PABX systems play a crucial role in streamlining communication within industrial settings. Whether it’s a manufacturing facility, a warehouse, or a large-scale operation, a well-designed PABX system can enhance productivity, efficiency, and collaboration among employees.
Especially in offshore and onshore oil & gas facilities PABX systems are commonly interfaced with Public Address and General Alarm (PAGA) systems so that anyone with a phone can make an announcement over the PAGA system. Therefore it provides an extended usage for PAGA system.
Installing a PABX System
Here are some common aspects to consider in order to install and integrate the most suitable PABX system for an industry that operates in harsh and hazardous environments.
Hazardous Environment Classification
It is important to identify the specific hazardous area classification and the associated risks, such as explosive gases, flammable substances, or extreme temperatures. This classification will help to determine the type of equipment and protection measures required for the PABX system.
Intrinsically Safe Equipment
PABX equipment that are intrinsically safe should be selected so that it can operate in hazardous areas without causing sparks or ignition. For example, intrinsically safe telephones, control units, and cabling minimize the risk of explosions or fires. The area classification of the telephones should be appropriate for the area in which it is installed.
Ensure that the PABX system components have suitable environmental protection ratings, such as IP (Ingress Protection) ratings. This indicates their ability to withstand dust, moisture, temperature variations, and other harsh conditions present in the environment. Some equipment from north American countries may have NEMA ratings that will indicate the suitability for certain type of areas.
Robust Enclosures and Mounting
Install the PABX system components in robust and secure enclosures that offer protection against physical damage, dust, and water ingress. Proper mounting and anchoring of the enclosures are essential to withstand vibrations, shocks, and potential impact.
Redundancy and Backup Power
Implement redundancy measures to ensure uninterrupted communication in case of equipment failure. This includes redundant power supplies, backup batteries, and alternative communication paths to minimize downtime during critical operations.
Emergency Communication Integration
Integrate the PABX system with emergency communication devices and protocols. This includes emergency alarms, intercom systems, or integration with a facility-wide emergency notification system to quickly disseminate critical information during hazardous situations.
Compliance with Safety Standards
Ensure that the PABX system installation complies with relevant safety standards and regulations specific to your industry and location. Examples may include ATEX (Atmosphères Explosibles) directives in Europe or NEC (National Electrical Code) requirements in the United States.
Training and Procedures
Provide comprehensive training to employees on the safe and proper use of the PABX system in a hazardous environment. Establish clear procedures for reporting and responding to emergencies, including communication protocols and evacuation plans.
Maintenance and Monitoring
Implement a regular maintenance schedule to inspect and test the PABX system components, including cables, connectors, and enclosures. Proactive monitoring can help identify any issues or potential hazards before they impact communication or safety.
PABX systems can be supplied with call accounting software so that details of calls made can be traced. This is especially important for remote facilities where the connection to the outside world comes through expensive bandwidth from a VSAT system. Crew calling systems, calling cards etc can be implemented to ensure that a fair amount of talk time is given to the crew who might need to be in touch with their families.
get an Expert Team
Given the vital nature of the PABX system for safety and communication, it is important to get the right team on the job. Vivo Asia Engineering and Trading Pte Ltd is a registered engineering company in Singapore, providing Telecom, IT and ELV systems to harsh and hazardous environments around the world.
Our expert team is well-versed in industry requirements for PABX systems and we have partnerships with some of the best brands in the industry to supply special equipment.