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.
Rock Mills Enterprises is pleased to introduce The Lifter PLUS, the next generation of vehicle-mounted, automated manhole cover removal tools.
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Milwaukee Tool has introduced the USB Rechargeable Utility Hot Stick Light, which attaches to any universal hot stick.
Powered by REDLITHIUM USB, the new light delivers up to 350 lumens of halo lighting, and adjustable output levels light the fuse for up to eight hours off one battery charge. Its advanced TRUEVIEW high-output lighting and optical design deliver a consistent beam, optimized color temperature, and true representation of colors and detail, leading to a more productive work area.
Built to thrive in the toughest conditions, the USB Rechargeable Utility Hot Stick Light is built with a durable, high-impact polycarbonate lens that can survive up to a 40-foot drop. Its high-impact aluminum body is also IP67 rated for protection from water and dust. As with all Milwaukee high-output LEDs, the new light also features a limited lifetime LED warranty, and a five-year warranty on the product.
Milwaukee Tool www.milwaukeetool.com
Milwaukee Tool has introduced the M18 FUEL 7/16” Hex Utility High Torque Impact Wrench with ONE-KEY. The industry’s only cordless impact wrench made specifically for lineworkers, this is also the world’s fastest-drilling cordless 7/16-inch impact wrench, delivering 30 percent faster drilling than other cordless options available. The new tool also provides up to 750 foot-pounds max torque for powerful breakaway capability and has features uniquely designed to offer lineworkers maximum control, such as an extended handle and QUIK-LOK chuck.
This new tool features three Milwaukee-exclusive innovations: the POWERSTATE Brushless Motor, REDLITHIUM XC5.0 Battery Pack, and REDLINK PLUS Intelligence Hardware and Software. Together, these innovations deliver unmatched performance and durability for the most demanding applications on the line, as well as the runtime to drill up to 40 holes per charge.
The impact wrench’s lightweight design offers improved balance, and its elongated handle was made to fit high-voltage rubber safety gloves, providing maximum grip and maneuverability in demanding environments. Additionally, the tool’s unique QUIK-LOK chuck is an industry first for a 7/16-inch utility impact and allows for single-handed bit insertion. Lineworkers now can quickly swap between augers and sockets without taking their hand off the tool’s handle during installations, reducing the risk of drops. An integrated lanyard loop provides convenient transfer and storage. As an added benefit, ONE-KEY provides the ability to customize, track and manage this impact wrench.
Milwaukee Tool www.milwaukeetool.com
IndustrySafe, a leader in safety management software, has released its incident investigation form to the IndustrySafe mobile app. This app, first launched in December 2017, now allows workers to conduct incident investigations from their mobile devices, with or without internet access.
Designed for field use, the IndustrySafe mobile app provides employees with the ability to record safety inspections and incidents at job sites and remote locations. With this update, users now have the option to perform detailed investigations of multiple types of incidents, including near misses, employee and non-employee injuries, and vehicle and environmental incidents. When investigating an incident, employees can capture important data on the fly, record witness accounts, and take and attach photos of the incident scene in real time.
Incident investigation forms can be submitted to the IndustrySafe software for further analysis by key team members as soon as web access is available. Safety professionals can then generate accurate regulatory reports, including OSHA record-keeping logs and DOT accident registers. Using the data provided by the IndustrySafe mobile app, companies can compare safety and health indicators across modules, calculate incident rates, view inspection completion rates and more.
The mobile app and its new incident investigation recording feature are available at no additional cost to subscribers of IndustrySafe’s Incident module. Customers may download the app from the App Store and Google Play for iPhone and Android devices.
Utility Solutions Inc. has introduced another load-break tool specifically designed for 38-kV systems. The new 38-kV/300-amp portable load-break and pickup tool is the latest version in the company’s popular BREAK-SAFE line. This version introduces continued improvements to the product line and represents the most advanced BREAK-SAFE in Utility Solutions’ 20-year history.
Many utility customers with 38-kV systems have limited options for portable load-break and pickup tools. The BREAK-SAFE is a popular and proven method for hot-line workers to safely install and manage temporary switching capabilities at the job site.
