pipeline system. A wide-angle camera, the M2026-LE MK II, is
used here. Particular caution is required at this stage of production,
as the milk powder is pumped from the trucks into the line
at high pressure. The connections, solenoid valves and pumps
must all be set correctly. Otherwise large amounts of valuable
raw materials could be lost in a short amount of time. That is
why the cameras of the milk powder line were connected directly
to the audio system – a warning signal sounds immediately
if a large amount of dust forms. With the help of AXIS Video
Motion Detection 4, the camera detects an undesired event or
movement, such as the escape of powder, and then triggers the
alarm via a network.
“The advantages of the new network cameras became apparent
to us immediately in the truest sense of the word. The videos
were clear and details were easy to see. The link between acoustic
warning and video was also extremely important to us. Thanks to
the great network, which has very low latency times in live transmission,
we can optimally monitor production, stop it if necessary,
and thus save considerable costs,” says Gebauer.
Simple system expansions with video
management software possible
The successful interaction of all components – encoder, cameras
and audio system – was particularly important for Milchwerke.
AXIS P7216 Video Encoder is a key component of the installation,
converting images from old analog cameras into a digital signal.
This way, Milchwerke can gain all the advantages of IP technology,
while still using analog cameras.
While AXIS Companion was used as video management software
at the beginning of the project, the system has now been
migrated to the AXIS Camera Station (ACS), which runs on a virtual
server at Milchwerken Schwaben (thereby simplifying future
system expansions). It is particularly important to Milchwerke to
have a flexible, expandable system, as new product creations are
constantly in development and the systems and processes must
therefore be adapted.
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All elements of the production line are linked and managed
via the AXIS Camera Station. A 55-inch monitor in the operations
room shows images from 16 cameras from the various production
areas in real-time. An employee keeps an eye on the monitor, as
no video recording takes place indoors for data protection reasons.
The high-performance AXIS Camera Station also has an intuitive
user interface that allows you to react to incidents in real-time.
Depending on requirements, Milchwerke Schwaben can adapt the
layout to their daily needs with a live view, site plan, or website
display using drag and drop.
Efficiency and optimization
of operational processes
Reimer Elektrotechnik was responsible for the selection and implementation
of the camera and audio solutions, and also handles
support and maintenance of the entire system in Neu Ulm. Two
employees are permanently assigned to check the machines and
adjust and renew the electrical systems there. “We are on-site so
that everything runs smoothly, and the machines don’t come to
a standstill. We also keep an eye on the efficiency and optimization
of operational processes, which is one of the reasons why we
chose this modern solution for production monitoring from Axis,”
adds Marc Klöppel, Master Electrical Engineer at Reimer.
The project in Neu-Ulm began with just a few cameras and a
basic system. As the advantages of the new solutions became apparent
immediately, cameras, encoders and audio solutions were
gradually added. Thanks to the end-to-end security solutions from
Axis, these could be seamlessly integrated into the existing systems.
Milchwerke Schwaben thus has a future-proof security system
that grows along with their requirements.
The outside area of Milchwerke Schwaben’s plant is monitored
by an AXIS P1447-LE and an AXIS P3719-PLE multi-sensor
camera (photo: MW Schwaben)
The interior of the plant is covered by two AXIS P1435-LE
and five AXIS M2026-LE MK II Network Cameras that monitor
the pipeline system (photo: MW Schwaben)
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