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Improve Your Palletising To Save Money And Increase Business Efficiencies

Willetton WA, Australia, Apr-20-2017 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — AccuPak are Australia’s leading supplier of packing, filling, bagging and palletising machinery and equipment, and they have the answers on how you can increase your productivity, reduce your personnel requirements and minimise the risk of injury. Accupak helps business owners save money and improve efficiencies with automated palletising systems. The advantages of automatic palletising are numerous, as detailed below.

Any industrial and warehousing operation that is still relying on manual palletising is likely to be compromising their productivity, quality and business efficiencies.

Manual palletising is no match for modern automated equipment in terms of speed, precision, productivity, safety, quality and outputs and in today’s highly competitive environment, businesses need to take every opportunity to improve.

Palletising is the final step in an assembly line whereby the products (such as boxes, bags, cases, cartons, bottles, sacks etc) are loaded onto pallets. Semi-automatic and automatic palletising systems have undergone major changes in recent years, with advances in robotics technology driving significant improvements in terms of pallet pattern flexibility, tooling flexibility, cycle times as well as the presentation of the stacked pallets.

In basic terms, a robotic palletiser utilises various end-of-arm-tools which alleviate the need for manual stacking of bags, cartons or drums onto a pallet, thereby increasing productivity and profitability while allowing greater flexibility and versatility.

Although automated palletising equipment requires a capital outlay, many businesses are surprised at just how quickly they get a return on their investment. It doesn’t take long before the companies’ bottom-lines reflect the improvements in productivity and efficiencies that are made possible by the new equipment – and customer satisfaction levels are also a lot higher.

Let’s take a closer look at how palletising equipment will benefit a business:

Speed of operation. Humans can’t compete with automated or even semi-automated palletising equipment when it comes to speed. The equipment works faster than any person possibly can, plus it can operate continuously.

Quality control. Because human error is eliminated, a robotic palletiser ensures that quality standards are consistent and deliveries/outputs are always correctly counted and packed. The overall consistency of the loading and unloading processes improves, thereby reducing costly stoppages required to fix errors and inconsistencies as well as reducing the likelihood (and therefore, the cost) of returns or damaged goods.

Reduce labour costs. Eliminating the human element or substantially reducing the level of human intervention leads to substantially lower labour costs and greater efficiencies. The likelihood of error and contamination from human handling is minimised plus there are the obvious productivity and profitability benefits as a result of lower labour costs. Another reason why automated palletisers can improve business efficiencies is that personnel who are no longer required on the manual packing line can be redeployed to other areas within the organisation and used to greater effect.

Greater flexibility. Versatile palletising equipment makes it easy to reconfigure systems to handle different shapes, case sizes, pallet stacking patterns, layers of product and weights as well as handle multiple production lines. This means faster turnaround times and productivity improvements.

Improved working conditions. An automated palletising system reduces the need for workers to do heavy lifting and repetitive work, and minimises the likelihood of OH&S issues. This means a safer working environment with reduced likelihood of workplace injuries and costly workers compensation claims.

Improved data handling and reporting. Computerized controls and a seamless interface with other business software systems allow improved data gathering, real-time reporting and analysis as well as reducing invoicing errors and enabling a more streamlined and secure information chain.

More efficient use of floorspace. A robotic palletiser generally occupies less space than a manual operation which means businesses can use their square meterage more cost-effectively. In some instances, operations are even able to reduce the size of their factory or warehouse, which results in substantial cost savings.

Find out more by calling the AccuPak professionals on 1300 793 476 or visit www.accupak.com.au to learn more about their extensive range of palletising equipment and solutions.

Z3 Technology introduces 4K H.265 IP camera for broadcast, industrial, medical, security and corporate applications

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LINCOLN, NE, 10-Sep-2016 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — Z3 Technology, LLC, a leading provider of embedded video compression systems, and Sony Electronics Inc., an international leader in image sensors camera technology, are announcing the availability the Z3Cam-4KTM, a 4K H.265 IP camera leveraging Sony’s FCB-ER8300 4K camera. The Z3Cam-4K brings clarity and detail to high movement and low light conditions with optimized 4K technology. This unit captures stunning video with 20x optical zoom with integrated auto focus. The Z3Cam-4K provides crystal clear images for broadcast, industrial, medical, security and corporate applications while adding the ability to broadcast and analyze your video around the world.

The Z3Cam-4K is the first 4K video system capable of encoding and streaming 4K H.265/HEVC video with ONVIF integration for easy camera management. The innovative Z3Cam-4K has multiple options for your IP transmission. The system can output both H.265/HEVC and H.264 video over IP in 4K resolutions. It can also send a simultaneous HD stream. Camera control can take place remotely with VISCA control commands sent over IP to the Z3Cam-4K from a comm port on your PC. Where seeing sharp lines is key, Sony’s 4K noise reduction algorithm provides the highest quality imaging fit for virtual reality imaging and high detail data analytics.

“Sony is privileged to work with Z3 on providing the 4K optics and image capture subsystem integrated into the Z3Cam-4K. With fast auto focus, 20x optical zoom and electronic image stabilization we expect this new camera to be deployed widely in demanding commercial and industrial 4K applications,” said John Monti, Director, Sony Visual Imaging Solutions.

