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Optimum Light at Assembly Workplaces

What a Modern Lighting Solution Should Achieve

Workplace-System Luminaire TAMETO
Magnifier Luminaire TEVISIO
Workplace-System Luminaire TAMETO
Workplace-System Luminaire TANEO

Villingen-Schwenningen, October 2013: There is hardly any other production area where light has to meet such diverse requirements as those found at assembly work stations. Future-oriented manufacturing technologies and their constant further development require increasingly flexible assembly work stations. This requires lighting solutions that can be adjusted to individual needs.

Assembly work stations with optimized lighting are a vital factor for increased productivity. Long-term studies have proven this. Appropriate lighting increases productivity, reduces error and reject rates as well as the frequency of accidents – and positively influences the quality of work. Another insight: The right light also has long-term health benefits. First and foremost, lighting solutions should be applied according to the type of visual task and in accordance with specified standards. Several employees often use one assembly work station or diverse tasks are performed. This should be taken into account when intelligent lighting concepts are developed.

Each Visual Task Requires a Very Special Kind of Light

Lighting requirements for all tasks at industrial work stations are defined in the DIN EN 12464-1 standard. In assembly, tasks are distinguished as rough, medium, delicate and very delicate. In addition, illuminances of 200-750 lux and a color reproduction index of 80 Ra are specified as quality features for this standard. If a work station is composed of areas with different visual tasks, flexible lighting systems create the conditions for efficient work. In addition to technically meeting the standard, they should be equipped with variable functions so that the illuminance, operating radius and light position can be adjusted to meet individual requirements.

Customizable Lighting for Workplaces

An ergonomically perfect assembly work station contributes to increased productivity. Good visibility plays a main role in this. But people have very different lighting needs. And this calls for individually adjustable lighting. In particular, if a work station is used by employees of different age groups and during different shift times, flexible lighting concepts are recommended.

Optimum lighting solutions distinguish themselves with dimmable, shadow-free and glare-free light that can be adjusted to fit visual tasks and individual needs. As people grow older, lighting needs and light sensitivity increase. As early as age 35, visual acuity is in decline when compared to that of a 20 year old. A 60 year old even needs twice the illuminance. The right light counteracts damage to health and symptoms of old age. Incorrectly placed light sources that cause direct glare should be avoided. So should lighting that creates reflected glare on high-gloss surfaces. According to the forecasts, the number of older employees in companies will also continue to rise. With this in mind, adjustable lighting systems at assembly work stations are indispensable.

"Production Work of the Future" – Flexibility will Become Increasingly Important

At the beginning of the year, the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (IAO) presented its newest research results concerning the "Manufacturing Activities of the Future" study. According to this, the flexible use of production staff as a key factor for economic efficiency will gain significance in the coming years. The large variations in personnel capacity requirements will affect businesses at even shorter intervals in the future. Fast reaction to customer requirements influences decisions about temporary re-organization of production processes and the assignment of employees to different work stations. As a result, their equipment should be individually adjustable.

Efficient Lighting Solutions for Flexible Assembly Workplaces

In constant cooperation with leading research institutes, Waldmann develops and designs future-oriented lighting solutions. The manufacturer brings suitable light to assembly work stations with the combination of intelligent lighting concepts (Concepts) and the appropriate luminaires (Components). The TWIN-C philosophy demonstrates how light can be an extremely effective factor in productivity.

Waldmann offers a solution for every individual requirement with a comprehensive range of lighting components with regard to functional, energy-saving and ergonomic aspects. Their newest innovation combines a series of highly variable luminaires in attractive designs with highly efficient LED technology to create custom lighting systems. Waldmann's world of LED products is equipped with the right characteristics so that light can be adjusted for changing visual tasks and different employee needs. The adaptability of TANEO, TAMETO and TEVISIO lighting solutions is also a testament to the modularity of the components.

Individual Luminaires Create Maximum Ergonomics

Waldmann offers a wide variety of luminaires for the ergonomic design of assembly work stations. For instance, with the TAMETO family of workplace-system luminaires, the manufacturer offers over 50 models in numerous consumption levels and lengths in fixed, suspended and laterally mountable variants. The height of suspended luminaires is flexible thanks to a variable-length spiral cable. These are good conditions for the modification of work stations, in particular. The TANEO LED luminaire is also an all-round talent. As an arm-mounted luminaire with a large operating radius, it makes any lighting position possible. Two space-saving under-cabinet assembly options count among the product advantages this system luminaire variant has to offer. TEVISIO magnifier luminaires support visual tasks whenever eyes are put to the test with their highly developed LED technology as well as maximum flexibility and ergonomics at assembly work stations.

The brightness of all Waldmann luminaires is continuously dimmable up to 10%. High standards in lighting quality are set at the same time. The light is wide-range, homogeneous, glare-free and shadow-free. This prevents disturbing light reflections, which is of primary importance when working with glossy parts. And work results can be significantly improved. All this also relieves eye strain. The maintenance free LED luminaires have a service life of approximately 50,000 hours and reduce power consumption by up to 60 percent in comparison to conventional luminaires.