DICA Outrigger Pads has introduced the ZeroLift Pad Rack, a crane accessory offering safety benefits for crane operators. The Pad Rack eliminates the need for crane operators to manually lift and carry outrigger pads, and makes transport on the job site simple and safe.
The ZeroLift Pad Rack has a carrying capacity of 1,000 pounds and is adjustable to fit pad sizes up to 48 inches by 60 inches. Made of high-strength steel, the Pad Rack easily installs on either the front or rear of rough-terrain cranes. A single hitch point allows the ZeroLift Pad Rack to fold up and out of the way when not in use. When mounted correctly, the ZeroLift Pad Rack has minimal impact on crane ground clearance. At only 60 pounds, the Pad Rack does not affect crane load charts. In addition, the ZeroLift Pad Rack is versatile enough to transport other equipment, such as toolboxes.
DICA offers more than 50 models of engineered outrigger pads that help employers with proper crane setup. Many of these models can be transported with the new ZeroLift Pad Rack.
DICA Outrigger Pads www.dicausa.com
Laser Technology Inc. (LTI) and GeoSpatial Experts (GSE) are working together to bring the ultimate solution for electric utility-based field data collection and reporting for pole audits and vegetation management applications.
LTI is the leading manufacturer of professional-grade measurement and mapping laser rangefinders. LTI’s TruPulse laser rangefinders are considered the best alternative to the conventional height stick and measuring wheel because they are safer to use, easy to operate and reasonably priced. A TruPulse can acquire measurements directly to an attachment point, conductor or encroaching vegetation, which will save time and eliminate the frustrations of collecting measurements near rough terrain, within private property and during inclement weather. The TruPulse 200X model can produce +/- 4 centimeters in distance accuracy and has a tilt sensor within a tenth of a degree for accurate 2-D slope and height measurements. LTI lasers also have Bluetooth capabilities that can sync with a smartphone or tablet running an app as well as Windows Mobile hand-held data collectors running GIS software.
GSE is the leader in photo mapping software and creator of GeoJot+. GeoJot+ is an annual subscription service that enables organizations to quickly capture field data on mobile devices with geotagged photos, automatically upload the photos and data to the cloud, and then process the information back in the office, creating reports, maps and database input. The app usage can be easily tracked with the ability to add, revoke and transfer app licenses between devices. Custom forms can also be created, uploaded and instantly pushed out to all devices. Using GeoJot+ Core in the office allows users to review field data and create customizable reports as well as ArcGIS and Google photo maps.
“Combining and promoting these two technologies for the electric utility market just makes sense because it has great field-to-office synergy and makes the data collection and reporting process consistent, easy and affordable,” says Paul Adkins, LTI marketing manager.
Laser Technology Inc. www.lasertech.com
The Chance brand Meter Claw meter puller with Safetyshield provides a first line of defense against potential meter maintenance hazards – such as electric arcs and flashes, fragmentation explosions and meter breakage – while offering an efficient way to remove meters. The transparent polycarbonate Safetyshield barrier has a 24-inch diameter and allows full view of the working area. Designed to fit single-phase and multiphase residential and commercial meters, the unit comes with ergonomic handles for stable control and reduced fatigue, which will help prevent injuries from repeated pulls. The Meter Claw meter puller can be purchased separately or with the Safetyshield. Retrofit kits to add the Safetyshield to other makes of meter pullers are also included in the offering. The full product brochure can be found at www.hubbellpowersystems.com/literature/lineman/SF09021E.pdf.
Hubbell Power Systems www.hubbellpowersystems.com
The PUPI Pole Top Equipment Mount is a new assembly that joins the line of PUPI brand electrical distribution and transmission products. The assembly is used to mount antennas, receivers, transmitters and other telecommunications equipment above the tops of utility poles. The sturdy fiberglass structure is completely nonconductive and contains an internal conduit to route and protect wires and cables. The assembly’s profile is a slim 2 inches by 4 inches, but it has been tested to support typical telecommunications equipment subjected to hurricane-force wind loads.
Weighing just 24 pounds, the PUPI Pole Top Equipment Mount is lightweight and simple to install. Pole-mounting hardware is available, or users can also provide their own. Custom lengths are available, and predrilled mounting holes can be located to accommodate specific types of equipment.
All PUPI fiberglass products feature SunGUARD UV-resistant coating, which is thermally bonded to the surface, forming a protective layer that stays smooth and protects the fiberglass from intense sunlight for 60-plus years. PUPI’s exclusive TorqueGUARD bushings are available to reinforce holes for added strength during hardware installation.
