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AGVs fitted with werma's WIN system

Continental based in Regensburg Germany is the location for the Group’s largest electronics manufacturing business.

The Supply Chain centre established in 2001 processes around 1,500 goods inward receipts and 390 despatches per day.  Employing an automated handling system and optimised handling between manufacturing and warehouse the “Just in Sequence Logistics” system offers the best in safety, reliability and quality.

The principle of “Just in sequence” (JIS), itself a development of “just in time” is being deployed more and more by supply chain management and automotive suppliers in general.  It ensures that quite simply the right parts are delivered to the right location in the right sequence of the manufacturing process.

12 electric AGVs transport material from warehouse to manufacturing on floor guided tracks continuously in a process where the optimum time from requesting material to delivery line side is set as one hour.

The 130 m long track between warehouse and manufacturing is under the surveillance of a kind of black box idea, as all along the track the status of the AGV is unseen and unknown.  If there should be a breakdown on the track in the past it could take up to 10 minutes for the AGV controls to report back the breakdown.

Mathias Meier Team Coordinator Industrial Engineering at Continental had been searching for a solution for some time.  “Working on JIS principals means that every minute we lose on the track is costly”.  During a Lean Workshop roadshow the Regensburg team became aware of the WIN system offered by WERMA ordered a kit to trial on the line. “It was so simple to install without any prior knowledge and was up and working straightaway”comments Meier.

The key to the solution is the signal tower fitted to each AGV which acts as the interface.  A transmitter element is simply fitted to a WERMA signal tower with its unique twist and fit locking arrangement. The transmitter transmits the status change of either of the lights on the tower instantaneously to a receiver unit connected to the network or hosted by a local PC.

In the installation at Regensburg the receiver is connected directly to Mathias Meier’s PC and whenever there is a breakdown on the line he receives an immediate warning notice on his screen.  The system will also deliver an e-mail message to staff on their smart ‘phones advising them of the breakdown, enabling them to react to and resolve the issue.

Meier has been very pleased with the positive developments since the introduction of the WERMA WIN system. “It is clear that one of the big advantages of the WERMA system is the speed – we get notification of a breakdown immediately as it happens.” The data collected by the system is held on an integral database supplied with the software.  The comprehensive software modules offers comprehensive analytical and report creation possibilities as well as excellent visual displays.

Meier comments on the ease of installation and operation of the system, “The WIN software and step by step installation guide make it really easy for anyone to install.” No programing knowledge is required to install the software.

In addition Meier was very pleased with the investment cost required –“the complete system cost about £3000 compared with other systems which would have cost between £20,000 and £30,000”.

Improve transparency, increase productivity, become more flexible, reduce breakdowns as well as saving time and money are just a few of the advantages of the WIN system from WERMA.  In no time at all Continental were able to improve

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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