Sustainable Building with LED Lighting
Medical technology company uses lighting solutions from Waldmann
Villingen-Schwenningen, January 2017: In constructing its new building, the medtech company medwork from Höchstadt, Middle Franconia, has relied on sustainability and products "Made in Germany" which is in keeping with the company philosophy. All lighting solutions were consistently upgraded to LEDs. Efficient lighting solutions from Waldmann were selected for both production and offices. The luminaire manufacturer impressed medwork with its professional advice and high-quality lighting "Made in Germany".
More Space – More Efficiency
medwork is a rapidly expanding company that develops and produces medical devices for therapeutic endoscopy. The new building provided additional space for administration, production, storage, and logistics which was urgently needed. The area was expanded from 3000 to 8000 square metres. Now the employees can also avail a multifunctional sports complex. Be it badminton, football, volleyball or a 400 metre race track, the employees have numerous options to keep themselves fit. This demonstrates that the health of the employees has a high priority for the owner and CEO Gerald Fischer.
Even in energy terms, the company should be fit for the future. For this reason, Fischer implemented a sustainable building concept that fulfils the 'green building' standards. The company has its own co-generation plant that meets the power consumption requirements and it uses the heat via an absorption refrigerator to air condition the premises. In addition, triple glazing, walls with thermal insulation, and the consistent use of LED technology for lighting make the building especially sustainable. For Gerald Fischer, however, the increase in energy efficiency as well as maintenance-free operation were crucial in switching over to LED luminaires.
Light Made to Measure
With the construction of the second production building it was clear that LED hall luminaires would be introduced. The TAUREO continuous-row system by Waldmann was impressive in this respect. It is energy-efficient, easy to install, requires little maintenance and is also very flexible. Thanks to the modular design, demands on the lighting which may be modified in future can be taken into account without great effort and cost. With daylight and presence sensors that automatically control the light, medwork utilizes additional energy-saving potential. Presence sensors enable little-used areas such as changing rooms or sanitary areas not to be continually fully illuminated. Where the lighting is additionally controlled via daylight sensors, it is supplemented by the daylight streaming in through windows in the required light quantity.
For medwork, Waldmann prepared an accurate requirement analysis, which took into account, among other things, the dimensions of the premises to be illuminated such as the height, incident daylight, equipment, and tasks to be performed there. Based on this analysis, the lighting concept was developed and the appropriate lighting components were selected. The concept combines optimum viewing conditions and high energy efficiency. The more challenging the viewing conditions are, the higher the illuminance must be. Therefore, a need-based combination of lighting solutions relating to space and work proved to be successful. The so-called two-component lighting is also being used at medwork, for instance, in the clean rooms.
As the demands on a medical product are increasing, the instruments are partly being produced and packed under special clean room conditions in the new building. The hygienic requirements are extremely high in this area. In accordance with the relevant criteria, the luminaire components were selected for these workplaces. In addition to TAMETO workplace-system luminaires, TANEO arm-mounted luminaires are also used. Closed housings with flat design prevent penetration of dirt and are easy to clean.
While an illuminance of up to 1000 lux is available at workplaces, no energy is wasted for the unnecessary strong illumination of the entire area. The ergonomic two-component lighting is particularly pleasant for the medwork employees. Using the dimmable function, the quantity of light for the workplace-related lighting can be adapted anytime for visual tasks and individual needs. This option also plays an important role in designing age-appropriate, healthy workplaces. Often older employees require higher illuminance than their younger colleagues because the eyesight deteriorates with age.
Even in office areas, medwork relies on lighting solutions from Waldmann. In the existing areas and the new building, ATARO LED free-standing and desk-mounted luminaires are used. They blend optimally into the new, modern working world of the medwork employees that is based on the concept of enhancing communication. Colourful couches, armchairs and sitting cubes provide space for personal interaction in the so-called communication areas between individual offices. It's an aspect which is close to the CEO's heart. Instead of communicating via emails and telephones, he wanted to promote direct, informal talks. Initially, it was an adjustment for the employees, but now the communication areas are being used more and more. To avoid light wastage at the workplaces during this time, the ATAROs are equipped with daylight and presence sensors. They automatically ensure correct lighting: only when the employee is actually present at the workstation and they also adjust to the incident daylight. If required, the lighting can also be individually switched on and dimmed via easily accessible buttons for more comfort.