Safety equipment: In the past, it was necessary to shut down an entire transmission line when repairing a high-voltage structure. The patented Hot Line Base Plate from LineWise is a solution that safely eliminates this issue, while mitigating risks and reducing costs during emergency repairs.
The intent of a structured power line is to maintain adequate clearance between energized conductors and the ground, as well as provide support to the conductors from potential causes of damage during storms or iced lines. The tools and techniques used to hold conductors during repairs often do not have the load rating needed to handle them, however, placing linemen at risk.
Developed by Georgia Power’s Alan Holloman, the Hot Line Base Plate holds a conductor in place during planned construction or emergency repairs without the need to bore holes or for unique banding. It quickly and safely allows transmission crews to install a non-ceramic insulator on a tubular steel, concrete or wood pole.
This versatility greatly increases the speed and efficiency of transmission live-line work, especially since traditional tools require excessive rigging and aren’t intended for long-period installations or wet weather. In conjunction with a material-handling aerial device or line truck, the implementation of the Hot Line Base Plate in Georgia Power fieldwork has shown to reduce maintenance time by 50 percent—a job that might take a full work day is cut to just four hours.