The new ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU

Author: Carina Knörzer Within the scope of harmonizing the laws of the Member States of the European Union the ATEX Directive has been amended. From April 20th 2016 the new Directive 2014/34/EU is applicable. It replaces the former directive 94/9/EC and covers equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres. Just like […]

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Alarms Can Save Lives

It is important for the staff of an industrial plant to pay close attention to alarms broadcasted via speakers or sirens in order to respond appropriately in case of an emergency (e.g. fire, gas alarm). Alarms usually consist of three pillars: acoustic signals, voice announcements, and visual signals. Acoustic signals notify people of an emergency […]

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Sirens – Mass Notification since 1819

A siren is an acoustic device which is normally characterized by a high-pitched whine risingup and down.They have always served primarily as a mass notification system in military and civil areas.Especially with disaster alerts like fire or flooding, sirens are used to effectively warn and inform the public.In industrial sectors, sirens are mostly used as […]

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The Spirit of the German Mittelstand

Author: Carina Knörzer In times of economic crisis you can hear the term German Mittelstand as a reason for the relatively stable economy here in Germany. The small and medium-sized companies are a driving force for the growth of Germany’s economy. But why is that? What is so special about these companies? Definition Let us […]

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New Terms added to INDUSTRONIC’s Glossary

Do you know the difference between a router and a switch? No? Then, have a look at INDUSTRONIC’s online glossary. It includes a selection of common INDUSTRONIC terms and specific terms used among industry experts. To display the different entries, click on the desired letter in the alphabet or enter the word you are looking […]

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Ingress Protection Ratings Explained

The ingress protection ratings (short form: IP ratings or also called IP codes) classify the degree of protection that an electrical appliance provides against the ingress of solid objects, dust, accidental contact, and water. The different IP ratings are included in the IEC 60529 standard developed through the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). An IP rating […]

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Loudspeaker Loops – Keep It Usable

You probably know how to connect a speaker: Simply connect one two-wire cable from the amplifier to the speaker – done. This is similar with industrial PA/GA systems, however, the approach is quite different here when considering the premise Safety and Reliability. Cable break – What next?

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