance and another diploma thesis on the environmental management system according to DIN ISO 14001.

Article in the “Giesserei” trade journal on certification.

1992 – 1993 Schubert & Salzer, Dipl. Ing. in the Area of Quality Assurance

Dipl.-Ing. in the field of quality management.
Car and commercial vehicle supplier of prefabricated cast iron and investment castings.

Responsible for the development of the quality assurance manual for the iron foundry Schubert & Salzer GmbH in Ingolstadt.

The plant was completely relocated. The large casting was moved to Leipzig and later sold to +GF+. The iron series casting went to today’s Erla ironworks and the investment casting to Lobenstein. Only the administration and control systems still exist at the Ingolstadt site.

The old foundry next to the castle was demolished. Here is the TV report about the move from Ingolstadt to Leipzig as a TV recording.

At that time I had to provide the TV team with background information.

1991 – 1992 Hundhausen, Diploma thesis: "Implementation of a quality assurance system for the foundry Hoesch Rothe Erde AG, Werdohl plant on the basis of DIN ISO 9002".

Diploma thesis : Implementation of a quality assurance system for the foundry Hoesch Rothe Erde AG, Werdohl plant on the basis of DIN ISO 9002.
(Passenger car & commercial vehicle supplier of cast iron raw parts)

At that time the factory belonged to the Hoesch Group, together with Hundhausen.

Diploma thesis supervisor: Prof. Dette (UNI GH Diusburg) and Dr. Knothe (Hundhausen)

Production process analysis of the plants and processes for possible errors and process fluctuations. Elaboration of the necessary investments to be able to manufacture safety vehicle components (truck brake levers) in a process-safe manner.

Unfortunately, the investment requirements determined by me and the necessary process improvement measures led to the decision to liquidate the plant in Werdohl and to relocate production to Schwerte. Only the casting furnace proposed by me was purchased for the remaining production year 1993 and later relocated to Schwerte.

1988 – 1992 Uni GH Duisburg, Study of Foundry Technology

Studied foundry technology at the Uni-GH-Duisburg FB8,

Student assistant in the field of EDP (CAD, FEM)

We were still mainly housed in the university building in Bismarkstraße.

Our most important professors were:

Prof. Hasenkox Metallurgy
Prof. Steel Hoe Moulding Materials
Prof. Dietzel Foundry
Prof. Agst Refractory
Prof. Jäger Machines
Prof. Dette Quality
Prof. Braun-Angott Maths / Computer Science
Prof. Putzer Physics

1983 – 1987 Wohlenberg, Education and Training as a Model Maker

Machine tool factory for large lathes and paper cutting machines

Worked as a model carpenter for the company Wohlenberg. Foundry model construction in wood and plastic with attached large part hand mould foundry for paper cutting machines and large lathes.

Apprenticeship as model maker at the company Wohlenberg KG in Hanover.
Vocational school (wood technology).
Final examination at Kloth Senking in Hildesheim (KSM Casting Group).
Special turning machines based on the modular principle for turning e.g. cannons, ship crankshafts, railway wheels, machine shafts, etc.
Up to approx. 60m long or 10m diameter.

The models were made of wood in module/segment construction or polystyrene and moulded for casting.

Wohlenberg Cutting Systems GmbH

From simple paper cutting machines to complex bookbinding systems, everything was produced here in small batches, from design to service.
Here in model making we have produced wooden models for the machine carrier frames, mechanics and GRP moulds for the cladding ourselves.

father: Joachim Wilhelms

Dipl.-Ing. Joachim Wilhelms

1979 to 2003 working as sales and consulting engineer with own engineering office since 1984 in Northern Germany for the following companies:

Duisburg copper smelter
Dr. Küttner

1964 to 1979 Foundry manager at the Harzer Graugusswerke Zorge in Germany
1963 to 1964 Foundry engineer at Deutsche Industriewerke Berlin
1959 to 1963 Study of foundry technology at the Hüttenschule Duisburg
1956 to 1959 Former – Apprenticeship Hamburg

grandfather: Otto Wilhelms

Ing. Otto Wilhelms (1907 – †1968)

1951 – 1968 Hüttenes GmbH Düsseldorf Sales and consulting engineer for Northern Germany, initially also for Hugo Wachenfeld, Karl Später

1949 – 1951 Foundry manager Gebr. Klenke Bremen (to car manufacturer Borgward)

1946 – 1949 Foundry manager Hasenclever Battenberg Hesse

1937 – 1945 Plant manager Admos Werk für Luftfahrtgerät GmbH in Berlin Oberschöneweide, several patents for the manufacture of lead bronze composite castings for plain bearings in aircraft engines

1936 – 1937 Assistant to Junkers Flugzeug- und Motorenwerke Magdeburg

1933 – 1935 Assistant at Breitenfels and Scholz Bunzlau Silesia

1928 – 1931 Study of foundry technology at the Hüttenschule Duisburg

1924 – 1930 Apprenticeship and work at the Prince Stollberg Ironworks Ilsenburg

great-grandfather: Ludwig Wilhelms

Ludwig Wilhelms (1870 – † 1935)

1924 40-year-old july of service
1919 – 1931 Director of the Fürst-Stollberg-Hütte
1909 Procuration for the Fürst-Stollberg-Hütte
1884 Apprenticeship in the commercial department of the Fürst-Stollberg-Hütte

The Fürst-Stolberg-Hütte was world-famous for its iron art casting. At the end of the 19th century it took part in many national and international exhibitions and achieved gold and silver medals with its products.

Great artists such as Albrecht Dürer, Karl-Friederich Schinkel, Alphons Mucha, Albin Müller, G. Wechter, Thorwaldsen, Labenwolf, Cellini, Petrucci, Holbein, Ferdinand Schneevoigt, Hermann Hase, Henning from Florence, Eduard Schott, Walter Schott, Modellschneider Ronnung (kiln plates of the 16th century), and the famous “Ofenplatten” (kiln plates of the 16th century) were among the most famous, Masters of the Queen of Saba) created models for the hut or their works were used by the modelers of the hut as models for faithful iron art casting models.

This anniversary portrait was made by Otto Wilhelms.

At that time the Prince Stollberg hut was very well known, therefore some famous personalities visited the hut. In 1697 Tsar Peter the Great visited the Ilsenburg Ironworks, followed in 1873 by Crown Prince Friedrich and later Emperor Friedrich III. The German Emperors Wilhelm I and Wilhelm II also visited the Prince Stolberg Ironworks.

As the last monarch, King Fuad of Egypt visited the iron foundry in 1929.

After the war 1914 – 1918 the foundry passed into the hands of the Magdeburger machine tool factory in Magdeburg and was bought back in 1925 by the princes of Stolberg Wernigerode and again led as “Fürst-Stolberg-Hütte”. At that time the production of diesel locomotives, cranes etc. was started. In 1930 the Krupp Gruson Werke in Magdeburg became the owner of the Fürst Stolberg Hütte.

During the Second World War the hut produced war material for other companies with about 700 employees and was therefore confiscated and expropriated in the course of the later Soviet occupation.

After the end of World War II, the Fürst Stolberg Hütte was nationalized, renamed Ilsewerk and produced exclusively industrial castings as a branch of the SKET Schwermaschinenbau Kombinates Ernst Thälmann.

In 1993 the company was privatised under the traditional name “Fürst-Stolberg-Hütte” with a return to art casting until its closure by insolvency in 2012.

uncle: Horst Wilhelms

first lieutenant a.D. Horst Wilhelms (*1935 – †2012)