Kenzen, the smart PPE innovator focused on physiological monitoring and the prevention of heat injury and death among workers, has launched a real-time worker heat monitoring system. The cloud-based software-as-a-service system includes a wearable device worn by a worker on their arm, which alerts both the worker and their supervisor when core body temperature is too high. Real-time alerts allow for immediate intervention and worker safety from heat injuries.
The wearable device monitors multiple physiological and environmental metrics, including heart rate, activity, skin and ambient temperatures. Together, this data allows for the real-time prediction of core body temperature, providing alerts to workers and supervisors when temperatures approach unsafe levels.
Kenzen’s multi-level alerts are sent to workers via device vibration or iOS or Android app notification, and to supervisors via a web dashboard alert signaling that the worker should take a break and allow their temperature to return to a safe level. Alerts are accompanied by actionable recommendations, such as advising the worker to take a break, find shade, drink water, or remove any excess clothing and equipment to decrease body heat. A second “back to work” alert then indicates when the worker’s core body temperature has returned to a safe level.
Invented by a lineman and powered by a Milwaukee M18 battery, the Ripjack removes the outer jacket from underground primary cable.
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Grace Industries has introduced a new line of lone worker fall suspension alert notification products for people who work at heights.
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KH Industries has released the new NightRay LR vehicle-mounted spotlight line, which is replacing the NightRay 2 product line.
Though it has the same professional-grade, durable design on the outside, the new NightRay LR has been upgraded internally with state-of-the-art technology. The new product line features a long-range remote controller for extended communication, as well as additional features.
The new NightRay LR controller uses the latest low-energy wireless networking technology to communicate up to 200 feet in the line of sight. This longer range surpasses other vehicle-mounted spotlights on the market and allows for more efficient and effective control by operators.
Additionally, the onboard solid-state accelerometer allows the wireless remote to provide convenient control for users. It’s designed with intuitive tilt-and-roll control, allowing operators to direct the light by a tilt of the remote and a twist of the wrist.
Due to its bright light output, the NightRay line has long been used in the utility industry for nighttime inspection, maintenance and repair, as well as in emergency services and construction. The full lamp head rotation creates versatility with 370 degrees of horizontal rotation and a 250-degree vertical tilt. The exclusive open-yoke design and heavy-duty clutch outperform most in extreme weather climates and dominate in ice, snow and saltwater.
KH Industries https://khindustries.com
Emerson has revealed a new line of electrician fish tapes that make fishing two times faster compared to a traditional electrical fish tape. Faster fishing is possible with REEL-X because the anti-bind case reduces friction. Additionally, REEL-X can be set on the ground or held between the legs to free up both hands for pulling or feeding the tape.
REEL-X was engineered to eliminate the biggest problems present in traditional fish tape designs: fighting binds and jams in the tape, which slows down an already tiring process. Customers often reported strain in their shoulders and wrists while fishing. Greenlee’s patent-pending design features a free-spinning interior reel that helps eliminate binding, requiring less physical force to feed and pull the tape, which reduces fatigue. The new design lacks a handle, so the user is encouraged to hold the case close to their body. This helps minimize discomfort while assisting with decreasing physical strain by promoting neutral arm and wrist posture.
The case is designed to be opened easily to remove dirt and quickly swap out reel cartridges. A storage lock was added to the case to keep the tape in place when not in use.
REEL-X fish tapes are now available in fiberglass in 50-foot and 100-foot lengths.
Emerson has released the new Greenlee Gator Insulated Series of cutters and crimpers, which can help protect a professional from up to 1,000 volts.
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Utility Solutions Inc. recently unveiled their latest hot stick probe – the Quick Grab Probe – which is a unique spline-end attachment that is specifically engineered to easily open fuse doors on overhead cutouts.
The most unique feature of the Quick Grab Probe is the additional probe on the side of the tool. Most hot stick probes have a single probe that can engage the ring on a fuse barrel. The Quick Grab Probe uses a dual-probe design so that a lineworker can easily find the fuse door pull-ring from a distance.
The Quick Grab Probe also uses an arched head that can slide against a fuse barrel. Locating that barrel with a long telescopic hot stick often is a struggle. Once the operator has found the barrel, the secondary probe is automatically positioned to find the pull-ring with just a slight turn.
Utility Solutions Inc. www.utilitysolutionsinc.com
Compass is a lightweight, non-contact high-voltage and current detector. Once attached to the underside brim of any standard hard hat, its advanced notification system will quickly alert the user to the presence of voltage and current on any work site.
Compass detects both overhead and underground high-voltage sources. Once a field is detected, users are notified of their proximity and direction toward the energized source using visual and audible alerts. Unlike other non-contact detectors in the market, Compass has a digital interface that allows users to choose between four different sensitivity settings, effectively giving them the ability to customize the tool to virtually any work environment. Its placement on the hard hat also delivers two important benefits: instant visual notifications of any nearby threat and 360-degree threat detection around the user.
At Safeguard Equipment, safety is a lifestyle. We take it seriously for our customers and their families. To date in 2019, the Compass has saved eight lives. As a result, numerous major utilities have mandated its use among their workforce.
