Optimum Light at Assembly Workplaces
What a Modern Lighting Solution Should Achieve
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.
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.
"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.
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 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.