Optimised efficiency is a cornerstone of profitability, as is staff motivation. This is also the case at MAN Diesel & Turbo in Augsburg, and in relation to the approximately 4,000 employees who are responsible for the running of the plant day in, day out, across various divisions. Their working day begins with a smile and without a hitch; in the bright, friendly foyer of the administration building, they are greeted by Galaxy Gate, the stylish access gate from Wanzl. The employees appreciate the efficient welcome. They take out an access card, scan for access authentication and see the arms swing open. An RFID reader is integrated into the casing of the fully automatic “gatekeeper”. During authentication, employees are also registered in the personnel management system – a good start to the day for all involved.
Alongside personnel management considerations, entrances are also subject to strict security requirements. Klaus Pudel, Manager of Plant Security at MAN Diesel & Turbo, explains the business background: “Technological expertise and innovation are our capital, and we need to protect them. We can’t afford to compromise on that. Reliable access control for employees is absolutely vital. With Galaxy Gate, we are looking to leading-edge technology to do the job.”To help the elegant entrance system to consistently do its job, its stainless steel casing houses nothing but high-tech equipment. Employees use an RFID card to clock in, and the networked software checks the stored information in the blink of an eye. This ensures that only authorised persons are granted access to the building. Once access is approved, the software-monitored, electric-motor-controlled safety glass arms wing open. As an option, ceiling sensors can scan personal and behavioural profiles, and safeguard smooth operation. In the event of tampering, the access gate responds with optical and acoustic alarms, and immediately closes the swivel arms.
“Effective personnel management is essential for a forward-looking employer such as MAN Diesel & Turbo. Collecting, as well as monitoring, relevant data in the area of access control plays an important role here, and automated check-in and check-out processes provide a key service in addressing exactly this point,” says Pudel. The Wanzl Facility Management Control Unit (FMCU) in Galaxy Gate ensures straightforward integration into existing personnel software systems. This makes time recording and processing significantly easier, and is why all access points at MAN Diesel & Turbo are equipped with a reader. When leaving the administration building, employees must clock out of the system. If they fail to do so, Galaxy Gate refuses to authorise passage when they next try to enter, because the system has them officially recorded as still being in the building.
Employees and visitors approaching the administration building are immediately struck by its contemporary, welcoming glazed frontage. This design concept is continued throughout the reception area. Bright colours, minimal fittings, and the sophisticated Galaxy Gate greet arrivals. “Our immediate impression of Galaxy Gate was of stylish high-quality stainless steel and glass design. It matches the atmosphere of our foyer perfectly,” says Pudel, full of enthusiasm. The discreet MAN lettering on the swivel arms, and anthracite-coloured detailing in the casing exude a look of customised elegance. The RFID reader is fitted flush with the unit, yet is clearly visible. The green or red backlit LED display in the side section clearly indicates whether access is granted. “Appearance, convenience and functionality play a key role,” emphasises Pudel. “In the end, it’s about making employees, as well as visitors and customers, feel welcome.”
The flexible Galaxy Gate design allows the development of customer-specific solutions. “The versatility of the access gate has made installation much easier for us. Dimensions and passage widths were easily adjusted to suit our requirements here,” says Pudel, referring to the variables which were defined during the planning phase. A double system, consisting of a single unit and a tandem unit, now ensures barrier-free access at MAN Diesel & Turbo. To achieve both visual and architectural harmoniousness, Wanzl stainless steel and glass room dividers define the reception area.