“The Z3Cam-4K camera provides high quality, low bit rate video to be streamed over IP networks at 4K resolutions,” Aaron Caldwell, CEO Z3 Technology said. “In the past the bandwidth requirements for 4K were too high for many of our customers to make the switch to 4K. The Z3Cam-4K solves this dilemma by taking advantage of state of the art H.265 compression technology that uses very low power and low bandwidth. Z3 is excited to be collaborating with Sony to offer the industry this 4K H.265 IP camera solution to allow 4K imaging to be sent around the world with no distance limitations.”

Z3Cam-4K Features:
H.265/HEVC and H.264 encoded video
4K (Ultra-HD) and HD resolutions
High sensitivity image processor
20x optical and digital zoom
Integrated auto focus zoom and optional manual focus
Visibility enhancer ICR (Day and Night)
Noise reduction algorithm for high frequency and high detail areas
GigE interface for IP output
IP control and configuration
Supports Sony VISCA camera control over IP and ONVIF Profile S
Microphone input
Composite output
Device recording options via USB 2.0 interface
Network recording options over IP
PoE power or DC power

About Z3 Technology:
Z3 Technology is a Sony Authorized Integrator and is a leader in the embedded video market with focus on OEM ready system-on-modules and technology transfer licensing.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

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Sena’s new Tufftalk headset is designed specifically to meet the communication and connectivity needs of industrial applications

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SAN JOSE, Calif., 23-Aug-2016 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — Sena Technologies, Inc., the global leader in Bluetooth communication devices for motorsport, outdoor and industrial solutions, announced today the release of its new Tufftalk headset, which is engineered with Sena’s almost two decades of industrial wireless Bluetooth expertise.

“Sena Tufftalk is the first fully Bluetooth integrated intercom device to both protect the user and supply a clearer communication channel.” said Tae Kim, president and CEO of Sena Technologies, Inc. “This device marks our continued commitment to the safety and efficiency of the industrial field.”

Sena’s Tufftalk, an earmuff Bluetooth® communication and intercom headset, is designed specifically to meet the communication and connectivity needs of industrial applications. Tufftalk sports a 1.4 km working Bluetooth range – the furthest of any product on the market today. Its sturdy design and tough manufacturing offers up to 15 hours of uninterrupted intercom communication between up to four headsets. Coupled with its seamless compatibility with other Bluetooth and two-way radio devices, including Sena SR10i which allows for wireless two-way radio communication, Tufftalk far outpaces the competition.

Breaking through the noise
In rough and loud environments, safety is key, and this is exactly where Tufftalk truly shines. Tufftalk’s secure earmuffs help protect users from harmful noise with an audio attenuation of 24dB. The ambient mode feature allows users to amplify external sounds – generating greater awareness of surroundings so important alarms or calls can be heard while still protecting hearing. For more active applications, Tufftalk offers an optional hard hat mount package.

“Poor worksite communication is costly for businesses,” Kim said. “With Tufftalk we applied Sena’s two decades of expertise to offer industrial strength seamless communication for the harshest of environments.”

Equipped with HD quality speakers, Tufftalk delivers crystal clear audio that industrial mobile workers need to stay safe on busy and noisy worksites. Tufftalk features Sena’s Advanced Noise-Control™ technology, which limits the interference of background noise while maintaining the full volume of voice communication.

Sena’s patented Jog Dial design is glove-friendly and easy to control, while the VOX technology allows users to answer phone calls, communicate and react to voice commands, all while hands-free. Tufftalk is also compatible with a Sena App to configure settings and presets easily through any smartphone. As with all Sena units, Tufftalk is completely firmware upgradeable to ensure it remains compatible with all of the latest Bluetooth technology.

Features
Firmware upgradable
Study design for industrial environments
Optional 1.4 km communication range, or 800 km with default antenna
Equipped with VOX for hands-free control
Pairs to smartphones and other Bluetooth enabled devices
15 hours of talk time with lithium battery or 12 hours with AAA batteries
Attenuation of 24dB
HD-quality speaker with Sena’s Advanced Noise-Control™ blocking external noise
Compatible with two-way radios
Optional hard hat mounting available
Bluetooth 4.1

Since 1998, Sena has been recognized as a wireless leader specializing in Bluetooth-based solutions that benefit both users and businesses at large. Drawing from its industrial solutions, Sena is a leader in consumer goods in the power sports and action sports industries providing communication solutions for this market since releasing the SMH10 in 2011.

Like all Sena products, Tufftalk comes with Sena’s industry-leading two-year warranty, and is now available on BuySena.com. For more information and the full Sena product line, please visit: www.SenaIndustrial.com.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Wormald Urges Watercraft Owners To Consider Fire Protection

As many Australians take to the water to enjoy the long warm summer days, fire protection specialist Wormald is urging watercraft owners and operators to ensure they have adequate fire protection equipment on board.

