2013 New Products Guide Features the Latest Utility Industry Products

This issue of Utility Products brings you our "2013 New Products Guide"-offering the most recent products for many areas of the utility industry: vehicles and accessories, tools and supplies, safety, transmission and distribution, and more.

This issue of Utility Products brings you our "2013 New Products Guide"-offering the most recent products for many areas of the utility industry: vehicles and accessories, tools and supplies, safety, transmission and distribution, and more. Among the guide's highlighted safety products are a fall protection grating system, high-visibility clothing, protective gloves and more. If your interest is tools and supplies, products such as cable ties, cable cutters, an impact wrench, air compressors and winch are showcased. For computers and software, check out vehicle docking stations, tablet PCs, rugged notebooks and a digital app for smartphones and tablets. If vehicles and accessories are your focus, the guide features safety lighting, an articulating crane, retractable cord reels, interior shelving systems, zero-emissions electric vehicles and a tire chain kit.

Utility Products also brings you two informative feature articles. In "Closest to Home: Meter installation is when a utility is closest to its customers" by contributing editor Paul Hull, the opportunity for good customer-provider relations is presented. Hull also discusses the importance of safety and security for meter installers, and how unhindered access to old meters due for replacement is imperative.

In "Meter Installation: Increasing Demand Response Participation Rates Through Better Marketing," Lee Schwartz outlines the importance of consumer participation in demand response programs. With the current participation rate low because of lack of consumer engagement, Schwartz outlines the importance of appropriate marketing to increase participation rates, lower customer acquisition costs and facilitate customer adoption.

This issue also features several great product focus articles. Brian Parker's article, "Upgrading the Grid: Problems and Solutions," discusses the need for a massive upgrade to our power transmission grid. Parker outlines the challenges we face-old technology, costs involved to upgrade, deregulation-and how aerial line services can offer solutions.

"On the Move: Knowing the 'Ropes'" by Matt Dell addresses the importance of selecting the correct rope material for the job. Rope is commonly used for material handling equipment such as winch lines, hand line sets and slings. Dell reviews how to choose the correct rope for the work load of the job and the weight per square foot of the job. Dell also presents the importance of rope inspections, caring for and prolonging the life of your rope, and operational safety.

In "Tackling Tough Terrain: Taking Fiber Optic Cable Blowing to Extremes on the Digital 395 Project," how Praxis Associates Inc. and Praxis Optical Networks Inc. are installing fiber optic cable on the more than 580-mile-long Digital 395 Network project is presented. For the massive middle mile project, fiber optic cable blowers from cable installation tools and equipment manufacturer Condux International are being used.

Another great article, "Preventing Animal-caused Outages Improves System Reliability for Electrical Utilities," investigates how utilities can reduce outages that affect customers and cost millions of dollars. Addressed is how Cantega Technologies Inc. has resolved animal-related outages at electrical substations with Greenjacket-a customized, precise-fit product that provides comprehensive equipment protection.

John Tabor
Associate Editor
johnt@pennwell.com

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