Seamless communication keeps production flowing smoothly and safely
The widespread adoption of just-in-time inventory systems and lean processes supported by the optimisation of workforces and reduction in downtime have all contributed to helping manufacturers achieve and maintain a competitive edge in a dynamic manufacturing environment; with all these factors relying on just one thing – clear, reliable, and timely communications.
There’s constant pressure on manufacturing industries to optimise operational efficiency, reduce downtime and costs, and maintaining workflow visibility throughout the production process from component delivery to despatch.
Reliable communications by voice and data plays a critical part in providing production, maintenance and health and safety managers with eyes and ears everywhere at all times, allowing them to coordinate the workforce, supply chain and safety on site to ensure minimum disruption to output.
However, a modern factory is a difficult operating environment for communications with noise from machinery and mechanical handling equipment, expanses of steel and concrete across large areas and the risk of accidental damage presenting real challenges.
When it comes to selecting the communications equipment, it is critically important to make an informed decision on the right solution to meet the needs of your organisation today and into the future.
TWO-WAY RADIO BENEFITS OVER MOBILE PHONES
In this age of smart, connected devices, what are the advantages two-way radio brings to enhancing workplace efficiency and the safety of workers? It’s an often-asked question.
It seems that everyone wants the latest devices with a bewildering range of capabilities accessed by applications. However, no matter how smart, it’s important to remember that they are primarily designed for a mass consumer audience where time constraints, usage and environmental conditions are very different to a factory floor. Imagine one of your machine minders reporting a fault, spillage or accident having to fumble with an unwieldly device, finding and selecting a contact or launching an app, then waiting for a connection in the hope that they are not in a GSM or Wi-Fi blackspot and that the contact picks up the call.
In sharp contrast, professional two-way radio devices are robust, easy to use, reliable and cost less to buy than GSM or IoT connected devices and less to run, with no voice or data charges or service contracts. Designed for use in all conditions indoors and out, two-way radio provides instant communications at the push of a button without unnecessary costs or distractions.
Even the most basic license-free PMR446 hand-portable radio (walkie-talkies) can provide one-to-one and all users communications, while more advanced licensed systems like DMR and NEXEDGE NXDN bring significant additional benefits, not least GPS and with it, more automated features, and advanced worker safety functions.
In a manufacturing environment, the overarching benefit of radiocommunication over other technologies is that it provides the instant communication method of last resort, with the ability to remain operational even in situations where mobile and IP networks become overloaded or rendered unavailable.
Being equipped with a reliable two-way radio gives managers the real time information they need to maximise productivity and deal with issues as they arise while providing workers with the reassurance they need to work more confidently, under less stress and with greater efficiently - secure in the knowledge that they are never more than the push of a button away from assistance.
KENWOOD RADIOCOMMUNICATION SYSTEMS DELIVER EFFICIENCY WITH SAFETY
While you can buy multi-packs of ‘license-free walkie talkies’ for less than the price of a basic mobile phone, don’t be deceived, you get what you pay for; they might work for a while, but you wouldn’t want to risk the safety of your staff or efficiency of your operations on them.
The simplicity, convenience and low-cost of KENWOOD ProTalk analogue and digital license-free PMR446 technology has made it a popular choice in professional applications within a defined localised area, for example inside a factory building and within its site.
ProTalk digital dPMR446 radios are better built and equipped than most and offer native analogue to digital mixed operation, a second programmable PTT button, 32-digital and 16-analogue channels for congestion free operation even in cities, ease of use, durability and a long battery life between charges. For an entry-level radio offering on- to-one and call-all-radios feature, there’s little to better them.
Licensed DMR and NEXEDGE NXDN radio systems with advanced automated functions and worker safety features
For larger and multiple sites, wider coverage areas and a host of built-in and programmable functions and advanced worker safety features, KENWOOD NEXEDGE NXDN and DMR digital systems offer much more than the ability to transmit voice and data instantly, including:
- Individual, group and all radio calls
- Flexibility to link multiple locations
KENWOOD DMR and NEXEDGE NXDN technologies offer highly flexible, voice and data enabled digital conventional, IP networked and trunked communications systems – the utility of which can be greatly extended with the addition of applications and software suites including KAS-10/20 AVL & Dispatch and Trackuracy asset tracking and monitoring software that allows you to monitor and track every radio so you always know where staff are and have the flexibility to pinpoint and assign resources as required. Naturally, KENWOOD systems can be integrated with other applications including telephone, building maintenance, fire and security, access control and telemetering etc., so offer a failsafe and future-proofed communication solution.
