Video technology for monitoring dairy operations with audio support
Leading German dairy company uses IP cameras in its plant to monitor the filling line and outside area
“The advantages of the new network cameras became apparent to us immediately in the truest sense of the word. 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.” Holger Gebauer, Head of the Electrical Maintenance Workshop at Milchwerke Schwaben.
Milchwerke Schwaben eG, a leading dairy company from Germany, has equipped its plant in Neu-Ulm with several network cameras to monitor production. In addition to securing the plant entrance and delivery zone for simple access control of entry, employees needed to be notified acoustically as soon as any malfunction occurred in the filling line, the valve manifold or a powder silo.
The solution is based on a combination of high-resolution Axis cameras and speakers that can be operated efficiently and easily using AXIS Camera Station Video Management Software. A precise overview of the valves, pumps and loading systems, as well as the entire production chain, is possible both day and night. An undesired event is indicated using an acoustic alarm signal via the Axis speakers, enabling the employees to react immediately to the situation. The interaction of video and audio in real-time is a key benefit for dairy operations. Milchwerke Schwaben used the Neu-Ulm-based electrical company Reimer Elektrotechnik as their advisory consultant for the project and chose Axis Communications, the innovation leader in the field of network cameras. Reimer installed a total of 25 network cameras on the company premises, including a multisensor camera to cover the outside area and network audio systems in the production hall.
Installation of the solution and commissioning of the network cameras both indoors and outdoors went smoothly. After the first two Axis cameras were installed, additional cameras were gradually added as the benefits immediately became apparent to the management at Milchwerke. The end-to-end solutions from Axis were thereby adapted to the changing needs of Milchwerke. Thanks to the AXIS Camera Station video management system, system expansion with additional cameras or speakers can be implemented easily and flexibly at any time.