Safeguard Equipment www.safeguardequipment.com
Youngstown's 16” Lineman Bag is designed to carry rubber insulating gloves, Youngstown leather protectors and Youngstown work gloves. The super-duty 20-ounce water-resistant canvas bag features two covered main storage pockets and a side pocket for securely storing the daily glove inspection tool. Reinforced leather handles are attached to easy-to-open Velcro flaps. Both main compartments feature brass grommets for added ventilation. The bag is finished with a heavy-duty 360 locking carabiner.
Youngstown Glove Co. https://ytgloves.com
The Pole Hog from Precise Machine Works offers a solution to remove pole stumps in one piece by simultaneously spinning and pulling. There is no need for backhoes, rods, jacks or pullers. The Pole Hog relieves stress on boom trucks, does not widen the original hole, and works in mud and rock.
Made of steel, the Pole Hog can remove a pole up to 13 inches. The Pole Hog itself is 48 inches long, 18 inches OD, 13.3 inches ID and weighs 450 pounds. It comes with eight 8-¾-inch lag screws, as well as a kelly bar attachment to fit the boom truck.
Precise Machine Works https://precisemachineworks.com
Cementex has announced the availability of updated insulated torque wrenches featuring the company’s industry-leading double-insulation technology. Made of top-grade materials, calibrated according to ASME B107 standards (traceable to NIST) and manufactured according to ISO standards, Cementex double-insulated torque wrenches are designed to provide protection in potentially hazardous electrical work environments.
Cementex insulated torque wrenches feature two separate layers of insulation for twice the protection. A yellow undercoat is covered by an orange overcoating to create a high-voltage barrier. The impact-resistant, flame-retardant insulation provides protection against flashover, shock, burns and dropped tool shorts. It prevents dangerous accidents and injury that can occur with standard tools.
Use of Cementex double-insulated torque wrenches ensures that technicians will be free from risk of high-voltage exposure on the job. These calibrated torque wrenches are specifically designed in accordance with National Electrical Code 2017-110.14 (D) requirements for installation applications where a tightening torque is indicated as a numeric value on the equipment or in the installation instructions provided by equipment manufacturers. They also can be used to comply with NEC requirements for mounting electrical panels, as well as meeting NFPA 78 standards for tools required to protect workers in proximity to electrical equipment.
New updates feature a range of modified ratchet head profile styles that allow workers to access hard-to-reach areas quicker and easier without incident. The large lever control makes adjustments easy, even while wearing insulated gloves. Available options now include standard, low-profile, clockwise-only and short-drive models, as well as a fixed-head style. Three additional sizes have been added to the line, which now includes seven sizes.
Emerson is now offering professionals four new models of Greenlee battery hydraulic crimpers and cutters: the In-Line Quad Point Indenter (EK6ATILX, EK6FTILX), the 6-Ton Underground Indenting Crimper (EK6IDCLX) and the In-Line ACSR and Guy Wire Cutter (ESC25LX).
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The ClampStar solution is a practical, inexpensive strategy to help utilities reduce wire-down incidents and unplanned outages.
ClampStar is an engineered electrical and mechanical shunt that significantly reduces whole-span wire replacement costs when installed over a failed splice or on a damaged portion of conductor, functioning as a permanent bypass electrical connection for virtually all overhead transmission- and distribution-class conductors from 6 AWG to 2515 kcmil.
This solution eliminates replacement of overhead splices and repairs damaged bare conductors through a quick, easy, permanent fix. ClampStar also is used to increase the performance rating of existing splices and other connectors, clamps and fittings for the purpose of increasing line ampacity that may presently be limited by such devices.
With ClampStar, splices, dead-ends and suspension clamps are repaired with no power interruption; connector replacement is no longer required. It easily installs over the existing connector.
LineWise has introduced its new TLL-500A Triple Line Lifter for subtransmission applications. The new product is designed to be a low-cost, lightweight solution for supporting three phases of energized conductors from 34.5 kV to 72.5 kV.
The four main components of the TLL-500A are easy to assemble on the job site. The steel mast, which contains a turntable that allows it to swivel up to 15 degrees left or right, quickly pins to digger derrick adapters. The heavy-duty steel crossarm includes wear pads for maximum durability. Aluminum extension arms allow adjustment of the polymer insulators in 3-inch increments from a minimum overall span of 7 feet 4 inches to a maximum span of 16 feet. Insulators can be spaced a minimum of 3 feet 8 inches apart or a maximum of 8 feet apart.
The TLL-500A can be used in a horizontal or vertical configuration. It supports a maximum load of 500 pounds per position with a maximum side load of 200 pounds per position. An optional delta configuration allows operators to hang insulators in a downward position from the insulator sliders. Insulator extender attachments can extend insulators to accommodate pole structures with one conductor that is higher than the rest. A static arm attachment also is available to pick the static line at the same time as the conductors.
The TLL-500A comes in a convenient skid container that allows forklift loading from any side and will fit into standard full-size pickup beds.