September 2012

Mining Communication Evolves

MURSAs we develop our technology and evolve the way we communicate, we can improve not just our daily lives but also the environments within which we work. Communication has become an ever evolving activity between all people worldwide. Communication is indeed paramount and without it we would be blind to the world around us and events outside of our own personal bubble. In the past, messages had to be sent by courier. Now we can pick up a phone and call someone. The same can be said with intercoms over vast distances. Take factories for example, they use intercoms every day. Now when news needs to be distributing to all the workers simultaneously an intercom can get the job done quickly and effectively.

One such profession in which intercoms have changed the work environment is mining. A miner usually works deep within the earth. They mine all manner of items and as they dig deeper they use struts and supports to erect their tunnel and keep it from caving in. However it is a potential occurrence that a mine may fall in and collapse in upon itself. You see it in the news constantly well intercoms have helped save lives in this event. Mines can be monitored from above as well as from within the mine itself. An intercom communication system is used to talk back and forth between the miners and the watchers above. They can comment and even update each other on situations which one party may not be privy to due to their location.

In the past, messengers use to be sent back and forth within the mine. Sometimes it would be a miner themselves who passed along the messages back and forth. Today that has become unnecessary as now people can communicate with the flick of a switch. Mining is already a dangerous profession so anything which can increase its safety is always a plus. Imagine being cut off from the world in the dark, alone down underneath the ground. Now with advance communication and intercom systems this is no longer a fear.

One needs to be careful where they work, especially in a hazardous environment. If an accident happens you need to be able to get help or call for help as soon as possible. This is what an advanced intercom system can do for mining operations, as well as speed up production and reduce costs.

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Communication Technology in the Steel Industry

Based on the purpose and the use of communication systems, the type needed can vary quite substantially. For example, in the steel industry, commercial Intercoms are used to contact workers inside various kinds of facilities. In many cases, an integrated communications system is normally the best for assisting with facilitating the operations. Fax machines, text messaging, and intercoms are also commonly used in many facilities today to expedite processes and to get people what they need and request.

In the steel industry, fax systems are used widely in an office setting. They are used to communicate information from one floor in the building to another. The fax system is also used to send documents to others in buildings across the city. For instance, if an employee is working on a contract with another steel company, they may need to fax information back and forth to ensure the contract is written correctly. Faxes of documents are often sent to validate information or used as supporting documentation on a specific project. In either situation, fax systems are used to increase productivity in every areas of the business. The fax system is used from the manufacturing operation floor to the executive board meeting. It is now a staple in virtually every business environment.

Today’s communication systems are constantly changing, due to the advent of the Internet. Social networks are now taking control of the front seat and it is driving how everyone is conducting business today. While Facebook, Twitter and Google plus started off in homes only, this communication network is now driving how people communicate in both social and business settings. Due to the mobility of today’s work environment, social networks have now become a major player in the business world. Therefore, it is important for every facility to have access to the Internet. While some of these communication systems involved are simple, others are more complex. When these systems begin to involve visual chat rooms, the business will need addition communication equipment to accommodate these types of calls.

Presently, there are also different kinds of conference communications software available on the market. Based on the customer’s needs, this software product can accommodate the needs of 2 to 3 people on a conference call to more than 20 callers. The price of this conference communications software will vary greatly based on the number of participants on the call and the features included in the technology.

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Installing an Intercom for Emergency Evacuation Procedures

Handset IntercomsIn large office environments, contacting others by email or by telephone is not always convenient. The convenience, however, is often needed. One alternative for many companies is to choose a solution that can work in these and other environments. This is one of the main reasons why some members of management install intercom systems in multiples area of the business or organization. Presently, there are many types of intercommunication systems available and they have many innovative features included. Some of these features will allow any user to contact people who are not sitting at their desk, employees in large manufacturing plants and people who work in offshore companies.

Intercom systems are very effective devices, especially if the company or organization faces an emergency situation. In some emergency situations the employees in an offshore facility may have to evacuate the premises as quickly as possible. Trying to reach each individual on a one on one basis could cause the loss of lives. However, if the employees in the facility are in immediate danger contacting the entire operation at one time via an intercom system is the best solution. Therefore, when a company is choosing a commercial intercom communication system they should make sure that the equipment is of the highest quality and meets certain standard. The equipment should always be in good working order and it must be loud and clear enough for people to understand what the person is saying without any type of static or muffling on the line.

