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Biosystems Offers New Sound Detection System (SDS) for PosiChek3(tm) Audible Alarm Testing


— Enhances Test Precision, Ease-of-Use with Automatic Start/Stop Alarm Detection
— Upgrade Program Available

Smithfield, RI — A new microphone Sound Detection System (SDS) is now available from Biosystems as an option on new PosiChek3(tm) computerized performance testers for air-supplied breathing apparatus. Designed to increase test precision by automating the primary audible alarm test, the SDS feature eliminates human error and makes the PosiChek(tm) easier to use. The SDS is also available as an upgrade for PosiChek units that are already in use, and an upgrade credit program is in place for users who currently own manual test gauges.

The SDS uses a small microphone to automatically detect when the audible alarm starts and stops during testing procedures. This ensures that even if personnel are distracted while performing the alarm test, it will still be performed correctly and yield accurate results. The SDS from Biosystems can be used with both bell and whistle alarms, and will not be adversely affected by ambient noise, such as PASS devices or communications.

“The SDS feature will reduce the amount of retesting needed, because the automated alarm readings will guarantee that the test is performed accurately the first time, greatly speeding up the testing process,” said Paul Greskovich, Sales and Product Manager at Biosystems.

PosiChek instruments must be equipped with Biosystems’ Enhanced Precision High Pressure Transducer to accept the SDS upgrade. Included as a standard issue with every new PosiChek sold after March 1, 2004, the EP transducer will also be available as an upgrade to PosiChek3 systems already in the field.

“The EP transducer provides a more precise measurement of pressure within the high-pressure manifold during testing,” stated Joyce Kai (Senior Project Engineer for PosiChek3), “thus making the PosiChek compatible with new test standards within the SCBA industry for increased user safety.”

A combination upgrade, which includes calibration, new 32-bit licensed software, the EP Transducer and Sound Detection System is available, and can be installed when the PosiChek is sent in for routine calibration.

“We are excited to offer customers an upgrade credit when they trade in the manual test gauges they are using now,” said Greskovich. “This will allow users to convert as easily as possible to an audible alarm system that offers all of the familiarity, ease of use, and data and record keeping capabilities of the PosiChek3.”

The PosiChek3 from Biosystems is the only NFPA-compliant computerized test bench designed to evaluate the performance of fully assembled air-supplied respiratory protective equipment. PosiChek3 is the standard test bench for every major manufacturer of SCBA around the world.

Biosystems, LLC, A Bacou-Dalloz Company, is a leading supplier of gas detectors, respiratory maintenance equipment and other monitoring systems worldwide. Founded in 1981, Biosystems is headquartered in Middletown, CT. In 1997, Biosystems was acquired by Bacou USA, Inc. In 2001 Dalloz joined with Bacou to form the Bacou-Dalloz Group, the world leader in the design, manufacturing and sale of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The company employs about 6,700 people and operates 48 production facilities. Bacou-Dalloz provides unmatched head-to-toe protection through three strategic business segments: head protection (eye, hearing and respiratory), body protection (gloves, clothes and shoes) and fall protection. Bacou-Dalloz offers a full product range aimed at the manufacturing, construction, telecommunications, medical, public services and other sectors. Its products are available from its distributor partners worldwide.

For additional product information, contact:
Biosystems
651 South Main St.
Middletown, CT 06457
USA
Tel: 800-711-6776
Fax: 800-344-1068
Website: http://www.biosystems.com
Email: custserv@biosystems.com

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Photo Caption:
A new microphone Sound Detection System (SDS) is now available from Biosystems as an option on new PosiChek3(tm) computerized performance testers for air-supplied breathing apparatus. The SDS uses a small microphone to automatically detect when the audible alarm starts and stops during testing procedures, ensuring that even if personnel are distracted while performing the alarm test, it will still be performed correctly and yield accurate results.

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