Personnel Protective Grounding in Substations

Posted by Jason Dettmar on Feb 14, 2018 3:58:00 PM

“We have been searching for better ways to implement our policy for substation grounding almost since we adopted it. While the grounding equipment we’ve been using is the widely-accepted standard for this application, it has always had room for improvement in practice,” shared a utility.

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Topics: Lineman Grade Tools, Grounding

5 Tips to Navigate our Website

Posted by Hubbell Power Systems on Feb 7, 2018 3:29:15 PM

1. Drilling down into product information - When you hover over "Products" on the homepage, you'll see a dropdown with different market options (Data & Communications, Electrical & Electronic, and Power & Utilities). The "Connectors" selection under Data & Comm is different than Connectors in Power & Utilities. Make sure you are in right market before you choose your category selection.

Products are divided by product categories (i.e. anchors, arresters, connectors, switching, etc.) and then subcategories.

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Topics: Digital Transformation

Increasing the Reliability of Main Electrical Feeders

Posted by Hubbell Power Systems on Feb 6, 2018 9:28:00 AM

DORELCO is a rural electric cooperative located in the town of Tolosa, Island of Leyte, in the Philippines. They provide electrical service to 13 municipalities throughout a mostly rural area.

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Topics: Recloser

The PRC Bushing Continues to Develop

Posted by Michael Kryman on Feb 1, 2018 4:48:00 PM

The PCORE oil-free PRC® bushing was recently developed to provide an option to customers who are looking to reduce oil-filled equipment in substations. The oil-free solution provides a more environmentally friendly bushing with the same great benefits.

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Topics: Bushings

The Silent Watchman

Posted by Hubbell Power Systems on Jan 22, 2018 3:30:00 PM

The electric service division of Fayetteville Public Works Commission (PWC) has been in operation since 1905. Today, Fayetteville PWC is responsible for delivering power to over 80,000 industrial and residential customers across Cumberland County in North Carolina. They are a generation and distribution utility featuring 32 substations at 69kV and 230kV and a peak load of 490MW.

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Topics: Substation

The Evolution of Surge Protection Technology

Posted by Ryan Freeman on Jan 16, 2018 10:24:36 AM

Lightning protection devices date back to the mid 1700’s. Early technology, such as the lightning rod, originally provided protection for homes, before being adapted for use on the telegraph and electric grids.

The modern term “arrester” was first used in the mid 1800’s for simple gap devices that protected telegraph lines. These products consisted of a simple gap and could be operated remotely by the telegraph worker. 

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Topics: Arresters

Material Sourcing for Apitong Wood Braces

Posted by Hubbell Power Systems on Jan 11, 2018 2:28:00 PM

Utilities depend on their wood structures lasting 25-30 years. Therefore, it’s important to specify quality material in manufacturing wood braces. Apitong wood is a dense fiber hardwood, grown in the Asian forest, making it an optimal resource for utility braces.

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Topics: Pole Line Hardware

How Aluminum Brackets Outperform Steel

Posted by Hubbell Power Systems on Jan 8, 2018 9:38:00 AM

The performance of utility brackets is critical, especially in the event of a major storm or natural disaster where you need maximum support for expensive equipment. So how do you decide on aluminum versus steel brackets to support your equipment? Here are five quick ways that aluminum outperforms steel every time when used to make utility brackets. 

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Topics: Pole Line Hardware

10 Tips for Installing Distribution Connectors in the Icy Conditions

Posted by Hubbell Power Systems on Jan 5, 2018 11:24:00 AM

Each utility has a set of guidelines for weather conditions in their area which takes into consideration ice and wind loading. If distribution connectors are installed properly (per manufacturer instructions) then everything should work as designed.

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Topics: Connectors

Winter Tips for Handling Substation and Transmission Components

Posted by Hubbell Power Systems on Jan 4, 2018 9:51:12 AM

While heat is generally the enemy of power system transmission lines, strong winter weather brings a new set of challenges for utilities.

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Topics: Substation, Transmission