This year's seventh annual Utility Products Expo (UPE), outlined in our "UPE Show-in-Print" article, will bring you the latest products, demonstrations, training and more! Sponsored by Utility Products magazine, UPE takes place February 3-5, 2015, in San Diego. Co-located with DistribuTECH, this event offers opportunities to increase your product knowledge and network with other by bringing together buyers and sellers of power, telecom, CATV and water equipment in one place. Attendees will be able to discuss and learn about practical solutions to everyday problems and participate in product demonstrations and training.
You won't want to miss UPE keynote speakers Gary Norland and James Lake. Norland, once a healthy 240-pound man who loved his work, will discuss how his life changed in one second after coming into contact with 12,500 volts. Norland will explain how, in gut-wrenching detail, the safety incident affected not only him, but his wife, family, friend and community—and the reality of how it can happen to you if safety isn't taken seriously. James Lake, as seen on Woodwalkers, heads the Southeast Lineman Training Center (SLTC) school's development of current curriculum and new programs. Lake's previous experiences with curriculum development and military standards of training have brought a new skillset and vantage point to SLTC.
This issue of Utility Products features our "2014 Products of the Year," which highlights product announcements that received the highest reader response during 2014. All products featured in the magazine are relevant, and this section presents product spotlights such as a power quality analyzer, circuit tracers, a cable identifier, an attachment point for termination of ground wires, a hydraulic puller, a disconnect switch, ratchet wrenches, a work zone capacity calculator, fiberglass tonneau covers, no-drill vehicle laptop mounts, Line Guards for lineman safety, and a wedge lock coupler attachment. Whatever your area of expertise, every issue of Utility Products brings you information to help make your job safer and more productive.
Also in this issue is a great lineup of product focus articles. Check out how utilities are bridging information technology and operational technology, considerations when purchasing tablets and computers, what you should know when upgrading power transformers, electrical unbalance and overload detection, and how one company keeps transmission construction local.
We hope to see you at UPE 2015—for more information, please visit www.utilityproductsexpo.com.