This issue of Utility Products brings you our "2015 New Products Guide"--offering some of the most recent products for various areas of the utility industry.
Among the guides highlighted overhead and underground products are a cable scrapper for salvaging underground cable, fiber optic sheaves that let you install more cable in less time, hydraulic pullers, mechanical tree trimmers and hydraulic loaders. For safety, products for fall prevention, remote racking and arc flash protection are featured. If your interest is test and measurement, products reviewed include voltage detectors, cable test equipment and insulation resistant testers. If tools and supplies are your focus, work lights, cable cutters, crimping tools, cable and wire strippers, static discharge grounding reels and strap wrenches are highlighted. Transmission and distribution products include power distribution blocks, electric utility measurement lasers, switchgear performance enhancement technology and a cross arm attachment for wear elimination. There also are a variety of products showcased for vehicles and accessories, some of which include work ready truck caps, vehicle docking stations, work truck bed organizers, an air compressor with high air output, a tree trimmer, a vehicle mounted spotlight and a backhoe loader. In addition, metering products are highlighted, as well as computers and software.
Utility Products also brings you two informative product focus articles. In Gary Orlove's article, "How Smart Infrared Cameras Empower Power Companies," the importance of power companies and service providers recognizing catastrophic events in the making and taking appropriate remedial action is outlined. Many developing problems can't be diagnosed by sight alone and require a combination of insight and the right tools, which Orlove addresses. Thermal imaging cameras, a vital tool, let you spot problems early. Orlove discusses how an investment in thermography education will improve IR technology use and the equipment and systems it protects.
"Fifty Years of Reliable Pole Restoration," by Nelson Bingel and Chad Newton, discusses how wood pole restoration systems have restored more than 1 million poles nationwide--representing more than $2 billion in savings when compared to pole replacement costs. The evolution of Osmose's C-Truss and C2-Truss are presented and how this long-term solution can provide additional years of service comparable to the expected life of a new pole.