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
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