PRI Inc. is proud to continue our partnership as a distributor for Phoenix Contact, especially in these uncertain times due to the COVID-19 outbreak. By continuing our distribution of Phoenix equipment we are helping to maintain numerous industries such as healthcare, energy, and transportation.

A letter from the Vice President & General Manager of Phoenix Contact;

‘On March 23, 2020, Phoenix Contact wrote to Governor Wolf providing supporting evidence that its business is “essential” under the Governor’s definition. Based on this belief, Phoenix Contact remains open as an “essential business” under the current restrictions set forth by Governor Wolf.

Phoenix Contact views Power Resources International Inc as a vital extension of Phoenix Contact’s operations. Power Resources International Inc provides crucial support of those customers who are in the critical sectors of infrastructure, such as energy, healthcare, transportation, communications, commercial facilities, defense and industrial manufacturing.

As a key distributor of Phoenix Contact’s products and technologies to these critical sectors, it is imperative that Power Resources International Inc continue to perform its distribution function to our customers.

Phoenix Contact thanks you for your continued diligence and support during these uncertain times.’

-Kevin Zak, March 26, 2020

Greetings to PRI clients, suppliers, and friends.

The worldwide spread of the unprecedented COVID-19 coronavirus is a fast-changing situation which will likely continue in the coming weeks and months. From the outset PRI has focused on protecting members of its team and our clients, customers, and contract-vendees. We have done so by paying close attention to the guidance and direction provided by national, state, and local government officials, as well as top health organizations. However, in the past few days, the information and new directions from these government entities and health officials have rapidly evolved. It is now clear that this global pandemic, and the governmental, commercial, and personal responses thereto, will directly impact PRI’s ability to meet contract deadlines including, but not limited to: testing; fabrication; assembly, delivery of equipment and software, engineering and system integration, and on-sight project management, consulting, quality assurance, and warranty services.

There are many unforeseen consequences of the COVID-19 virus which are beyond PRI’s control that will effect PRI’s ability to timely meet performance deadlines including, but not limited to: delays by and non-performance of manufacturers and distributors of equipment; interruption in and unavailability of our domestic and international supply chain; labor issues and illness within PRI and its supply chain, distributors and support industries; lack of access to manufacturers’ factories and assembly plants; limited access to Owners’ property, personnel and equipment; and restrictions on travel and personnel assembly.

As this global health crisis continues PRI will closely monitor the situation and take measures to protect our employees, business associates, and communities. However, PRI’s delays caused by this crisis are beyond its control, as is the case with most of the U.S. and international business communities. Due to the ever-changing nature of this situation, PRI cannot at this point estimate when the crisis will be over, and when those in our business world will return to normalcy in production and delivery, so predicting a recovery schedule at this point would be no more than a random guess.

For these reasons, although PRI will use its best efforts to fulfill our contractual obligations to the extent permissible under these extraordinary circumstances, our performance will most certainly be delayed by this force majeure and an extension of time, without penalty or liability, is necessary.

Nevertheless, as we move forward in these uncertain times communication will be especially critical. We have encouraged our suppliers, vendors, subcontractors, and manufacturers to utilize virtual means of communication to conduct business with PRI whenever possible. We will diligently update you on relevant developments as they occur.

It is our hope that this health crisis will soon be over so that PRI will once again be able to provide you with our best products and services.

24th Annual ARC Industry Forum: Driving Digital Transformation in Industry and Cities

Get out of the cold and join PRI from February 3-6, 2020 in Orlando, Florida. PRI will have a panel at the Forum to both review and discuss Stratus’ Edge Computing and its effect on Digital transformation and what it could mean for your business/company.

While at the Forum be sure to learn more about how digitizing factories, cities, and infrastructure will benefit technology end users and suppliers alike. Discover what your peers and industry leaders are doing today and what steps they are taking in their respective journeys.

Disruptive new technologies and methodologies have already gained a foothold in most organizations. Cloud, Machine Learning, Edge Computing, IoT, and more are enabling new business processes and obscuring traditional functional boundaries. IT teams are growing their skills and capabilities and transforming real-time operations. By using data, digital technologies, and machine learning, organizations can ask questions about their interactions with customers, then map the information back to how assets are deployed and managed in operations. They can optimize their business, respond quickly to customer needs and market trends, and improve profitability and shareholder value.

For more information about the ARC Forum please visit their official site:
https://www.arcweb.com/events/arc-industry-forum-orlando

Schweizer Electronic and PRI have come together to promote and increase track safety for railway workers and personnel. With the Minimel Lynx radio warning system, workers are clearly and easily alerted to incoming and departing trains from their work area. The Minimel Lynx is economic, user-friendly, and extremely safe.

The Minimel Lynx radio warning system is the innovation development for automated track workers and goods protection on the open rail. The warning system detects approaching trains and warns construction workers on work-sites with optical and acoustic signals. The trains are counted automatically either by using treadles, by a train detector, or manually via a look-out operator using the radio hand switch. The train detector is processed at the central unit and a warning is automatically issued to all warning devices.

Strike-Through Treadle Clamp
Strike-Through Treadle

The video below shows the Minimel Lynx radio warning system in action.

Minimel Lynx Radio Track Warning System

The train sets off the alarm after passing by the treadle where it is automatically counted (above images). As soon as it does, the alarm is processed at the central unit and sent to the warning devices, signalling an oncoming train. Numerous optical and acoustic signals are made to alert nearby personnel of the incoming train. Once it passes the second treadle (indicates the train is outside the work area) a final sound is made and the alarm ends.

Minimel Lynx Radio Track Warning System