Taminco Chemicals plays a role in nearly everything consumers use, as the leading alkylamines and derivatives producer in the world developing food additives, soaps, fuels and more. To monitor and record all daily activity in its US manufacturing facilities, Taminco has deployed Milestone XProtect video management software (VMS) for overseeing employee safety while delivering hazardous chemicals to and from manufacturing, and ensuring compliance with federal regulations.
“Our products are manufactured and loaded for shipping every day into rail cars and trucks, all of which are thoroughly regulated by the Departments of Transportation and Homeland Security. At times, we may be required to have a technician no more than 25 feet from a load, but with the Milestone video system, there are exceptions we can apply to increase safety and help save time and energy. We can adjust camera views and record every second of a load to ensure there is no spillage while keeping our inventory counts accurate,” says Matt Bodi, IT manager, Taminco USA.
For distribution around the globe, Taminco develops both simple and complex chemical solutions that are used for applications in many industries. The raw materials and end products manufactured in the labs can pose a threat if handled inappropriately or misused, so regulations imposed by the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Transportation (such as the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards or CFATS) ensure that the transfers of barrels, jugs and vats are well-documented and monitored for national security purposes. Keeping its efficient yet cautious staff adhering to regulations is a top priority for the company.
Milestone XProtect Enterprise video management software has been deployed by Milestone Partner MMR, to address an outdated analogue camera system in Taminco’s Louisiana and Florida factories. With Milestone’s open platform, Taminco was able to test and choose the highest-quality cameras – including Bosch explosion-proof devices – to keep the factories secure. Milestone’s monitoring abilities assist in the safe and compliant conveyance of chemicals to and from the factories.
The knowledge factor behind the Milestone surveillance system is one of the largest advantages for Taminco. Knowing what happens during an incident, which chemicals are involved and where contamination occurred are crucial in maintaining a safe environment for employees during rare emergencies. In such a hypersensitive industry, Milestone’s simple and intuitive interface provides the IT department administrators peace of mind thanks to the video.
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