Ladder Safety Solutions Inc. has introduced the Prymate, a nonconductive pry bar designed to assist with meter removal or any time a pry bar is needed in an energized environment. Tested up to 100 kV, the Prymate is 5/8 of an inch by 3/4 of an inch, and 14 inches long. The tip is cut at a 30-degree angle. The handle is dipped in a durable rubberized material that is safety orange in color. Custom sizes are available.
Ladder Safety Solutions Inc. www.laddersafetysolutions.com
Campbell – a material-handling brand from Apex Tool Group and the makers of quality chains, blocks, clamps and fittings – has announced its new 3-inch hand-line block.
The new block touts a 1,500-pound working load limit, which is based on resultant load, making it the strongest in the industry, according to the company. The compact design and lightweight aluminum alloy construction make the block a favorite among professional lineworkers working on utility lines.
The new aluminum 3-inch hand-line block features a stronger sheave pin for heavier loads, packing a hefty punch into this compact product. The carbon steel safety-latched hook and eyebolt make it even easier for lineworkers to hook in and get started. The safety-tethered locking pin opens up the block so lineworkers can easily run rope through the block and begin utility line installation or repair work.
The Campbell 3-inch aluminum alloy block joins the Campbell 3-inch fiberglass-reinforced nylon hand-line block as another valuable tool for professionals in the utility industry.
Hi-Line Utility Supply has announced the release of the Klein Tools Web-Strap Ratchet Hoist. This hoist features a large, nonconductive drum that allows web slack to be adjusted with ease. The handle rotates at 360 degrees, and the tight gear assembly offers precise tensioning and easy release with non-saw-blade teeth. The controlled-tension release knob gives control with no free fall. This hoist weighs in at only 12.5 pounds, but isn’t light on lift. Stamped steel versus composite aluminum makes this hoist stronger and less bulky. This hoist supports a 3/4-ton single line and 1-1/2-ton double line load rating. Larger hooks allow easier use while wearing rubber gloves. Buy with confidence with a full one-year warranty on all parts. Check out the video for the hoist at www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=8aFdFb7xOao.
Hi-Line Utility Supply www.hilineco.com
Line Guards from Hastings, a worldwide manufacturer of hot-line tools and equipment, are installed before setting new poles to guard against accidental line contact. They also guard against accidental contacts by personnel working in insulating aerial buckets or on platforms. Manufactured with Hastings safety yellow polyethylene, the Line Guards are lightweight and easy to clean. They also feature a larger I.D. than traditional rubber hoses, with an opening of
1.77 inches compared to the average 1.25 inches.
Hastings Line Guards are available in 5-foot and 6-foot lengths and rated 15 and 25 kV. For more information, visit www.hfgp.com/fb-catalog/#603/z.
Take ampere measurements on conductors up to 500 kV quickly and easily with the HVA High Voltage Digital Ammeter from HD Electric Company. The large, bright, four-digit LED display allows you to read amps from the longest of telescoping hot sticks. Additionally, the HVA is lightweight and easy to use on the end of a long hot stick. It will store the last four readings, allowing you to directly read real-time amps during live-line operations or by using the stored readings function.
Features and benefits include the ability to quickly take current readings on conductors up to 500 kV (phase-to-phase); measures AC current, 25-500 Hz; measurements can be read in real time from the large digit display; stores the last four current readings; display is easy to read in bright or dark conditions; auto shutoff with low battery function; small, lightweight and easy to manage on an extension hot stick; dual hot-stick connections -- universal spline and clamp stick; can be used on conductors up to 2.75 inches (7 centimeters); accuracy 1 percent of reading; and made in the USA.
HD Electric Co. www.hdelectriccompany.com
Philippi-Hagenbuch has introduced the Rolling Wedge Cutter, its newest patent-pending invention from LeRoy Hagenbuch. The Rolling Wedge Cutter is a solution for trenching and mining through challenging environments for general construction, road construction, mining and utility applications. It can be used in aboveground and underground environments, and can create time efficiencies and accomplish techniques that were previously thought very difficult, and in some cases, unachievable.
The greatest benefit of using the Rolling Wedge Cutter is that 60 to 70 percent less energy is required to roll material out in tension. Instead of blasting material apart by exceeding its compressive strength through brute force, which has been the traditional method, the Rolling Wedge Cutter places material in tension and pulls it apart by overcoming the material’s tensile strength. When put in tension, material such as concrete has just one-fifth the tensile strength of its compressive strength.
