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Machine monitoring application, “head of line” function

05 April 2016

Werma introduced a new wireless remote switch device to complement its “WIN” Andon wireless status monitoring system, suitable for various applications.

The standard transmitter unit supplied with the WIN wireless monitoring system transmits the status change in the Andon light to the WIN software, allowing you to collect machine or workstation performance data.

Now the new “Slave Control” receiver unit offers a “command” function for the first time.

Typical applications for the new unit include:

Head of Line function

Using simple rules in the WIN software, the Slave Control receiver allows you to remotely activate individual lights on an Andon light tower, according to the status of monitoring Andon lights out in the production area. In this way, a supervisor at the “end of the line” can be immediately notified by a single “repeater” Andon light located in his line of vision, when any of the Andon lights on multiple production lines change status. This ensures a prompt response to local problems, and increased productivity.

Sending commands to machines and process systems

When Slave Control receives commands to change the output of attached Andon lights, it is also able to send these outputs to external switched terminals. By using these outputs, external systems can receive control signals according to the status of the Andon lights on machines and workstations in the production area. So as examples, a machine could be started if one or more other machines went into an error status, or a process control action could be triggered directly when a series of other machines have completed their processes, or a system could be shut down to save energy, if other machines are not in use.

Easy to install or retrofit

The new Slave Control transmitter is compatible with all Werma WIN monitoring systems and is fitted to a Werma signal tower stack in the same way as a standard WIN Slave transmitter. In your application it is possible to have any mix of standard WIN Slave towers and WIN Slave Control towers, to suit the requirements of your local operation.

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