Find the Latest Utility Industry Products in this Issue's '2012 New Products Guide'

Utility Products' "2012 New Products Guide" brings you the newest products for a variety of areas in the utility industry. If you are looking for safety products, check out the latest tool lanyards, custom grounds and jumpers, helmets and rubber blankets.

Utility Products' "2012 New Products Guide" brings you the newest products for a variety of areas in the utility industry. If you are looking for safety products, check out the latest tool lanyards, custom grounds and jumpers, helmets and rubber blankets. If your interest is test and measurement, we highlight products such as a fault locator, voltmeter kit, phase rotation meter and partial discharge detector. For tools and supplies, products such as a telescopic crane, aerial side-trimming saw, mini-directional drill and rotary screw air compressors are featured. Transmission and distribution products include dissolved-gas analysis monitors, DIN connectors and cabling solutions for wireless carriers. In addition, vehicle and accessories products are showcased-a toolbox latch retrofit kit that eliminates lockouts and lost keys, truck caps and bed storage for a complete work station, hydraulic excavator and a self-contained mobile cooling system. There are a variety of computers and software highlighted, as well as products for overhead and underground, metering and power monitoring.

This issue also brings you several informative articles. In "Recovery-What are the priorities for restoring power?" by contributing editor Paul Hull, how customers react to power outages and power restoration are discussed. Customers are more understanding of storm related power outages, but, as Hull points out, they are less tolerant of outages that occur for reasons they don't understand. Hull also presents the importance of being sensitive to special needs customers-and the importance of them being prepared for power outages.

Another great article is "Dissolved Gas Analysis." Up to 75 percent of transformers in the US are more than 25 years old, and much of the grid relies on 45-year-old transformers designed to last 40 years. With demand for electricity in the US expected to rise 19 percent in the next 10 years, transformer failures are expected to greatly increase. The author presents how online dissolved gas analysis (DGA), using non-dispersive infrared (NDIR) technology, can help provide a solution to transformer failure. With LumaSense Technologies' three SmartDGA online monitoring models, you can affordably monitor your transformer fleets.

In Jon Spencer's article, "Energy-limiting Protection for Overhead Systems," how current-limiting fuses protect overhead equipment such as pole-top transformers and capacitor banks are examined. Although effectively used for many years, current-limiting fuses have been limited in applications. With today's redesigned external backup, current-limiting fuses being smaller, easier to install and offering increased ratings to 100K, utilities can expand protection.

"Fighting Animal Attraction-A Successful Record of Preventing Animal-caused Outages," discusses how many times it's animals, and not weather, that cause outages. Animal intrusions cost billions of dollars in repair costs and lost revenue. TransGard Systems has assisted substation operators for more than two decades in preventing animal-caused outages. The company's fencing system delivers a humane and effective electric shock to squirrels, raccoons, snakes and other climbing animals. Protecting more than 2,000 substations in North America, the use of TransGard's fencing systems continues to expand as growing neighborhoods and businesses shrink animal habitats.

Utility Products also brings you other informative articles in this issue. Learn more about fiber optic cable blowing, job-ready safety products and simplifying transformer testing.

John Tabor
Associate Editor
johnt@pennwell.com

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