According to Mark Brown, National Marine Manager with Wormald Technology, regardless of boat size or type, or whether it’s used for commercial or recreational purpose, careful consideration should be given to ensuring fire protection equipment is in place. “Inadequate or improper fire protection can, in the case of a fire, expose those on board to extreme dangers and lead to potential loss of equipment and assets.

“Before setting sail, it’s important to identify all fire hazards and install suitable fire protection equipment. The choice of fire extinguisher, fire blankets and fire detection equipment will depend on a vessel’s type and size so it’s a good idea to consult a fire protection expert”, says Brown.

Powder fire extinguishers ABE are the most widely used type of fire extinguisher and work by discharging a fine powder that smothers fire. Available in a range of sizes, they are suitable for most vessels.

Smoke alarms should be installed in cabin and saloon areas, and thermal detection systems should be considered for spaces where machinery is located. “In the event of a fire, smoke alarms can assist in providing the precious time needed to act or escape. Regularly check that the alarms are working by pushing the test button and replace batteries as necessary.”

Once fire protection equipment is installed, it should be regularly serviced to ensure it is in proper working order. “Any fire protection equipment on board should perform to the standard to which it was originally designed and installed to. Regular checks and servicing can help uncover any faults or issues that may prevent the equipment from working correctly at the time of greatest need,” says Brown.

 

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Videofied Alarm System From Stanley For Rapid Response And Reduce False Alarms

Stanley Security Solutions has launched the Videofied® wireless intruder alarm system with integrated video, providing a low cost bridge between intruder alarms and CCTV systems.

Videofied is an event based alarm system featuring PIR intruder detectors with in-built cameras. When the PIR sensor is triggered, the onboard video camera is activated and instantly takes a ten second video clip of whatever has caused the detection. The video is immediately sent to the alarm monitoring station with the alarm signal, allowing the operator to see what has caused the alarm and enabling them to distinguish between a genuine intruder detection and a false alarm event.

Such an innovative design makes for a highly effective intruder alarm system as it identifies crimes in progress leading to a priority response and high apprehension rates, as well as helping to reduce false alarms – essential to guarantee police response.

Videofied is extremely cost-effective to purchase, install and monitor, especially when compared to the cost of most conventional CCTV systems. One of the key reasons for this is that Videofied is a totally wireless system. All aspects of the system, including the control panels and alarm devices, are battery operated (with two years life on a single set of batteries), and the communication back to the monitoring station is via a GPRS link from the panel. This means that a system can be set up in minutes with minimal disruption, installation time and cost.

Videofied incorporates both indoor and outdoor PIR cameras with built in IR illumination for day/night video capability, so is suited to an exceptionally wide range of environments, including temporary and rapid response applications, such as construction sites, vacant properties, utilities and transport infrastructure, where speed and ease of installation are an important consideration. Videofied is also particularly suited to applications where false alarms are costly or where police response is in danger of being withdrawn without a system upgrade.

Videofied includes all of the peripherals that you would expect from a standard alarm system, including conventional PIRs, sirens, door contacts, and smoke detectors. In total up to 24 motion viewers (including PIR cameras) can be integrated with one control panel for a cost-effective system.

Although relatively new to the UK, the Videofied system has been successfully deployed in over 185,000 installations across 35 countries.

For sales information please contact Stanley Security Solutions at 0844 2540032 or via www.stanleysecuritysolutions.co.uk.

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Play Safe And Follow The Law When Storing Fuel In Jerry Cans, Says Slingsby

With fuel shortages continuing to make headlines as Easter approaches, workplace equipment supplier Slingsby has seen jerry can sales treble over the last fortnight. As a result, the company has compiled a list of safety guidelines for anyone stockpiling fuel at home.

Even though strike action over the Easter bank holiday seems to have been ruled out, the threat of industrial action still looms, with the Unite union looking for guarantees of improved safety standards and working terms for tanker drivers. As a result, petrol retailers in the UK are continuing to report soaring sales and problems replenishing stocks to meet demand.

Lee Wright, Marketing Director at Slingsby, which supplies 35,000 products online and through its catalogues, said: “Sales of jerry cans to the domestic market have gone crazy since talk of a strike by tanker drivers began. When this is combined with the huge volumes of petrol and diesel that fuel retailers have sold in the last few days, and continued fears over potential strike action, it seems that a large proportion of people have listened to the government’s controversial advice and are storing fuel at home.

“We would always advise against stockpiling fuel because the explosion and fire risks can be disastrous, but if someone is adamant that they want to store fuel at home there are a number of guidelines that should always be followed”

Slingsby has compiled the following advice that anyone storing fuel should follow:

Approved storage solutions that are specifically designed for fuel must be used. Appropriate containers should be marked and fitted with a secure cap to prevent leakage of liquid and fuel vapours.

The maximum amount of fuel that can be legally stored at a domestic address is 30 litres, which must be kept in two 10 litre metal containers and two plastic containers with a maximum capacity of five litres each.

Using other combinations of containers, such as three, 10 litre metal containers or six of the five litre containers is illegal.

These limits also apply to any containers kept in vehicles parked in a garage or on a driveway.

