- On 23rd March 2023
The Irish Times is one of Ireland’s most popular and longest running newspapers. It has been published daily (except on Sundays) continually since 1859 from its headquarters in Dublin.
As well as printing the flagship daily newspaper and sister titles, the publication’s parent company, The Irish Times Trust Limited, also runs one of Ireland’s largest contract printing businesses. This operation is based at a state-of-the-art print facility in Dublin’s Citywest business district.
Opened in 2002, the €70 million printing plant is one of the most advanced in Ireland, and is where a number of major national, regional and magazine titles are printed.
Like any modern factory, the Citywest print facility is designed to deliver high levels of output at the highest levels of efficiency. While it leans heavily on the latest cutting-edge technology to achieve this, it also depends on the skills of its workforce, with meticulous coordination essential to delivering results.
On-site communications play a key role in this, as well as in maintaining strict health and safety standards. Two way radios are used throughout the facility to keep personnel in touch with one another.
So when it came to replacing the handsets used at the plant, here at IRCL we were only too pleased to get the call to lend our expertise.
Our first step when asked to recommend two way radios to any client is always to book in a visit to carry out a thorough assessment of the site where they intend to use the devices. Two way radio performance depends on lots of different factors, such as whether they are being used indoors or outdoors, the size of the site / signal range required, the number of conversations likely to be going on at any one time (which makes it preferable to have more channels) etc.
As with most factories that are packed with heavy equipment, we found the print facility at Citywest had plenty of ‘dead spots’ where conventional analogue radio signals struggled to reach. That’s because building interiors, especially when packed with machinery, act as barriers to radio signals, absorbing the frequencies before they reach other handsets to transmit messages.
In the interests of full coverage across the facility, we recommended the company upgrade to digital two way radio. Our suggestion was the Entel DX482, a popular choice of digital radio in industry that strikes a good balance between powerful performance, straightforward operation and affordable price.
A real workhorse of a radio, the Entel DX482 boasts robust construction that makes it perfect for tough environments coupled with ergonomic design so it is easy to carry and operate. As well as better signal coverage than analogue, the digitally enhanced audio means messages come through loud and clear even in noisy industrial environments. It also comes with useful safety features like an emergency alarm button, Man Down fall alerts and Lone Worker monitoring, helping teams to look out for one another at all times.
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