Eartec Co. has introduced ComSTAR, a series of full duplex wireless headsets designed specifically for industrial crews that need instantaneous, hands-free voice communications. These intercoms are not voice activated and there is no delay when transmitting. The system allows up to eight users to talk simultaneously just like on a regular telephone, within an 800-yard range.
ComSTAR wireless headsets feature miniaturized wireless circuitry and antennas built right inside the ear cup. This streamlined all-in-one design is a breakthrough because it eliminates the need for cables as well as belt packs that are required with traditional headset communication systems.
ComSTAR is completely portable and powered by rechargeable battery or AC power. The system is dual channel and includes a conference switch so that two separate groups can speak privately or combine their signals. No FCC license is required.
Eartec Co. www.eartec.com
The Automated Flagger AF-100 gives utility crews the option to remove human flaggers from the roadway in highway work zones. In addition to reducing or eliminating labor costs, and removing flaggers, the system offers higher visibility for oncoming traffic.
Read more: Automated Flagger for Highway Work Zones
ARGO, a world-leading extreme vehicle manufacturer, has unveiled its new Lineman model geared specifically toward utility workers.
The ultimate all-terrain machine for those who require a durable, robust and dependable job site transporter, the new ARGO Lineman provides customers in the utility industry with extra power, capacity, versatility and safety. Based off of the company’s heavy-duty XTI platform, the ARGO Lineman includes a number of custom improvements to get the job done.
A robust machine that has the load-carrying capacity and power to transport transformers, pull cables or bore footings on the most remote work sites, the heavy-duty Lineman can handle rocks, hills and sand dunes while carrying up to 1,340 pounds (680 kilograms) of payload.
And with add-on attachments ranging from cranes to augers to welding kits and hydraulic power supplies, crews can now bring their tool shop with them anywhere they go, turning their ARGO Lineman vehicle into an extreme terrain workshop.
Plasticade Trench Covers are lighter than steel and stronger than wood. Made from a single piece of glass-reinforced composite, they are exceptionally rigid. The trench covers are easier and safer to lift into place than steel covers and are more stable and durable than plywood. They come in high-visibility yellow and feature an anti-skid surface as well as a graduated edge that helps to eliminate tripping. Other benefits include less street noise, no need for a cold patch and no scrap value for metal thieves.
Super Bright LEDs – a leading online retailer of LED lights – offers Rechargeable LED Road Flares that can be used as safety/emergency lights and more. These waterproof, magnetic safety flares have 16 red, green, blue or amber LEDs and nine user-selectable flashing patterns. Flares can produce light for three to 60 hours, depending on the mode, and are sold individually or in six-packs. Single-flare kits include a USB charger/power cable with a cigarette lighter adapter, an AC charger and a charging dock. Six-pack kits include a charger/power cable with a cigarette lighter adapter, an AC charger and a carrying case that doubles as a charging station.
Super Bright LEDs www.superbrightleds.com
Developed to control and clean up oil spills in rainy weather, Spilltration products are engineered to filter oil from water and clean up 200 percent faster than traditional oil-only sorbents. They can be used to absorb transformer and hydraulic oils in wet conditions.
Spilltration materials are packaged using Smoosh Technology, allowing them to be compressed and vacuum packaged to take up 75 percent less space than traditional sorbents; this makes them perfect to store in tight places on utility service vehicles.
Additionally, the company’s products are made in the USA from post-consumer and post-industrial recycled fibers to help support customers in their sustainability initiatives.
HalenHardy LLC www.spilltration.com
ICEpodz offers wearable thermoregulation, with its cutting-edge, next-generation cooling system. Unlike evaporative towels, ICEpodz freezes solid, providing rapid core-body cooling by impacting the major circulatory system of the neck.
Made in the USA and originally designed for the professional and recreational athlete, ICEpodz quickly became recognized as an efficient way to combat both ambient and symptomatic heat.
The utility industry is now among several industries using ICEpodz. According to ICEpodz, FPL has embraced the product as an effective, innovative way to keep its employees safe and cool.
ICEpodz’s newly certified, flame-resistant product line meets and exceeds ASTM F1506-10a and NFPA 70E standards.
Tecnu Bites & Stings Medicated Itch and Pain Relief Wipes from Tec Labs feature a new technology for treating insect bites and bee stings. Each wipe has one textured side and one smooth side.
The homeopathic product’s towelettes are infused with the following active ingredients: Grindelia robusta 3X for anti-itch and skin protection; Plantago major 4X for anti-itch, pain relief and wound healing; and Calendula officinalis 3X for wound healing and scar prevention.
Each package of Tecnu Bites & Stings contains 20 single-use packets, which are designed for a purse, backpack, medicine cabinet or first aid kit. For times when a person has multiple bug bites at once, the hearty 4-inch wipes contain enough medication to cover a generous area of skin.
Tecnu Bites & Stings offers relief from the bites of mosquitoes, chiggers, no-see-ums and bed bugs, and stings from bees, wasps, fire ants and more. This new item is initially available at Wal-Mart, Rite Aid and Giant Eagle.
Tec Labs is also the maker of several other products, including Calagel Medicated Anti-Itch Gel, Tecnu Extreme Medicated Poison Ivy Scrub and Licefreee Spray Instant Head Lice Treatment.
