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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Categories: Industries
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.

October 30, 2014

Group Call

In my last two blog articles I described different ways of bidirectional communication. This time I would like to give you an insight into a unidirectional communication method where a call is established to a pre-defined group of members – the group call.

One Subscriber Speaks – the Others Listen

For a group call, one subscriber speaks and all group members listen to the message simultaneously (Point-to-Multipoint connection). The individual groups can be configured depending on project and customer-specific requirements.

In complex industrial plants often many different group calls are defined which address individual areas or buildings (e.g. factory building, warehouse, etc.). For example, if faults occur in the course of a process, the employees in the corresponding areas can be informed by an announcement.

Communication Procedure

The operator at Station A presses the key configured with the desired group as target, keeps it pressed and speaks into the microphone (Push-to-Talk). All members contained in the group listen to the announcement simultaneously.

The following illustration shows the communication procedure.

The picture shows the communication procedure of a group call.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Priorities

You can also assign an individual priority for each group call. This means that an active group call overrides functions with a lower priority. A group call 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 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.

October 24, 2014

INDUSTRONIC Exhibits in November and December

Taking care of our customers and informing the industry about our technology are just two examples of our highest priorities.
Therefore, we take the chance to represent and show our company to a wide audience as often as possible.

Especially at the end of each year, various exhibitions all over the world take place.
As INDUSTRONIC enjoys the contact with customers and potential ones we are exhibiting at four trade fairs until the end of 2014. Read more »

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October 16, 2014

Audit Time at INDUSTRONIC

This week was all about audits here at INDUSTRONIC. Besides the successful completion of the surveillance audit for our SCC certificate, the internal audit of the quality management system started.Audit

On Monday and Tuesday, an external auditor came to check the documents of our HSE management system (HSE stands for Health, Security and Environment). Such a system is mandatory for receiving the SCC certificate. (Please click here for more information about our SCC certification). The auditor made sure that we meet all prerequisites and comply with the standards. One of these requirements is for example the company’s preparation for emergency situations. All the employees have to be instructed on how to prevent and handle an emergency. This is particularly important for our service people. They regularly conduct operative tasks on the customer’s site and have to be trained especially. Our service process was therefore a main part of the auditor’s inspection. We successfully completed the surveillance audit and got our SSC certification confirmed.

The internal audit of our quality management system started on Wednesday and will take about two weeks. Concerning the requirements of the DIN ISO 9001, an internal audit has to be performed once a year. This includes a check of all processes which are described in our quality management manual. Performing this kind of audit is very time-consuming. That is why our quality manager is supported by some of our colleagues who comprise the audit team. They help to question the employees and to perform the procedure in the different departments. Aside from verifying the observance of the standards, an internal audit is always a good approach to learn about the improvement potential in the company.

October 9, 2014

INDUSTRONIC Blog – One Year Anniversary

Pretty much one year ago we started our blog with the intention of providing insight into our company and covering a selection of technological issues for our readers. Reason enough to reflect whether or not we have been living up to our readers’ expectations.

Well, the team has been very committed and working hard to cover various topics. It is a fun and rewarding project for all of us. As we get together to contemplate on upcoming issues, the positive feedback from readers all over the world has been very valuable and inspiring for us. It is a good basis for starting a dialog. That is our aim – to start a global dialog!

As for living up to our readers’ expectations, we are confident to be covering a wide array of subjects in regard to social as well as technological issues happening at INDUSTRONIC. Of course we are always happy to receive further input from your side, regarding topics you may like to have covered.

We hope you have enjoyed reading our articles as much as we have enjoyed writing them. We look forward to hearing from you and encourage you to comment on our blog posts!

 

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