A good fleet map in advance makes implementation of new communication system at Monument Chemical simple
Monument Chemical is a family business that has chemical production facilities in the United States and Europe. They offer specialty products and solvents as well as toll production. The plant in Kallo, located in the Port of Antwerp, has a long history in distillation and reaction chemistry.
There are 90 staff members and 30 contractors on site, all of whom must be able to work safety and efficiently. Operations Leader Johan Stevens: “It is very important to us that all of our own staff can communicate via the same network and, moreover, within their own group.”
From analogue radio communication to TETRA
Stevens: “Our old system was end-of-life, so we decided to make a change.” Monument Chemical opted for the rental concept of Flash Private Mobile Networks, which meant service and maintenance were outsourced. “Most of the work is actually in the initial mapping of the organisation and its work processes. Once that is in place, organising and implementing a new communication system is simple. Making changes after the fact is fairly time-consuming, because all the devices are uniquely programmed. It means you have to modify each device individually, which is clearly problematic in a continuous organisation like ours. Creating an accurate fleet map beforehand is essential.”
Of course a new system must be tested and everyone must learn to work according to the protocols. EH&S Delivery Leader Peter Jacobs: “Getting used to TETRA is not a challenge. The equipment is very user-friendly. What is important is that everyone closely adheres to the working methods and protocols. While this working method is not directly related to the equipment, it is very important for the migration to the new system.”
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