In the production hall of the automation specialist Beckhoff in Verl, East Westphalia, SITECO demonstrates what intelligent light can achieve in today's industrial environments: outstanding quality of light, increased productivity, well-being at work and the exploitation of complete energy-saving potential. The basis for this is the installed Modario® Performance trunking system combined with intelligent building automation from Beckhoff.
For decades, lighting in companies has ensured that people can work around the clock. In the era of Industry 4.0 though, artificial lighting is becoming increasingly important. When combined with intelligent control, light is a key factor for:
- Ideal working conditions
- Well-being and motivation as part of Human Centric Light concepts (HCL)
- Implementation of energy saving potential and environmental protection
- Higher-level system and efficiency optimization
The Modario® Performance trunking system was installed as the basis for this. The system reliably achieves the required lighting level for manual manufacturing processes while prismatic covers ensure sufficient glare control and visual comfort. “The high indirect component illuminates the hall ceiling and creates a friendly atmosphere," says SITECO industry expert Thomas Schneider who coordinated the project together with Beckhoff.
Thanks to Tunable White the trunking system can implement dynamic lighting sequences – the basis for Human Centric lighting concepts. The aim of such concepts is that people can not only work well but also feel good – with positive effects on productivity, motivation and concentration. In holistic lighting design approaches the right light must therefore always be available: Light for ideal visual conditions during work and dynamic light according to the natural course of the day. High blue components contribute to activation in the morning and across the day, while low blue components support relaxation approaching the end of the work day. "In the long run, HCL stabilizes the day-night rhythm. Which means better sleep and more energy during the day," explains SITECO application expert Rainer Wrenger.
At Beckhoff the topic of HCL is integrated into an IoT environment and is an integral part of a building automation platform that controls and monitors the sequence of light. SITECO luminaires are compatible with all common suppliers on the market via an interface, although Beckhoff uses a proprietary system.
Energy savings are also achieved through the interaction of the lighting solution with connected, intelligent control. Highly precise high frequency sensors on the trunking detect the presence and movement of employees as well as the quantity of incident daylight. Artificial lighting is then regulated in accordance with this – light only as needed instead of always on.
"Only in conjunction with the building automation technology are we able to exploit the full energy-saving potential of the complete solution," confirms Georg Schemmann, Industry Manager at Beckhoff. As an example he cites the tire manufacturer Pirelli in Breuberg, on whose premises SITECO and Beckhoff Automation jointly equipped a warehouse. The conversion to LED lighting and the implementation of a "follow me" control system (light is only switched on in areas where a forklift driver moves) has achieved energy savings of 90 percent.
Through lighting as an integral component of the building automation, Beckhoff also gains analysis data and evaluations that can be used to optimize other systems. If for example the sensors of the luminaires have identified areas without occupancy or which are only rarely used, settings for ventilation and climate control can also be modified. Beckhoff developed a cloud-based solution in cooperation with Microsoft for this purpose. All data is available in real time from any location and can be used directly for energy management purposes on a dashboard.
"This project is exemplary for how intelligently controlled light in IoT environments can bridge a gap between people's needs and the economic interests of the company while reflecting a responsible approach to the environment and resources," says SITECO CEO Herbert Willmy-Quensen.