Atlas Devices technologies enable professionals in specialized, high-risk occupations to work higher, faster and safer. With over a decade of innovation in military systems helping warfighters reach previously unobtainable heights, Atlas is now focusing on the utility industry to help lineworkers complete jobs faster, meet OSHA compliance, and increase rescue capability while reducing significant cost and risk.
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Klein Tools has introduced two new tools designed specifically with lineworkers in mind: the Howe Wire Tool with Handle and the Parallel Jaw Grip. The Howe Wire Tool provides an easier grip when pulling cable, while the Parallel Jaw Grip offers a lighter-weight option for Klein’s innovative, high-traction solution for HDPE-coated cable. These two new U.S.-made products are designed to provide professional lineworkers with more convenient and reliable pulling power.
The Howe Wire Tool with Handle (Cat. No. 1702-20HH) is a versatile tool that quickly sags service connections. Other features include an added handle that provides an easier grip during pulling; a double-locking snap hook that makes switching between grips convenient; a forged-steel swivel hook that can reach under insulators with a large opening and long shank; safely pulls loads up to 500 pounds; strap that is built to last with tough nylon webbing; and galvanized metal parts that increase durability.
The Parallel Jaw Grip (Cat. No. 1716-70) securely pulls HDPE-coated cable, commonly known as tree wire. Other features include an innovative, high-traction surface that grips cable without damaging the outer jacket; pulls cable diameters 0.625” to 1.362”; spring-loaded for convenient one-handed operation and easy placement on conductors; tough carbide grit technology that withstands harsh job site conditions; and wider cable diameter range and 3 pounds lighter than alternate model (Cat. No. 1716-60).
Klein Tools www.kleintools.com
Greenlee and Sherman + Reilly, Textron Inc. companies, are expanding their line of battery-powered hydraulic tools to include a 2-inch inline cable cutter and all-new cutting jaws for the 6-ton battery tool product line. The new tools have hardened blades to produce clean, uniform cuts, and they feature an ergonomic design, making them lightweight to reduce potential job site injuries.
The Greenlee (ESC50LX) and Sherman + Reilly (SRS197X) inline 2-inch cable cutters include a tacky grip handle for easy, comfortable handling and control. The tools are powered by the 18V Lithium-Ion Makita battery platform for a faster charge time and more cycles per charge.
The new inline cutters cut up to 2-inch-diameter copper and aluminum standard and fine-stranded cable. A single trigger controls all tool functions. The tool's inline design and 350-degree rotating head allow for easy, comfortable cutting at any angle. Longer tool reach affords accessibility and reduced operator fatigue. A double-click safety option prevents unintentionally engaging cutting blades, and the tool automatically retracts when the cutting cycle is complete. An OLED display shows real-time communication and tool maintenance status.
The new cutting jaws for the EK425, EK628 and SRK6X tools (CJ-ACSR1/CJ-CUAL) are interchangeable, reducing the number of tools needed for a job. A patented locking pin allows for easy jaw installation and removal, and a 350-degree rotating head allows the tool to be held comfortably from any angle. The CJ-ACSR has a capacity to cut up to 477-kcmil Pelican ACSR, 5/16-inch guy strand (EHS) and 3/8-inch guy strand (HS). The CJ-CUAL has a capacity to cut up to 600-kcmil copper/aluminum.
Sherman + Reilly www.sherman-reilly.com
When a lineman cuts himself with a knife, not only does it harm the lineman personally and professionally -- the injury also can affect the company's insurance costs and productivity rates. For the past five years, MADI has made significant progress in the development of a blade that will minimize, if not eliminate, accidental cuts. The evolution of this safety innovation came about from talking with linemen, line supervisors, management, safety directors and engineers. The progression went from a blunted point, to a different cutout blade design, to a recessed cutout, to a modified recessed cutout, to even a spring-activated pocket knife that can be opened and closed with one hand while wearing gloves. Not being satisfied, we kept researching how to maintain safety while at the same time making a knife more appealing to linemen. We listened, learned and refined our best features to create our newest platform, the MADI OneFlip Pocket Knife Range.
Features and benefits of OneFlip knives include highest-grade stainless steel for maximum durability and sharpness; pointed tip, blunted tip and safety blade options; blade locks open and closed; push to open and close -- enables quick, one-handed opening and closing with work gloves on; and reversible belt clip.
Hastings, a manufacturer of hot-line tools and equipment, recently introduced a wireless temperature probe to its product offerings. The probe can be used to measure the physical temperature of any energized or de-energized hardware or object, including transformers, conductors and connectors.