The company may decide to choose a system that is installed by using wires or they may choose a system that is completely wireless. The difference between the two is substantial, especially when it comes to the installation process. Wired systems may require a professional to install it in a specific location or in multiple locations inside of an offshore facility. This means the professional will have to know exactly how the system should work to maximize the distance and the range for this communication. On the other hand, with a wireless system, there is an easy installation process involved because there are no wires to be installed. Also, with a wireless intercom system the range and strength will vary based on the station’s transmitter. The disadvantage to a wireless system is the interference, which is often similar to or the same as problems one can face with the Internet or mobile phone signals.

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Intercoms Increase Safety in the Industrial Environment

Wireless IntercomsAs we forever increase our technological footing we improve the way we communicate. One such form of communication device is called the intercom. The intercom has become a staple in the way people communicate across vast distances in large buildings and public places. All of us can remember the intercom from when we were young and in school. Today commercial intercoms have become very helpful in forwarding the productivity and safety in the workplace.

Intercoms have been used in power plants for an extremely long time now. Whether it is a nuclear facility or an oil drilling plant, intercoms have done nothing but improve the work environment. Before the use of intercoms in such places, messages needed to be relayed back and forth between people throughout the complex. This was always time consuming and cost money, but now with the use of intercoms this time is drastically cut down, as well as reducing the need for messengers to run back and forth and around a building.

This also becomes helpful in the case of an emergency. Accidents do happen and sometimes there is nothing we can do about it. However when an accident happens in a power plant it can be disastrous, and with no way to warn people to get out and clear of the building or to summon help without intercoms it could become something significantly more dangerous and can lead to the loss of many lives. Now imagine the use of intercoms in that type of work place. If something seriously bad were to happen you could page for help, or alternatively issue an alert to get clear and to safety.

The ability to communicate is paramount. We as a species need to communicate with one another. Intercoms, especially the use of commercial intercoms have helped us enable ourselves to communicate just about anywhere. This includes the workplace. When working in hazardous conditions and with dangerous substances it can be reassuring that you are not cut off without any form of communication with the rest of your complex in which you work. This can only increase work morale, company productivity and most of all is a good way to improve your efficiency and the time you spend passing messages back and forth.

If you work for a company such as a power plant and they do not utilize an internal intercom system you may want to bring this up with the management.

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Spreading the Message at the Shipyard

Two Way RadiosWorkers in the Crane/Shipyards industry need to collaborate, and to do so they need the support of efficient communications equipment. Intercoms can be wired or wireless and each type has its advantages.

Rather than spending excessive time pondering over wired intercom units or wireless types you might concern yourself more with the grade. Grades for intercoms are industrial grade, commercial grade, or, marine grade, and, if you are working in the crane/shipyards industry you want to equip your operation with an industrial grade intercom network. These intercoms offer a long range (up to two miles in some instances), weather proofing, are vandalism safe, and are easy to install. Whereas some intercom systems can only reach distances that can be measured in feet, others such as the industrial grade intercoms will reach distances from one to two miles. Buying an intercom that has extra range lets you tackle larger operations as they present themselves and prevent future problems.

In a shipyard there are massive exchanges of merchandise passing through, and communication between destinations is crucial so that items don’t become lost in transit or misplaced. Cranes and their drivers who operate them are used to carry items from location to location. The boss should have continual access to each crane operator to prevent any mistakes and boost the speed of the whole operation.

Intercoms that are free of background noise are mandatory; cheaply-made intercoms that don’t possess the means to cut out background noise will not meet the grade. Wireless intercoms of a high industrial grade with hands-free operation are the best suited for work in a Crane/Shipyards environment. Many good quality intercoms have a hands-free mode as an option. Low background noise is one of the benefits, with rapid data transfer and the use of an intercom base station with several handsets handed out to each worker on the field.