Any fuel stored at home should be kept in a garage or shed that is either detached from the main living accommodation or if it is an adjoining building it should be separated by a fire door.

If fuel is left outside it should be no more than six metres from your house.

Never store fuel in the living area of your home.

Below is Slingsby’s most popular jerry can which is available by calling 0800 294 4440 or at www.slingsby.com.

The 5 Litre Metal jerry can Made from 0.9mm pickled steel sheet. Fuel resistant lining. Locking pin. Choice of 20 litre or 5 litre capacity. Optional pouring spout.

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Logistics Company Employs Stanley Access Control Solutions

Stanley Security Solutions has completed the installation of an integrated electronic entry system for logistics company Mini Clipper at its new premises in Bedfordshire.

Specialising in the delivery of palletised freight, Mini Clipper employs almost 100 people and operates a substantial fleet of vehicles. As part of an expansion programme, the company recently moved to a new, larger site providing the added opportunity to improve security and allow for a more effective means of monitoring and controlling staff and visitor movements.

A long standing customer of Stanley, Mini Clipper has employed its Time & Attendance solutions for over 15 years. An excellent working relationship has developed over that period, encouraging Mini Clipper to turn to Stanley for its security requirements at the new site, most notably a sophisticated site wide access control system capable of handling both pedestrians and vehicles.

Stanley was able to provide invaluable advice on developing the site from a vehicle entry point of view right from the outset, helping Mini Clipper to efficiently plan the site’s redevelopment.

Stanley has now installed its NT500 access control system integrated with the security gates and video door entry system site wide, as well as connecting to a remote location. The solution has provided Mini Clipper with the ability to control and monitor access to the site with a one fob / badge solution without restricting the flow of vehicles or staff.

The NT500 Access and Alarm Server, manufactured by Stanley, is an expandable controller that provides secure, high speed access. Security is in part attributed to the Secure Socket Communications and a built-in Firewall for ‘data centre grade’ protection. System downtime is negated through the use of Distributed Intelligent Controllers so that even if the main communication lines are lost, the on-site security is maintained at all times.

In addition to the access control, Stanley has also upgraded Mini Clipper’s Time and Attendance solutions system to its latest Astrow system. Astrow is used by Mini Clipper for managing payroll costs, allowing employees to clock remotely via a pc and request holidays, and helping the management team monitor operational costs.

Peter Masters, Managing Director of Mini Clipper, is pleased with the entry system solution at the new site: “We wanted access control throughout the new site and liked the convenience of having it directly linked to the electronic pay role, which Stanley has provided us for years. The access control is used across a large site and has proved to be robust. It keeps the unwanted out and protects the freight within, which our customers like very much.”

For sales information please contact Stanley Security Solutions on 0844 254 0032 or viawww.stanleysecuritysolutions.co.uk.

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Editor’s Note – Corporate Information:
A division of Stanley Black & Decker (SWK), Stanley Convergent Security Solutions (CSS) is one of the leading security providers in the United Kingdom and around the world. Stanley CSS designs, installs, monitors and services security and commercial alarm systems for industrial, government, commercial, residential and national account customers. Stanley CSS represents a network of resources, state-of-the-art technology and a culture dedicated to excellence; where its employees have the training, the equipment and the processes they need to deliver the finest security solutions in the industry. Stanley CSS provides the best of both worlds, a local company with global resources and one of the most trusted names in security.

For more editorial information, please contact Julie Richards at Publicity Overload, 45 Station Road, North Harrow, Middx., HA2 7SU; Tel: 020 8427 2320; E-mail:julie@publicityoverload.co.uk. Please fax (020 8427 0264) or email (nila@publicityoverload.co.uk) all colour separation requests to Nila Jamil.

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The catalogue no workplace should be without

Leading workplace equipment supplier Slingsby has launched a new edition of its catalogue to showcase the company’s 35,000 products.

The latest catalogue covers 1,374 pages and includes 2,000 brand new products across a wide range of categories, including handling & lifting, premises, health & safety, signage, environmental & waste, janitorial and safety & security.

Lee Wright, Marketing Director of Slingsby, said: “Slingsby has produced its famous catalogue for more than 100 years and even though a lot of customers now prefer to view and buy our product range online, a large proportion still like to flick through a hard copy of the catalogue and then consult our sales advisors before placing an order.

“For this reason we continue to place as much emphasis as ever on our catalogue and this year is no different. It contains quality photography and detailed descriptions of our entire product range and appeals to all industries including retail, manufacturing, education, healthcare and the public sector.

“We’ve also increased the number of products that are available with free next day delivery and have held or even reduced thousands of prices, which makes this catalogue an invaluable tool for all businesses and organisations.”

For further information on Slingsby or to order a copy of the company’s latest catalogue, call 0800 294 4440 or visit www.slingsby.com.

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Stanley Puts Dynamic Controls Back In Control With Sonitrol® Alarm Verification

Valve manufacturer Dynamic Controls has upgraded its security with Stanley Convergent Security Solutions (Stanley CSS) and moved to Sonitrol® alarm monitoring.

