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Safety: An ounce of prevention is worth……a life!

As Junes comes to a close we are reminded that it is National Safety Month . As we get bombarded with daily reminders to wear sunscreen by the pool and cheesy posters with cheesier sayings, keep in mind the meaning behind them is vitally important. As an active participant on our company’s safety committee, it can be easy to turn a safety project into a long term, high investment project that will be as safe as possible. But it can often come at the expense of a simpler solution that can start making your front line worker safer NOW rather than tomorrow.

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As safety professionals, advisors, or just leaders of people, we are responsible for those that are exposed to hazards on the front lines doing the work. It is our responsibility to make sure that we find sensing solutions that not only protect, but can be implemented quickly and easily to ensure protection now.

But here lies the dichotomy; whatever the sensing solution is, it can’t be cheap and create the chance to supply false security.

These issues create contradictions. We need inexpensive but not cheap, sophisticated but not complicated, fast and easy to install but not to cause any adverse effect in the production environment. We attempt to optimize current solutions by multiple factors and the result is typically a well-balanced, mediocre, piece of junk. When real safety problems occur, we need step changes in technology that take away the balancing act of specs and open up new ways to keep people safe.

Enter wireless communication. We have been proving in use with our dependence on cellular phones for over a decade with increasing reliability. We are replacing wired home phone lines with cellphones, airplane boarding passes with e-tickets on our cellphones, and even doing our banking over our cellphones. Industrial wireless communications are more robust and reliable than they have ever been and are ready for the mainstream of industrial market sensing applications.

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The cost savings of wireless are readily apparent: less wiring, less money. What is sometimes lost is the ease and speed of installation. This is where wireless can offer a step change in safety. Need additional points to monitor, no problem. Need to move a point to a more ideal location, no problem. It is now easier and faster than ever to get monitoring installed that will start to protect your people now.

As a vendor, allowing the limitations of old technology and “it’s always been done this way” to become excuses against creating better ways to bring value to the customers will be detrimental as new technology and services emerge. It’s on us to not only adapt new technology but to embrace it as the path forward. Further we must be instrumental in creating the data to prove performance and reliability.

So as we wrap up  June and make jokes about the cliché posters, remember to look to find innovative solutions that will help to you protect your people now. Accidents won’t wait for you, so why wait on implementing safety? Start searching for solutions that will help you keep your people safer NOW.

If it happens to involve industrial wireless, feel free to explore to learn more.

Written by: Andrew Liptak- Gas Detection Product Manger at United Electric Controls


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Manufacturing, Plant Safety, Transmitters

Safety in the Oil and Gas Industry

There are currently hundreds of thousands of workers employed in the oil and gas industry performing a variety of different industrial processes to drill, extract, and service wells. According to the United States Department of Labor, a successful drilling operation requires specialized equipment and a trained and knowledgeable staff. Those employed in the oil and gas industry are subject to chemical exposure, explosions, fires, and other accidents that could negatively impact their lives. To make sure employees are properly protected, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration created a set of standards that must be met by employers.

As a company, we are always interested in new products, services, and regulations that will better protect those involved in the oil and gas industry. We offer a number of different products that are appropriate for use in conventional and unconventional oil and gas play, whether onshore or offshore. Our products can be used in upstream, midstream, and downstream operations.

One of our newest products is the One Series Safety Transmitter. It gives plant safety teams a simple and efficient way to manage performance and is the first SIL 2-certified transmitter designed specifically for safety system applications. For SIS applications and use in hazardous industries such as oil and gas, chemical, One Series Safety Transmitterand petrochemical, the transmitter provides a standard 4-20 mA output and high-level safety switching capability.


We also offer pressure and temperature switches and transmitters that are specifically designed to protect oil and gas assets in challenging upstream applications and complicated environments. For example, our 12 Series pressure switches and TX200 Series pressure transmitters are used within offshore safety shutdown panels to shut-in valves and monitor pressures associated with Surface Safety Valves (SSV), Sub-Surface Safety Valves (SSSV), Emergency Shutdown (ESD), and Fire Shut Down (FSD) functions.

According to a report from the International Energy Agency, world energy demand will grow at a rate of 1.2 percent a year for the next quarter century, with half of that growth coming from coal, gas, and oil. This substantial demand for fossil fuels requires newer and efficient technologies to meet consumers’ needs. Our products play an important role in meeting our country’s energy requirements by allowing maximum throughput of product while maintaining safe operational parameters.

Check out our full list of oil and gas safety products
designed to limit your company’s risks.