Babtec – innovative software for quality. With the intuitive operation, modern technology and future-proof design of our solutions, we enable quality management that goes beyond standard requirements and ensures the long-term success of our customers' businesses.
It’s all around us. We can see it, touch it, sometimes even taste it and smell it. And yet we are only rarely aware that it is deep inside every object. Only when it’s missing, do we immediately notice it. Because without it, our world would literally fall apart. We want it and we need it. We’re talking about quality.
From the smallest screw to a giant machine – only high-quality products enrich our world and satisfy customers’ requirements. The key to high quality is quality management. And that’s where we come into play. For that is our core competence. Our guiding principle is to make the world a little better every day through quality. With more than 200 employees in eight locations, we have been working on this day after day for more than 25 years. We make the Software for Quality.
Everything from a single source – that is our concept for Babtec’s all-in-one worry-free solutions. You will find among our employees the top specialists for all areas of quality management and the services that are associated with it. We are not merely a CAQ software company. We are your innovative and reliable partner for optimized quality processes. As equal partners, we develop with you the ideal solution for your company, customized to your needs. We advise medium-sized companies as well as global corporations from all industries, such as automotive, aerospace, consumer goods and medical technology. Our vision is that every company has a quality consciousness for the benefit of people.
At the beginning of every success story is a person who has a vision – and the courage to realize it. Someone who does not listen to the pessimistic prophecies that are always heard where people are planning something extraordinary. Someone who unwaveringly pursues an innovative, perhaps even revolutionary goal is needed to create something truly new. That someone is Michael Flunkert – who, together with Waios Kastanis, has been pouring his heart and soul into Babtec Informationssysteme GmbH since it was founded in 1994.
After several offices in Germany and branches in Austria and Spain, Babtec founded a subsidiary in Switzerland in 2022. Through Babtec Schweiz AG, closer on-site support for Swiss customers and interested parties was expanded.
With the acquisition of the Spanish company BB Software Balear, Babtec also expanded its expertise in software development and gained 16 motivated colleagues for the team.
In addition, a further office was opened in Germany, creating a regional contact point for customers and interested parties in Frankfurt am Main.
In order to continue to meet the growing demands of the market, the two managing directors Michael Flunkert and Waios Kastanis brought in reinforcements from within their own ranks in 2021: an important step was to expand the management team with additional members and thus valuable expertise. The first official act of the new management team was to develop a new mission statement.
In spring 2019, release 7 was made available to users, which represented a decisive development in terms of intuitive user-friendliness thanks to a new operating concept with customizable interfaces. Release 7 also included many technical innovations, such as the first CAD integration developed in-house.
Babtec also celebrated its anniversary in 2019: 25 years after the company was founded, over 1,200 customers in 34 countries and 10 languages strengthened their quality with solutions from Babtec.
In order to keep pace with growth and provide sufficient space for our numerous employees, the Wuppertal headquarters in the villa and the neighboring former factory of the Tuffi-Werke were expanded in 2017 by a further 30 workstations for the Wuppertal office as a point of contact for our customers in Northern and Western Europe.
After several fully integrated new modules, such as FMEA and preventive maintenance, which made QM more effective and user-friendly for various users, BabtecQube, a cloud-based platform for exchanging quality data and networking with quality partners, was finally launched in 2016 – with numerous companies now registered.
A branch office was opened in Dresden in 2013 in order to be on site for customers and interested parties in eastern Germany. Due to continuous growth, our colleagues in Wuppertal also needed more space and therefore moved into the new head office on Clausenstrasse.
In order to ensure seamless support and the best service for the growing number of customers in Austria, a branch was established in Wels, Austria, in 2011. In addition, after a stopover in Rottweil, the Sulzbach branch moved to a spacious new building in Villingen-Schwenningen – where it can still be found today.
There was also news regarding the quality software in 2011: Babtec took a significant step forward with the provision of Release 6. With this release, the BabtecQ software already included numerous modules that were based entirely on .NET technology for the first time.
The now almost 30 employees at the head office found their new working home in a magnificent Wilhelminian-style villa in the Barmen district of Wuppertal. With its stucco ceilings and beautiful façade, it is still a reminder of the old wealth of the city on the Wupper. However, the new premises turned out to be too small sooner than expected. From 2005 onwards, further rooms were therefore successively rented in the neighborhood.
The office, which was founded in Sulzbach in 1998, moved to Rottweil in 2002.
Babtec also provided the Q.Agent tool for active quality management, for example to automatically inform the people involved by e-mail in the event of repeat errors.
A special step for the company was the partnership with a research and development department in Palma on Mallorca in 2001. Together with the Spanish colleagues from BB Software Balear S.L., new ways and possibilities for digitalized quality management were researched and tested from then on.
As both managing directors are true local patriots of the Bergisches Land region, the decision was made to move the headquarters from Solingen to Wuppertal rather than the perhaps more obvious alternatives of Cologne or Düsseldorf: In the millennium year 2000, the move to Wuppertal took place, as the cradle of early industrialization exactly the right place for visionary ideas and the courage to innovate.
As early as 2002, Babtec also offered one of the first CAQ tools on the market with its Q.Manager software add-on, which automatically provided browser-based QM information.
Continuous growth characterized the first years of the young company. The software development team was gradually expanded, allowing new products to be presented to the market at regular intervals. Like the computer industry in general, Babtec also flourished in the second half of the 1990s. This was reflected not only in a wide range of products, but also in the number of customers and employees.
Everyone involved realized early on that the future of quality management could not be shaped alone, but rather with highly motivated employees who shared the same values and a partnership at eye level with customers. For even better and more personal cooperation with users, a second office was established in Sulzbach for southern Germany as early as 1998.
Business economist Michael Flunkert founded Babtec Informationssysteme GmbH in Solingen in 1994. Even then, Babtec's founding father did not want to be satisfied with the present, with what was currently possible. He looked far ahead and saw what could be possible. Shaping the future of quality management was to become the motto of the young company.
But for all its visionary charisma, a company also needs a man of practice, someone who has experience in dealing with customers and knows how to read and understand the markets. Flunkert found such a partner in the sales professional Waios Kastanis, whom he was able to recruit for the company in its founding year. Kastanis already had management experience from his work for softmetal GmbH within the Thyssenkrupp Group and extensive industry knowledge from his involvement in an ERP software company. The cooperation in the management team resulted in a dream team that together represented everything a successful company needs: visionary ideas in harmony with practical market, industry and sales expertise. The foundation was laid for dynamic development and steady growth.
With just four employees, the company started work and was the first to launch a product for visualized inspection data acquisition that set new standards. The use of multimedia technologies for visualized inspection processes was an innovation that is now standard in the CAQ sector. Babtec was one of the first companies to use these techniques in a quality assurance context and was therefore able to make a significant contribution to the introduction and further development of this innovation.
In Babtec’s company name, a man has gained recognition for his life’s work – a man who made possible the later development of the computer. Charles Babbage, a 19th-century English mathematician, philosopher and inventor, produced a highly innovative pioneering achievement with the design of his calculating machine, the “Analytical Engine”. This progressive genius of the early history of computers is our role model. We too would like to courageously forge new paths and help our partners on their way to excellence.