communication systems for extreme environments

COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS FOR EXTREME ENVIRONMENTS
Bcom-Solutions introduces its all new specialized rugged communications systems supplying telephones, evacuation systems, intercoms and
critical telecom’s equipment to industry where environments are challenging. Extreme environments demand superior performance and our
expertise and 30 years’ experience encompasses many hazardous area applications including oil and gas, rail and network, power, nuclear and
critical infrastructure.
Sonix is an ISO9001, ISO14001 and OHSAS18001 certified manufacturer operating at the highest levels of product quality and customer service.
All products meet stringent safety specifications and are approved and certified by leading international regulatory bodies and authorities.
As the world changes to a faster, IP and wireless based architecture, our in-house research and development team enables us to respond to industry
trends and to combine proven designs with new technologies.
The SoniX system has been designed to provide a common technical solution for onshore, offshore and industrial applications where high integrity,
life safety applications are necessary. Sonix is the most secure, highly monitored and flexible PAGA solution available today. To reinforce the physical
PAGA system SoniX is fully certified to ATEX, IECEX, ABS, DNV, BV, FCC and CSA/UL pending.
Let us introduce our all new patented
REVOLUTIONARY SoniX platform.
The SoniX PA/GA system has been developed and manufactured with inbuilt flexibility for oil, gas, petrochemical and power industries. Its flexibility comes from a common communication
format which allows information to be transmitted between the
throughout its product range whether local or distributed. This
information flow is propagated via CAT6 cables which also provides a fast and efficient interconnection system. To ensure high
reliability these communication paths are fully duplicated, with
auto switch over on data loss or corruption. As new products are
developed, the new data generated can be easily integrated and
targeted to units that need it.
At the heart of the system is a patent protected dual path 92% high efficiency path amplifier in compact 1U format. This amplifier continues the flexibility out to the field by
monitoring for both radial or loop speaker runs. The SoniX software adds further flexibility, by allowing the system to be re-configured as the site develops throughout its life.
This software is completely passive and redundant to system operation, but provides a
convenient way to monitor the detailed status of the system. This allows the software to
be located offsite without affecting system performance or operation. The architecture
of SoniX also allows for rapid and simple changes to the system architecture without the
need for expensive and extended product development cycles. SoniX is truly a plug and
play solution for the harshest environments without compromise to safety.
GLOBAL PRODUCT
CERTIFICATION
RUGGED RELIABILITY
PUBLIC ADDRESS / GENERAL ALARM SYSTEM
Sonix PA/GA
SONIX BENEFITS AND FEATURES
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50% reduction in cable and installation costs.
Local mute speaker bypass and control.
Increased monitoring of mutable loudspeakers.
Simplified acoustic designs.
Ease of installation and relocation once installed.
Back lit push buttons for low light conditions.
Fully reprogrammable button configurations.
Owned tooling for acoustic hood production.
Vastly Simplified architecture.
Common hardware for all applications.
Fully duplicated and monitored internal cables.
92% efficient patent protected amplifier.
Up to 50% space saving within cabinet.
Fully owned and controlled IPR.
Fully range of type approvals DNV, ABS, BV & FCC.
ATEX and IECEX certified.
SoniX has been designed to provide the most technically comprehersive ans secure PA/GA solution available to- day.
Key to the sucess of Sonix are the benefits listed above, these are targeted at integrators, EPC’s and End users. At all
points of the product development and execution, our design team has focused to ensure that Sonix adds true value to
all levels whitin our customer base
Sonix PA/GA System has been developed, manufactured and tested in line with the modern requirements of the oil, gas, petro and
power generation markets of today and tomorrow. Oxalis is able to offer fully compliant communications solutions to meet the most
demanding applications for onshore, offshore and industrial installations. Designed to enhance modern communication philosophies, the
Sonix PA/GA system includes a highly sophisticated yet simplified architecture that removes the need for lengthy engineering cycles, bespoke and costly software, custom field engineering or expensive onsite support. This results in a highly effective and flexible communications solution for the next generation. The Sonix system is rigorously designed for installation in both safe area or potentially explosive
environments using latest protection philosophies including EExe, d, i, m and p to ensure the highest levels of safety without compromising operational features. The Oxalis Sonix PA/GA System is designed to meet and surpass the requirements of ATEX, IECEx, DNV, RMRS,
BV, ABS, IMO and PFEER, with other regional certifications pending.
