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Lights That Last

Quick installation and long-lasting LEDs limit maintenance needs, brighten inspection stations.

Background

Hermes Abrasives is a leading supplier of coated and bonded abrasives. Their products are used to shape and finish materials such as metal, wood, glass and plastic for manufacturers. Defects on abrasives can damage these materials. “Our requirements for quality have grown with our customers’ needs. Any defects that get out into the field are unacceptable.” says Eric Teunis, Production Manager, Hermes Abrasives. Multiple inspection stations are set up throughout Hermes’ production facility. At each station, webs of abrasive products are continuously inspected and any defects mapped.

Lighting is one of the easiest solutions I can provide to help my team improve their inspection capabilities.

-Eric Teunis, Hermes Abrasives

Challenges

Fluorescent lights used to illuminate the webs were bolted onto and hardwired into inspection station machines. The lights required two to three bulb replacements each year, as well as periodic ballast replacements. Between bulb replacements, the lights gradually lost intensity and began to discolor, making inspections more difficult. Repeated replacements strained bulb holders, causing them to break off, which necessitated the replacement of the entire fixture. As maintenance complexity grew, so did the time and expense required for each repair.

Solution

In a direct comparison, the Banner lights outshined the fluorescent fixtures. They provided intense, daylight white illumination that distributed evenly across the inspection area. WLB32 LED lights have a 120° beam angle which directs the light toward the inspection area. The fluorescent lights distribute light all around at 360° from the bulbs. Competitive LED lights were considered. However, these were three times the price of the Banner lights, required a separate power supply, drew more amps and had to be hard mounted to the machines.

Unlike the fluorescent fixtures and the competitive LED lights, the WLB industrial LED light bars did not have to be hard mounted or wired into the machine. At most of Hermes’ inspection stations, the power supply to the fluorescent lights was simply cut, the fixtures removed and a plug was attached to the power cord. Two 1130 mm WLB32 LED lights were then installed on the machine using magnetic mounting brackets. After the first light was plugged into the machine, a second light was daisy-chained to it.

WLB32 industrial LED light bars have an operational lifespan of 50,000 hours or more. They will continue to bring brilliant illumination to the inspection area throughout their lifespan. With no bulb changes or ballast replacements required, Hermes will reduce maintenance expenses and increase inspection station uptime throughout their facility.

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Why Banner?

Easy Installation

According to Teunis, "All the Banner fixtures in use right now were mounted with the magnet brackets. The installation is so quick and easy, I could put ten up in an hour."

Minimal Maintenance

With 50,000 hours of light and no need to replace bulbs or ballasts, the WLB32 minimizes maintenance costs and keeps inspection stations running.