January 23, 2015

Dynamic Group Call

Today´s topic of INDUSTRONIC functions is the “Dynamic Group Call” which allows to establish a call to a freely selectable group of members.

One Subscriber Speaks – All Selected Members Listen

A dynamic group call provides communication in one direction (unidirectional) where one subscriber speaks and all selected members of the group listen simultaneously (Point-to-Multipoint connection). Members and targets can be acoustic devices of any type (e.g. speakers, intercom stations, etc.), audio interfaces, SIP subscribers and/or radio subscribers.

You use this function if you want to transmit information to an individual group of different subscribers of a communication and public address system.

Communication Procedure

The operator at Station A presses the corresponding key to activate the mode for setting up a dynamic group call. After that, he selects all members of the group which should receive the call by pressing the corresponding keys. Then, he presses the Speak to Selection key, keeps it pressed and speaks into the microphone (Push-to- Talk). All previously selected members listen to the announcement simultaneously.

The following illustration shows a dynamic group call which consists of Station D and E as well as the Speaker Zones A and B.

Dynamic Group Call

Priorities

You can assign an individual priority for each dynamic group call. This means that an active call overrides functions with the same or lower priority. It can only be interrupted by a voice connection or function with a higher priority.

Pre-tones and Warning Beacons

It is possible to play back a pre-announcement tone prior to a dynamic group call or the actual message. A positive effect is that listeners stop their conversations or noisy activities to focus on the announcement that follows.

Furthermore, there is the option to activate flashing warning beacons which indicate the call visually.

Download a more detailed version of this blog article as PDF here.

See also my previous articles about the related functions Group Call and All Call.

January 16, 2015

Functional Testing – An Important Job

In my series about different departments of our company, I am introducing you to Functional Testing today.

Our in-house testing room is well-equipped with INTRON-D and INTRON-D plus systems. Furthermore, there is an impressive number of intercom stations and devices to test latest versions as well as older ones with respect to compatibility and function. The colleagues who work there have mainly three tasks.

Work at a test system in our in-house testing room

Testing of new software releases

New software versions, either for already existing or completely new products, have to be tested prior to approval. It is important to properly test and retest all functions of a new software release in order to detect and fix any bugs before the product comes on the market.

Replication of incidents in the field

When incidents occur in the field, it sometimes helps to reproduce them here in our headquarters and analyze their cause. Often it is merely operating error and our Technical Support gladly provides the customer with guidance for proper usage.

Extension or upgrade of existing systems

The third task is to simulate an extension or upgrade of existing customer systems before the implementation in the field. This is necessary in the case of complex systems with many interconnections or safety systems. During these tests the system is systematically stressed. This way the customer receives a well-prepared system minimizing the shutdown time needed for installation and commissioning.

As you can see, my colleagues in the Functional Testing department have an interesting and varied job that holds a lot of responsibility.

January 7, 2015

Greeting from the President 2015

Dear Reader,wolfgang stallmeyer

INDUSTRONIC was founded 50 years ago. At that time relay technology was regarded as state of the art, followed by electronic, digital and now IP technology. It has always been a priority for us to ensure the integration of existing INDUSTRONIC systems into newer technologies. Even today some relay systems are still in use. They are only replaced due to new communication requirements or because spare parts are no longer available.

Nowadays hybrid solutions with integrated IP and digital 2-wire technology are widely used. 100 % IP solutions are insufficient in most industrial plants, as power supply is not provided everywhere. Furthermore, many companies want to use their existing cabling.

But more important than technology is the range of communication functions and ease of use. Our PA/GA systems with gas and wind sensors, pre-recorded texts for different types of emergency scenarios and wide range of priority levels are increasingly used worldwide. Such complex systems can be easily configured with our cutting-edge Config Manager software saving time and money.

One of our strengths is combining functional diversity with easy configuration. Our priority is to provide our customers with excellent service and fast technical implementation. Above all, our focus is on project-specific customer orientation and the enormous diversity of industrial requirements ranging from the freezing Arctic Circle to the hottest deserts, from Onshore to Offshore applications, from steel works to open-cast mining – this is what drives and fascinates us.

