Monitoring machine efficiency in the workshop
06 May 2015
WERMA has an innovative system for the wireless monitoring of machine reliability and productivity called WIN – Wireless Information Network.
This simple yet proven product can improve efficiency and productivity and lead to greater transparency of the manufacturing process. The low cost system can monitor wirelessly up to 50 machines, irrespective of age or type.
Piece part counting
The latest development of the WIN system is 'WIN slave performance'. In addition to the existing monitoring functions, the new software can monitor piece part count of a particular machine and analyse the progress of a job through that machine. New hardware monitors up to six different machine status conditions as well as counting the piece part production output signal.
WIN is inexpensive and very easy to install. The system is 'plug-and-play', in that the transmitter accessory, WIN slave performance, can be added to an existing WERMA KombiSIGN signal tower, which transmits the collected data to a receiver - the 'WIN master - that is connected to a PC via a USB cable. There is no licence restriction to the number of users permitted to use the system software.
Intuitive software developments
As well as a new piece of hardware, WIN slave performance contains many new functions, features and new analytical tools. The monitoring of specific job performance criteria can help improve machine utilisation and reduce idle time in the production process.
A further feature is the display of 'fulfilment' level of a particular job. Any time frame - for example, the shift yesterday or last week - can be viewed retrospectively at the touch of a button. The clear and concise notification and display of monitored condition changes on the machine can make a big difference in terms of downtime reduction.
Keeping in touch with the job
WIN will keep you in touch with your machine, no matter where you might be. If its status condition should change, an email is generated automatically and sent to a PC or smartphone. This notification can also be time-delayed if the user so wishes.
Good transmission range
The transmission distance, given an unobstructed line of vision, is 300m, but the construction and layout of a workshop may influence this. However, as each WIN slave acts as a 'repeater' one to another, the network distance capability is, in fact, considerably greater.
Convenient starter kits
Two different starter kits are offered, which allow the user to set up and start monitoring and counting with minimum effort and installation complexity. With the all round starter kit, WIN, along with WIN slave performance for KombiSIGN 71, the user can set up a monitoring system for three machines (with three signal tower kits also included with the kit).
A second starter kit - WIN system with WIN slave performance - is designed for an existing WERMA KS70/71 installation and contains just the elements required to be added to the existing WERMA signal tower. Additional accessories can be selected at any time from WERMA's extensive range.
Both starter kits enable a network of up to 50 machines to be built and monitored.
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