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Disruptions to productivity can be reduced significantly by deploying andon light systems on packing and despatching lines.

The andon light systems indicate the status of a workstation and are commonly used in some of the UK’s largest online retail operations. In a simple traffic-light configuration the green light may indicate the workstation is operative, an amber light that supervision is required to attend to a developing concern, such as shortage of packing material, a red light can be deployed to indicate a serious disruption to the work flow.

WERMA’s andon light systems can be enhanced with a simple low-cost wireless monitoring package called WIN. A wireless transmitter unit is fitted to the andon light set and transmits the status light change when it occurs to a receiver unit attached to a client pc or directly into the IT network infrastructure. Multiple users in key positions can then view the status of the workstations and react to disruptions to productivity. Remote key users can be notified by screen alerts and WIN can generate emails to be sent automatically to nominated addresses thus ensuring that the right people are notified promptly to issues the moment they occur.

Changes in the status of the andon lights are stored on the WERMA software and can be reviewed by any client operating WIN on his local PC. Runtime and productivity screens give accurate and impartial historical views on the productivity of workstations and management reports can be generated and exported to e.g. excel with just a couple of mouse clicks.

Improved transparency of the operation, identifying issues promptly as they occur and monitoring response time to fixing the issues are just some of the benefits the system offers.

A typical starter pack, including hardware and all software costs, works out as little as £350 per workstation, and the system, being wireless is simply to install or retrofit to existing andon light systems.

Werma UK

WERMA is the leading manufacturer of a wide range of Beacons and Sounders and accessories, often referred to as stack lights, signal towers and Andon systems. Products are designed and made at the HQ in Germany and the full range is available from its UK operation based in Wellingborough.

WERMA is the leading manufacturer of a wide range of Beacons and Sounders and accessories, often referred to as stack lights, signal towers and Andon systems. Products are designed and made at the HQ in Germany and the full range is available from its UK operation based in Wellingborough.

The range consists of signal towers and beacons available with both LEDs and filament bulbs together with a comprehensive range of sounders; sirens, buzzers and horns in a wide range of sound output levels.

Principal function is to provide optical and audible warning of machine fault or machine shop danger where such beacons and sounders are commonly installed.

Andon lights, as beacons are now commonly referred to, are often used as “call for action” systems to improve efficiency of for example line side supply of components. Manually operated lights alert remote departments wirelessly to resolve calls for action.

Many innovative features such as USB connectivity and wireless monitoring systems are also available.

There is also a comprehensive range of ex-proof signal products compliant with the latest ATEX directives.

The full range of products can be found on www.werma.co.uk where an Eshop facility is available for all major credit cards.

All WERMA products are manufactured to strictly controlled quality standards (DIN EN ISO 9001:2000).

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