As an innovator in high voltage power line warning systems, Sigalarm’s mission is to protect both individuals and machinery. That’s why Sigalarm offers a complete line of products designed to limit unwanted power line contact. We’re proud of our perpetually growing network of customers and suppliers. To that end, we love to share praise from companies like SkyAzul, who have benefited from offering and distributing our products. Read more
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Sigalarm has been making quality high voltage proximity alarms for over 60 years. We pride ourselves on helping employers preserve expensive equipment and, most importantly, keep employees safe. Below we’ll examine the max. sensitivity feature and why it is so beneficial for Sigalarm customers.
What is Max. Sensitivity?
Max. sensitivity, sometimes referred to as early warning, is present in all Sigalarm products. Legacy and wireless products are calibrated to automatically switch into max. sensitivity mode as soon as they are powered on. This feature alerts the user to the presence of even the lowest voltage detectable by the device. An audio and visual alarm will sound so that the worker can take immediate action to exit the area and remove any equipment from danger. Once the worker has identified the danger, the alarm can be reset to operate normally.
Why Max. Sensitivity is Important?
The general reason that max. sensitivity is important is, of course, that it protects employees and equipment on the job site. However, there are a specific scenarios wherein it is especially critical:
Equipment movement or repositioning: In certain work sites, equipment is moved regularly throughout the day. Due to time constraints, it may not be possible to do a full safety sweep for high voltage power lines during such moves. While safety should never be sacrificed, the max. sensitivity feature gives workers a fast way to identify possible hazards.
Concealed or hard to identify power lines: Power lines can be difficult to find and may not be visible to the naked eye. This is especially true in residential areas where trees or other objects prevent clear lines of sight. Even with partners on the ground, work teams may not be able to see a nearby high voltage power line. In these cases, max. sensitivity gives workers an extra, highly sensitive set of eyes.
Operator error: In today’s world it is easy to become distracted or forgetful. For instance, an operator may park a piece of equipment under a line and leave for lunch and when they return forget the equipment is in close vicinity to overhead lines and boom into them. Another scenario is operators are asked to jump in and help move equipment. If they had not been there previously, they might overlook being parked under dangerous overhead power lines.
Sigalarm is dedicated to developing high-quality proximity alarms. Our high voltage alarms are made in America, tested thoroughly at our Florida headquarters, and used by companies all across the country. For more information about max. sensitivity, please contact Sigalarm today. You can also visit our online shop for more details about our product line.
A 200 percent increase in the use of mobile, boom-based construction equipment has had far-reaching effects in the construction industry. For instance, workers get more work done in a shorter amount of time. However, increased productivity, in this case, also brings increased danger. With boom-based machines, this danger comes in the potential contact with overhead power lines. These high voltage lines can cause electrocution and lead to death. In fact, between the years 1980 and 1992, 7% of all work-related deaths were attributed to electrocution. Read more
Sigalarm products work for more than just construction companies. News stations and government agencies have also been known to invest in this life-saving tool. By installing Sigalarms in their electronic news gathering (ENG) vans, news organizations can avoid unintentional contact with overhead power lines. The Hazard Information Foundation, Inc. (HIFI) conducted a hazard analysis to examine Sigalarm’s effectiveness. The results were outstanding. Read more
It’s no secret that manufacturers and construction companies regularly move heavy loads in the course of doing business. While this work helps keep communities functioning effectively and efficiently, it often leads to significant safety issues affecting both the workers in the machines and those on the ground. Read on to learn more about Sigalarm’s commitment to Crane, Derrick, and Hoist Safety. Read more
Workplace safety is top of mind for all business owners, especially those who work in potentially hazardous industries. For most construction sites and their workers, the chance of an on-site injury is high. However, at Sigalarm we pride ourselves on making products that can greatly help keep you and your equipment safe on the job. Below are three examples of overhead power line stories with a less than happy ending. Each of these stories demonstrates how the proper safety equipment and warning devices could have safeguarded lives and expensive equipment. Read more
With our track record for safety and quality assurance, Sigalarm is the preferred manufacturer of high voltage proximity alert warning systems. Which is why becoming a Sigalarm distributor is a fairly easy choice. Our distributors sell our quality products to work sites all over the world. Below are three main reasons why you should consider becoming a Sigalarm distributor today. Read more
Radio-frequency (RF) is a consistent electrical discharge that emits from radios, radar and television towers, microwave transmitters, satellites and other high-frequency wireless communicators. However, RF can be dangerous. Due to its omnipresent nature, RF is around us, virtually in all spaces at all times; and as wireless communication grows, so will the reach and frequency of RF. At construction sites, cranes and other vehicles can pick up RF which can cause dangerous high voltage electrical arcing. This arcing is hazardous and can cause fire and sparking, and can burn out vehicle parts. Read more
Over the years and decades the application of scientific knowledge has enabled Sigalarm to greatly improve safety conditions in almost every industry. One particular scientific advancement has been improved understanding of E-Field Strength. E-fields are highly studied, measurable, and documented by science.
If a squirrel can run along overhead power lines without harm, why are they dangerous?
This is a physics problem that can be easily explained:
A worker is at risk of electrocution if his equipment makes contact with a power cable while he is touching the ground. Electrical current would then be able to pass through his body and electrocute him. The electricity will only leave a power source if it has direct access to the ground. If a worker grabbed a power line with both feet off the ground, he would not be harmed. This is apparent when you see birds or squirrels sitting safely on power lines, even though they are not insulated. SLATE Explainer Read more
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