SAFETY CRITICAL COMMUNICATION
INTRINSICALLY SAFE ACCESS PANEL
Sonix Hmi 5
PA/GA Hmi Access Unit
Sonix Hmi 5 is a compact, ATEX Hmi access panel designed to operate PA/GA, drillers intercoms and page party equipment. The Hmi 5 has been specifically designed to operate in harsh environments and is certified from -40 deg to +60 deg C and can be used within Zone 0, 1 Ex environments as easy as it can be in safe
area applications. Designed to meet DNV and IMO solas regulations the Hmi 5 connects to the partner equipment via a 2 pair armoured cable with loop in loop out
capability. When used in safe area format the Hmi 5 can be daisy chained connected in a spur or loop format to reduce cabling and simplify installation. Up to three
Hmi 5 panels can be connected in this way to each input of the Hmi Tu unit. This can be a single spur or for extra security connected in a self-healing ring back to
the main cabinet. High integrity communication between the Hmi 5 and partner equipment is achieved in such a way as to avoid transmitted “DTMF” bleed through,
sometimes found on similar equipment. Communication to the Hmi 5 is fully monitored even during speech and alarm broadcasts.
TAKE CONTROL
ADVANCED ACCESS PANEL
Sonix Hmi 26
PA/GA Hmi Access Unit
Sonix Hmi 26 is a compact, ruggedized Hmi access panel designed to operate Oxalis PA/GA, drillers intercoms and page party equipment. The Hmi 26 has
been specifically designed to operate as a 19” chassis, wall, console or desktop mounted. Designed to meet DNV and IMO solas regulations the Hmi 26
connects to the partner equipment via a 2 pair armoured cable with loop in loop out capability. When used in safe area format the Hmi 26 can be “piggy
back” connected in a spur or loop format to reduce cabling and simplify installation. Up to four Hmi 26 panels can be connected in this way to each input
of the Hmi Tu unit. This can be a single spur or for extra security connected in a self-healing ring back to the main cabinet. High integrity data communication between the Hmi 26 and partner equipment is achieved in such a way as to avoid transmitted “DTMF” bleed through, sometimes found on similar
equipment. RS422 / TCPIP communication to the Hmi 26 is fully monitored even during speech and alarm broadcasts.With high intensity backlit buttons,
Vu Meter, shortcuts panel and 8 fully re-cuonfigurable buttons the Hmi26 is the acces panel of choice.
CONTROL, MANAGE AND PROTECT
MATRIX MANAGER
Sonix 2Mx
Matrix Management Unit
The Sonix 2Mx matrix unit provides an integral backbone for the structure of the Sonix PA/GA system, housed within an ergonomic and compact 1u
chassis. Connectivity of this unit is via colour coded, rapid fit RJ45 receptacles to ensure simple installation and ease of servicing. Highly visible front
panel status is provided with system activity and status along with external GUI status for remote users. The 2Mx internal data bus and field wiring is
fully monitored; multi broadcast on a hybrid RS422 / TCPIP network. Operating on internal and external self-healing rings to ensure stable and secure
service. With multiple speech paths, 12 address zones, 6 manual alarm tones, 24 zoned auto F&G alarms provides the 2Mx unit with powerful, flexible
and secure field alterable features. Real-time continual monitoring of the PA/GA system and peripheral connectivity is controlled and managed within the
2Mx unit. Hmi access panel audio and data signals are independently monitored, loudspeaker networks are monitored with an inaudible integrity signal
and beacon networks are monitored with a voltage test signal. In addition to fully duplicated architecture, the 2Mx unit allows for auto switch over of all
signals between A & B systems in the event of a local fault (A+B PLUS). This ensures that under a single system 2Mx outage condition that 100% of its
audio, visual, PABX signals are re-routed to the operational system and then on to all loudspeakers and flashing beacons. Resulting in zero loss of broadcast signal whilst maintenance is completed. This is achieved without overloading the remaining operation system.
