Utility Products magazine makes every effort to provide you with the latest and most applicable utility-industry articles and information. In this issue, our 15th Annual Readers' Choice Awards feature a collection of articles and product spotlights from 2013 that received the most response. If there are any articles you missed last year, here is your change to check out information to help make your job safer and more productive.
One of our informative Readers' Choice Awards articles, "Protecting Wood Utility Poles From Wildfire," discusses the importance of electric utilities and other pole owners taking action to reduce the risk of fire damage to poles and the resulting outages caused by pole failures. In 2012, some 67,000 wildfires burned more than 9.2 million acres across the US, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. The article outlines available product categories that protect wood poles and what could be the best choice for you.
In "Harden Your Network and Reduce Maintenance With the Right Battery Backup Solution," the importance of protecting power delivery systems during storms and extreme weather events is presented. The article addresses various battery chemistries commonly used in switchgear applications and offers insights into which ones provide the best long-term reliability.
Another article, "Combat Theft With Key Controlled Access," reviews ways to improve physical security measures. Physical security begins with the lock, and it's important to determine how it must hold up to any punishment during a break-in attempt. Various lock options are available, and the article explores available choices when choosing how to protect your facility or property.
Among other great Readers' Choice Awards articles is "Innovative Infrastructure Begins With Basic Building Blocks," outlining how you can quickly and safely upgrade measuring and metering devices with pluggable connection solutions for current and voltage transformers.
And, in "Storm Response Crews are a Ready Force to be Reckoned With," the author reviews the steps taken by ACRT, a utility vegetation management service provider, in recent years after major storms. Utilities should constantly determine vegetation that is a risk to their assets-the goal is power outage prevention, it's reported, and, in emergencies, helping determine the quickest and most effective way to get the lights back on.
You will also want to check out "Preventing Animal-caused Outages Improves System Reliability for Electrical Utilities;" "When Severe Weather Strikes: Managing the Outage and Restoration Process;" and "High-performance Variable Frequency Drive Cables Can Mean Difference Between Success, Failure in Power Gen Applications."
Utility Products' product focus section also offers a great lineup of articles. Learn more about how to introduce global positioning system (GPS) tracking to employees, the communication benefits of GPS fleet tracking, the importance of the human factor in vehicle operations, a solution to trimming trees along utility line rights of way, selecting and maintaining synthetic winch lines in electric utility settings, and utility safety and security products.