Whether protecting a chemical processing plant, refinery, or offshore drilling platform from fires and explosions or potential security breaches, alarm control panels play many vital roles in different types of facilities. Due to their importance, they are equipped with advanced electronics that allow them to perform a variety of functions in many types of work environments. Yet as companies upgrade their facilities and make changes to their existing industrial safety programs, it is crucial they know how to best use these systems.
Gas and Fire Detection
In any facility within the oil and gas industry, gas leaks that can lead to fires and explosions are some of the biggest worries workers face on a daily basis. Because of this, companies use alarm system control panels in an effort to limit the risks of a disaster occurring at a facility. Using specialized sensors that can use state-of-the-art electronics to analyze a building’s layout and monitor a variety of different gases simultaneously, an alarm control panel can gather and transmit real-time data to engineers and technicians on-site as well as those located in off-site monitoring centers.
No matter what type of facility an oil and gas company has, there are multiple security concerns. Whether this involves persons entering areas without proper authorization or security threats involving potential violence, these and other matters must be handled quickly and efficiently in order to keep everyone safe. To make this happen, modern security alarm control panels are now designed to be used as central readout stations. By receiving information from various sensors positioned throughout a facility, the control panel can process large amounts of information and allow it to be quickly analyzed by engineers and safety personnel. As a result, it can be programmed to shut down equipment, sound alarms, and much more.
Linking to Mobile Devices
As fire alarm control panels have been equipped with various aspects of technology over the years, one of the biggest advantages has been their ability to be linked to many types of mobile devices. Whether it is smartphones, laptops, or tablets, these control panels can gather and transmit data to personnel as they move about a facility, enabling them to have immediate access to the latest data. As a result, should there be a problem in an area where hazardous chemicals or vital pieces of equipment are located, they and other personnel can proceed to that area in an effort to solve the problem.
In some situations involving chemical or gas leaks, personnel may not be made immediately aware of the dangerous situation. However, since these control panels can be programmed to monitor for certain gases and atmospheric conditions, they can automatically sound various types of alarms should an emergency take place. Depending upon the area where the situation occurs, the control panels can sound sirens or initiate flashing lights and strobes to alert nearby workers of an emergency. Since time is of the essence in these situations, this capability can save many lives.