Intended primarily for use with Hastings' Tel-O-Pole Series products, the unit can transmit and receive measurements from distances of up to 100 feet. Measurements are taken through direct contact with the end of the fiberglass probe. This direct contact feature eliminates the emissivity effect and produces more accurate readouts than noncontact sensors or thermal-lensed cameras.
A spring-loaded guide plate on the probe helps position the device and offers retracting, allowing for use on any size round or flat objects. An included LCD receiver reads real-time temperatures and allows for temporary memory storage for up to three separate readings.
Hastings, a worldwide manufacturer of hot-line tools and equipment, understands that every day has the potential to bring the unexpected to lineworkers. That is why we strive to make lineworkers’ jobs safer as well as more efficient. The introduction of Hastings’ Tel-O-Pole Slide Stop is no exception.
Designed for use with Hastings’ Tel-O-Pole products, the Slide Stop prevents hot-stick sections from extending while in storage or transit. The outer band construction provides surface protection and grip to help prevent rolling and sliding when not in use. Made of a strong and durable synthetic rubber known as ethylene propylene diene monomer, or EPDM, these accessories weigh less than 1 ounce each.
Lightweight and stretchable, the Slide Stop provides additional safety and convenience to Hastings’ Tel-O-Pole product series.
Hastings, a worldwide manufacturer of hot-line tools and equipment, recently introduced load pickup/break switch products in single- and three-phase versions to its diverse catalog. The break switches allow a lineworker to install a temporary switch anywhere on their system.
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Utility Solutions Inc. has created a new telescopic hot stick for live-line work. Unlike standard telescopic hot sticks, the BLUE STRIPE Take-Apart Hot Stick features removable sections and a stronger torque value.
Today's lineworkers build and maintain complex distribution networks that offer diverse challenges. A lineworker will operate switches and equipment from the ground, bucket and pole itself, all relying on a fiberglass stick for safety. From replacing fuses to occasional tree trimming, lineworkers may carry several different styles of hot sticks on their truck to ensure they have the right tool for the job. Utility Solutions’ Take-Apart Hot Stick was created to be stronger, easier to use and more versatile than standard hot sticks. A lineworker can simply remove two to three sections and adjust the length as needed.
The BLUE STRIPE line uses a unique non-woven fiberglass design created in Utility Solutions’ Hickory, N.C., facility.
Utility Solutions Inc. www.utilitysolutionsinc.com
Buckingham Manufacturing’s Buck Big Mouth Bag is a large equipment bag specifically designed with an extended wide mouth – 15.5 inches by 22 inches – to make it easier and faster for workers to store all their PPE, tools, gear and other items. Available in high-visibility green or black, the Buck Big Mouth features all the quality aspects you expect from Buckingham, including a wide-mouth, heavy-duty steel frame for durability; heavy vinyl-coated nylon construction; hard rubber bottom; molded rubber lip to keep water from seeping into the bottom of the bag; adjustable shoulder straps for comfort; two pockets featuring elastic tool holders for organization; and top-grain reinforced leather straps for closure.
Buckingham Manufacturing www.buckinghammfg.com
When it comes to motor vehicle records checks, no news isn’t necessarily good news. Running an annual MVR check in the hopes that nothing has changed in the past 12 months is no longer good enough. Without regular MVR monitoring that flags violations closer to when they actually occur, fleet operators can remain exposed.
ARI’s responsive MVR monitoring automatically checks for new violations, DUI and DWI convictions, invalid licenses, and other infractions sooner and without manual scheduling. When an infraction is found, the system reacts by automatically assigning online training targeted to the driver and the specific infraction.
All MVR events are tracked through the ARI Driver Scorecard. MVR data is analyzed along with telematics, risk, claims and fuel data to provide a comprehensive view of driver behavior. The Driver Scorecard assigns a risk score, highlighting those drivers who may require extra training or attention, as well as those who pose significant risks to their organizations. ARI’s responsive monitoring, coupled with reactive training and comprehensive scorecarding, can help identify and mitigate risk sooner.
Milwaukee Tool continues to deliver productivity-enhancing solutions for the trades with the new 102x77 Spot Infrared Imager. With instant start-up for scanning large areas quickly, a high-resolution image on-screen and precise single-spot measurement, the new imager is ideal for fast, accurate troubleshooting.