Health & Safety
In addition to the efficiency that radio communication brings to managing and coordinating daily activities, it also serves to help you comply with health and safety and security requirements/regulations, for example, alerting staff to the presence of threats, calling for medical assistance and reporting spillages and accidents.
However, where radio communication really excels is in the event of a major incident. Whether that be a medical emergency, staff at risk, fire or an event that requires key staff everywhere on site to be alerted instantly and to initiate emergency or evacuation procedures.
All NEXEDGE NXDN and DMR digital two-way radio devices feature an Emergency Key and Emergency Call features as standard, while more advanced models additionally offer built-in or optional GPS modules, Lone Worker, Motion Detection and compatibility with Location services, which can be programmed to deliver automated proximity triggered prompts – for example when a worker enters a hazardous area, or requires special safety clothing – making them essential in a robust health and safety policy.
These advanced safety features offer an added layer of protection in support of emergency and first aid protocols with the ability to automatically send alerts and alarms to the control centre and/or other radio users, for example:
The Priority Call feature ensures the availability of a radio channel in the event of an emergency and allows a dispatcher to interrupt all existing calls on a channel.
An alarm is triggered along with the user ID of the sender and when the Emergency Key button is pressed. GPS equipped radios, can additionally send the location (GPS coordinates) of the user.
An alarm is triggered along with the user ID of the sender if a user does not respond to a status prompt within a specified time.
An alarm is triggered along with the user ID of the sender if the radio is tilted beyond a pre-determined angle indicating that the user may have fallen or become incapacitated. Other programmable features include:
NEXEDGE NXDN and DMR radios equipped with GPS can additionally be programmed to send location information to a command centre using software such as KAS-10 or KAS-20 AVL and Dispatch suites so that the user at risk can be located quickly and response times reduced.
|Asset Tracking and Monitoring:||
With Trackuracy, KENWOOD DMR and NEXEDGE NXDN systems can be equipped with low-energy, real-time asset monitoring and tracking across single and multiple sites, indoors and out. Alerts, alarms delivered as audible tones, voice or data messages can be programmed to trigger automatically should the user enter an area requiring additional PPE or prohibited areas.
Remote Monitor allows dispatchers to listen in to a radio through its microphone in situations where an alarm is activated, and the radio user is unable to respond. This provides the dispatcher with the intelligence to assess a situation in real time and to quickly initiate an appropriate response.
|Intrinsically Safe Radios:||
NEXEDGE NXDN ATEX/IECEx certified radios provide the solution for lone workers operating in explosive atmospheres such as oil and gas processing, chemicals production and distilleries or situations where hazardous airborne particles are present.
COST-EFFECTIVE MIGRATION FROM ANALOGUE TO DIGITAL
The beauty of a KENWOOD digital two-way radio solution is that your investment in new equipment when upgrading from analogue can be phased over time as all KENWOOD digital radio devices feature automatic analogue/digital Mixed Mode operation (which allows them to communicate automatically with any existing analogue radios whatever the make) providing a predictable and cost-effective path to full digital implementation.
SECURITY & PRIVACY
As more products are connected by IP and to networked information and automation systems, there is a growing risk of leakage and theft of personal and other information, fabrication or destruction of data, and hijacking of products.
Secure encryption is an essential requirement in radiocommunications to provide security against eavesdropping, jamming and other malicious attacks on a radio system.