Dynamic Controls, based in Oldham, is a leading manufacturer of high and low pressure cartridge valves, manifolds, reducing stations and fluid/gas systems for critical, demanding applications, including submarines, aircraft carriers and navy surface ships.

A site manufacturing such critical equipment clearly needs round the clock protection. The existing intruder alarms system had come to the end of its life and Dynamic Controls was dissatisfied with the service it was receiving from its then supplier, as well as the rising costs. Dynamic Controls turned to Stanley CSS for a solution.

Stanley removed the elderly conventional intruder alarm system and replaced it with contemporary Sonitrol Audio Impact technology. When an alarm is triggered, the system immediately alerts Stanley’s ProtectionNet Customer Service Centre and transmits the sounds of the break-in attempt and a code describing the location of the activated audio sensor. Professional operators on duty around the clock listen silently to determine the nature of the noise and take appropriate action, such as calling the police or resetting the system.

The access control system installed by Stanley CSS at the Dynamic Control’s site is also run through the Sonitrol system for complete integration and ease of use.

Andrew Hill, Facilities Manager at Dynamic Controls, is impressed with both the equipment and the service he has received from Stanley: “the system is brilliant and it’s very simple to use. Stanley’s customer interface is fantastic – all the staff are polite and knowledgeable and are lovely to deal with. It’s nice to be treated as a human being!”

Sonitrol alarm monitoring is available exclusively in the UK from Stanley CSS. For sales information please contact Stanley CSS on 0844 254 0032 or via www.stanleycss.co.uk.

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Safetyshop Reminds Businesses Of Changes To First Aid Kit Standard

One of the UK’s leading safety equipment manufacturers, Stockport-based Safetyshop, has called on businesses to make sure they take the right steps to protect the health and safety of their employees by making suitable first aid kits available.

To help make sure the correct first aid can be provided in the event of an accident at work, the British Healthcare Trade Association (BHTA) has worked together with the British Standards Institute (BSI) to create a new UK standard for workplace kits.

BS 8599-1 is the new minimum standard that workplace first aid kits should now conform to, and Safetyshop has reminded businesses to check their own supplies and, if necessary, update their stocks.

Dan Cure, website manager at Safetyshop, said: “Over recent years there have been many changes to the way first aiders are trained to deal with casualties following an accident.

“The types of risks that British workers are exposed to on a daily basis have also changed dramatically and so it has been necessary to update the guidance on what first aid products should be available to help treat people following an accident.”

The new standard created by the BSI and the BHTA has been based on the minimum requirements set out by the Health and Safety Executive’s L74 first aid code of practice. The idea was to ensure minimum-standard compliant kits now allow first aiders to cope with a wider range of common workplace injuries, therefore making them more relevant for today’s businesses.

Safetyshop supplies a wide range of safety products, from industrial first aid kits to sports first aid kits, allowing businesses to provide their staff with access to BSI compliant products and help ensure that health and safety remains a top priority.

Dan added: “As all employers know, accidents can happen at any time and that is why it is so important to be proactive and make sure that should an incident occur, there are people on hand who have the correct first aid training, and that they have the correct items to hand to allow them to provide the necessary treatment.”

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Buy All Your Business’s Safety Products In One Place And Avoid Another Winter Of Discontent

As the nights draw in, and the days get colder, now is the time to be stocking up on all the safety supplies needed to see your home and business through the long winter months.

When it comes to the onset of the really hard winter weather, Safetyshop.com says that we Britons still don’t seem to be learning the lessons of recent years, and should be putting plans in place to help ensure that our businesses and our lives in general, don’t grind to a halt.

But according to the firm’s Website Manager, Dan Cure, they’ve just brought in a range of winter staples such as snow shovels, grit bins and salt spreaders – along with several new products for this year – so no one need say they were caught cold this time around when winter’s icy grip begins to tighten.

“Over the course of the year, it’s easy for people to forget the disruption that they suffered as a result on the onset of winter,” he said.

“There is so much everyone can do to ensure winter doesn’t leave them feeling cold and miserable,” added Mr Cure. “That first fall of snow might look pretty to start with, but without the right tools in place, such as snow shovels, work wear and grit spreaders, its attractiveness will very quickly fade.”

And with early frost and snows also responsible for many accidents – despite the weathermen’s best efforts at giving out warnings – acting now can not only save money and time, but potentially a great deal of heartache.

“We’ve extended our range of winter products this year, with the aim of helping out everyone from householders to business managers,” he added.

“Products are readily available for quick delivery, so our advice would be to beat the rush and get yours now to avoid suffering another winter of discontent.”

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Safetyshop Announces Launch Of Online News Feed

Safetyshop, the UK’s leading safety equipment manufacturer, has launched an industry news feed on the homepage of its website.

Designed to be a useful resource for regular customers and new visitors alike, the latest news section contains stories which relate to all aspects of health and safety, from new legislation and prosecutions brought by the Health and Safety Executive, to road safety initiatives and changes affecting first aid kits in the workplace. The feed is updated on a daily basis to ensure breaking news makes it onto the site as quickly as possible.

The idea to publish breaking news came from Safetyshop’s customers, according to Maria Kirby, Online Content Specialist at Safetyshop.