Tec Labs www.teclabsinc.com
Anchorage connectors can be difficult to find when working in complex environments, such as elevator shafts, man-hatches and confined spaces. TheTerrAdaptor Portable Anchor System adapts to any environment to provide a safe, compliant anchorage system for fall protection, confined space and rescue. In addition to being the most adjustable tripod available, according to the company, it also may be configured as a gin pole/monopod, an A-frame/bipod or a quadpod. With interchangeable components and a highly adjustable head, the TerrAdaptor offers shallow angle and horizontal alternatives. This anchorage connector will adapt to the most complex urban, industrial, rural and remote environments you can find, and it packs easily into three separate bags with padded pack-straps to facilitate easy transport.
Crane Institute of America has released a metric edition of its flagship handbook, “Mobile Cranes.” The book joins “Rigging,” another of the institute’s metric handbook options, and can now be used more efficiently around the world.
Over the past few years, Crane Institute has delivered an increasing number of training classes overseas. It has also seen growth in the number of students from other countries attending classes at the institute’s corporate training facility in central Florida. Many of these students have requested metric editions of CIA's training materials. The first edition metric “Mobile Cranes” is in parity with the 10th edition of the imperial “Mobile Cranes,” updated with the latest standards and information. Crane Institute of America now has more than half a million books in print and handbooks are available in its online store.
Crane Institute of America www.cranetrainingproducts.com
Allegro Industries, a leader in the design and distribution of ergonomic products for the workplace, addresses the serious problem of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) with five different wrist supports. Each is designed to help maintain a neutral position at the wrist while allowing full movement of the hand
Read more: Ergonomic Wrist Supports
PF Distribution Center, worldwide master distributor of PowerFlare, has announced the availability of Cone Top Adapters for PowerFlare Safety Lights.
When traffic control, construction or accident scenes need elevated lighting for extra visibility, PowerFlare Safety Lights can be mounted on top of any standard traffic cone using the patent-pending Cone Top Adapter (CTA-001). The adapter can be used with magnetic PowerFlare Safety Lights, which attach to an embedded metal disk, allowing for quick and easy installation and removal. For PowerFlare units without magnets, elastic cords (included) make securing the beacon a snap.
The adapters are available individually for $9.95 USD or in kits with PowerFlare Safety Lights. Available kits include one CTA-001 per PowerFlare, and are available in packages of two, four, eight, 12 and 20, starting at $152.95 USD. Standard kits come with red, amber or red/blue LEDs in yellow shells. CTA-001s are also available in packs of five, 10, 20 and 40 in custom carry bags. Each CTA-001 is supplied with two elastic cords. They fit all standard traffic cones (12 inches to 28 inches).
PF Distribution Center www.pfdistributioncenter.com
The XPP-5454GC Multi-Function Dual-Light Headlamp with Hard Hat Clip is built for environments that require intrinsically safe lighting. It comes with a stainless-steel hard-hat clip in a configuration that adds convenience to safety.
The Nightstick model XPP-5454GC headlamp is cETLus-, ATEX- and IECEx-listed intrinsically safe for global use; is rated IP-X7 waterproof; boasts a 2-meter drop rating; and weighs just 3.4 ounces. When attached to a hard hat with a front-mounted helmet lamp bracket, the XPP-5454GC places crisp, clear white light where it’s wanted via a ratcheting multiposition tilt-head mechanism for extended uninterrupted use.
Three AAA batteries (included) fit in its high-visibility green polymer body. Two top-mounted button switches independently provide a high- or low-brightness spotlight and a high- or low-brightness floodlight. The first independent switch provides a defined spotlight for distance illumination, while the second switch provides floodlight ideal for close-up illumination without light bounce-back. Pressing both switches at the same time places the light in exclusive dual-light mode for added safety and versatility.
The high-spotlight brightness mode is rated at 115 lumens for five hours and emits 82 meters (269 feet) of beam distance; low mode offers 60 lumens for 16.25 hours. In floodlight high mode, the XPP-5454GC emits 120 lumens of crisp LED lighting for 5.25 hours; floodlight low mode offers 60 lumens for 16.75 hours.
Bayco Products www.baycoproducts.com
Newpark Mats and Integrated Services, a unit of Newpark Resources, has introduced the fully integrated DURA-BASE EPZ Grounding System for utility and power transmission operators in North America.
The EPZ Grounding System expands upon the benefits of DURA-BASE composite mats and features a better solution for equipotential
Read more: EPZ Grounding System
The PowerFlare PF200 Electronic LED Safety Light was invented by a police officer to eliminate the fire hazard, difficulty of use, pollution and needless cost of hazardous road flares. Made in the USA, PowerFlare lights are ultracompact yet tough enough to withstand being repeatedly run over by heavy vehicles. The intrinsically safe design is water-tight and works underwater up to depths of 80 feet. PowerFlare lights are safe to use in extreme temperatures and in hazmat and volatile chemical situations. PowerFlare products are also ideal for search and rescue, tactical operations and many other applications where a versatile lighting or signaling system is required. LED colors are red, amber, blue, white, green and infrared. Shell colors are yellow, orange, tan, blue, black and olive drab. Other options include an embedded magnet and rechargeable and nonrechargeable models. The LED array emits light in 360 degrees and is visible from miles away.
PF Distribution Center www.pfdistributioncenter.com