All KENWOOD digital radio devices are equipped with a voice scrambler feature as standard, while licenced NEXEDGE NXDN and DMR radios are further protected with more advanced encryption:
Voice inversion scrambler
Built-in digital scrambler as standard, optional upgrade to ARC4 Encryption for DMR
Built-in digital scrambler as standard, optional 56-bit DES encryption and upgrade to 256-bit AES (NEXEDGE NXDN and DMR) and 40-bit ARC4 encryption for DMR
Built-in digital scrambler and DES-56 bit (4 keys) as standard, optional hardware upgrade to 56-bit DES and support to 256-bit AES
The Communications Systems Business, Professional Systems Business and the Healthcare Business units of JVCKENWOOD Corporation are certified to ISO/IEC 27001:2013 international standards for information security management system and JIS Q 27001:2014 Japanese industrial standards, both of which specify standards for information security management systems and establish requirements and implementation of the framework to protect information assets.
BUILT TOUGH TO WITHSTAND RAIN, DIRT AND THE ROUGH AND TUMBLE OF FIELD USE
As you would expect, all KENWOOD professional hand portable walkie talkies and mobile radios conform to MIL-STD-810 C/D/E/F/G for ruggedness and durability and are IP54/55/67 Water & Dust Intrusion rated, making them suited for use in any environment.
In addition, KENWOOD can offer ATEX IECEx devices for use in hazardous, explosive atmospheres.
EXCEPTIONAL AUDIO QUALITY EVEN IN NOISY ENVIRONMENTS
KENWOOD radiocommunication devices benefit from JVCKENWOOD Group’s 60-years’ experience in producing consumer audio and visual equipment (Trio, JVC and KENWOOD), renowned for exceptional sound quality.
This transfer of knowledge and experience has led to the development of a number of novel and innovative solutions which overcome the problem of cancelling ambient noise while improving the audio clarity of the transmitted voice in any operating environment.
|Ultimate noise cancellation:||
NX-5000 Series hand-portable radios achieve optimum noise cancellation with the use of two integrated microphones. The main microphone is situated closer to the desired source (front of the radio), while a second microphone in the rear of the radio receives the ambient noise. In a noisy environment, both microphones receive noise at a similar level, however, the main microphone receives the user’s voice more strongly. The processor in the radio subtracts one noise source from the other so that most of the ambient noise is cancelled which effectively enhances the quality of the transmitted audio of the user’s voice.
|Active Noise Reduction:||
Both NX-5000 and NX-3000 Series radios feature Active Noise Reduction (ANR). ANR serves to cancel the noise component of the collected audio to improve the transmitted audio quality.
Noise cancellation functions can be ‘Custom’ configured to adjust the vocoder, DSP, filters, specific noises etc. to suit the operating environment.
|Selectable Audio profiles:||
The received audio will sound different depending on the usage environment of the radio, characteristics of the device (such as the microphone to be combined with the radio and external devices), and the tone of voice and manner of speaking of the speaker. The received audio will also sound different depending on the output method, such as using the speaker of the radio or via an earphone, to hear the received audio. KENWOOD radios feature 6 customisable audio profiles which can be configured for specific scenarios and selected by the user to suit the operating environment.
ACCESSORIES TO SUIT YOUR OPERATION
KENWOOD offers a comprehensive range of accessories for its professional two-way radio systems and devices including covert earpieces, remote mics, headsets, cables, connectors and software packages allowing you to tailor your equipment or system to precisely meet your operational requirements.
PROVEN RADIOCOMMUNICATION SOLUTIONS
Instant communication between individuals and groups in voice and data, across single or multiple sites.
The use of KENWOOD two-way radio communication to coordinate workflow and safety in manufacturing industries is widespread not least at our own R&D and production facilities, providing the ability to deliver clear voice and data transmissions to different teams located within a single site or across multiple sites to streamline work, respond to situations, manage emergency procedures and ultimately, to maximise the efficiency, improve safety, security and productivity and reduce downtime.
Learn more about how KENWOOD equipment has been put to work in the manufacturing environment including:
Seamless communication from vineyard to cellar
A new era of communication has been established at Robert Weil: one of the most traditional wineries in the Rheingau area and a global symbol of German Riesling culture.
Putting a brake on coverage blackspots at Brembo
Brembo has been operating in the automotive industry for over 50 years and is a world leader in the design and manufacture of braking systems. Its factory operations in Dąbrowa Górnicza, Poland is supported by a KENWOOD DMR system featuring both hand-portable and mobile devices. The system was implemented by ABRADIO through Elektrit, our distributor in Poland.
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