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
Milwaukee Tool has introduced the TICK, a professional-grade Bluetooth tool and equipment tracker. Designed to withstand the harshest job site environments, the TICK can be easily attached and hidden from sight on any product, regardless of brand, providing users an invaluable way to track anything in their inventory through the ONE-KEY app.
With its low-profile design, the TICK can securely attach to anything through glue, screw, rivet or strap. Its flat back enables a snug fit to a variety of surface types, and its circular shape fits into a range of places hidden from view (e.g., the underside of a ladder or miter saw stand). Each TICK also is laser engraved with a serial number so users can easily identify and assign multiple TICKs. Once attached and hidden from view, the TICK makes tracking tools and equipment as simple as pulling out your phone.
Products with a TICK attached are paired via the ONE-KEY app. Tool records and locations are updated when any device with the ONE-KEY app comes within 100 feet of the TICK. These location updates are transmitted through any ONE-KEY app that’s in range, regardless of whether the app is open or not, allowing users to pinpoint missing tools more quickly. In addition, users can easily manage all of their tools through the app’s Simplified Tool and Equipment Management features. These features allow users to assign and store detailed information for all of their tools and equipment, whether it’s a tool equipped with a TICK, a ONE-KEY enabled tool or any other tool or piece of equipment.
Milwaukee Tool www.milwaukeetool.com
HD Electric Co. has launched its FireFly Fuse Tool Voltage Detector, which combines a fuse tool, voltage detector and flashlight in a single product, saving time and adding an extra level of safety while working on distribution lines.
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Kirk interlocking products provide safe access to switchgear within HV substations. Trapped key access interlocks and key exchange units restrict physical entry and prevent dangerous operating conditions, ensuring that personnel operate equipment according to the correct sequence of operation.
For HV substation applications, Kirk recommends its HD Series interlocks. The lock housing, cylinder and inner workings are manufactured entirely of 316 stainless steel. A robust dowel pin key design resists breakage and prevents duplication. A gasketed flip cover protects the keyways from debris. The HD Series range includes mechanical and electromechanical bolt, access, transfer and valve interlocks, along with a full range of accessories to form a comprehensive switchgear interlocking scheme for HV substations.
Sherman + Reilly now offers a new line of Next Generation battery-powered hydraulic tools. The superior design of these new Next Generation tools includes real-time communication technology, improved ergonomics focused on optimizing the tool’s center of gravity and more power with an enhanced Makita battery platform.
Tools in the new Next Generation line include 6-, 12- and 15-ton crimping tools, cable and bolt cutters, and a 10K psi pump with removable heads that have the capabilities to do both.
Each product in this new line of tools features Bluetooth communication technology that allows electricians to wirelessly manage their tools. This feature provides access to tool history, monitors service timelines and customizes tool operations to suit the worker’s preferences. Each Next Generation crimping tool is equipped with Intelli-CRIMP technology, a unique pressure sensor that monitors the crimping process, ensuring the correct amount of pressure is applied to each crimp. Some tools are equipped with Auto Retraction Stop, which retracts the ram just enough to prepare the tool for the next cycle, saving time and energy. Additionally, there are tools with Retraction Stop Repeat, which allows the operator to partially retract the ram and repeat that retraction for subsequent crimps. Tools equipped with this feature emit audible and visual alerts when a crimp is below specifications.
Sherman + Reilly www.sherman-reilly.com
Utility Solutions Inc. has added another ice removal product to their overhead distribution line. The patented Ice Breaker – Spline End Attachment is a solid aluminum roller that attaches to a hot stick to remove ice on overhead power lines. Utilities now have three unique options to safely remove ice.
The company's first product in this category was the Ice Wacker – Polymeric Ice Removal Tool. Crews attach this tool to any standard fiberglass hot stick to remove ice and debris from overhead distribution systems. The solid polymer material can withstand lots of abuse and eliminates unnecessary damage to fiberglass end sections.
Last year, Utility Solutions Inc. debuted their second ice removal product, called the BLUE STRIPE Heavy Duty Ice Roller. This is a complete ice removal system that includes a large aluminum roller head, foam-filled fiberglass sections (5 feet or 10 feet), and a swivel pull ring. Each component attaches with a metal push-button, which makes for easy transport and storage. This unique device can handle long runs of ice-covered overhead lines.
Utility Solutions Inc. www.utilitysolutionsinc.com
Milwaukee Tool has introduced the M18 FORCE LOGIC 3” Underground Cable Cutter with Wireless Remote. With the ability to cut up to 1500MCM CU 15KV, the new cable cutter pairs with a wireless remote that allows lineworkers to distance themselves farther from the cut, delivering a smarter and safer way to remote cut.
Through a wireless remote, lineworkers can communicate via Bluetooth connection to their M18 FORCE LOGIC 3” Underground Cable Cutter and initiate a cut. An indicator light on the wireless remote will alert the user immediately after the tool is done cutting. The wireless remote is exclusively paired with the cable cutter, eliminating the potential for other devices to connect to the tool and unintentionally activate a cut. For wrecking or new line installs, the tool can easily interchange between remote mode and local mode through a remote cut switch on the back of the tool.
Lineworkers need a tool that can set up, cut and reset quickly for the next cut. A handle and hang hook enable the easiest suspension in vaults and manholes. By redesigning the handle to the top of the tool, users are able to cut with their wrist in a neutral position, improving wrist posture and decreasing muscle effort. The open scissor-style jaws and in-line design provide much easier setup in trenches, allowing users to easily scoop up cable to prepare for the next cut.
At up to 60 percent faster per cut than the competition, the new 3” Underground Cable Cutter is also the fastest cable cutter in its class, according to the company. Equipped with an M18 RED LITHIUM XC 5.0 battery, it can deliver more than 140 cuts per charge.
Milwaukee Tool www.milwaukeetool.com
MADI has introduced the Safety BrushBlade, which combines two tools into one and helps lineworkers decrease outages, minimize open neutrals and bad connections, and create significant savings by brushing conductors properly. The two tools are a knife and an integrated wire brush.
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