LET THERE BE LOUD
HIGH EFFICIENCY AMPLIFIERS
Sonix 350-d
PA/GA Dual Power Amplifier Unit
Sonix 350d power amplifier is a compact 1u design housing the 350w amplifier module, power supply, status panel and thermal management units.
350-d autonomously monitors and supervises the amplifier, loudspeaker cable insulation and loop integrity with an inaudible signal. The robust and
industrial design of the 350-d amplifier ensures its protection against open, short circuit, load deviation and abnormal loads associated with field loop
faults. In the event of abnormally high ambient temperatures, the 350-d is fitted with an intelligent multi stage auto reset / retry, over temp protection
device, that isolates the unit until the fault / temperature is rectified. On board power supply and fans are fully monitored to ensure in life integrity and
operation at all times. Central to the Sonix PA/GA system efficiency is the 350-d parallel power amplifier *. The 350-d has been specifically designed with
Sonix parallel amplifier technology to offer the most efficient >92%, compact amplifier and power supply available within the oil and gas market. The
350-d simply connects within the PA/GA system via rapid fit RJ45 and standard IEC power receptacles to ensure speedy installation and ease of servicing. Designed as a complete sealed unit without the need for sub frames or cards, reducing the risk of failure between distributed parts and dramatically
reduces down time in the unlikely event of equipment replacement.
CONSTANT PERFORMANCE
POWER MANAGEMENT
Sonix Pm 10
PA/GA Power Management Unit
Sonix Pm-10 is a compact 1U design housing the circuitry for power distribution, switchover and management for the PA/GA system components. Pm10 ensures at all times critical power is protected, monitored, efficiently and securely distributed throughout the PA/GA system. For high criticality
systems requiring duplicated power inputs the Sonix Pm-10 ensures at all times in the event of either supplies not be present then the system will
automatically switch over to the standby power supply. Even under full load operation, this is achieved without any disruption to the system. Should the
primary supply return to the system then the unit will automatically return to the primary supply and continue monitoring. Rapid fit RJ45 power bus
connection permits intelligent monitoring of incoming power supply and distribution cabling. Reporting of each back to the 2Mx status panel, Sonix software interface and site wide DCS system; ensuring the operator at all times is aware of the entire system status. Input power connection to the Pm-10
unit is via shake proof plug and socket. Ensuring simple and speedy connectivity of the unit and ease of maintenance.
DISTRIBUTED INTELLIGENCE
DIGITAL MESSAGING
Sonix Ms 12
PA/GA Digital Message Store
Sonix Ms12 Tu is a compact 19” 1u design housing a compact and efficient circuit to interface the PA/GA system to the Sonix adaptable digital message
store. Providing the user with the secure means to record and playback digital messages via the PA/GA system. Users can simply record either, analogue
or digital messages, tones or announcements and load them on one of the Ms12 secure memory locations. Loading is simply achieved via the rear of the
device via either USB or line inputs. Initiation of the required message is via either 12 x volt free contacts on the rear of the Ms12 or via programmable
keys on board the Hmi 26 access panel. Via Sonix configuration software the user can select if the messages should be broadcast to all zones (global)
or to pre configured zones of address. The Sonix Ms12 Tu provides fully duplicated and isolated synchronised outputs to ensure that both A and B PA/
GA systems broadcast simultaneously. Connectivity to the host PA/GA systems can be either CAT6 or 2 pair twisted cable depending upon user selection.
Zoned selection is available via CAT 6 and global is available via 2 pair connectivity. To ensure rapid and early warning of any system issues all monitoring
of Pbx Tu, power supply, data communication network and field cabling is reported on board the front status panel, on board the 2Mx matrix, on the Sonix
software interface and out to the site wide DCS / SCADA system.
