Based in the Midlands, Staythorpe is the second largest gas-fired plant in the UK. With a power output of 1,650 MW, it produces enough electricity to service around two million homes in Nottinghamshire. Although this combined-cycle power plant is highly-efficient and clean, Staythorpe requires Brentwood Communications to provide Atex-rated radio equipment, due to its potentially volatile environment.
In such working conditions, safe and reliable radio communications are naturally top priority. At Brentwood, our Atex radios are designed to minimise any risk from busy transmission periods, sparking and high temperatures. In other words, they offer a simple and secure two way radio solution for professionals who need to stay in contact. The radios’ slick features allow technicians to focus on their job with utmost confidence. For instance, workers have the ability to call for assistance at the touch of a button. And, when they themselves are not available, the ‘Call Forward’ function will transfer incoming calls to a colleague who’s able to help immediately.
Initially, our experienced engineers carried out free tests and trials at the power station, so that we could supply the safest and easiest-to-use radios. Without doubt, the best radios for the plant staff to use are the ultra-reliable, GP340 Ex analogue radios. Blue in colour, these rugged 16-channel radios are quickly identifiable by Staythorpe’s safety-conscious workers. Made by Motorola, they boast the highest ATEX rating possible. Meaning the teams can even use them in potentially explosive situations.
To guarantee full coverage across the large industrial site at all times , we enhance transmissions with signal-boosting repeaters. But more than that, every time Staythorpe needs to hire radios from us, our engineers can rapidly connect the repeaters to a permanent network of antennas. This set-up is convenient for our installation team – and works out a lot cheaper for the customer.
As well as enhanced safety, employees can also benefit from using these tightly-sealed radios in all weathers. The audible low-battery alert also helps users to sidestep the hassle of radio downtime. And because the audio is loud and clear, workers can make and receive calls even when operating next to the whirring and rumbling generators. The voice-operated transmit (VOX) option is also really helpful to them when they’re busy multitasking.
The GP340 is easy to handle and operate – even when wearing gloves – as the main controls and programmable side buttons are both accessible and chunky. To cause minimum distraction, the bright LED clearly displays ‘status information’ at a glance. And whenever employees are in trouble, they can activate the Emergency button programmed to rapidly call for assistance. Above all, these ergonomically designed radios require minimal staff training – saving the company time and money.
When a staff member has to work away from the group, and feels vulnerable, they can derive comfort from the ‘Lone Worker’ facility. This enhances personal safety by automatically alerting colleagues if they fail to respond to preset audio prompts. Brentwood also offers a ‘Man Down’ option, which provides greater safety for employees in hazardous conditions. This factory-fitted board automatically summons assistance when the radio user has fallen over, or is motionless for a set time.
THE BENEFITS OF HIRING YOUR ATEX-RATED RADIO EQUIPMENT FROM BRENTWOOD ARE:
- No capital outlay is necessary – only pay for what you use
- Hiring equipment for short or long contracts offers you maximum flexibility
- Rapid repairs and replacements eliminate down-time
- Support and set-up are included for your peace of mind
- Free radio trials ensure you get 100 percent coverage across any site
Brentwood supplies two-way radios, using the latest technology, across every continent in the world. You can hire two radios (or more) with no upper-limit. In fact, you can hire a variety of Atex-rated accessories such as carry cases, belt-clips, chargers and repeaters. In addition, you can also hire Atex earpieces and headphones.
If your power plant requires Atex two-way radios to improve your communications and health and safety over any large plant facility – please give us a call on 0800 0747 312 to discuss your needs.