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Spotlight on Hooters

November 1, 2008

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For over 70 years  the Klaxon hooter range was produced at the Tyesley Factory  from around 1920 to 1997 until Klaxon become part of the Helma Group and moved to London and then to Oldham just imagine what the has happened in the world in those 70 years:  a lot and not all good.

So to think the Klaxet ES and the baby of the range the A1 (only introduced in 1972) have remained in production giving important warning signals to generations of workers from Birmingham to Singapore is kind of reassuring.

In 2005 the range returned to its spiritual home of Tyesley after 8 years of being moved around the country, the hooter spirits must like it here as the sales have doubled in the three years the products have been back, and although electronic sounders have become the main stay of the industry, installers still want to use the hooter range because it is such effective signal both in output and noise generation.

Even with some competitors introducing an electronic version of sound the reality is that they can not replace the original so here’s to the grand ladies of signalling and to another 70 years what will they witness in that time nobody knows but let’s hope it’s more good then bad 

Some Facts

Hooters are a very traditional acoustic signalling tool and thanks to Moflash, they still continue to be a popular choice today. Originally made by Klaxon, production has recently been taken over by Moflash, thereby keeping the brand alive. In fact, the name ‘Klaxon’ has come to be used as a description synonymous with any type of hooter or horn in the same way as ‘Biro’ has for pens and ‘Hoover’ for vacuum cleaners!

Hooters are powerful, motor-driven horns producing the unique and never forgotten ‘Klaxon’ sound used the world over.

So how does a hooter work?

A serrated rotor driven against a hardened steel diaphragm stud creates a high dB output with low frequency sound. The high dB combined with low frequency ensures that the hooter can be heard in the noisiest of applications.

Versions available include the famous ‘Klaxet’, (see AHKLAXET range), the ‘A1’ series (see AHA1 range) and the ‘ES’ manual hooter (see AHES-1290).

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