BROADCAST
PRIVATE BRANCH EXCHANGE INTERFACE
Sonix Pbx Tu
PA/GA Pbx Interface
Sonix Pbx Tu is a compact 19” 1u design or IP65 plastic enclosure housing a compact and efficient circuit to interface the PA/GA system to site Pbx systems. Providing a means to record and playback Pbx messages via the PA/GA system without risk of Larsen effects on the playback. Users can use the
audio prompt feature to opt for either global (all zones) or zone select message playback ensuring at all times only the required zones of address are
selected. Upon completion of the message, the PA/GA system will broadcast the message as selected. If required the delay can be removed / cancelled to
provide a direct live access to the PA/GA system. The Sonix Pbx Tu provides fully duplicated and isolated synchronised outputs to ensure that both A and
B PA/GA systems broadcast simultaneously. Also provided is a supervisor monitor and cancel feature that allows all recorded messages to be monitored
prior to broadcast, any unwanted or inappropriate messages can simply and effectively be removed from the playback queue. Connectivity to the host
PA/GA systems can be either CAT6 or 2 pair twisted cable depending upon user selection. Zoned selection is available via CAT 6 and global is available
via 2 wire connectivity. Connectivity to the Pbx is either 2 wire audio, 2 wire E&M or VoIP connectivity. To ensure rapid and early warning of any system
issues all monitoring of Pbx Tu, power supply, data communication network and field cabling is reported on board the front status panel, on board the
2Mx matrix, on the Sonix software interface and out to the site wide DCS / SCADA system.
THE CONFIGURATOR
SONIX CONFIGURATOR
Sonix Software
Sonix software is a dedicated software package that allows integrators, users and operators to log in to the Sonix PA/GA system for re-configuration, system status and activity logs. Ensuring that the full control and flexibility of the Sonix system is held within our client’s capable hands. Sonix PA/GA system
has been designed from concept to allow maximum hardware and firmware flexibility whilst ensuring highest levels of security and system operational
stability. The Sonix software adds further to this flexibility and control providing an unrivalled solution for the most demanding and security sensitive
applications. Sonix software can be operated, access the system via a local PA/GA mounted computer, network (TCP/IP) connected computer or even
remotely from the Oxalis technical support centre. This flexibility ensures that at no time the system status is unknown. For added security Sonix software is provided with user log in facility and operator restriction to ensure users are permitted defined access as and when determined by the owner. A
detailed log of user, date, time and changes of access is also available to provide an auditable trace for safety analysis if needed. Configurations can easily
prepared in advance away from the system in readiness of upload. Once connected and loaded configurations can be overwritten, saved and modified as
needed with backups saved off the host PA/GA system.
LOOP MONITORING
END OF LINE UNITS
Sonix Eol
PA/GA Power Amplifier End of Line Units
Sonix Eol 8 unit is a compact, high efficiency amplifier loop monitoring device. Designed to work
with the 350-d and 700-d high efficiency amplifiers. Housing securely the circuitry and management for loudspeakers connected to the Oxalis Sonix PA/GA system and external field cabling.
Sonix PA/GA autonomously monitors and supervises the amplifier, loudspeaker cable insu- lation
and loop integrity with a 22.5Khz inaudible out of band signal every minute. The robust and
industrial design of the system ensures its protection against open, short circuit, load deviation
and abnormal loads associated with field loop faults. In the event of such common field loop faults
the Eol 8 rapidly detects, reports and diagnoses the fault, reporting this information back to the
amplifier, 2Mx controller, ICCS output and to the Oxalis remote Gui. During this, the amplifier automatically protects the output from permanent damage. Provided with amplifier loop blade terminals
to securely and safely isolate the field cables for testing and fault rectification. The Eol 8 ensures
that at all times field speakers are driven with audio signals in both directions. This self-healing ring
design feature ensures that in the event of an open circuit condition critical communications are not
lost. Within the Sonix central cabinet the Eol 8 is connected via rapid fit RJ45 connectors ensuring a
quick and failsafe connection to the amplifier. For additional security, this internal connectivity can
also be operated on a self-healing ring architecture. Each Eol 8 can manage 8 amplifiers or be easily
configured to provide 8 common (series) outputs per amplifier to assist with field cable topology
and reduce IDF requirements on larger loops.
Sonix Eol 1 is a compact design housing the circuitry for amplifier loudspeaker circuit monitoring.