Industrial risks and their management are becoming increasingly demanding. At the same time technical progress leads to new possibilities. INDUSTRONIC offers the solutions! During our anniversary year we will be presenting these in worldwide workshops. We warmly invite you to join us.

Regards, Wolfgang Stallmeyer

President

December 18, 2014

INDUSTRONIC wishes Happy Holidays

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Season’s Greetings!

We want to extend a special thank you to all of our readers, customers, and partners for your interest and support during the year!

The entire team here at INDUSTRONIC sends you and your loved ones all the best for a wonderful and happy festive season! We wish you peace and happiness for the New Year!

We will be off on vacation until January 6, 2015 and look forward to welcoming you back in 2015!

Warm Greetings
Blog-Team

 

 

 

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Categories: Industries
December 11, 2014

INDUSTRONIC – 50 Years of Excellence!

Our Corporate Anniversary

On December 11, 2014 we celebrate a major milestone in our company history, which marks the start of the coming anniversary year. We are proud to be a leader in the field of industrial communication for 50 years now!

History

The beginnings…

How did it all start? In 1964, three visionary engineers and one businessman, supported by a local investor from Wertheim, decided to start their own enterprise geared towards the industrial sector. Their first customer was the largest steel manufacturer in Germany.

On December 11, 1964 INDUSTRONIC was officially registered as a company. (As a side-note, the name INDUSTRONIC is a composition of the two words Industrie and Electronic). Development work started immediately and from then on things proceeded rapidly.

In 1966 production of INDUSTRONIC systems started in Berlin, resulting in a steady increase in revenue and number of employees.

Wolfgang Stallmeyer

Wolfgang Stallmeyer

In 1971 the Stallmeyer family took over the company and it has been family owned ever since. In 1979 INDUSTRONIC moved into its newly built factory and office buildings in Wertheim. Market share continued to grow and expansion into further industrial sectors was attained. In 1992 resp. 1995 customer service centers were opened in Ludwigshafen and Dormagen in order to better support the German key accounts.

At the beginning of the 21st century, subsidiaries were founded in China and the USA due to the continuing worldwide success. Prior to that an international network of partners and representatives was established. In 2009 a large new office building was built on the existing premises in order to accommodate the growing number of employees. Moreover, in 2013 INDUSTRONIC further strengthened its business presence in the Asia-Pacific region by opening its own representative office in Singapore.

On the occasion of its 50th anniversary INDUSTRONIC can look back on its growth, celebrate its achievements in becoming a global market leader and anticipate a bright future.

INDUSTRONIC today

INDUSTRONIC today

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 4, 2014

INDUSTRONIC Charity Campaign

INDUSTRONIC Charity Campaign

The continuing positive responses and immense participation encouraged us to conduct our charity campaign, “Donations instead of Gifts” for the fourth consecutive year. Rather than send Christmas cards and gifts to our business partners, we will make a charitable donation to local and humanitarian organizations.

We invite you to participate in our campaign and vote for your preferred organization.

Click here to go to the charity campaign “Donations instead of Gifts”.

 

 

 

 

 

November 27, 2014

Exhibitions 2014 – Successful Events all over the World

Inspiring conversations at our booth_2014As the year is drawing to a close it is a good opportunity to look back on our achievements in 2014.

The year 2014 was a successful exhibition year for us.

INDUSTRONIC along with our sales partners attended many events throughout the year, both as exhibitors and visitors to give our customers and interested parties the possibility to exchange ideas with us.

Here are some examples of the trade fairs we visited:

  • Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference (ADIPEC),
    Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Elgor Conference, Toruń, Poland
  • Expo Forum Energy Coahuila (Exposhale), Coahuila, México
  • FPSO Conference, Galveston, TX, USA
  • Offshore Korea, Busan, South Korea
  • Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), Houston, TX, USA
  • OSEA International Conferences, Singapore, Singapore
  • PowerGen International, Orlando, FL, USA
  • Rio Oil & Gas 2014 Expo and Conference, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Saudi Arabia International Oil & Gas Exhibition (SAOGE), Dammam, Saudi Arabia
  • Sviaz Expocomm, Moscow, Russia

We are happy about the excellent contacts and many new impressions we could gain during this time.