She said: “We carried out a survey in an attempt to find out what is most important to our customers. Perhaps unsurprisingly we found that the majority of them consider health and safety legislation to be critical to the successful running of their businesses.

“By publishing news stories on the homepage of our website on a daily basis we are able to inform visitors about the very latest developments relating to health and safety and ensure that our customers have all the knowledge they require to be able to run their own companies effectively, efficiently and safely.”

Safetyshop has been providing its customers with a huge range of safety equipment including workwear, safety signs and traffic control equipment. Now, as well as being seen as a leading supplier of quality safety items, the company wants to be recognised as a trusted source for breaking health and safety news.

Maria added: “Safetyshop’s ultimate goal is to help customers manage their health and safety requirements and ensure that their workplace is safe for everyone. Hopefully our news service will be of use to companies that take health and safety seriously, and help keep everyone up-to-date on developments across the industry.”

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Stanley Steps in to Provide Stearn Electric with Sonitrol Alarm Verification

Following the launch of its first European ProtectionNet Customer Service Centre in the UK, Stanley Convergent Security Solutions (Stanley CSS) has been awarded the Sonitrol alarm monitoring contract for two Stearn Electric distribution warehouses in the South of England.

A national electrical distributor supplying over 10,000 electrical wholesalers and outlets across the UK, Stearn Electric uses Advanced Audio Verification using Sonitrol Audio Impact technology at its Bristol and Leighton Buzzard branches. Having recently obtained exclusivity in the UK on the provision of Sonitrol, Stanley CSS was quick to react when Stearn Electric’s Bristol branch contacted the company to see if they could take over the system from the previous provider.

Stanley CSS put in place a strategy to take over the system rapidly, including sourcing a replacement board for the panel, supplying qualified engineers to undertake the work and programming Stanley’s ProtectionNet Customer Service Centre (PNC) system to receive the Sonitrol signals – all in one visit. Stearn Electric Bristol branch Manager Alan Blackwell is impressed with the service provided: “I have been very pleased with Stanley’s response and the manner in which they carried out the repair and takeover. The alternative would have been to install a new system at considerable expense and disruption, which I did not really want to do.”

In fact, so impressed has Alan been that he has recommended Stanley CSS to other Stearn branches, including Leighton Buzzard which has also appointed Stanley CSS to take over their Sonitrol alarm system shortly.

Sonitrol provides organisations with the ability to verify an alarm event in real time by allowing operators to hear what’s happening on a monitored site. When security alarm systems are triggered, the system immediately alerts Stanley’s PNC and transmits the sounds of the break-in attempt and a code describing the location of the activated audio sensor. Professional operators on duty around the clock listen silently to determine the nature of the noise and take appropriate action, such as calling the authorities or resetting the system. Such a facility increases apprehension rates as intruders are not alerted and police respond quickly to a verified crime in progress. False alarms can also be quickly identified.

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Stanley Takes Over Sonitrol Alarm Verification for Retailer

Having recently obtained exclusivity in the UK on the provision of Sonitrol, Stanley Convergent Security Solutions (Stanley CSS) has announced another significant contract for Sonitrol alarm monitoring, with Thames Cash and Carry Ltd.

An independent wholesaler based in Reading, Berkshire, Thames Cash and Carry serves a large number of customers across the south east of England. Its 30,000 square footage, 30 staff and extensive product lines make it one of the largest independent wholesalers in the area.

Thames Cash and Carry has long enjoyed the added protection that Advanced Audio Verification using Sonitrol Audio Impact technology brings, as owner Mr Singh explains: “with the old system we had lots of false alarms – ten or more over three months, which led to police support being withdrawn. With the Sonitrol system we’ve had no false alarms at all because all of our security alarms are now verified. We didn’t want to change from Sonitrol when the previous provider lost the contract, so we were very pleased for Stanley to take over the system.”

In fact just days after taking over the Sonitrol alarm monitoring contract for Thames Cash and Carry, Stanley CSS was able to react to an incident on site. Audio was received from the wholesaler and identified as intruders. An operator at Stanley’s ProtectionNet Customer Service Centre (PNC) alerted the police who attended the site. The keyholder discovered that one of the doors had been tampered with, suggesting the police may have interrupted a potential break in. Without the Sonitrol alarm monitoring, such a rapid response would not have been possible.

Sonitrol provides organisations with the ability to verify an alarm event in real time by allowing operators to hear what’s happening on a monitored site. When an alarm is triggered, the system immediately alerts Stanley’s PNC and transmits the sounds of the break-in attempt and a code describing the location of the activated audio sensor. Professional operators on duty around the clock listen silently to determine the nature of the noise and take appropriate action, such as calling the police or resetting the system. Such a facility increases apprehension rates as intruders are not alerted and police respond quickly to a verified crime in progress, as is likely to have been the case at Thames Cash and Carry. False alarms can also be quickly identified.

This latest Sonitrol alarm monitoring contract follows on from a number of other successful wins for Stanley CSS in the retail sector, including branches of Stearn Electric.

For sales information please contact Stanley CSS on 0844 254 0032 or via www.stanleycss.co.uk.

