January 7, 2015 Leave a comment
Many manufacturers I talk to are excited about the possibilities that our new Smart Light technology, used in level mode, brings to their production or machines. Here’s a video if you havent seen it yet:
It works over virtually any industrial network with an open standard called IO-Link, which I’ve discussed many times in previous posts.
What I’m really impressed with is the number of people integrating the level mode as a quick and easy way to give instantaneous feedback to an operator on their performance to a quota or as a count-down timer. Here you can see in the middle of the right photo a bright green bar light just to the left of the red kanban rack. There are multiple of these lights in this image.
This light is a five zone Smart Light operating in level mode. As the cycle time winds down, the light decreases in value until there is no more time, at that point it flashes bright red to notify the operator to cycle to the next vehicle. It keeps the production on track and helps operators know quickly and easily how much time remains. What I’ve been told is nice about this is how bright the light is and that it is easily install-able without a controls cabinet or slice i/o j-box like you can see in the photo. Others like it because it makes the data visual from all over, where HMIs require you to stand right in front of them for information.
So if you are trying to think about ways to visualize data in your process or production to operators or managers, there are many others out there already using Smart Light for that application. Check it out.