On systems where loudspeakers cannot practically be connected in “self-healing loop” topology,
the Eol 1 can be located after or within the last radial speaker to monitor that radial / spur. For use
in either safe areas or Ex the Eol 1 provides fault free and seamless speaker loop monitoring as if
connected in a loop back to the PA/GA cabinet. The Oxalis 350-d and 700-d amplifiers regularly
perform silent monitoring and interrogation of each amplifier loop connected to the system, checking for open, short, earth and loudspeaker load deviations. During this time the Eol 1 will acknowledge this signal and handshake report back its status to the amplifier. Any loss of handshake or
non-definitive results will trigger the amplifier and 2Mx to report a fault and display this to the user
via front status panels and out to the site wide DCS system. The Eol 1 is supplied as standard in an
industrial IP67 polycarbonate or Eexd explosion proof enclosure, ready to install. Other options of
enclosure are available upon request. Connection to the Eol 1 is simply achieved by means of three
2.5mmsq terminals. Two for the speaker cable (non-polarised) and one bonded to earth.
FIELD DEVICE CONTROL
TERMINATION UNITS
Sonix Termination Units
Hmi Tu provides a secure and
reliable means to terminate the
Hmi field cable to the PA/GA
cabinet whilst providing monitoring and management of up to 12
phantom powered Hmi panels all
on 2 pair cables
Vw2 unit is a compact, high
efficiency beacon loop monitoring device. Designed to work
with the 2Mx PA/GA matrix the
Vw2 can be configured to provide
12 independent 20A channels of
beacon control via SoniX softwares.
Io Tu unit is a compact, DIN
mountable, high efficiency input
output
termination
device.
Designed to work with the 2Mx
matrix the Io Tu provides connection to all external interfaces
inbound and outbound to the PA/
GA system, F&G, DCS, Entertainments, UKF radio, PBX and many
others..
The Rj Tu and Rjt Tu are simple
yet effective breakout termination units allowing RJ45 to RJ45
and RJ45 to screw terminals connectivity. This allows for inter
cabinet connectivity of all RJ45
data / Audio bus, meaning rapid
assembly, breakdown and re-assembly on site.
Io Ep Tu unit is a compact, DIN
mountable, input output expansion termination device. Designed to work in conjunction
with the Io Tu where large scale
or zoned fire and gas inputs are
required.
EOL 8 Tu manages up to 8
350w amplifiers, eliviating the
use of high volt drop ribbon cables. Providing lightening protection, EOL line monitoring and adhoc re-configuration of field loop
topology. The EOL 8 Tu provides
security & flexibility needed with-
KEEP TALKING
TELEPHONY
SONIX ACOUSTIC BOOTH
The Oxalis Booth Series are high quality Acoustic Booth / shelters,
designed for use in onshore, offshore, marine and heavy industrial
environments. Utilising a unique advanced sound absorbing barrier, the Oxalis acoustic booths provide sound attenuation to 16dB
and 26dB respectively. This allows intelligible and audible communication in high ambient noise areas. The design of the Oxalis
booth series ensures that the robust GRP housing is fire retardant
to BS476, UV stable and resistant to oil, salt, chemical spills and
vapours, ensuring zero maintenance throughout installation life.
WEATHERPROOF TELEPHONE
EX INDUSTRIAL TELEPHONE
Sonix weatherproof phone has been developed for operation as stylish telephone for indoor use as it is resistant for outdoor use in areas
without explosive atmospheres. The weatherproof phone is the ideal
telephone for many different work areas – seawater, high air humidity, dust and not exactly gentle mechanical stress are no problem for
it. Its modern design is the perfect “packing” for the finest high-tech.
Sonix Ex phone has been developed for operation in both rugged
ambient conditions and also potentially explosive areas in the petrochemical industry, on off-shore plant, in mills and harbours, which
means it is resistant to large temperature differences, air humidity,
sea water, dust and strong mechanical wear and tear. Ex and Industrial phones are completely programmable and has been equipped with
a 21 piece stainless steel keypad designed for use with gloves. Letters
and figures are presented clearly on the alphanumerical display
Its striking signal colours ensure the Oxalis Phone cannot be missed
whenever a telephone is urgently needed, e.g. In emergencies in
poor weather and light conditions. The Oxalis phone is suitable for
almost universal use thanks to its amazing transformability.
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