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      • There’s no need to shout – even in high noise manufacturing environments.

        Published Dec 09 2016, 8:19 PM by Sean Fitzgerald

        Signal dropout and interference from static and background noise are every-day frustrations for today's mobile workforce. We've all had those telephone conversations where we've resisted the urge to tell our boss that they sound like a Dalek on a roller coaster.

        In the manufacturing industry, the ability to communicate reliably, clearly, and easily in high noise environments is critical - not only in terms of demands to increase worker efficiency and productivity, but also to help improve plant safety and incident response times.

        BUT HOW NOISY ARE WE TALKING HERE?

        Unless you've worked in a manufacturing plant, it's hard to imagine how noisy they can be. Sound levels over 100 decibels are not unusual. That's about the same as a jackhammer, or a plane taking off. Incredibly, even that isn't loud enough to stop clear communication with MOTOTRBO™ digital two-way radios.

        With the adoption of digital two-way radios in manufacturing accelerating, it's important to appreciate that not all devices are equal.

        Here's my list of the top 4 must-haves when selecting digital two-way radio communication systems for high noise manufacturing environments:

        1. Background noise suppression so voice communications are always crisp and clear.

        2. Intelligent audio technology that automatically adjusts radio volume to fit an environment's noise level. So regardless of whether your employees are working the line, walking the floor, operating machinery, driving a forklift, or in the comfort of a quiet office - call volume is always perfect.

        3. Optimal coverage throughout the plant, inside and out. Unlike analogue, the sound quality of digital two-way radios shouldn't drop off with distance or suffer from distracting static. Don't accept any loss throughout the coverage area. The result should be reliable, clear communications with workers, no matter where they are in the plant.

        4. Rugged accessories that feature audio technology to further suppress ambient noise, improve intelligibility and amplify loudness - enabling alll workers to communicate clearly while staying focused on the job.

        WHAT'S THE END RESULT?

        Of course the benefits of crystal clear audio for plant communications goes beyond the immediate. Machine operators, line workers, mobile employees, office staff and safety and security teams can operate as a cohesive unit when they can communicate reliably and seamlessly throughout the plant. The end result is a significant boost in worker productivity, greater efficiency, reduced downtime and improved incident response times - as discovered by Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing in this case study.

        In the age of digital two-way radio communications, you really don't need to shout to be heard in noisy manufacturing environments.

        Do you use mobile phones to communicate with colleagues? Have you ever been let down by them?


        Sean Fizgerald is Senior Manager, Solutions Marketing EMEA
        Connect with Sean on LinkedIn at
        http://www.linkedin.com/pub/sean-fitzgerald/1/705/4a0