Pfannenberg’s Rugged and Reliable Industrial Alarms Ensure Safety in the Steel Industry

Steel industry employees face a great deal of danger at work. The BLS uses “Fatal Injury Rate” to signify the relative danger of industries by taking into account the rate of fatalities and the hours worked. By this measure, the rate for registered nurses is 0.5, for automotive service technicians and mechanics is 7.2, and for construction laborers is 14.2. Structural iron and steel workers contend with a fatal injury rate of 33.4, making it one of the most dangerous sectors in which to work. Tragically, fourteen structural iron and steel workers lost their lives from work injuries in 2017 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In the same period, approximately 2,200 workers suffered non-fatal injuries at iron and steel mills alone.

This danger is costly, first to the injured workers themselves, but also to the morale of their coworkers, to productivity because of time lost, to the enterprise because of fines, to the relationship between labor and management, and more.

How can  still mills ensure their workers are working in safe conditions?

One way is to make danger easier to see and hear.

The hazards of the industry—moving machinery, on-site traffic, hot and molten material—are exacerbated by the extreme noises and sights of steel production. Electric arc furnaces, for example, are extremely loud systems. It is critical to employee safety to clearly communicate danger around the furnace, but noise and harsh environmental conditions can defeat the effect of poorly-suited warning devices.

These circumstances call for a rugged option. The PATROL Series Flashing Sounders from Pfannenberg, for example, offers high-durability. Tough enough to perform in -40° F or 131° F, these alarms are built to withstand the temperature fluctuations of steel production. Break-resistant ABS plastic houses the devices, designed with a resilient pyramid shape, and they are rated for harsh conditions with ingress protection of IP 66. For added grit, mills can choose from one of the most robust sounding products available, with IP 66, IP 67 cast aluminum housing, the DS series sounders.

Just as important, PATROL visual and audible signaling devices emit 80 alarm tones at varying frequencies between 400 Hz and 4000 Hz, so their sound cannot be mistaken for common mill noises. Plus, Pfannenberg’s unique 3-D Coverage approach factors in the cluttered sound environment and the hearing protection equipment worn by personnel to correctly size the effective range of each device. Regardless of whether they install PATROL or DS devices, workers and facilities managers alike can count on Pfannenberg’s industry-leading 10-year warranty.

In sum, Pfannenberg signaling is meant to be heard in time every time!

No steelworker should have to work in unnecessarily unsafe conditions, and Pfannenberg makes it easier for steel mills to ensure that every safety protection available is in place, including rugged and reliable industrial signaling devices.

Pfannenberg Signaling Expert to Speak About Crane Safety at AIST Crane Symposium

Pfannenberg, Inc., a leading global manufacturer of thermal management and signaling technologies, announces that Audible & Visual Signaling Product Specialist Jake Vernon will present on the topic of Crane Safety at the 26th AIST Crane Symposium, to be held June 2-4, 2019, at the Seelbach Hilton, in Louisville, Kentucky.

 

Mr. Vernon’s speech will focus on signaling confusion in loud steel making environments. Mr. Vernon will provide an introduction on the science of sound and how it travels, including the concepts of frequency and amplitude, as well as an analysis of the steel making sound environment and crane safety topic.

He will then discuss ways to make signaling safer for personnel and machines, including use of such products as Pfannenberg PATROL®Series and PYRA® Series Flashing Light Sounders.

 

PATROL Series Flashing Sounders offer 80 pre-programmed alarm tones with 4 stages for distinctive signaling of specific events, such as conveyor start-up/stop, material jam, machine fault, and gas detection. Higher frequency tones prove safer for steel making, while other audible and visual signaling cues may lead to confusion.

Rugged PYRA Flashing Light Sounders emit extremely bright alarm flashes of up to 15 Joules.  Selectable flash frequency, optional control input flash activation, and separate visual and acoustic signal controls make them a good choice for crane safety in loud steel making environments.


About Pfannenberg

Established in 1954 by Otto Pfannenberg in Hamburg Germany, Pfannenberg is recognized as a leading global manufacturer of thermal management technologies within the Electro-technology Industry. In 1958 we invented the Filterfan®, which continues to be recognized worldwide as a leading product to help manage the temperature in electrical enclosures. Our business philosophy: Protecting Man, Machine and the Environment.

Time is money! Pfannenberg’s Signaling Devices Installation is 75% Faster Than The Competition

We will never say it enough, Pfannenberg’s “Plug & Play” mounting system makes our PATROL and PYRA Signaling Devices the easiest and quickest to install in the market! Installation can be done in less than a minute thanks to a captive fastener plus electrical wiring that avoids the need for a 3-hand assembly.

