Wireless operator panels cut downtime and monitor machine health

A new range of wireless operator panels that constantly monitor machine health, increase efficiency, production and cut downtime, is available in the UK from Motor Technology.

The new KeTop series of mobile and stationary panels, manufactured by Keba Automation, aid production efficiency and reduce response times by instantly informing all relevant staff members in maintenance, production, and management of any machine issues.

Utilising a wireless connection box, in ‘Machine Mode’, an operator can use their wireless terminal to pair to a specific machine and interact accordingly. On completion, they can unpair and move on to the next machine requiring attention. These instructions can be provided by the terminals ‘Factory Mode’, which monitors notifications coming from the factory network.

For the maintenance and service technicians this means that they can be provided with information relevant to them, regardless of whether they are at their workplace or on the move within the plant.

If a problem occurs on a machine, a message is sent to all mobile operator panels available within the plant. The engineer available to respond most quickly then confirms acceptance of the job and the rest of the team can carry on with what they were doing undisturbed.

Staff members in the spares department will also receive the message and can immediately start preparing the required parts, saving yet more valuable time. When the engineer attends the breakdown, the terminal can be used to complete a report and the machine can then be handed back to production.

As a result, the number of terminals can be reduced whilst also improving work processes, since there is no need to plug and unplug. The wireless technology eliminates cable breakage, cable tangles and general cable damage.


In addition to enabling a rapid response to breakdowns, the panels also feature advanced wireless safety functions including a built-in emergency stop.

For added safety, the optional ‘Effective Range Restriction’ inhibits operation outside a pre-defined area, when accessing the machine could be harmful to personnel and machinery. It warns the operator or triggers an emergency stop if the defined threshold is exceeded.

Motor Technology Ltd

Motec House
Chadkirk Business Park

+44 (0)161 217 7100



More products
1 week ago
NSK bearings reduce concrete floor manufacturing machine failures to zero
Regular bearing failures in a concrete floor manufacturing machine were leading to extensive downtime, costly lost production, and high maintenance costs. To rectify the problem, the customer turned to the expertise of NSK for a redesigned wheel hub and stub axle assembly.
1 week ago
Servodrives help protect chair castors and cut packaging costs
Drives and motors specialist Yaskawa has played a key role in the development of an automated system specifically designed to fit protective plastic caps onto chair castors, using its Sigma-7 series servo-drives and a SLIO-series controller.
1 week ago
SKF streamlines bearing analysis for Ansys users
With the new SKF Bearing App for Ansys Mechanical, design engineers have instant access to accurate stiffness data on more than 10,000 bearing designations. The app is available in the Ansys Store free of charge.
1 week ago
Omron awarded platinum rating from EcoVadis for sustainability
Omron has been awarded the Platinum rating following a sustainability assessment by EcoVadis. A score earning a Platinum rating, which is the highest distinction, puts the company within the top 1% of all the businesses assessed for sustainability performance.
2 weeks ago
ABB Value Provider wins order for rolling mill DC drive solution
DC drive specialist Iconsys is set to deliver a bespoke drive upgrade solution comprising two 12-pulse drive suites from ABB for a UK steel mill’s payoff and tension reels, used to feed and recoil steel strip through a production line.
2 weeks ago
What are the design considerations when specifying lead screws?
The first in the new ‘Design • Engineer • Build’ series of video podcasts focuses on lead screws – components that are at the heart of countless engineering systems. We talk to Phil Jones at Abssac about the enduring popularity of these essential design products, and the design considerations in their specification.
2 weeks ago
Harting honoured with the ‘Best of Industry Award’
The industry media of the Vogel Communications Group presented their ‘Best of Industry Awards’ shortly before the turn of the year. The Harting Technology Group emerged as the winner in the ‘Electrical Equipment’ category with its Han-Modular Domino modules.
2 weeks ago
Quick ROI and 60% decrease in maintenance travel with remote access
Brazilian surface treatment systems manufacturer Erzinger was keen to limit service trips as much as possible to serve customers faster. By implementing IXON Cloud, it can now support its customers remotely, and work in an intuitive and secure way. It can even set up multiple simultaneous connections to work together on the same project. The result is cost reduction, quick ROI and happier customers.
2 weeks ago
Nord high up in the sustainability ranking
Nord Drivesystems was assessed by the rating agency EcoVadis and awarded the silver sustainability certificate in 2022. In the overall ranking, the North German company is in the top six percent of manufacturers in the industry assessed by EcoVadis.
3 weeks ago
Mitsubishi Electric helps door manufacturer triple its throughput
Renowned door manufacturer Profile Developments has seen a threefold increase in its productivity, thanks to its latest collaboration with Mitsubishi Electric, with a solution based on multiple FR-E series inverter or variable speed drives (VSDs) and other system-matched components, such as a GOT 2000 series HMI and MELSEC iQ-R PLC.

Login / Sign up