Since its introduction in the late 1990s, the BREAK-SAFE has become an industry standard. Hot-line crews can safely isolate work areas in between installed switches with a lightweight and portable device. Utility Solutions now has five models, including 15, 27, 38 and 46 kV.
The engineering team at Utility Solutions made the 38-kV version as small and light as possible. It is 33 inches long and available in both a floating head model for glove work and a duckbill head for hot sticks.
Utility Solutions Inc. www.utilitysolutionsinc.com
The all-new BuckLag from Buckingham Manufacturing was designed with ease and efficiency for lineworkers in mind. The BuckLag allows you to securely store lags while climbing.
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Cementex, the safety tool specialists, recently announced the availability of Cementex Belt Pouch Tool Combinations, featuring all tools designed for safe use in arc flash environments. With 13 different combinations to choose from, there is an ideal Cementex Belt Pouch Combo for any technician.
All tools in the Cementex Belt Pouch Combos feature innovative Cementex double-insulation technology. The double-insulated tools feature a yellow warning layer underneath the outer orange layer; if the outside insulation is damaged, posing a safety risk, the yellow layer begins to show, and technicians know that they must replace the tools.
The 13 different configurations of belt pouch and tool kits feature a wide range of tools, including Linesman’s universal crimping, needle nose and diagonal cutting pliers; various sizes of Phillips, Robertson and Cabinet screwdrivers; nut drivers; and various task-specialized tools. Customized configurations also are available.
Cementex double-insulated tools are tested to 10,000 VAC and rated for 1,000 VAC when working on or around live parts. The pliers comply with ASTM F1505 and IEC 60900 standards, and help meet the requirements of OSHA 1910.331-335, NFPA 70E and CSA-Z462.
Emerson has announced the launch of the Sherman + Reilly i-press battery tool monitoring smartphone app.
The new i-press app allows crews to track their Next Generation Sherman + Reilly Battery Tools. Using the simple navigation display, workers can view the battery charge, last service date, last five pressure measurements, tool temperature and number of cycles completed with a connected tool.
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The SafetyOne 4:1 Pick Off Tool is the most innovative, versatile, easy-to-use and cost-effective mechanical advantage kit on the market. Developed based on years of hands-on experience and feedback from rope access and tower professionals, the SafetyOne 4:1 will make your rescue kit complete.
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Dropped objects threaten workers’ lives and cost businesses thousands of dollars in labor hours and repair costs. Tool tethers help to increase safety and reduce the costs associated with dropped-objects injuries. The Quick-Switch Tool Tether from Ty-Flot Inc. is the most advanced tool tether on the market, allowing users to quickly switch tools from one location to another without ever being untied. Not only does the tether prevent dropped tools, but it also prevents some of the hazards associated with tool tethering. No more swinging tools, less snagging and no more risk of dropping a tool during a transfer.
With over 30 years of experience in tethering tools and an extensive partnership with industries working at height, Ty-Flot provides a full solution for preventing dropped objects. The company is owned and operated by people who have worked in the industry and have extensive experience in testing and certification.
Ty-Flot Inc. www.ty-flot.com
Klein Tools has introduced the Bull-Pin/Bolt Bag with Drain Holes for easy release of excess water.
The bag (Cat. No. 5416TSR) offers a variety of features. It is made of sturdy No. 4 canvas for increased durability; has drain holes at the bottom of the bag to release any built-up water; accommodates two different bull-pin sizes (1'' and 1-5/16''); has a tunnel loop that fits belts up to 3 inches wide; is stitched and riveted to ensure a longer life; has a double-reinforced bottom that adds extra protection on the job; and is assembled in the U.S. of U.S. and imported materials.
“Through rain or shine, linemen bring electricity from the plant to our homes, working to keep the power on,” said Vanessa Amaya, associate channel sales specialist at Klein Tools. “Klein’s new Bull-Pin/Bolt Bag features two drain holes, helping to release any built-up water and making necessary work in adverse weather conditions easier.”
Klein Tools www.kleintools.com/new-products