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BASE recognized as safety leader - WorkSafe NB

BASE Wins WorkSafe NB Award for Safety Practices & Leadership

Official Press Release from WorkSafe NB: http://www.worksafenb.ca/base-engineering-and-graymont-recognized-for-health-and-safety-leadership

BASE Engineering and Graymont recognized for health and safety leadership

October 9, 2015

WorkSafeNB honoured BASE Engineering Inc. and Graymont (NB) Inc. today for their outstanding achievements in workplace health and safety.

BASE Engineering, which specializes in radio remote-control technology in Saint John, and Graymont, a leading supplier of lime and limestone products in Havelock, were recognized during WorkSafeNB’s 2015 Health and Safety Conference in Fredericton.

“These two companies demonstrate exemplary commitment to employee health and safety,” said Gerard Adams, WorkSafeNB’s president and CEO. “We’re pleased to honour them among their peers today.”

BASE Engineering Inc. produces systems that allow workers to distance themselves from potentially hazardous environments in the petrochemical, aviation, military and construction industries. Safety is not only the focus of BASE’s products, it’s also embedded in its culture.

Employees are encouraged to discuss safety daily.

“It’s an open conversation,” said Stephen Belyea, president of BASE Engineering Inc. “We’re in the safety business and this begins at the hiring interview. Our products save lives and our staff members are highly trained to deliver on our safety promise. This includes our day-to-day activity at the factory.”

Graymont (NB) Inc. operates five processing plants and a quarry with a staff of 40. Extracting limestone is hard work, and often involves explosives and heavy equipment. Despite this, it’s been more than a decade since the company has had a lost-time workplace accident.

Dave Holmes, Graymont’s production supervisor, attributes this to its culture. Workers are involved in all workplace decisions, from human resources to safety, and every employee starts the day with warm-up stretches.

“It’s about ownership,” said Holmes. “Everyone here is considered a safety professional. They are the leaders and drivers of safety. Management is just here to back them up.”
WorkSafeNB has been hosting its annual Health and Safety Conference for 35 years. More than 550 people attended this year’s event.

 

Wireless Controls for Fuel Trucks

ProControl 2 Featured in FON June 2015 – Wireless Controls for Fuel Trucks

ProControl 2 and other Wireless Controls for Fuel Trucks labeled a “Communication Trend” for the Petroleum Distribution Industry

BASE’s revolutionary ProControl 2 was featured in Fuel Oil News’ “Dispatch and Communication Trends” write-up from June 2015.

The article, which examines wireless controls for fuel trucks from several companies, begins on page 30 and can be found here: http://read.dmtmag.com/i/517425-fuel-oil-news-june-2015

Or through these images:
FON1          FON2       FON3

 

 

The ProControl 2

The ProControl 2 boasts up to 9 channels of customizable controls, remote meter display and RFID reader capability. This handheld is used primarily in the petrochemical industry for fleet refueling and home delivery trucks where pump and volume control is critical.

With a range of approximately 1000 feet, the ProControl 2 increases safety and reduces spill risk, ensuring more efficient operations for your company. The ProControl 2 can also be paired with the BASEstation for the ultimate fuel delivery system.

 

BASE’s NPGA Southeastern Educational Session a Success

At this year’s NPGA Southeastern Convention, BASE’s own Jason LeVine, Director of Sales – Truck Automation, delivered a dynamic educational presentation: “What to Expect When Implementing Truck Automation”. Download the presentation here: NPGA 2015 BASE Presentation.

The latest issue of Butane Propane News focuses on the NPGA convention and the workshop where Jason presented!

Follow the link to check the e-version, or simply read below for the BASE section.

“Lifting of Perc Restriction Highlights Southeastern Event”

 

Jason Levine, director of sales, truck automation, for BASE Engineering (Saint John, N.B.), conducted an additional session in the Propane Delivery Automation Workshop titled, “What to Expect When Implementing Truck Automation.” The presentation focused on the project management involved with executing a truck automation system. Marketers buying an automation system should look at it as a project, not just a purchase, Levine noted. For many propane bobtail products such as valves and meters, the marketer can bolt the system on and walk away. He might not have to collaborate with anyone until something goes wrong. But executing products such as billing systems, inventory management systems, or fleet tracking systems involves dealing with more moving parts than a marketer can imagine.

“The idea is, this has to be managed like a project,” Levine said. “Like a civil engineering project, if you were to re-engineer the Hoover Dam, you wouldn’t say, ‘Build me a dam tomorrow.’ You want to have clear expectations, [and] understand what the scope of the project is. Even if you don’t believe it’s your responsibility, it’s good you’re educated on how and what to do. That will help the project move forward much smoother.”

Whether a marketer is switching to a new automation system or going to automation for the first time, it involves stress because you are in a sense changing the way you run your business. You’re changing the way the drivers interact with something in the vehicle, and you’re changing the way the accounting team interacts with a new piece of software in the office.

“This has historically been painful, and it’s better to be prepared for what to expect than to let that creep up on you. By the time the next November or even October arrives, you start getting ramped up for the next peak season, and you realize, ‘I waited too long to put the system on, and I’m still struggling,’” Levine noted. Planning should take place from contemplation to realization, answering questions such as who will install the product and how the truck builders are involved.

“If you have a road map laid out for you, you will feel more comfortable in all the discussions you have with the various vendors so you are not in the dark about ‘What are they talking about?’ ‘Why the delay?’ ‘Why are the lead times so long?’ These are all things you want to be aware of before you make the initial call to start discussing truck automation.”

Marketers should also identify a “champion” at their company to oversee the process. “The champion is the one who believes that without this solution, the project will not succeed, and at all costs will be the one that helps push through all the political issues both internally and externally.” In a small company, the owner might be the champion who makes sure the accounting team, the drivers, and IT staff have bought into the project. “Without a champion, I guarantee the project will not succeed, because when something needs to happen, you won’t have that one person who will drive meetings to completion [and] make sure everyone’s schedules are coordinated with the start-up.”

RCU “End of Life” Announcement

BASE Official Announcement – RCU Handheld No Longer Manufactured

BASE Engineering Announces “End of Life” for RCU Handheld (Original Remote Readout ProControl)

Effective December 31, 2014, BASE will cease production of the RCU handheld (original Remote Readout ProControl handheld) for new purchases.

For more information, including information on active products under warranty, please view our full announcement / Press Release here: RCU End of Life PR Dec 2.

BASE Wins NB Exporter of the Year Award (Video)

NB Exporter of the Year Award goes to BASE Engineering!

The 2014 New Brunswick Export Awards took place June 9 in Saint John, NB. Six provincial awards were given to local companies for outstanding export performance in the international marketplace. BASE Engineering was honoured to accept the most coveted award of all – New Brunswick Exporter of the Year 2014!

See all of the winners here.

Introducing the G Receiver

BASE’s new ASKG receiver combines user friendly pre-wired relay contacts with new age technology to provide better overall performance.

Designed to be used as part of a system, the receiver can be used with BASE Engineering’s ASKW, ASKF or ASKR handhelds.

For more information, see our Press Release.