According to a recent survey conducted by Motorola, the #1 biggest roadblock to successful communication in a manufacturing plant is clarity and coverage. More than 90% of the survey’s participants chose “hearing clearly in noisy conditions” as their top priority for communication in manufacturing plants. This necessity was chosen over secure communications, integrated voice and data applications, and other communication needs.
The factory floor can be an extremely loud and chaotic environment, so the communication system employed by manufacturers must be able to monitor background noise and adjust speaker volume. If not, communication between plant workers will be less effective, and productivity as well as safety will decline. Two-way radios are designed to overcome these challenges. They boost plant efficiency by addressing clarity and coverage issues.
“Without radio communication, we simply can’t succeed." - Process Supervisor of Aux Sable, one of the largest gas processing facilities in North America
Manufacturing facilities such as Aux Sable rely heavily on two-way radio communication every day. This is due to the fact that two-way radios are built with innovative, beneficial features such as noise-cancelling technology and Intelligent Audio. Here are some of the latest digital technologies that help facilitate crystal clear conversing in the demanding manufacturing environment.
Eliminate Obscure Plant Communications
Two-way radios with the Intelligent Audio feature monitor levels of background noise and adjust the speaker volume accordingly. This feature enhances the audibility of calls using the radio’s microphone. How exactly does it work? When the microphone detects a loud environment, the speaker volume is automatically increased. This function gets rid of the need for radio users to manually adjust their own volume controls.
IMPRES Audio Accessories
These accessories work to optimize audio processing even further. IMPRES Audio accessories communicate their own unique set of audio parameters to a radio’s digital signal processor, the DSP, which fine tunes the audio signal from the microphone. This feature adjusts the gain automatically to compensate for different input levels. It is ideal for radio users who while operating machinery can’t speak directly into the microphone.
Automatic Gain Control
This feature ensures that regardless of whether the speaker shouts or whispers into the microphone, the audio that is heard on the receiving end will come out clear and of the best quality. More specifically, it produces uniform voice volume levels on the receiving radio. It’s most convenient when you have some users whose microphones don’t face their mouths and others who do.
SINC+ Noise Cancellation
SINC+ applies exceptional, lasting background suppression for those users who are consistently in extremely noisy environments. This feature also works to provide the highest quality of speech detail for those who move between noisy and quiet locations, by altering the amount of suppression based on the volume of background noise detected.
Each of these technologies is an effective solution for overpowering background noise in a manufacturing facility, and they are featured on Motorola two-way radios. In addition to these advanced features, Motorola also produces noise-reducing accessories such as remote speaker microphones, wireless headsets, and Sonic Defenders - earplugs for hearing protection.
How One Plant Successfully Implemented Two-Way Radios
A major manufacturer of steel pipes made an important decision to help its machine operators, line workers, mobile employees, security personnel, and office staff better work together as a team. The decision was to improve communication among staff members by implementing MOTOTRBO digital radios. These durable devices deliver clear audio, even in conditions with high-decibel equipment operating and other background clamor.
This particular steel pipe plant has internal noise levels that reach 120 decibels. With all that noise, it was almost impossible for workers to communicate clearly and effectively with the outdated analog radios they had been using. But after the plant employed a communication system that could deliver clear transmissions even when standing next to heavy machinery, including a jackhammer, this case study shows that their productivity shot up.
With the implementation of MOTOTRBO two-way radios’ noise suppression technology, plant workers could now hear each other regardless of nearby machinery. In addition, coverage improved greatly. The radios allowed workers to be connected throughout the plant, between buildings, and even all the way out to shipping docks over a mile away - with zero coverage gaps. This ability for constant contact both increased the plant’s efficiency and safety.