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Werma

“It all began with a hairdryer. Today we are the leading light in the field of industrial devices.”

WERMA Signaltechnik is one of the world’s leading companies in the design and manufacture of Andon Light Systems, Beacons and Sounders. The global company, based in South West Germany, sets the pace with its many innovative design solutions. Our signal devices ensure that the working environment is safe and processes efficient – whether on machines or within process systems, in the factory, in the office, or in public spaces. From signal towers, beacons and warning lights to sounders, buzzers and horns, our optical and audible and explosion proof signal devices warn and protect people throughout the world.

 

MACHINE SHOP MONITORING. QUICKLY AND SIMPLY WITH WIN 

Machine Shop Monitoring Quickly and Simply with WINIt can be difficult to obtain a comprehensive visual overview of machine activity in large machines shops where some may often be hidden from view.

WERMA offers an easy to install simple low cost wireless monitoring system called WIN (Wireless Information Network) which can be fitted to virtually any piece of equipment or machinery, irrespective of age and specification. WIN combines signal tower technology with wireless technology and an ingenious software package. The common interface point on machines is a WERMA signal tower to which the WIN (MDC – machine data collection) system can be easily fitted and commissioned.

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ANALYSE PRODUCTIVITY AT THE TOUCH OF A BUTTON. WITH WIN

An additional element called the “WIN slave” is fitted to the KombiSIGN signal tower. This transmitter transfers machine status information wirelessly to the “WIN master” (Receiver). The “WIN master” is connected by USB to a PC and can receive data from up to 50 “WIN slaves”each reporting a maximum of 8 different status conditions. Status changes are saved to a database and the software provides you with a comprehensive overview of the status of the machine shop or workstations.

 

EXCELLENT TRANSMISSION RANGE. WITH WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY

The WIN system has a transmission range (unobstructed line of sight) of 300 m although this will vary according to the construction of the building.

In addition, as each “WIN slave” acts as a repeater, effective transmission distances in a network of “WIN slaves” can be extended to a maximum of 900 m distance between “WIN slave” and “WIN master”. The low 868MHz frequency the system uses provides better transmission characteristics than other systems such as WLAN and Bluetooth.

 

ENHANCED FUNCTIONALITY. WITH WIN SLAVE PERFORMANCE

Delivery performance, smaller batch sizes, increasing competition and pressure on costs are all common issues for companies nowadays. In order to deal with all of these issues greater attention has to be paid to flexibility, transparency and efficiency. Without technical support it is virtually impossible to reduce downtime, shorten production times and at the same time install a comprehensive works monitoring system in order to make the best use of the capacity available.

 

COUNTER MODULE. WITH WIN SLAVE PERFORMANCE

WERMA is able to offer you a further Lean Production solution. The new software called “WIN slave ” offers alongside the traditional monitoring functions a counting module. The “WIN slave performance” monitors up to six different status conditions and counts the piece part output signal from a machine. The data is then transferred wirelessly to the “WIN master” and saved in the database.

The WIN system can be extended to include additional functionality. The introduction of the “WIN slave performance” into the WIN system network offers increased functions.

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MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF A JOB.WITH THE WIN SOFTWARE PACKAGE

Together with the new hardware the WIN software offers enhanced functions. The status conditions of the signal towers in the network are displayed on the PC. You can input a job with the planned number of pieces which can then be compared with the actual numbers being recorded by the system. In this way you have an immediate view of the progress of a job up to completion.

 

EVENT-SIGNALISATION-ACTION. WITH ANDON

The word Andon comes from the Japanese language for a lantern or warning light and is used nowadays to describe a lighting system clearly visible to all to indicate a change in a status or a warning that immediate action is to be taken. Using Andon lights not only improves the efficiency of production processes but also optimises valuable resources leading to cost reductions and becoming more flexible to changes in market demand.

The activation of a signal light or sounder by the operator alerts the supervisor or the relevant department that immediate action is required. Each workstation equipped with an Andon light allows the operator to signal exactly what the problem is by pressing the appropriate switch for the optical or audible signal device installed.

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THE RIGHT SOLUTION. FOR EACH APPLICATION

WERMA Andon lights can be used in a wide number of applications; for optimizing kanban processes to packing lines or assembly areas. A particular feature is that all Andon products can be used in combination with the WIN system enabling a large network of up to 50 call points to be built up either as a monitoring tool or as a simple “call for action”.

 

LCD Overview of shop floor status using WIN

LCD Overview of shop floor status using WIN

 

Production cell monitored by WIN

Production cell monitored by WIN

 

Repair centre fitted

Repair centre fitted