AKCP provided 30 sensorProbe2 devices with dry contacts to be integrated into the “Andon” station network in the Weir Minerals Manufacturing facility in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. Andon systems are one of the tools Weir Minerals use as part of their “lean manufacturing” process that helps to identify and resolve manufacturing support issues. The objective of this system is to resolve any conditions that are inhibiting production as rapidly as possible.
The system at Weir has 30 stations, each consisting of an SP2 device, switch box and light stack. The switches are connected to the light stack, and the machine operator turns the switch to illuminate the appropriate light should a problem arise. This also triggers as associated dry contact connected to the SP2 device. The SP2 then triggers the response team members designated to address that specific condition via e-mail and SMS text messaging, alerting them to the specific location in the factory.