Facility Management Software – Top Recommendations

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Shopping for facility management software can be time-consuming but ultimately rewarding: Investing in the ideal software solution to fit your needs can save time and money, so it’s essential that you do your homework before you buy.

In general, it's important to select a facility management software that will:

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Tags: MOTOTRBO, Manufacturing, Facilities Management

Noisy and Hazardous: How to Choose Radios for Manufacturing

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Reliability, uptime and productivity are priorities for all manufacturers, and these tend to be major factors in upgrading communications equipment. But for those operating in especially noisy and potentially hazardous situations, there are even more requirements in choosing radios for manufacturing. Aux Sable is one such company, and the Illinois gas company's communications solution provides a good communications case study for manufacturers.

Manufacturers face numerous scenarios every day that call for two-way radio communication. "We have to have radios that work under all kinds of extremes and hazardous conditions. It’s why we’ve been using MOTOTRBO digital radios since day one,” says Process Supervisor Anselmo Hernandez, Jr. “On a normal day, if we didn’t have MOTOTRBO, all our contractor work would have to stop. We would also have to minimize normal operations, including maintenance and other non-critical work."

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Tags: MOTOTRBO, Manufacturing, Digital Two-Way Radios

Illinois Gas Company Boosted Safety and Output with This Radio Solution

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Monday, May 9, 2016

When Illinois gas company Aux Sable expanded its processing plant to increase natural gas liquid production, the company looked to Chicago Communications as their Motorola dealer to add to and enhance its MOTOTRBO digital radio system – not only for regular employees, but for contractors.

Aux Sable is one of the largest natural gas liquid (NGL) extraction and fractionation facilities in North America. A major player in the midstream gas processing business, Aux Sable operates facilities and pipelines in some of the most active shale positions on the continent, including Alberta, Canada and North Dakota.

Here's how Chicago Communications worked with Aux Sable to create a safe and productive way to meet their changing communication requirements.

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Tags: MOTOTRBO, Manufacturing

Business Alarm Systems Now Automate Text and Radio Alerts

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

When London-based bank HSBC was looking at sophisticated business alarm systems for a 200,000-square-foot Data Center, its key considerations included automation, 24-hour coverage, safety and security, along with compatibility with Motorola MOTOTRBO radios. With all of that in mind, the Teldio Alarm Control System (ACS) was the clear choice.

The Teldio ACS integrates into existing building management and network systems to monitor for a range of alarms – including environmental emissions, fire, maintenance, security and technical maintenance –  and when an alert is raised, alarms are sent simultaneously via text or audio to MOTOTRBO devices (for more on using MOTOTRBO in manufacturing, check out our Motorola dealer case study on working with Aux Sable.).

In addition to audio and text, notifications and job tickets can be sent by phone call, Android App and Windows alert.

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Tags: MOTOTRBO, Manufacturing

Chicago Logistics Center Could Move Forward

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

In Chicago, logistics professional training is set to get a big boost with construction of a high-tech transportation, logistics and distribution (TDL) center at Olive-Harvey College. Work on the $45 million facility recently restarted after stalling last year amid Illinois state budget woes.

Industry Partnership to Fill Surge of TDL Jobs

The center is designed to help prepare students for 110,000 TDL jobs that are expected to come to the region in the next 10 years. The project was 60 percent done when work halted, and officials are hoping to finish construction in time for the Fall 2017 semester.

The facility is the first of its kind in Illinois and is a significant step forward for Olive-Harvey’s TDL programs, which focus on air, rail and road transportation. With a commitment to hands-on training, the program’s curriculum is being developed with industry partners and will serve an estimated 3,000 students.

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Tags: Technology, Manufacturing

How Is Man Down Application Different From Lone Worker?

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Thursday, February 18, 2016

You’ve already wisely chosen to equip your staff with two-way radios, and now it’s time to activate some safety features for your workers who are on duty alone or who operate in isolated areas.

Both Motorola and Vertex Standard two-way radios are outfitted with various features intended to ensure worker safety and increase peace of mind, including the Man Down application and Lone Worker function.

Both features work a little differently, and here are some of those differences to keep in mind when deciding which application is right for your situation.

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Tags: MOTOTRBO, Manufacturing, Digital Two-Way Radios

RTLS Offers Benefits of Indoor-Outdoor Local Positioning System

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

During an emergency, seconds can feel like hours, especially when it comes to locating workers to make sure they’re safe or dispatching help when they need it. Eliminating any blind spots in your ability to track employees cuts both your response time and precious time spent looking for workers who don’t need assistance but can’t immediately be found during an accident or emergency.

The new Real-Time Location System (RTLS) Indoor & Outdoor Positioning System from Teldio for Motorola MOTOTRBO radios blends Bluetooth technology and GPS to give up-to-the-minute information on workers’ locations via a web browser that can be accessed on a computer or mobile phone.

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Tags: Technology, MOTOTRBO, Manufacturing, Digital Two-Way Radios

Should You Rent or Own Your Two-Way Radios?

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Thursday, October 15, 2015

"Rent VS Own" is one of the most common dilemmas people face in life. Should we be tenants or home owners? Should we lease this car or buy it? Should I just rent this movie or buy a copy? In most cases, there isn't a right wrong answer with this dilemma, as it truly relies on the unique situation you find yourself in. Believe it or not, this is actually the case when it comes to communication and two-way radios.

If you are looking into improving your communication with wireless technology, you've probably come across information about two-way radios. You may even be completely sold on them already, but you just aren't sure if you should rent them or own them. To help you make that decision, here is a quick look at some of the most popular reasons to buy or rent radios. 

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Tags: Two Way Radios, Education, Rental Equipment, Manufacturing, Healthcare

Limit Downtime and Improve Efficiency with Two-Way Radios

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Thursday, October 1, 2015

The moment your assembly line stops, profitability goes down. Even a small pause in work can cause delays throughout the chain, which in turn causes losses. This is why manufacturing managers across the world spend much of their time researching and implementing new ways to limit downtime and improve efficiency.

One of the best ways that manufacturers are improving their efficiency is by improving their communications through the use of digital two-way radios. To illustrate how these radios can make such a difference, here are two scenarios - the first one without two-way radios, the second one with.

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Tags: Two Way Radios, MOTOTRBO, Manufacturing, Digital Two-Way Radios

Efficiently (and Affordably) Improving Workforce Communications 

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

We live and work in an era that will most likely go down as a time where we all became more connected than ever. Think about it – smartphones, tablets, and computers have completely changed the way in which we communicate with each other. Not only do we personally benefit from the ability to connect with friends and family across the globe in a matter of seconds, but we all benefit professionally, as well.

Business-critical communications have evolved over the years and are now at the point that mobile workers can connect with others regardless of their physical location or even their network. This improves the efficiency and accuracy of our work.

The technology is readily available for organizations to adopt, however, corporate infrastructure and IT spending is constantly under pressure. So, the challenge for decision makers is no longer “how do we connect our employees?” – the challenge is now “how do we most effectively and affordably connect our employees?”

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Tags: Two Way Radios, Manufacturing, Digital Two-Way Radios