Fiberglass Shelters Can Help Fulfill Your Needs

Telecom shelters traditionally are used to house equipment, essential for telecommunication signals. The shelters are typically housed with a tower and a generator, either in an attached room or outside the building. The shelters are filled with everything needed for a data center including, batteries, rectifiers, ATS/ASCO, HVAC units, fire suppression support and switchgears.

Fiberglass units are high-strength and low-cost structures, made to last for decades.  Their light weight construction material makes them easy to relocate, and far less costly to move, than concrete or metal structures.  Fiberglass never rusts and is mildew, mold and rot resistant in any climate. These shelters are maintenance-free, air tight and, unlike concrete shelters, do not crack.  Their attractive appearance also blends well with any environment.

Engineered to be highly durable in storms, these shelters can withstand winds up to 125 mph.  They are environmentally sound, extremely cost effective and the ideal answer to sensitive technical equipment storage. The roof design of Fiberglass shelters offers high snow capability and reliability in harsh weather conditions.  Heavy-duty locks and hinges are rust resistant and secure.

Fiberglass Shelters can serve as an above or below-ground storm shelter, as well. Their tough material can reduce the risk of injury or death, caused by tornados or hurricanes.  Not only can fiberglass withstand high winds, but also flying debris.

Other common applications are housing generators, pumps, radio repeaters, chlorination equipment, emergency spill, cellular antennae shielding and storage for radar and satellite equipment.

Options such as heating, lighting, air conditioning, exhaust, outlets, double doors and UV resistant gel coated exterior can all be installed upon request.  Shelters are shipped to your job site fully assembled and ready to install. These buildings also come in a variety of sizes to suit any project.

Lattice Communications has a variety of used fiberglass shelters available. The shelters can be custom refurbished to meet your needs. We offer a multitude of options, from HVAC to rectifiers and would love to work with you on your next project.

Fiber to YOUR Home

You may have heard about Fiber-to-the-Home (or FTTH) recently, but have you stopped to ask what it is or how it can benefit you?

Fiber-to-the-Home provides of fiber optic cable connections for individual residences. The fiber delivers a multitude of digital information for telephone, video and data.

Unfortunately, traditional copper cable will not be able to handle all of the new, upcoming technologies, like 100 Mbps Internet service, HD streaming video and advanced voice services.

Fiber optic cable provides higher stability, has fewer interruptions, is less susceptible to corrosion or power surges by lightning (and other sources) and allows for future evolution of technology. Fiber supports large amounts of data and can keep up with consumer and technology demands. Not only does the addition of FTTH increase the value of your home, but it has the potential to push an increase in economic development due to the advanced technology available in your community. Best of all, there is no modem required with FTTH!

Fiber is indisputably the fastest, most versatile high-speed internet connection. Fiber-to-the-Home provides practically unlimited bandwidth and gets you the speed you are actually paying for with no Internet slowdowns during peak hours.

Standard costs for fiber installation are around $400 or more. Although FTTH project requires this fee now, it will ultimately save you money in the future.

Decommissioning Offered by Lattice Communications

Lattice Communications is known for being the largest stocking dealer of used telecom shelters in the country, but we also offer decommissioning services. When upgrading your cell cite, old equipment needs to be removed, and that’s where we come in.

Lattice can streamline this process. We can remove your shelter and generator and dismantle towers and fencing quickly and at less cost. Our services also include project management and logistics to haul the equipment off site.

When we evaluate a decommission job, we begin will a pre project analysis, offer end to end project management and demolish, remove and dispose of the equipment. We do this work in compliance with all local, state and federal guidelines and regulations, making the process as easy as possible for you. Telecom decommissioning projects are completed by our experienced and knowledgeable staff in accordance with all safety a procedural requirements. Whether your project is limited to a single tower site, or involves hundreds of site within an interstate telecom infrastructure, we can help with your project.

Lattice Communications is a nationwide company and we offer decommissioning in the lower 48 states as well as portions of Canada. To learn more about decommissioning and other services at Lattice, call us toll free at 888-926-7541.

Switch It Up – MTS/ATS

A transfer switch is an electrical switch that controls a load between two sources. There are two types of transfer switches, a Manual Transfer Switch (MTS) and an Automatic Transfer Switch (ATS).

With a Manual Transfer Switch, an operator must make the transfer by manually throwing the switch. Manual transfer switches allow portable generator owners a way to power existing electrical circuits in a home or office. There are no required extension cords with an MTS, meaning less clutter and hassle on installation and during use, providing a high level of safety and comfort.

Instead of running a power cord from the generator to power individual plug-in appliances, installing a MTS next to the main circuit panel permits the owner to start up a generator and restore power to pre-designated, critical circuits when utility power is no longer available. Suitable for residential and light commercial applications, they are a simple way to provide owners with a high level of safety and comfort.

An Automatic Transfer Switch provides all the features of an MTS, and then some. It is installed where a back-up generator is located. It allows the generator to provide temporary electrical power if/when the utility source fails.

An Automatic Transfer Switch is an essential part of the power generation process, allowing for a smooth and immediate transfer of electrical current between multiple sources and the load. Automatic transfer switches can detect if there is any loss of power and automatically starts the generator and switches from utility power to generator power.