Below are two very popular 100dB sounders, which are used very commonly on machines and in plants. Pfannenberg’s PA 1 can be installed in less than a quarter of the time as our competitors. Time = Money and Large scale installations make Pfannenberg the best choice!

Installing a PATROL® Sounder takes 45 seconds

Quick installation is guaranteed for the rugged PATROL® Series Signaling Devices, ideal for safety and process alarming applications on cranes, in mines, mills, and factories, and for other heavy industry. Plug and socket connections and safe wiring also protect installers from electrical hazards. Once set up, facilities can rely on these units to operate reliably in harsh environments for years, with IP66 ingress protection, IK08 impact rating, and an industry-leading 10-Year Warranty backing every unit.

PATROL® Sounders and Flashing Sounders offer 80 alarm tones with 4 stages, so one device can signal a number of conditions. These Signaling Devices can be integrated with ease into a variety of safety systems, including fixed gas detection. Alerting personnel of an evacuation when hazardous gas is present, these signaling products offer workplace safety in energy generation, wastewater treatment, food and beverage manufacturing, refrigeration, gas production….

For more information on PATROL® signaling devices watch the new video or visit www.pfannenbergusa.com/signaling-technologies.

For expert guidance on selecting the right signaling equipment for your facility, use our 3D Coverage Calculator.

 

‘PLUG & PLAY’ MOUNTING SYSTEM:

Saves time and reduces costs. Potential errors are eliminated and incorrect assembly is not possible.

 

Installation time is just one of the great features which makes Pfannenberg Incorporated the premier signaling company in the market!

Pfannenberg will be exhibiting at The Western New York Safety Conference

Pfannenberg will be exhibiting at The Western New York Safety Conference,  from 3rd April to 4th April 2019 at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino in Niagara Falls, NY. Visit booth #6 to learn more about audible and visual signaling solutions for industrial safety.

The focus of the 2019 WNY Safety Conference will be on “Enriching Your Safety Program” and Pfannenberg will share its expertise about the roles of visual and audible signaling devices in industrial manufacturing and quality assurance procedures.

With up to 800,000 workers every day suffering a work-related accident (worldwide), ensuring the best plant safety is crucial. Pfannenberg  will feature its PATROL® and PYRA® Series Sounders which indicate a wide range of different statuses and warn, alert and protect personnel and machines from danger.

Visual and audible signaling solutions from Pfannenberg help protect personnel from dangerous and life-threatening situations and narrow the risk gap associated with hazardous process systems and machinery.

>> Click here for more information about Pfannenberg’s Signaling Technology


Pfannenberg is proud to increase Industrial Safety with its robust, field-proven, visual and audible signaling devices for alarm, warning, and indication. Our business philosophy – Protecting Man, Machine and the Environment.

 

New Redesigned and Updated 2019 North American Signaling Product Catalog

Pfannenberg is glad to announce its updated 2019 North American Signaling Catalog, featuring the complete North American focused audible and visual signals for industrial applications.

Redesigned to assist with product selection, the new catalog highlights indication, warning, and alarm solutions for automotive, metal manufacturing, material handling, cold storage, water/wastewater treatment, mining, heavy industry and maritime applications. Pfannenberg’s innovative 3D-Coverage approach gives customers a reliable tool to evaluate product performance based on physical space to be covered, personnel limitations like eye and ear protection, and special conditions.

The new catalog includes audible signaling devices, visual signaling devices, and combined signaling devices. Pfannenberg’s durable DS Sounders, PATROL® Sounders, PYRA® Flashing Lights, and Quadro LED-HI Lights carry an industry-leading factory-backed 10-year warranty. Also featured are PATROL® and PYRA® combined signaling products for enhanced safety in loud, bright, or dirty conditions featuring multiple tones for multiple events.

Pfannenberg’s unique 3-D Coverage approach creates transparency for signaling product performance and results in more efficient solutions. To ensure personnel safety, this approach takes into account the space needing to be covered, the standards or codes that must be met, and the detailed performance characteristics of visual and audible signaling devices needed. Pfannenberg’s 3D Audit methodology guides customers in selecting the most effective signaling to capture the attention of personnel, and to convey critical information on the nature of the alarm.

Download the catalog to get more information on how Pfannenberg provides protection for man, machine, and the environment with technically superior signaling devices.