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Safetyshop’s Bespoke Sign Manufacturing Service Shows the Right Way for Businesses

The UK’s leading safety equipment supplier has appealed to businesses to get the perfect safety signs and warnings for their business premises by designing them themselves, with Safetyshop’s bespoke sign manufacturing service.

Safetyshop have encouraged businesses that may not have the legally required safety signs on their business premises to get in touch and see the range of custom sign designs and types that can be purchased online at Safetyshop.com.

The Safetyshop solutions section of the website offers businesses to customise and design many products, chief of which being Safetyshop’s latest designs in safety signs in the workplace. The UK company has over 40 years of experience in producing signage for businesses, an area of the business that was boosted in 2002, with the acquisition of Focal Signs and Labels Ltd.

Today, Safetyshop is accredited to ISO 9001:2001 sign manufacture standards and has the benefits of an in-house team of graphic designers and manufacturing equipment to provide total service to all customers with the latest state-of-the-art digital print technology to produce clearly visible and bold signs for use in business.

Joanne Broadhurst, Sales Executive at Safetyshop said; “The importance of safety signs in business is immeasurable, safety signs warn of dangers and hazards in the workplace whether it is an office environment or the factory floor.

“Here at Safetyshop we work in partnership with our customers to produce signage that is clear and easily understandable and with our in-house team each customer has a dedicated single point of contact able to assist in the design and manufacturing process.”

Ralph Walmsley, Production Manager at Safetyshop also added; “We use only the best materials ensuring we meet all UK and European standards but also to produce signs that are bold and durable to last the test of time”.

As well as Safetyshop’s bespoke solutions section the site also sells a wide range of other workplace safety products such as protective clothing and hard hats to first aid kits and fire extinguishers.

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New Tugs Pull In Sales for Slingsby

A NEW and innovative range of handling and lifting equipment are already proving to be a hit within months of being added to Slingsby’s new catalogue.

Although the company now sells all types of workplace equipment it has been supplying a market leading range of trolleys, trucks and tugs since 1893 when company founder, Harry Crowther Slingsby, began producing products to move heavy loads horizontally around large buildings.

The latest additions to the range feature electric motors and are designed to pull, push and steer wheeled loads of up to 1000kg, with hardly any effort required by the operator.

Dominic Slingsby, Managing Director of Slingsby explains: “These state of the art tugs are simple to use and enable anyone to manoeuvre substantial loads around confined spaces by literally flicking a switch. Although there are cheaper alternatives out there, these are among the best tugs in the world at the moment and as a result they are immediately generating interest due to their huge potential and versatility.

“They are designed to be used in all types of premises from hospitals to warehouses and shops through to factories. These products will immediately increase productivity, reduce manual handling and improve safety and for larger premises there’s also an option to add a ride-on platform.”

They come with built-in rechargeable batteries, an accelerator system that can be regulated to specific limits and they can be adapted to work with a wide range of trolleys, carts and pallet systems. Visit www.slingsby.ie or call 1850 200 633.

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Don’t Get Out Of Line When Marking Out Your Workplace, warns Safetyshop

Marking out a workplace can be an incredibly important task for a significant number of businesses. Manufacturing plants, warehouses, car parks and factories all need obvious markings to help keep workers safe, and UK safety products manufacturer Safetyshop is calling on firms to get their line marking strategy straight.

Ed Barnes, UK Product Manager at Safetyshop said there are a number of things businesses should always remember when preparing to use line marking applicators to mark out sections of their workplace. These include:

• Prepare – Make sure the area you’ll be marking out is free of obstructions. You do not want to have to start moving objects once marking has begun.
• Clean – Painting over a dirty surface will affect the quality of the lines. Always try to make sure the area is clean and dry.
• In order to ensure straight lines, always use a guide such as a length of tape, length of wood or a ladder.
• To ensure a clean and crisp finish, simply place a piece of card at the end of the line.
• When spraying through stencils, use masking tape to prevent paint from marking other areas.

Ed Barnes said: “Following these hints and tips should certainly help businesses to ensure they get smooth and crisp lines. Most importantly the lines will be clearly visible and in situations where line markings are used to distinguish between vehicle lanes and pedestrian walkways, this is vital.

Line marking is a task that many businesses carry out on a regular basis. By using a quality product they can ensure those lines stay bold and fresh for longer, which in the long term will save time and money.”

Safetyshop’s line marking products are used in a wide variety of industries. Local authorities use them to mark out parking bays, schools use them to mark out playgrounds and sports clubs use marking products to paint lines on football pitches and sports courts.

Ed added: “The potential number of uses for line marking equipment is huge, but it’s always important to remember to buy a quality product that will stand the test of time.”

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Turn Up The Heat On Fire Procedures In Your Workplace

DESPITE new legislation being introduced last year to reinforce the fact that employers in England must consider an employee’s capabilities when it comes to fire safety, the majority are still unaware of their obligations according to workplace equipment provider Slingsby.

