Photo 1 | JST control station: Control room technology from JST - as here at the Volkswagen plant in Saxony - ensures smooth production processes in the manufacture of fully electric vehicle types for the global market.
Photo 2 | Subdepartmental Head of Material Control Volkswagen Michael Beier (right), Technical IT Officer Volkswagen Rico Trautmann and JST Consultant Volker Weimer
Photo 3 | Driveway to the Volkswagen plant in Zwickau, Saxony: More than 9,000 employees work here on the global triumph of the all-electric vehicle fleet.
Photo 4 | A control station team whose satisfaction with the new control room technology is plain to see: Hardware and software solutions as well as ergonomic furniture and modern large-screen technology support materials management at the Saxony site. The plant plays a key role in the system change toward e-mobility.
Photo 5 | View of the former MaWi control station: Rigid system displays at the workstation, lack of large-screen technology and increased requirements in terms of ergonomics are just some of the reasons that made a conversion necessary.
Photo 6 | JST control room equipment: Same room - completely new look. Not only the furniture was renewed with contemporary control room furniture, but also the technical equipment now corresponds to the state of the art.
Photo 7 | JST operator consoles: The Stratos X11 control station tables convince with many ergonomic details. These include, for example, electromotive height adjustment, lowered monitor footprint and a generous "foot garage".
Photo 8 | JST control station tables: Persistent one-sided posture during VDU work is a frequent cause of tension and back damage. The height adjustment of the Stratos X11 operator console up to standing height enables an alternating body posture and thus prevents damage to health.
Photo 9 | JST Operator work table: The Stratos X11 control room console not only impresses with its ergonomic advantages, but the visual details also speak for themselves. Stainless steel design elements and extensive color design options are just some of the benefits; solid workmanship with the "Made in Germany" seal of quality.
Photo 10 | JST control room: A remarkable match of technology and design - the colors of the lighting - shown here in blue - on theStratos X11 OperatorDesk and the DisplayWall are freely and intuitively selectable…
Photo 11 | ...In the case of high-priority alarms, thanks to the PixelDetection® monitoring software, the color changes on an event-driven basis (for example, as shown here, to red) to signal to the operator that he must take immediate action.
Photo 12 | JST monitors: The workstation monitors are attached to the operator tables with height-adjustable 3D articulated arms. They enable an optimal and individually adjustable viewing angle and viewing distance on all displays due to a parabolic arrangement.
Photo 13 | JST Videowall: Behind the stainless steel design strips of the DisplaySuit, the AlarmLight provides visual alerts for employees. Additional acoustic signals are transmitted via an audio system integrated into the large screen.
Photo 14 | JST MultiConsoling®: With the graphical MultiConsoling®- user interface myGUI®, the consoles of the workstations and the large screen wall are displayed as a "control room image". All the required sources are displayed on the side and can be dragged and operated by employees simply by clicking on any screen at a workstation or large display wall using customizable icons.
Hand in hand: electromobility and modern control station technology
Electromobility continues to gain momentum: One of the pioneers within the Volkswagen Group is the plant in Zwickau, Saxony. More than 9,000 people work at this multi-brand site. Currently, a total of five models of the Volkswagen, Audi and Seat brands are produced there. A sixth vehicle will be added shortly. The factory thus plays a key role in the Volkswagen Group through the complete conversion to electromobility. To ensure that all the wheels mesh in the background, the Zwickau-based vehicle manufacturer benefits from the experience of the control room experts at Jungmann Systemtechnik (JST). The result: A control station that meets the high demands on technology and innovation.
“In the right place at the right time” – this could be the motto of the material control station at the Volkswagen plant in Saxony, which was technically and ergonomically equipped by Jungmann Systemtechnik for the requirements of the future. The central task of the operator team in Zwickau: materials management (MaWi), i.e. the planning and control of material movements within the factory.
Constant control of the automated processes
Michael Beier, the responsible sub-department head, sums up the importance of the control center with an illustrative example: “Volkswagen orders important modules for vehicle construction externally, for example a cockpit. As soon as these components arrive at the plant, we are responsible for ensuring that supplies are available as needed. These are largely automated processes, but they have to be constantly tracked.”
Every part of importance for the big picture
But what happens when monitoring of these processes cannot be performed due to a failure, when there are undetected deviations? “If a part is missing in a process as highly complex as vehicle manufacturing, the factory would stop,” explains Michael Beier. A scenario that can be ruled out thanks to state-of-the-art control station technology.
JST software takes over the active monitoring process
Analogous to the visionary electromobility products leaving the Zwickau plant, monitoring technology also meets the highest standards. Michael Beier cites one of the main positive effects of the new installation: “Whereas staff used to have to continuously check whether inventory was approaching a critical mark somewhere, the JST software now takes over active monitoring.”
Benefit through combination of essential components
This is made possible by combining different components. All necessary materials management systems can be flexibly called up with the intuitive MultiConsoling® control technology, both on the new large display wall and at the individual workstations. It is no longer necessary to keep a constant eye on the stock. The JST monitoring software takes over exactly this task.
Alerting - visual and event-controlled
Thanks to predefined reference values, the PixelDetection®software alerts the control station team as soon as there are any deviations. The entire operator team receives event-oriented visual signals via the AlarmLight, with which the ergonomic Stratos X11 control room consoles and the video wall are equipped. No alarm is lost anymore.
Intuitive handling of the control technology
The handling of the control technology also played a decisive role in setting up the MaWi control station. “We wanted to be able to map the different systems clearly and flexibly, without changing workstations,” reports Michael Beier “That’s exactly what we can now do with MultiConsoling®.” Another advantage: “In the past, the workstations had to be set up anew each time there was a shift change. Today, every user has his or her individual dashboard saved and can call up his or her desired arrangement in a flash,” says Beier. This is made possible by the CockpitView software solution, which was developed by JST specifically for workstations that are used by different employees in shift operations.
"The future is ready. Get on board."
Conclusion for Michael Beier: “We have achieved significant improvements with regard to the quality of work – this is also supported by the feedback from colleagues.” And so the maxim of Volkswagen’s Zwickau site in Saxony now also applies “behind the scenes”: “The future is ready. Get on board.”
Control station before and after the conversion
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- s.Oliver, Rottendorf
- SAG, Berlin
- SAG, Nürnberg / Nürnberg Messe
- Salzgitter Flachstahl
- Senvion SE, Osterrönfeld
- SGL Carbon Group, Bonn
- SIEMENS, Wegberg
- Spenner Zement, Erwitte
- Städtische Werke Magdeburg
- Stadtwerke Gießen
- Stadtwerke Ratingen
- Stadtwerke Steinburg GmbH, Itzehoe
- Stadtwerke Wolfenbüttel
- Starlim Sterner, Marchtrenk
- STORAG ETZEL, Friedeburg
- Straßenverkehrsamt Frankfurt am Main
- Swisscom, Zurich