Grace Industries, Inc. is the parent company of Grace Sales, Inc., and is a family owned business incorporated in October 1974. They are located sixty miles north of Pittsburgh, in Fredonia, Pennsylvania. Their primary business focus is on safety products, with special emphasis in advanced technology through research and development. Mr. James Campman, founder and President of Grace Industries, Inc. is an electrical engineer who previously worked with Bell Labs and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
During the past several years, Grace Industries, Inc. developed and manufactured a complete line of hydrocarbon detectors and other safety products used both in the public and private sector. The Grace hydrocarbon detector set the standard in gas detection equipment used in arson detection in major fire departments throughout the nation.
Personal Alert Safety Device
In 1988, the company recognized the need of emergency service workers for a personal alert safety device that was compact and dependable, and that would produce an audible warning beacon that could be heard over background noises at a great distance. To accomplish this goal, Mr. Campman invented technology which led to the development of the SUPERPASSTM. Currently, Grace Industries, Inc. produces the largest line of stand-alone NFPA compliant PASS devices in the world.
Employee Monitoring System
The company was approached by fire service leaders and asked to develop technology to solve the problem of personnel accountability. In response to this request, Mr. Campman integrated a spread spectrum radio telemetry signal into the PASS device, and the GEM SystemTM was born. This device not only provides the loudest audible alarm when the wearer becomes motionless, but also transmits a signal to a remote receiver indicating that a firefighter is in trouble.
After four and one half years and two million dollars in research and development costs, the GEM SystemTM is now available on the market in both one-way and two-way signaling configurations.
This state of the art technology is the single largest quantum leap in personnel safety and accountability since self contained breathing apparatus was introduced in the fire/rescue service. This advanced life-safety system provides immediate notification of firefighters in distress AND provides a means to send an evacuation signal to firefighters when conditions deteriorate.
After September 11, 2001, development of a two-way signaling PASS system became a priority. All other R & D projects were moved to the back burner. The result of this effort was the introduction of the T PASS 3 EvacuateTM, which offers command officers, correctional officers, security and industrial personnel the means to send an Evacuate or Call Back signal to all operational at the incident scene of work site.
The GEM SystemTM now features the T PASS 3 EVACUATETM - A 2-Way Signaling PASS System. Features immediate notification of firefighters in distress PLUS offers Evacuation Signaling. In the sudden event of a flashover, a collapse situation, or other imminent danger, Grace Industries` GEM SystemTM, featuring the T PASS 3 EVACUATETM will immediately identify, by name, any employee whose T PASS 3 EVACUATETM is in ALARM!!
Grace Industries` MR-900 Interface
Grace Industries announces the introduction of the MR-900 Micro-Receiver for integration with Cellular Telephone/AVL Systems, Satellite/GPS Telephone Systems, and Data Radios. For the integrator or end user who wishes to implement a ``Mobile Lone Worker Monitoring System`` that is cost effective, easy to install and meets the UL 913 Standard for intrinsic Safety, the MR-900 is your answer. The MR-900 compact radio receiver is designed to receive signaling data from Grace Industries line of telemetry based personal life safety products. The MR-900 is powered from a +12VDC source and is suitable for use inside a vehicle, or other mobile equipment.
AVL Systems that currently track your mobile fleet can be enhanced to provide immediate notification of employees in distress at remote locations or when their work takes them away from their vehicle (Up to ¼ mile).