By combining an ATS or MTS with one of our generators, we are able to offer a complete power generator package.

Internal Spotlight: Jacks of all Trades

Among the many vital departments within Lattice Communications, the shop team executes the completion of each and every project which is why they are the focus of this month’s Internal Spotlight.  The hard work and professionalism of the shop employees contributes greatly to the overall success of Lattice. The person responsible for the timely completion of each project is the Operations Manager, Leigh Gaddis. Leigh has been with Lattice for over a year and enjoys the team atmosphere and the ability to bring her dog to work.

Leigh oversees the shop department, a team made up of local production technicians as well as employees strategically located throughout the United States.  As production technicians they provide professional service, quality workmanship and customer satisfaction. With technicians throughout the U.S. and many stationed at Lattice headquarters in Fairfax, Iowa, Lattice has a special advantage over their competitors. “We are centrally located within the United States which allows us a nationwide presence with quick response time,” explained Leigh.

The shop team provides civil and technical support after the sale is made.  When a customer purchases a product or requests a service, the shop personnel ensure that the project is completed professionally, efficiently, and to the customer’s satisfaction. We have the ability to send out 20 crews at any given time.  “The things I enjoy most about working here are the ongoing training and certification,” said Master Electrician, Jared Nelson.

Leigh and her team of experts provide excellent work and outstanding products, including Lattice’s own line of customized concrete shelters.  With all of the projects and customers throughout the nation, every day is different for Leigh. She is faced with a lot of challenges on a daily basis but completing them is satisfying.

Overall, Leigh and the shop team are responsible for the successful fulfillment of customers’ needs.

Leigh proudly stated: “with every new project, we gain more knowledge on how to make our department better.”

Importance of Fire Suppression

Do you want to reduce network downtime and protect your valuable assets? Of course you do, and having a fire suppression system is the best to do that. Fire suppression systems provide sustainable technology with an environmentally-friendly solution.

Fire suppression systems effectively prevent combustible, electrical and flammable liquid fires before they cause substantial damage. Active on fire, but safe on people; extinguishers feature safe and cost-effective fire protection while requiring minimal storage space. Fire suppression reduces risk of downtime and helps maintain business opportunity in the event of a fire. This is a clean product, leaving no residue and making it safe for discharge in occupied areas.

Design conceptions for 95% of its applications fall well below NOAEL levels. In the telecom industry, fire suppression plays an important role in reducing network downtime and protecting valuable assets. Traditional methods for fighting fire such as water or dry chemicals can cause significant damage to sensitive electrical equipment. Lattice Communications installs fire suppression systems based on your application, to help ensure your concrete shelter is ready for use when delivered Kidde’s line of industry-specific engineered extinguishers can offer dependable alternative to traditional approaches of telecom fire suppression.

When fire causes a telecommunications hub to fail, business operations are interrupted, financial transactions frozen, and emergency response units put at risk. Telecommunications companies can lose millions of dollars when networks go down. Fire and the subsequent halt of business translate into lost revenues and lost clients to competitors. Communications facilities including data centers, control rooms, cell sites, and transfer stations all house sensitive equipment and potentially flammable materials creating a necessity for reliable fire suppression systems.

Controlling and eliminating fire outbreaks quickly and effectively will keep your telecommunication equipment safe and operational every hour, of every day.

Can your business afford to cut corners when it comes to reliable fire protection?

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Internal Spotlight: Mike Brems & Eric Benson

This month’s Internal Spotlight is focused on the hard work and dedication of the Sales Department at Lattice. Under the direction of Rob Brown, the Vice President of Business Development, the Sales Department ensures their customers receive high quality service. On a daily basis, they work hard to generate leads, revenue, and clientele. Their ultimate goal is to provide turnkey solutions that will satisfy the needs of both customers and partners.

Manager of Business Development, Mike Brems, has been with Lattice for 2 ½ years and has worked to build strong customer relationships.  These relationships, as well as the fast-paced environment, are what keep Brems motivated and committed to Lattice.  Eric Benson, the Director of Business Development, emphasized the nature of the company’s internal relationships.  Benson has been with Lattice for four years.  He enjoys working in the Sales Department and closing deals, but what he likes most about the company is, “It is made up of really great people who work well together.”

The Sales Department is responsible for providing end-to-end solutions and working hard to impact their customers’ bottom line.  Lattice is a unique company within the industry because they offer a variety of products, services, and solutions.  Benson and Brems, along with other Sales Representatives, attend a handful of trade shows throughout the country each year in order to promote Lattice and form new relationships.  “When you look around at a trade show, you see that each company specializes in something different. Then you take a look at us and we encompass all of these things. Lattice really can do it all and by offering end-to-end turnkey solutions, customers do not have to work with multiple companies to complete their telecom project… We joke with our customers that we are ‘one throat to choke’,” laughed Benson.

Moving forward, the sales team plans to continue meeting and exceeding customers’ expectations.  Brems noted the importance of Lattice’s partnerships with suppliers and customers, “We are constantly working to see how we can grow our companies together and are focused on maintaining collaborative relationships with existing customers as well as forming new ones.”

If you are looking to purchase a quality product, Lattice can meet your demands while ensuring outstanding customer service from a knowledgeable Sales Team that will value your relationship and recognize the importance of your project.

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