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Are Smartphones Smart to Use on a Job Site?

Communication is critical on construction sites. Whether for coordinating movement of materials or issuing warnings, it is important that workers be able to clearly communicate with each other. Audio devices (e.g. radios, cell phones) can help increase the speed and fidelity of communication between workers. While radios provide good voice communications between workers, there are some potential inherent problems: Half-duplex

Benefits and Advancements of Snap-Change Cylinders for Fireground Readiness

3M Scott's Snap-Change cylinder connection was yet another industry first when it was introduced in 2004 as part of the 3M™ Scott™ Air-Pak™ NxG2 SCBA. Utilizing a patented quick release design to support rapid cylinder replacement on the fireground, the proven design of the Snap-Change cylinder connection has continued to evolve over the years with the 3M™ Scott™ Air-Pak™ NxG7

Digital Disruption Helps Bring Safer Workplaces

When is change worth it? When it can help save lives? Potentially millions of lives? You’d think so… but when it comes to humans, we’re often reluctant to change our behavior, even when the writing’s on the wall. ST. PAUL, Minn. - Workplace safety is a powerful example. Although fatality rates in the US have been reduced by 66% since 1970, still

Headsets That Work as Hard as You Do

3M ™ PELTOR™ - Built Tough for the Working Professional ST. PAUL, Minn. - The year was 1950 and the Swedish Air Force had a problem: How to protect workers’ hearing in very loud environments while still allowing them to communicate effectively. Prior to 1950, the only way to hear radio communications in high-noise situations was to turn up the radio volume,

How Reflective Wear Reflects a Deep Scientific Approach to Development

When clothing manufacturers are looking to utilize reflective material for the protective and visibility value that it offers, they are often also looking for more of a visual impact. Reflective material serves both of these purposes quite well. Obviously, it’s a cool technology that can create a really impactful look, but it also needs to be functional. What you may

Insights That Spark Innovation

Inventors can sometimes seem obsessed. Bursting with energy and passion for their big ideas, they risk losing focus on the customer at the end of the process. And examples of large-scale, costly misses litter the business literature. ST. PAUL , Minn. -  The challenge for innovative companies is nurturing inventors’ ingenuity and drive, while channeling their resources toward market needs

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