About Pfannenberg

Established in 1954 by Otto Pfannenberg in Hamburg Germany, Pfannenberg is recognized as a leading global manufacturer of thermal management technologies within the Electro-technology Industry. In 1958 we invented the Filterfan®, which continues to be recognized worldwide as a leading product to help manage the temperature in electrical enclosures. Our business philosophy: Protecting Man, Machine and the Environment.

Signaling for Fixed Gas Detection: Pfannenberg PATROL Series

 

Gas detectors – whether for toxic, flammable, or asphyxiant gases –  are crucial for safeguarding human life in the midst of dangerous situations. These sensors can be used to control ventilation to dissipate toxic and combustible gasses, or to alarm personnel when gas accumulations become excessive and potentially hazardous. As a result, they can be critical lifesaving devices. The failure to implement appropriate systems, on the other hand, can lead to injury or even death within a remarkably short span of time. According to OSHA data, twelve employees have lost their lives in situations involving NH3, CO2, R22, CH4, and CL2 gas exposure in the last five years alone.

Alarms, however, are typically not included in gas detection systems, and so separate alarms must be selected and installed as part of the detection system in order to ensure worker safety and awareness of hazards at all times. As a result of the rigorous demands of such applications, signaling devices for these critical alarms must perform even under adverse conditions.

 

A wide variety of industries deal with the threat of toxic gas leaks. Ammonia alone is used at power plants to reduce emissions for EPA compliance; in fertilizer for agribusiness; as a refrigerant in food, beverage, and chemical manufacturing and storage; and in other circumstances.

Pfannenberg PATROL® Series Combination Strobe/sounders are compatible with all gas detection systems (NH3, CO2, R22, CH4, CL2, and more), and are ideal for warning personnel of an evacuation when there is presence of hazardous gasses.

With modern technology, no moving parts, wide temperature range, flame retardant materials, and weatherproof construction, Pfannenberg Flashing Sounder signaling devices are the reliable choice for safeguarding lives and assets.

Flashing sounders offer an enhanced level of signaling – and thus, safety – by combining visual and audible alarms. Such devices are particularly well suited for environments with high ambient noise levels or when the use of hearing protection may hamper a sounder’s effectiveness.

Pfannenberg’s PATROL Flashing Sounders are designed as integrated flashing sounders, rather than combining a sounder with a bolted-on flashing light. This integration makes installation safer and simpler, and ensures proper operation regardless of onsite conditions.


>> Click here to contact our Signaling Experts and find the best Gas Detection Solution for your Application!

Pfannenberg Installs Sounders at the Distribution Hub of One of the World’s Largest Online Retailers

Standard-compliant alarm system: 96 PATROL Sounders in a  100,000 sq ft. warehouse

Pfannenberg has equipped a distribution hub of one of the world’s leading online retailers with Audible Signaling Devices for emergency evacuation. Pfannenberg used its practice-based planning system “Pfannenberg 3D Coverage” to design an ideal signaling solution for a space covering more than 100,000 sq ft. with high bay racks and high ceilings.

 

3D Coverage for Audible Signaling Devices 

It is important to plan the emergency evacuation alarm system for a noisy and hectic environment such as that of a logistics center. Early and professional planning of the signaling devices is particularly important in order to ensure emergency evacuation alarms comply with standards in a cost-efficient manner. Despite high shelves and significant noise levels, the online retailer was able to implement a signaling solution with the help of a system integrator and the use of Pfannenberg’s 3D Coverage method to meet all relevant standards and ensure that every worker in this large logistics center is effectively alerted in case of an emergency. In addition, data-based planning ensured proper sizing of the emergency evacuation alarm system: An undersized system involves a high-risk potential while over sizing represents unnecessary costs.

“Current norms state that the sound generated by acoustic signaling devices must exceed the ambient noise level by 10 dB(A) at all times. This often makes it difficult for planners and alarm specialists to determine the number of devices required to provide an alert through large spaces that will comply with standards but at the same time are cost-effective. The information traditionally supplied on technical data sheets by many manufacturers however, don’t allow conclusions to be drawn about the actual product performance in a given space. 3D Coverage shows the actual product performance and helps to achieve a safe solution, select the right products and save costs through correct sizing.”

Safety through visible signaling area

The 3D Coverage planning method makes it possible to determine and design the signaling range actually covered by acoustic signaling devices in relation to the height, width and length of the space throughout which the signal is to be heard. With 3D Coverage integrated in Pfannenberg’s free “Pfannenberg Sizing Software” (PSS), the electrical engineering specialists succeeded in designing the optimal signaling solution. The software not only calculates individual values, but also provides a qualified recommendation for suitable signaling devices and their positioning.

