Cooper Power Systems, a division of Cooper Industries, Ltd. (NYSE: CBE), today announced it has deployed its Yukon Feeder Automation technology as part of an American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) smart grid pilot in South Bend, Indiana. The technology was installed on portions of the Indiana Michigan Power distribution system serving about 10,000 customers in the city. Indiana Michigan Power (I&M), an operating company of AEP, serves more than 588,000 customers in Indiana and southwest Michigan.
The installation of wind-energy farms has grown dramatically the past five years and so has the equipment to install these lines. In the past, contractors have had to make multiple passes to install these lines — until now. Vermeer Corporation has developed an attachment to its track trencher line that allow for the installation of transmission lines in one pass. The Vermeer® CL80 cable layer attachment sorts, configures and feeds a series of cables; ground wire and tracer tape in a specified configuration into the trench — all in one pass. For proficient cross-country transmission line installations in soft soils, the Vermeer bucket wheel attachment features a series of buckets, which rotate in a circular motion, removing dirt from the trench. Finally for transmission line installation under rivers, streams and sensitive areas, horizontal directional drills are an ideal solution.