The sixth annual Utility Products Conference & Exposition (UPCE), which takes place Jan. 28-30, 2014, in San Antonio, will bring you everything a utility worker needs to do the job-the latest products, demonstrations, training and more. Our January issue's "UPCE Show-in-Print" article outlines the upcoming event and how it will provide you with everything from tools to the newest technology to the latest insider information. Co-located with DistribuTECH at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, UPCE 2014, which is sponsored by Utility Products magazine, provides an opportunity for you to increase your product knowledge and network with others by bringing together buyers and sellers of power, CATV, telecom and water equipment in one place. Attendees can discuss and learn about practical solutions to everyday problems-as well as participate in products demonstrations, training and breakfast roundtables.
Back by popular demand at this year's UPCE is keynote speaker Gary Norland, discussing life after 12,500 volts. Hear how Norland, once a 240-pound man who loved his work, had his life changed in one second. He will discuss the reality of how it can happen to you, too, if safety isn't taken seriously. Norland discusses, in gut-wrenching detail, how the incident affected him, his wife, family, friends and community. And, among this year's UPCE workshops are Mobile Equipment Regulatory Updates, Smart Grid Efficiencies for the Utility Worker, Line and Truck Grounding for Today's Lineman, and Equipotential Grounding.
This issue of Utility Products also features our "2013 Products of the Year," highlighting those products that received the highest reader response during 2013. While every product featured in the magazine is relevant, this section is composed of product spotlights that received the most interest. Among products presented are computer refurbishment and repair, voltage testing and phasing, spotlight mounts, wrenches, stored energy solutions, a telescopic stick lubricant, electric vehicles, impact wrenches, resistance testers, air compressors and auger bits. Every issue of Utility Products brings you information to help make your job safer and more productive-whatever your area of expertise.