All safety equipment is complementary

Increasing levels of sophistication are used in production lines
Increasing levels of sophistication are used in production lines
Wescom has invested in an X-ray machine for proof testing
Wescom has invested in an X-ray machine for proof testing
More education is needed when it comes to pyrotechnics
More education is needed when it comes to pyrotechnics

No one single safety device is the answer if things go wrong at sea.

That’s the message from pyrotechnic manufacturer Wescom Signal and Rescue whose director of global marketing and communications, Chris Feibusch, says more education and training is needed.

“There is a lot of confusion and misinformation out there,” he said. “No-one should go to sea with just flares. Flares are part of the safety mix; all safety equipment is complementary.”

He added: “We need more training to ensure everyone is aware of how to use flares. It’s time to re-educate people, the public as well as boaters on what action to take. Flares are not fireworks.”

Investment

Also important to Wescom are its continuous investment and improvements.

Two years’ ago the company automated its red handheld flare line, an investment that has provided repeat performance and quality control and the ability to produce 1.2 million units a year.

Last year, a new X-ray machine was installed for proof testing and testing of line thrower solid rocket fuel motors and this year, further investment will see the company’s rocket line undergo a refurbishment.

This will provide greater efficiency and increase capacity - currently 850,000 units are produced in a single shift each year.

“The hand flare line is very sophisticated with consistent quality. The pyrotechnic compound comes in from outside the building and is injected into the tube,” explained Mr Feibusch.

“Investment is just one factor that sets us apart with increasing levels of sophistication in our production lines.

“We have the ability to produce flares in a high labour cost country and still be competitive.”

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