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Werma has released Andoncontrol: an accessory for Werma’s signal towers that has been designed to improve lean production methods

Andoncontrol

The term ‘andon’ originates from Japanese and means a traditional paper lantern used to signal warning. In the language of lean production methods, an andon light refers to any sort of visual system that will alert staff to danger in the workplace, a change in status of a machine or process or as a simple ‘call for action’.

When used as a ‘call for action’ the andon light needs to be manually activated by the member of staff at the workstation. A workstation equipped with a signal tower and an andon controller allows the member of staff to call immediately for help without leaving the workstation.

Local visibility of the ‘call for action’ is given by the signal tower, which may also be equipped with a sounder for additional effect.

In larger production areas workstations are often outside the supervisor’s line of sight. For such situations Werma offers a combination of Andoncontrol and WIN (wireless information network), allowing a central overview of the current status of up to 50 workstations at the same time.  

 Key product features

  • Green: workstation manned
  • Amber: assistance required from maintenance
  • Red: serious error, supervision required
  • Blue: material shortage

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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