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The World’s First ATEX Zone 1 Smartwatch

IS-SW1.1 is the World’s first ATEX & IECEx-certified smartwatch with all safety-relevant functions to enable use in Zone 1/21. The smartwatch can be paired with MOBILE devices via Bluetooth and functions as a complementary hands-free wrist display for devices such as the IS530.1 Zone 1 Smartphone.

The IS‑SW1.1 can emulate various RFID smartcards for access control systems while simultaneously monitoring the user’s vital signs pulse and oxygen saturation. MOBILE’s new product development closes a crucial gap in the area of employee safety for Zones 1/21 in the oil & gas, chemical and pharmaceutical industries.

ATEX/IECEX Certified Smartwatch for Maximum Employee Safety

With the IS-SW1.1 industrial smartwatch, it is now possible for the first time to use a “personal device” established in everyday life in ATEX/IECEx Zones 1/21 of the oil & gas, chemical and pharmaceutical industries. The smartwatch was developed by the MOBILE R&D team in Lauda-Koenigshofen/Germany and it displays all important messages, hazard messages and measured values directly on the user’s wrist – “hands free”.  Since the smartphone no longer has to be picked up to read short messages, this feature represents a step-forward in employee safety. Furthermore, in an emergency situation, it is possible to make an emergency call directly via the SOS button of the smartwatch on the wrist (connected to the emergency app of the smartphone) – the employee in distress can be located via GPS. The monitoring of the vital functions pulse and oxygen saturation additionally complement the safety concept. Coupled with a push-to-talk-enabled smartphone, users can employ the smartwatch as a remote PTT button. This means that all safety-relevant functions are available via the smartwatch on the employee’s wrist.

Convenient Access Control and RFID Reader on the Wrist

The RFID chip integrated in the smartwatch can not only read various RFID tags, but also emulate different contactless chip cards (e.g. MIFARE) – the watch can thus be used in a highly flexible manner. With the reading function, RFID tags attached to machines or sensors, for example, can be read and then the associated measured values can be shown directly on the display of the clock. Due to the possibility of RFID card emulation, the watch is excellently suited for commercially available access control, time recording and payment function systems such as those based on MIFARE.

The IS-SW1.1 is the next in a line of industry changing mobility devices available from Exloc Instruments UK. We have a wide range of ATEX certified devices such as smartphones and tablets as well as thermal cameras, barcode readers and head mounted tablets. If you are looking to level-up your hazardous area processes then contact Exloc for expert in-sight into hazardous area technology.

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Raising the bar in challenging, large-capacity hoist installations

Supplying, installing, load testing and LOLER certifying a wide range of manual and powered hoist units, Hoist & Winch Ltd has extensive experience and expertise in all kinds of industrial lifting operations. However, certain projects require special know-how, such as the installation of large-capacity, electric-powered wire-rope hoists in challenging and restricted access applications. And yet even in these situations, Hoist & Winch has a proven methodology to ensure a high-performance, efficient, safety-certified outcome for customers.

Every hoist installation is different, and most generally present some level of challenge to overcome, typically relating to the dimensional clearances of the hoist unit or the logistics of general access conditions.

When the hoist unit’s dimensional clearances are particularly critical, Hoist & Winch Ltd carries out a detailed survey prior to manufacture, ensuring that the complete installation can perform the required tasks with sufficient operating clearance.

On some occasions, a pre-installation survey is required to check site/work area access conditions. Hoist & Winch Ltd will subsequently submit its Risk Assessment and Method Statement (RAMS) for approval by the customer prior to starting work. These documents detail the installation procedure, the equipment intended for use, and the hazards and risks associated with the various tasks. In addition, the documents will set out how it is possible to minimise or negate these risks.

A recent cement plant project involving challenging installation access conditions highlights how the capability and knowledge of Hoist & Winch Ltd proves extremely useful in delivering a successful outcome for customers.

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This complex project involved replacing an obsolete, 10-tonne SWL (safe working load), electric-powered wire-rope hoist unit with 60m lifting height. The task was required ahead of the cement production facility carrying out extensive modification work to its pre-heater tower. The pre-heater tower is 100m high and the existing hoist unit was located at the 60m level on a monorail beam that cantilevers out of the building for approximately 8m. Both the obsolete hoist unit and monorail beam had been dormant for many years, which meant that Hoist & Winch Ltd’s scope of supply included the load testing and thorough examination of not just the new wire-rope hoist unit, but also the monorail beam.

Among the first tasks was to remove the existing wire-rope hoist unit, which weighed 3 tonnes. Hoist & Winch Ltd decided to cut this down in sections using gas-burning equipment as many of the hoist parts were badly seized and not easy to dismantle in the conventional way. Initially, the company removed these sections to a specially constructed scaffold work platform located below the hoist installation area. Each piece of the obsolete hoist was then lowered further to the nearest adjacent floor level 16m below using manual chain blocks for movement to the goods lift access located at that level.

Next, Hoist & Winch Ltd had to install the new hoist (weighing 2.2 tonnes) in part dismantled form. The company eased the difficulty of this task by installing a temporary 3-tonne SWL motor trolley mounted, air-powered chain-hoist unit on the monorail beam and raising the new hoist unit the required 60 m from the outdoor ground-floor work area. Hoist & Winch Ltd took great care with the preparation of the chain-hoist unit to ensure reliability during operation as any breakdown during the critical 60m lifting operation would require special access equipment to help resolve any issues. Hoist & Winch Ltd also carried out meticulous checks on the quality, volume and pressure of the air supply.

The next task was to raise the complete new hoist unit to the 60m installation level. From there, Hoist & Winch Ltd used the 3-tonne SWL motor trolley mounted, air-powered chain-hoist unit to transport the new hoist unit into the building and over the temporary scaffold work platform.

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From this position - after first opening up the hoist unit trolley wheels wider than the monorail beam width – the company lifted the wire-rope hoist unit into position. To facilitate this task, Hoist & Winch Ltd deployed four 1-tonne SWL manual chain blocks suspended from each end of two specially fabricated lifting frames clipped into position on the top flange of the monorail beam.

The final tasks included electrical commissioning, assembling the hoist on to the monorail beam and the removal of all temporary lifting equipment. Hoist & Winch Ltd could then perform dynamic load testing of the new wire-rope hoist unit and monorail beam using a skid-mounted, certified 10-tonne test load prior to issue with a LOLER Thorough Examination report. As part of the dynamic load testing procedure, the outdoor cantilever section of the monorail beam was deflection-tested in accordance with BS2853 using a special long-range, outdoor-operation Leica laser mounted to a stable yet precisely adjustable tripod.

“Manufacturing and process plants tend to evolve over time, often compromising general access to existing hoist installations,” explains Andy Allen, Director of Hoist & Winch Ltd. “In other instances, legacy hoists fall into disuse and become obsolete. We’ve seen this on many occasions over the years, but with our in-house design, engineering and manufacturing skills, there is nothing we cannot overcome. If you are in this situation and could benefit from the input of an expert partner, please call for a no-obligation discussion about the potential solutions.”

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