Linemen keep power coming to our homes and businesses, and this month's feature articles discuss outage restoration and tools to help our linemen stay safe and productive. This issue also previews the International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE) 2013, bringing you an overview of exhibits and educational opportunities.
ICUEE 2013, also known as The Demo Expo, will take place Oct. 1-3, 2013, at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky. Featuring more than 800 exhibitors and more than 16,600 attendees, the show will offer hands-on demonstrations of the newest construction and utility equipment. In addition, an extensive education program will complement displays of the latest technology and products. New for 2013 will be an indoor Exhibitor Demo Stage, expanding the show's outdoor equipment demonstration component and giving attendees more opportunities for a first-hand look at new technologies and best practices in action.
Managing the outage and restoration process is presented in Don Leick's article, "When Severe Weather Strikes." The severity and number of hurricanes and other storm systems have increased, and Leick addresses the importance of being prepared with an outage management and restoration plan.
Contributing editor Paul Hull's article, "The Heart of the System: Linemen are the Heart of Distribution and Repair," outlines the challenges linemen face and why we must ensure they have the correct protective clothing, fall protection equipment, tools and more. Hull discusses the various types of dangers linemen face and the importance of selecting tools designed for specific work. Tools are designed to be used a certain way, and good training helps ensure their proper use.
And, as everyone knows, technology is quickly evolving. Tom O'Connor's article, "Windows 8 Enables Enterprise Tablet Adoption," addresses how tablet computers are helping the mobile workforce become more efficient. The use of tablets is expected to grow 48 percent in the next five years, and with good reason. They support a broad range of functions, but, with the many devices available, it is important to choose the one that best suites the needs of the utility. Microsoft's Windows 8 offers a new operating system that is built for mobility, security and manageability-providing utility companies with security, functionality and management capabilities.
Our September issue also brings you a great lineup of product focus articles. Discussed are how one conductor proved itself outside the lab, preventing pole top decay, vegetation management, improving driver and fleet safety, diagnosing power plant motor problems, variable frequency drive cables, more effectively planning utility infrastructure projects, and how emerging wireless fiber technology can be useful for certain applications where fiber isn't a viable option.