The Fire Safety (Employees’ Capabilities) (England) Regulations 2010 were introduced to clarify how fire-related tasks and assignments should be delegated to employees. As part of the legislation employers must consider what a worker is able and unable to do and how these capabilities may affect their ability to deal with fire-related risks.

Lee Wright, Marketing Director of Slingsby, which supplies 35,000 workplace products including an extensive range of fire safety equipment, explains: “Rather than being an extra burden for employers, these new regulations have been introduced to reinforce a workplace’s responsibilities under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. However the majority of businesses that we speak to are still unaware of the requirements and, as well as creating health and safety issues, this could put them at risk of prosecution.

“The regulations say that employers must carry out a fire safety risk assessment to identify what general fire precautions need to be in place. This should be reviewed regularly and updated where necessary. It must take a workers’ capabilities into consideration along with specific risks they face in their job role and where necessary employers should provide specific training. This also applies to fire wardens or marshals.”

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 is still the primary legislation concerning all sectors of fire safety. As part of this employers are required to carry out a fire risk assessment to identify potential hazards and then take action to reduce them. They must also have a plan in place in case of an emergency as well as nominated people to assist in implementing it and all employees should be aware of the procedures.

All buildings must have adequate escape routes for their size and layout. In addition relevant signage should display fire procedures and highlight exits. In premises where employees could be unaware of a fire, either because it’s out of sight or they can’t hear warnings from colleagues, suitable fire alarms should be used and emergency lighting may be necessary in dark escape routes.

Usually one water based extinguisher is also required for each 200m2 of floor space, with a minimum of one extinguisher per floor. However in large or more complex premises, and depending on individual risks, a greater number or wider range of fire safety equipment could be required and some premises may also require hose reels, fire blankets or protective clothing.

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Take The Sun Seriously And Protect Your Workers, Says UK Safety Firm

With the summer months fast approaching, all parts of the UK are starting to enjoy some sunshine on a regular basis. It’s always quite amusing to see a colleague come into work after a weekend with a bright red nose after spending too much time in the sun, but there is a serious side to excess sun exposure.

Health and safety specialist Safetyshop has called on all companies that employ people to work outdoors to make sure they take steps to help protect their workers from the effects of sun exposure this summer. Due to Britain’s climate, providing staff with suitable sun protection is often not a high priority for most businesses, but prolonged exposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays is a serious problem.

Employers are responsible for their employees’ health and safety at work, and when it comes to protection from the sun there are a number of steps that can be taken. Getting workers to cover up and avoid exposure at lunchtime – the hottest part of the day – is a good start. Providing access to sun screen with a sun protection factor of at least 15, and encouraging employees to wear workwear such as hats are also positive moves.

Safetyshop helps companies to look after their workforces by providing access to a huge range of products, but according to Bhavna Mistry, Product Manager at Safetyshop, a large number of companies remain oblivious to the dangers that the sun can pose.

Bhavna said: “The UK isn’t really known for its hot summers and blazing sunshine, which probably explains why businesses don’t always see the sun as a health and safety issue. However, people who work outside without sun protection are putting themselves at risk, and employers have a responsibility to act.

“With Safetyshop’s help, protecting workers against the sun’s rays is straightforward, which is why we are calling on all businesses to educate their
staff.”

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Safetyshop Encourages Business’ To Think Green with Waste Management and Recycling Products

UK workplace safety specialist Safetyshop has highlighted tips on how companies can become greener and recycle more waste much like how homeowners are now familiar with recycling household waste.

Bhavna Mistry, Head of Product Marketing at the business health and safety equipment specialist has provided businesses and company owners with a series of helpful suggestions to make their company more environmentally friendly and help combat climate change as well.

“Recycling is on the agenda of most businesses as we live and work in environments that need protecting. Saving energy and reducing the speed of climate change can make a difference to the amount of new materials we need.” said Bhavna.

“Many people now recycle waste at home and would prefer to do the same within their workplace, businesses can save money, promote their corporate social responsibility and be seen as doing the right thing by their employees and customers.”

The following tips should help companies set up a company recycling scheme and apply to many industries and workplaces, from factories to offices…

• Get Management Support – Employees with ideas about introducing recycling bins and other waste management programs should get support from management who will be able to get on board and approve of the suggestions.
• Look for recyclable material in your company’s waste – Waste such as paper, cardboard, cans and bottles are a good starting point and are often the largest volume of waste material in businesses too.
• Find a local recycling company or recycling centre – knowing where to take the material to or who to come and collect your recyclable waste will be an important step.
• Decide where to place recycling containers – A good place to place recycling bins is where the waste is normally kept or generated, this makes it easy for workers to identify where to dispose of the recyclable waste.
• Educate and incentivise your co-workers – educate workers on what can and cannot be recycled and the location of the recycle bins. You may want to encourage them to recycle by offering incentives or rewards for teams or departments that recycle the most.
• Monitor and report – Management will want to know how much resources are saved as a result and chart the success of the scheme.

There are other areas which companies could require additional products such as hazardous substance storage and external bins such as recycling old batteries to prevent chemicals leaking as well as safely disposing of unwanted or old electrical equipment.

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) regulations issued by the government have made it much easier to recycle old electrical equipment safely.

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