Planning reliability and cost savings

The calculations showed that 96 sounders of the PATROL series were required to alarm the logistics center with an area of more than 100,000 sq ft. at a calculated noise level of 85 dB(A). Furthermore, the calculations showed that PATROL sounders with 120 dB(A), were the perfect solution for this application, being powerful enough for covering the necessary signaling range and allowing for a simple and time-saving installation. This significantly reduced the number of sounders required compared to similar models available on the market.

The 3D Coverage display method used provided reliable protection against incorrect sizing and allows for reliable compliance with industrial norms and regulations, and optimum cost efficiency. Thanks to intelligent planning, the online retailer was able to save material and servicing costs.

For more information please read our TECHNICAL REPORT.

How to Reduce Forklift Related Injuries with Pfannenberg’s Industrial Signaling Devices

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Working in a busy environment like production plants or warehouses can be dangerous for your employees if their security is not ensured at all times. Most of the time, these work environments are very loud and injuries can occur when a worker doesn’t see or hear a danger around them like a overhead crane or a moving forklift.

OSHA estimates that over 96,000 forklift incidents (including non-serious, serious, and fatal) occur per year in the United States. These statistics also show that each year, more than 1 in 10 forklifts are involved in an industry-related accident.

Safety First with PATROL & PYRA Signaling Devices

According to OSHA, 70 percent of workplace accidents can be avoided with proper training and safety procedures.

Pfannenberg Signaling Devices can dramatically reduce the amount of incidents due to forklifts not being heard or seen. Installing a PATROL Sounder or PYRA Strobe Light on a forklift ensures safety even in loud manufacturing and warehouse environments.

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These visual and audible alarms offer many advantages as listed below:

PATROL Sounders – Versatile Audible Alarms:

Superior sound penetration and coverage over OEM sounding devices
Operates in harsh environments
Fast, easy and safe to install
>Indoor/Outdoor rated

 

PYRA Flashing Strobe Beacons – Versatile Visual Alarm:

Visible field of 180° x 360°
Superior high intensity Xenon strobe light technology
Operates in harsh environments
Fast, easy and safe to install
Indoor/Outdoor rated


PATROL Flashing Sounders – Combined Audible and Visual Alarms:

Enhanced safety with alarms that are seen and heard
Utilize flashing strobes with higher energy/visibility
80 pre-programmed tones, up to 4 different events
Separate control of horns and strobes
Superior sound penetration and coverage
Operates in harsh environments
Fast, easy and safe to install
Indoor/Outdoor rated


When it comes to safety, you can count on Pfannenberg industrial alarms to protect your personnel and applications.


200x200x10year1Pfannenberg’s PATROL and PYRA visual/audible alarms offer extensive certifications including UL, GL and CE in support of worldwide requirements. 

They also include a standard 10-Year Warranty, guaranteed to protect man, machine and the environment. 

Come Join Pfannenberg at IMTS 2018

Please join us at McCormick Place, Chicago, IL from September 10th-15th.

The International Manufacturing Technology Show is one of the largest industrial trade shows in the world, featuring more than 2400 exhibiting companies and 115612 registrants.


Pfannenberg is a global manufacturer of products and solutions developed to keep critical plant operations online and personnel safe.  You’re invited  to visit Booth #121277 (East Building, Level 2) to learn more about our proven Thermal ManagementIndustrial Alarms and Liquid Cooling Solutions designed to keep your electronics cool, personnel safe and your machines running in any type of environments. Guaranteed!

Pfannenberg is proud to present for the first time its Revolutionary New Way to Cool your Electrical Enclosures!

Discover at IMTS Pfannenberg’s New PKS 3000 Series Air/Air Heat Exchangers, the Next Generation Cooling for Electrical Enclosures

Pfannenberg’s PKS 3000 Series Air to Air Heat Exchangers use a revolutionary next generation cooling technology that out-performs conventional heat exchangers and/or heat pipe solutions. One of the best technologies to use when there is a temperature difference between the internal target temperature and the surrounding temperature (∆T≥10°C) is air to air technology.

An air/air heat exchanger removes heat from inside of the enclosure to the cooler environment using the least amount of energy while still providing a closed loop ingress protection.

 

We will also be featuring demonstrations of the following products/solutions at the IMTS show in Chicago:

Air to Water Heat Exchangers: specifically designed for enclosure cooling in harsh areas.