Because of that, the Rolling Wedge Cutter curtails the challenges associated with trenching and mining through difficult materials including concrete, concrete with rebar, frozen ground and pavement. It causes less disruption to the ground underneath streets and roadways than backhoes and jackhammers forcing their way through pavement. It eliminates the need to wait for the ground to thaw by allowing users to trench or cut through materials without jackhammers, saws or other cutting devices. And users who want to break up a chunk of concrete can just drill a small hole and drive in a Rolling Wedge Cutter.
The Rolling Wedge Cutter easily adapts to many makes and models of trenchers and mining equipment. It is constructed of hardened steel and available in various sizes, from 0.75- to 9-inch diameters. It can be outfitted with a host of optional tips to meet the specific needs of a project, and Hagenbuch is currently developing specific cutters for specific cutting applications. The width of the trench dictates the total number of cutters required.
Air-Spade, a division of Guardair Corp., has announced the availability of the UTILITY AIR-SPADE 4000 SERIES excavation tools. These tools are safe, non-damaging alternatives to traditional digging methods that often puncture sensitive underground cables and pipes during soil excavation applications.
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Wisman Enterprises Inc.’s Twistool is meant to be used with the appropriate class of rubber gloves to protect the user from arc faults, arc flashes, rubber glove punctures, short circuits and accidental contacts. Its unique blend of nylon and fiberglass makes the Twistool strong, impact resistant, temperature stable and nonconductive. The Twistool can be used on secondary cables to insulate ends, separate conductors for resagging, and connect and repair individual conductors. For lineworker safety, the tool has been tested to meet ASTM 1505 standards. It can also be safely used to install and adjust layout arms and clamps in primary areas without worry because it is nonconductive. Staples can safely be reinstalled using the tapered end of the tool without finger or rubber glove injury. View the Twistool in person April 23-24, 2014, at the iP Utility Safety Conference & Expo, booth 404, in Orlando, Fla.
Wisman Enterprises Inc. www.twistool.com
MADI has introduced the FlatRound Wire Brush, an innovative wire brush for transmission, substation and distribution use. With two brushing surfaces – one side for flat connections and the other for round connections – the tool is designed to make wire brushing easier and more convenient than ever.
The flat wire brush can be used on any flat surface, such as flat pads on the pad-mounted transformer, hylugs and all cable-to-flat connectors. In transmission applications, the flat side can also be used on all dead-end, single-tongue and jumper-terminal connectors, and in substation applications, it can be used on all terminal connections up to 1000 MCM.
The round wire brush covers conductors up to 1590 MCM. This covers most conductors, and both wire brushes are easily replaceable.
The FlatRound Wire Brush is durable, lightweight at less than a half-pound and made of non-conductive material. The design of the tool eliminates lineworker hand and leg discomfort currently experienced with other wire brushes. The built-in snap ring makes it easy to store on belts or in bucket trucks.
HD Electric Co.’s DVI-100 and DVI-500 Series Digital Voltage Indicators are designed to be used on both transmission and distribution systems in overhead and underground applications up to 500 kV. Voltage is displayed on a large LED display with a two- or three-digit readout. In addition, an audible alarm alerts the user to the presence of voltage above 100 VAC. Models are also available with an option to measure elbow test points.
To view a video about how the indicators work, and to get more information about the series, visit www.hdelectriccompany.com.
HD Electric Co. www.hdelectriccompany.com
The Ditch Witch organization has introduced UtiliGuard, a utility locating system with numerous industry-first features.
UtiliGuard offers Ambient Interference Measurement, a feature that scans the surrounding area for noise and recommends the best frequency among the 70 it provides, resulting in faster, more accurate locates. Only UtiliGuard can provide both horizontal and vertical distance to the utility, which enables users to make accurate locates of obstructed utilities.
An intuitive, six-button, multilanguage operator interface accelerates operation proficiency, and a high-contrast LCD display ensures visibility in all conditions, including direct sunlight.
UtiliGuard’s dual-output feature enables the user to connect the transmitter to two utilities at once. Bluetooth technology is utilized to simplify communication and data transfer to a wide range of communication devices.
All of the UtiliGuard system’s sensitive electronics are protected by rugged housing with an industry-best IP65 rating to ensure performance in dusty, dirty and/or wet conditions. Long-lasting performance is further enhanced by exceptional battery life for both the transmitter (100 hours) and the receiver (30 hours).
Ditch Witch www.ditchwitch.com