Utilities are always on the lookout for ways to improve efficiency, and cost is an important factor. This issue of Utility Products brings you an informative feature article, “Making a Business More Efficient in the New Year” by Gary Tucker, who discusses steps utilities can take to increase fleet operation efficiency. Tucker addresses how a small investment in third party support to manage a fleet can save time, money and increase safety and efficiency.
This month’s Utility Products also brings you a great lineup of product focus articles. “The Move to a Smarter Managed Solution—Trends and Benefits,” by Kristie Anderson, outlines how metering has become more efficient in relaying data. Advancements in cellular and data analytics technologies are helping companies more effectively manage operations.
And “Hatches Offer Safe Passage for Workers on Rail Project” reviews how construction workers on underground projects face a unique set of working conditions. When working underground, the last thing workers want is egress difficulty. The article discusses the importance of hatches and doors in keeping utility workers safe. When emergency situations arise, utility workers must know the doors will work properly.
Philip Allen’s article, “Obsoleting the Absence of Voltage Test?,” addresses how thousands of users have deployed Permanent Electrical Safety Devices (PESDs) to reduce the risk in isolating electrical energy—and how the cumulative experience end users have amassed by using PESDs encouraged UL to create a new product specification for permanently mounted Absence of Voltage Testers (AVTs). “An AVT automates the process of creating an electrically safe work condition that may ultimately eliminate the manual six-step volt-meter test required by OSHA 1910.333(b)(2)(iv)(B),” Allen reports.
“Why Complying with Safe Cutting Protocols Matters,” by TJ Scimone, reviews how safe cutting practices can help utility workers avoid serious injuries. Line workers have one of the most dangers jobs, and without healthy hands, they can’t work. Lacerations are one of the most common injuries, and more than one million Americans go to the hospital with lacerations every year, it’s reported. These injuries, which are mostly preventable, are costly—resulting in time away from work, hospital visits, permanent damage and physical therapy. Scimone discusses how to easily and effectively stay injury-free.
Kari Hanson’s article, “Save Time and Boost Efficiency with Identity Governance,” explores what utilities can do to combat cyberattacks that are becoming more frequent and powerful. According to Hanson, the first step should be to implement a comprehensive identity strategy that provides visibility into and control over who is accessing their applications and data, what can be done with that access, and whether it should be allowed.
Another great article, “Cybersecurity: A Constantly Moving Target,” considers how connecting an industrial control system (ICS) to the internet is basically allowing access for possible malicious activity. The article outlines steps to take for a stronger supply chain for stronger software.
Other informative articles discuss how to apply network testing practices to closed-circuit television and tips to maintain your fleet’s foundation drum and air disc brakes.