It is important to know how many dollars are at stake on a shipyard. Long hours, heavy workloads and even the weather go into the picture of the operating costs. Intercoms that can endure Mother Nature, reduce background noise, and reach all workers will save many thousands of dollars and are worth the investment. As you add handsets you will not be paying as much per unit as you do for the base unit. Finally, you can provide power to popular long range wireless intercom units in one of many ways, via a 9-13 Volt DC possessing at least one amp, via a solar power system or by use of a 12-VDC, AC to DC, outdoor intercom power supply adaptor.

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Fast Communication means Profit for the Business World

Wireless IntercomsThere are many things that are needed in the creation and operation of a successful business. One of them, a most important issue, is that of communication. Customers expect fast service, and this applies as much in non-public contact areas like security, power generation and waste water treatment as it does in a store or other business. Getting in touch and staying in touch at all hours requires powerful and flexible communications equipment, which includes commercial intercoms.

Commercial-grade intercom systems are designed to withstand the extremes of not only weather but also conditions within factories and shops. Plants for the treatment of waste water are a good example; they are often humid, rarely climate-controlled, and use vast quantities of potentially dangerous and corrosive chemicals. Chlorine and the other substances used in sewage plants are tough on delicate electronics; in this application, it is necessary to install intercoms that are built to handle the roughest environments.

Another prerequisite of a top-quality intercom system is long range. In many environments, it is either impractical or impossible to string wires due to the distance involved. So a wireless system is the practical solution. The latest development in this area is the infinite range wireless cellular network intercom that connects to the cell phone system. This can be used anywhere within range of a cell phone tower and takes advantage of the system’s reliability to make connections when seconds count. They can even be used in off-site situations, where a supervisor may be at home or away from the plant and still be in instant communication with staff members to resolve problems before they get out of hand.

The practical uses of these systems are only limited by the needs and imagination of the user. They can lock and unlock distant security gates, connect far-flung posts and keep everyone in touch. A powerful base station connects every person on the network, ensuring maximum flexibility and access throughout the facility and beyond. In a commercial plant operation these abilities not only save money and time, but also help safeguard employees and ensure safe operation, very important considerations in waste water treatment since the various processes are widely separated and can be hazardous to both life and property. So when planning a communications network for such a facility, keep these points in mind and specify the right commercial intercoms and communication systems. A bit of pre-planning will generate large dividends.

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Wireless Intercom System Use in Power Plants

The use of intercoms makes life easier. This has been proven in their ever-increasing application – not just our private home uses but also in their application in the workplace. They have enabled businesses to inform their customers of sales and store updates through PA systems as well as help employees stay in contact with one another over vast distances.

Intercoms are not only used in the office and retail department stores, no, they have also become very prominent in the daily activities of important infrastructure like power plants.

Headsets have come in very handy in power plants of all types, from nuclear plants to hydro electric plants and even oil rigs out in the middle of the ocean. These plants use headsets and intercoms for various forms of communication and to stay in touch during specific operations. They are used to communicate between engineers during refueling maintenance operations or other hazardous jobs which help reduce the risk of injury or accidents. In the past many accidents have been the result of miscommunication. Even recently NEI and UTC have asked for a waiver of part 74 of the wireless free use act so that these headsets and intercoms can operate outside of the MURS frequency just for these sorts of hazardous occasions.

The use of wireless intercoms in power plants can be extremely beneficial. Its cuts down the amount of wires and cables which need to be run and installed all throughout the complex. Also, when one intercom breaks down, it makes replacing it easier for maintenance to install a new one. In places such as these, constant supervision and communication is essential in the case of an emergency or extreme circumstance.

The installation of wireless systems also cut down costs while still maintaining a top quality of safety in these work environments. When you are out at sea on a hydro plant or down in the cooling chamber of a nuclear plant you are going to want to have a constant clear communiqué with the rest of the world, or your fellow employees who can help you if something goes wrong. Saving money is always good for any business but it is even better when you can save that money and lives as well. This is why wireless intercoms and headsets are vital in power plants of all types.

As stated earlier special consideration is being requested for the use of wireless systems in these plants and if that happens, wireless systems and intercoms should be more abundant in the future.

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