In This Issue: Utility Products 2014 Buyers' Guide

The February issue of Utility Products brings you our complete 2014 Buyers' Guide, offering a wealth of product and service information for industry providers you might need.

The February issue of Utility Products brings you our complete 2014 Buyers' Guide, offering a wealth of product and service information for industry providers you might need. This guide provides excellent contact information and is a handy reference when you need to locate certain products or services for the following:
• Communications,
• Computers and software,
• Line Construction and maintenance,
• Metering,
• Overhead and underground,
• Safety products and services,
• Security,
• Substation management and maintenance,
• Test and measurement,
• Tools and supplies,
• Transmission and distribution, and
• Vehicles and accessories.

In addition, the 2014 Buyers' Guide is available online-you can go to www.utilityproducts.com and click on Buyers' Guide; you will be directed to categories and then to direct links to the companies' websites. Online or in print, it's quick and easy to find what you want, when you want it!

And, I'd like to mention the Utility Products Conference & Expo (UPCE), which took place Jan. 28-30, 2014, in San Antonio. Co-located with DistribuTECH, UPCE held workshops covering mobile equipment regulatory updates, smart grid efficiencies for utility workers, line and truck grounding for today's lineman, and equipotential grounding. There was also a great lineup of product demonstrations: asset life management life cycle services; urethane, silicone and epoxy materials for hundreds of applications; satellite communication for SCADA, AMR, transmission/distribution automation and fleet management; wireless transformer monitoring sensors; GPS tracking, navigation and messaging technology for fleet based companies; cargo restraint systems for work trucks; power and telephone line construction services; line worker training and testing; panel adapters for electrical socket meters, panel meters and relays; and load-rated lifting blankets to assist linemen.

In addition, Gary Norland was UPCE's keynote speaker. He shared in gut-wrenching detail how his life changed in one second when working around a 12,500 volt, 200 amp power line. He took attendees into his life before, during and after his accident, and stressed that safety, while out in the field, is crucial. His message is that if you don't take safety seriously, your life could resemble his in less than a second. Take the few extra minutes to be safe at all times so you can go home to your family when the job is done!

John Tabor
Associate Editor
johnt@pennwell.com

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