Our Critical Infrastructure Must be Protected

Protecting our critical infrastructure is vital, and this issue of Utility Products brings you two feature articles that discuss temperature monitoring and substation fencing to help make our critical infrastructure more secure.

Protecting our critical infrastructure is vital, and this issue of Utility Products brings you two feature articles that discuss temperature monitoring and substation fencing to help make our critical infrastructure more secure. In "Using Continuous Temperature Monitoring: Avoiding Critical Asset Failure" by Dr. Jeffrey Andle, the approaches to critical asset management are covered. Discussed are problems missed by intermittent examinations, problems caught by continuous monitoring, switchgear monitoring, bus duct monitoring, remote data communications and more. And in Todd Sternfeld's article, "Bullet-resistant Precast Concrete Fencing for Substations," protecting utility substations from terrorists is addressed. Attacks on electrical power generating equipment have become more common with threats from gunfire and makeshift bombs to disrupt the stability of the power grid. Sternfeld presents how bullet-resistant precast concrete fencing can help safeguard utility equipment while providing an attractive security solution that duplicates the look of conventional fences.

Another feature article, "Dressed to Stay Safe: Protective Clothing for Utility Workers Keeps on Getting Better" by contributing editor Paul Hull, outlines the importance of work apparel being reasonably comfortable to work in and how it must do what it's supposed to do-keep the utility worker safe. There are many products that meet theses requirements, Hull reports, and you should have no problem locating the correct ones for your crews. Hull discusses gloves for hand protection, arc flash clothing protection, fall protection, and some of the reputable companies that provide these.

This issue also brings you several informative product focus articles. Dave Bryant's article, "High Cost vs. High Performance: How a Pricier Product can Save You Money," discusses how choosing the cheapest product isn't necessarily the least expensive or best approach. And "Telematics Intelligence, The Right Telematics System Offers Clear Window to Greater Efficiency" reviews how utility contractors and operators of cable, telecom and utility fleets can know equipment locations and conditions, and what they are doing and when.

You also won't want to miss Sanjay Murthi's article, "Using Reports to Improve Equipment Maintenance: Computerized Maintenance Management System/Maintenance Software." Managing preventive maintenance can be a challenge with the many pieces of equipment involved, and this article outlines how regular reports from your computerized maintenance management system/maintenance software can help you stay organized.

Another great article is "Speeding Storm Recovery Efforts With Composite Mat Systems." As utilities continually look for ways to enhance their ability to quickly respond, technologies such as the DURA-BASE Advanced-Composite Mat System helps speed storm response safety and efficiently.

And make plans to attend the seventh annual Utility Products Expo (UPE), which will be co-located with DistribuTECH. Held February 3-5, 2015, in San Diego, it will feature a wide range of products and services for the utility industry. For more UPE 2015 information, please visit www.utilityproducts.com.

John Tabor
Associate Editor
johnt@pennwell.com

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