Our PWS Air/Water Heat Exchangers are designed to fit into most existing AC enclosure cutouts and use existing glycol or water sources for cooling.

 

 

 

packaged compact chillerChillers: Pfannenberg’s chillers guarantee a central and cost-effective solution and perfectly answer industry’s need for precise temperature control and absolute reliability, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Design is compact, maintenance friendly and they easily match global requirements due to the flexibility in terms of certifications such as UL. CC Chillers are ideal for quick setup and trouble free operation.

 

 

 

“Signaling Confusion”: Did you ever notice that many of the buzzers and lights, sound and look the same across many of your lines? OEM machines typically come supplied with the same brands/types of buzzers and flashing lights.  Pfannenberg’s PATROL and PYRA Signaling Products are easy to install onto existing machines, they feature a durable, robust design, and have 80 different tones for 4 different events. Making your facility more safe.

 

 


More details at IMTS website:
http://www.imts.com/

Pfannenberg’s PATROL PA X 20 Series – Highly Effective Alarming for Loud Industrial Environments

In many industrial areas the of use for signaling devices is associated with adverse environmental conditions. In louder and wider surroundings (e.g high ceilings, crane operations…) a strong sounder combined with a flashing light can ensure your personnel safety.

PATROL PA X 20 – Strong 120 dB (A) Alarm Device

PATROL Flashing Sounder

Pfannenberg’s PATROL PA X 20 Flashing Sounders offer an enhanced level of signaling by combining strong visual and a 120 dB (A) audible alarms. Such devices are particularly well suited for environments with high ambient noise levels or when the use of hearing protection may hamper a sounder’s effectiveness.

These Flashing Sounders are equipped with Electromagnetic sound capsule technology which means that the acoustic signal includes a share of low frequency side bands for excellent sound penetration of walls and doors for highly effective alarming.

When do you need a PA X 20 Flashing Sounder?

Pfannenberg offers Industrial Sounders ranging from 100 to 120 dB (A). Our 120 dB (A) sounders are considered as “Highly Effective Alarming” and have been designed for Industries with loud ambient noise level (I.E. Steel mills, shop factory floor, etc…).

Knowing that every 3dB is a doubling of sound intensity, the difference between a 100 and a 120 dB (A) sounder is huge and need to be taken into consideration when planning an alarm system. 

For a same Ambient Noise Level, a 120 dB Signaling Device will not offer only 20% more coverage than a 100 dB one but a lot wider area.

EXAMPLE:

The following diagram shows the real coverage (the area in which the required sound pressure level is achieved ) of Pfannenberg sounders with a specific ambient noise level:

> 80 dB Sound Pressure Required
> 70 dB Ambiant noise 
(plus 10 dB offset)

This diagram clearly shows that, for this specific environment, a 120 dB sounder (PA 20) will offer a 10 times better coverage (100 m) than a 100 dB sounder (PA 5 – 10 m).

In this example, the 120 dB(A) sounder performance is immediately apparent and allows to define how much devices are required based on the area to cover.

PA X 20 Flashing Sounder Specifications

Pfannenberg’s  Flashing Sounders are designed as integrated flashing sounders, rather than combining a sounder with a bolted-on flashing light. The lens cover is large, highly visible, and available in a variety of colors. The xenon strobe flash tube contains no filament to break and is secured by a steel clamp to further protect it from abuse. Users can choose from a wide selection of acoustic tones which are electronically self-generated – and since there are no moving parts, the device’s reliability is enhanced for critical applications. The housing is manufactured from a UV-resistant and flame-retardant polycarbonate/ABS blend and is offered in red or grey to meet application requirements and building decor.

Technical Data:

  • 120 dB (A) at 1 m SPL (nominal) with superior low frequency sound penetration
  • 80 alarm tones with 4 stages, selectable via internal DIP switch
  • 1 Hz single flash xenon strobe, 15 Joules
  • Internal volume control
  • IP 66 PC/ABS blend housing
  • Light is pre-wired to a common terminal strip for ease of installation
  • 10.6″ (270 mm) h x 8.4″ (214 mm) w x 7.1″ (181 mm) d

Coverage area for Required Sound Levels of 80, 85 and 90 dB (A) and clear lens:

These figures shown are mainly for a quick orientation. For an individual and precise interpretation please use  PFANNENBERG SIZING SOFTWARE (PSS)


Pfannenberg is proud to increase Industrial Safety with its robust, field-proven, visual and audible signaling devices for alarm, warning, and indication. Our business philosophy – Protection for man, machine and the environment.

Click here to learn more about our Signaling Solutions!