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Blackline Safety gets $2M production upgrade


January 18, 2022
By SP&T Staff

Blackline Safety Corp. has announced a $2 million investment in its manufacturing process that will allow the company to double its hardware production.

Blackline stated that the upgrade will enhance manufacturing horsepower as the company gears up for high volume production of its soon-to-launch G6 entry-level single-gas wearable safety device.

The investment includes bringing in additional Surface Mount Technology to Blackline’s in-house production line. According to the company, their in-house production line has  proven to reduce assembly and ship times between 24 to 48 hours from as high as five weeks when using the company’s contract manufacturing.

“With SMT, we build on our already robust manufacturing technology and facility alongside additional flexibility to quickly respond to increased demand — all while maintaining product excellence,” said Kevin Meyers, Blackline Safety Chief Operating Officer in a statement.

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“Having SMT to place components on a printed circuit board line allows us not only to produce units more quickly and with greater precision, it’s also a layer of much tighter control of our manufacturing process.”

Meyers explained that since the company has been building products with SMT in-house, it has seen its hardware sales volume grow by 350 per cent.

“In addition, our quality levels have been exceptional, programming and job set-ups are easy, and our team has been able to rapidly develop and deploy new products,” he said.

“Because of the vital safety aspect of our products, they simply can’t fail — exceptional manufacturing quality and in-field reliability are non-negotiable.”

Blackline’s technology is cloud-based, featuring GPS-enabled safety sensors and devices that leverage IoT to connect workers to live 24-7 command centre monitoring. The platform includes high-performance emergency response and evacuation management capabilities as well as contact tracing. It connects employees with software that pinpoints their location, enables back-and-forth information sharing and collects vital data, making it possible to detect the exact location of a gas leak or determine how often workers are travelling through high-risk areas. The company’s wearables are offered in two robust models — one connected via a cellular network and another via satellite.