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Sustainable and good for you: Waldmann has devised a lighting concept for medical technology producer Medwork that benefits its users’ health and the environment.
6/24/2019

Medical technology – that’s high-tech requiring the utmost precision in the production. No wonder then that this segment also has very high standards when it comes to workplace design. This was certainly also the case when the endoscopy product specialist Medwork from Höchstadt recently more than doubled its administration and production spaces with a new building. 

Yet it wasn’t quality of manufacture alone that took center stage in designing the new premises. The company places the greatest of importance on the health of its staff and protecting the environment. This can be seen in special features such as the badminton, football and volleyball courts, as well as a 400 meter long running track on the company grounds. Company sports are a fixed component of the work week. However, for the architecture of the new building, the company’s environmental and sustainability maxim played the most important role. The building thus has its own combined heat and power unit for its energy supply. Waste heat is used for air conditioning through an absorption refrigerator, while comprehensive building insulation minimizes the energy requirements.

Staff health and optimized consumption of resources were also in focus when the lighting concept for the new building was being created. Medwork collaborated with lighting specialist Waldmann in this instance – a further leader in technology “Made in Germany”. Waldmann precisely analyzed the structural preconditions, the incidence of daylight, as well as the light requirement in each area and for each activity in question. A custom concept was developed on this basis that optimally combines the aspects occupational health, wellbeing and energy efficiency.

As a result, the light band system “TAUREO” was installed in the production halls. This not only has the upside of being energy efficient, low-maintenance and easy to install – it is further also extremely flexible, due to being modular in nature and thus allowing for easy adaptation to changing requirements. In order to further lower the energy needs, the light is reduced via presence sensors in areas that are not being used at any time. Daylight sensors further regulate lighting in certain sections in such a way that the same amount of light is available independent of the weather and position of the sun.

There are numerous work places at Medwork at which medical high-tech instruments are produced and packaged, in part under cleanroom conditions. These activities place high demands on the human eye and require an ideal intensity of light. For this reason, a two-component lighting system is used here. System lights of the type “TAMETO” are used alongside arm-mounted luminaires of the “TANEO” kind, providing up to 1000 Lux at each work space. In addition, the light intensity may be individually regulated by the person working at each work space in question according to their personal needs. (fap)

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