Designed for the professional tradesman, the 102x77 Spot Infrared Imager provides users with unmatched visibility into maintenance issues so they can quickly diagnosis the problem. Exclusive DUAL SENSE Pixel Technology allows the imager to individually optimize pixels to eliminate the blurring of hot and cold details in crowded areas. Equipped with 56:1 single-spot performance, a 15-second image hold and an infrared range of 14 degrees to 646 degrees Fahrenheit, users are able to scan, target and receive one simple on-screen temperature reading from a long distance or up close for greater detail.
Backed by a five-year warranty, the 102x77 Spot Infrared Imager confirms Milwaukee’s continued commitment to delivering solutions that save time, increase productivity and address frequent user frustrations.
Milwaukee Tool www.milwaukeetool.com
HD Electric Co., a Textron Inc. company, now offers its new Underground Cable Fault Tester, the UCT-8, a lightweight one-piece tool that is used to test underground, de-energized, primary-shielded voltage cables for faults.
Test results for underground DC leakage are clearly displayed as an analog bar graph along with an indication of a good or faulted cable. A self-contained, 8-kV high-voltage source powers the tester using a 9-V lithium battery, making the UCT-8 a compact, single hot-stick operation tool for testing cable. There also is an integrated safety circuitry that detects cables that have not been properly de-energized, alerts the user of the problem and shuts down the test to prevent system damage. An automatic shutoff feature helps the battery to last longer.
HD Electric Co. www.hdelectriccompany.com
Greenlee Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. company, has introduced the G6 Turbo puller to improve contractor speed and efficiency. Capable of pulling 6,000 pounds of force, the G6 Turbo model pulls up to 60 percent faster than the competition, according to the company.
The 120-volt AC drive motor can pull 6,000 pounds of maximum force and 4,000 pounds continuously. Dual capstans on the G6 Turbo puller deliver faster pulling speeds across the entire load spectrum of the pull. Control boards monitor the current draw of the G6 Turbo puller motor and protect it from over loading the puller. Built-in spring-loaded pins allow for quick changeovers and easy setup, and eliminate the hassle of loose pieces.
The G6 Turbo puller is equipped with features to reduce downtime and injuries. A footswitch safely controls motor power without the operator placing themselves in front of the rope. The 125-pound G6 Turbo puller is built on a dolly, making it easier to move the unit from worksite to worksite. Handles on the dolly and the boom allow operators to easily and ergonomically adjust for height. A gearbox feature prevents rope and cable tension from pulling back into the conduit when the operator stops pulling. Setup time is faster and easier than other pullers on the market.
Greenlee Textron Inc. http://greenlee.com/g6
Honeywell now offers a new satellite-based connected solution to help governments, companies and other organizations monitor the location and safety of workers in remote locations.
The company’s Personal Tracker utilizes Iridium's low-earth orbit satellite network, the only satellite constellation that provides pole-to-pole coverage, which is necessary for effective remote asset and personnel tracking. The mobile device allows companies to communicate with their workers or track assets anywhere in the world – across oceans, airways and even polar regions.
Emergency services, maritime, military and oil and gas workers can share their location with GPS coordinates and send text messages using the enterprise-grade, ultra-rugged device, which is certified to function in hazardous environments where explosions or a fire may occur due to flammable liquids or vapors. It can be used as a stand-alone, two-way communication device or can be clipped to a backpack to serve as a tracking beacon. It also can be paired with an iPhone so that users can access a Honeywell mobile app that offers features such as interactive SOS, messaging, push notifications, trip information and situational awareness.
The Personal Tracker is exclusive to the Iridium network. With Iridium's two-way communication capabilities, even when used as a stand-alone alerting and tracking beacon, the Personal Tracker can receive current location requests and configuration updates over the air.
Ripley Tools’ new RMS Remote Mid-Span Stripper is designed for mid-span removal of insulation from energized tree wire and spacer cables. Ripley's RMS tool is quicker and safer than hand tools designed for hot-stick operation, according to the company.
The RMS has a cable range of .60 to 1.75 OD and a voltage of 10 to 35 kV. It is designed for one-man operation from a bucket truck.
The tool head is made from insulated Delrin. It has an intermediate hot-stick shaft, and the epoxy drive shaft maintains a 4-foot approach distance from energized line.
The RMS mid-span strips any phase without removing conductor from spacers, and each bushing comes with a go/no-go-style cable gauge, ensuring the proper bushing is used on the wire.
The kit includes a tool stop clamp that is designed to work with a grip-all stick to maintain safe approach distance. It also comes with bushings of your choice, a convenient carry case with storage for additional bushings and cable gauges. Additionally, the RMS eliminates the need for conductor covers and insulated blankets.
Ripley Tools www.ripley-tools.com