As well, we would like to express our gratitude to all our visitors who made the events in 2014 so special and successful for us.

We are already looking forward to 2015, which holds a highlight ready, with our participation at the Oil & Gas Asia (OGA) exhibition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

 

INDUSTRONIC Exhibition Booth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please give us your feedback. Where would you like to meet up with INDUSTRONIC?

 

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November 21, 2014

All Call

Today´s topic in my series of INDUSTRONIC functions is the “All Call” which allows to establish a call to all employees in your facility.

One Subscriber Speaks – the Others Listen

An all call provides communication in one direction (unidirectional) where one subscriber speaks and all others listen simultaneously (Point-to-Multipoint connection). Subscribers and targets can be acoustic output devices of any type (e.g. speakers, intercom stations, etc.), audio interfaces, SIP subscribers and/or radio subscribers.

You use it if you want to transmit information to all subscribers of a communication and public address system. Therefore, all speaker zones of an industrial plant are combined to broadcast important messages to all employees.

Communication Procedure

The operator at Station A presses the corresponding key to establish the all call, keeps it pressed and speaks into the microphone (Push-to-Talk). All subscribers listen to the announcement simultaneously.

The following illustration shows an all call which consists of Station B, C, and D as well as the Speaker Zones A and B.

All Call

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Priorities

For an all call, you can assign different priorities to the intercom stations used. Usually a control room intercom station has a higher priority than an outdoor intercom station. This means that the control room can interrupt an active all call established by an outdoor intercom station and trigger its own call.

Pre-tones and Warning Beacons

It is possible to play back a pre-announcement tone prior to an all call or the actual message. A positive effect is that listeners stop their conversations or noisy activities to focus on the announcement that follows.

Furthermore, there is the option to activate flashing warning beacons which indicate the call visually.

Download a more detailed version of this blog article as PDF here.

November 13, 2014

Sirens – Mass Notification since 1819

Siren

A siren is an acoustic device which is normally characterized by a high-pitched whine rising
up and down.
They have always served primarily as a mass notification system in military and civil areas.
Especially with disaster alerts like fire or flooding, sirens are used to effectively warn and inform the public.

In industrial sectors, sirens are mostly used as an extensive (several sq. km) alarm system
for broadcasting fire or gas alarms, for example.

Moreover, sirens are implemented for signaling purposes like notification of breaktime in industrial applications.

In general, there are three types of sirens:

  • Mechanical sirens
  • Pneumatic sirens
  • Electronic sirens

Mechanical sirens were designed as motor sirens until the end of the last century. Read more »

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November 7, 2014

The Engineers of Tomorrow

Around 20 kids from nine to twelve years spent one day at INDUSTRONIC to learn about the company and the job of an electronic engineer.

Elmar Ehehalt with a bunch of kids eager to learn more about the job of an engineer

Elmar Ehehalt with a bunch of kids eager to learn more about the job of an engineer

Every year, a local youth organization which is called “Stadtjugendring” organizes activities for children during their school vacations. This fall, INDUSTRONIC offered them the chance to be “an engineer for one day”.

The children had a lot of fun exploring the different intercom stations

The children had a lot of fun exploring the different intercom stations

In the morning, the children were welcomed by our instructors Elmar Ehehalt and Stefan Pfisterer. First, they got a brief introduction of the company, our target markets and the products we are selling. Then, the kids were guided through the premises and visited the production hall, the testing room and our warehouse with the shipping area.

After lunch, the kids could try out different tasks which are part of an engineer’s daily routine. At three workstations, supervised by some of our trainees, they could explore the following activities:

– Soldering of electrical components

– Programming at the computer

– Wiring of different intercom stations and communicating with them

At the end of the day, the young engineers had learnt a lot of new things about the job of an engineer at INDUSTRONIC. Who knows, maybe some of them will come back for an internship in a few years.