Software Eases Bottlenecks In Luminaire Production


Tridonic's companionSUITE software tools are used for defining LED driver parameters and transferring parameter settings in production. Users can see all the features and driver parameter settings on screen and define them precisely without having to review datasheets. C


The ompanionSUITE provides process optimization and reportedly minimizes production errors and enables simple read back of faulty drivers. The software tools are compatible with common driver interfaces such as DALI, DALI-2, ready2mains and now NFC. Providing a wireless transfer of LED driver settings, up to 20 drivers in a box can be programmed at the same time without a transmission cable when using Near-field Communication (NFC)’ technology. They provide significant time and cost savings in the production of luminaires due to the increased yield in parameterization of LED drivers.

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The suite consists of three dynamic software tools designed for the creation of parameter profiles for drivers, uploading (transferring) of parameters to the driver as well as exporting data from returned products. They are: 

  1. deviceGENERATOR – provides luminaire manufacturers with an easy way to create individual profiles and save settings for subsequent transmission to drivers. As a web-based tool, there is no need to install software or perform manual updates.
  2. deviceCONFIGURATOR – simplifies the configuration of the luminaires, providing production staff with an efficient and secure way to transmit the correct driver settings to the devices – up to 20 drivers in one box.
  3. deviceANALYSER – provides support for quality management by performing a comprehensive fault analysis on drivers from returned luminaires. Also, the exported parameters from returned drivers can then be compared with the original configuration. Installation and updates are not needed as the software is accessed on the web. 

Only one NFC antenna is required in the production area and is available as a handheld device and as an NFC interface, which can also be installed directly on workbenches. NFC antennas transmit data via electromagnetic induction to receivers located in the immediate vicinity. For luminaire production, information is transmitted to the LED drivers that are to be programmed with configuration data. Checkout the video below that illustrates the NFC function in luminaire production. For even greater illumination, visit Tridonic.



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