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Evaluating Utility Foundations During Storm Restoration

Posted by Hubbell Power Systems on Sep 10, 2018 1:45:00 PM

Rising water can damage or weaken existing transmission line and substation utility foundations. In flooded areas, drilled shafts and driven piles need to be inspected to determine if damage has occurred as a result of erosion. Here’s what you need to check:

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Topics: Foundations, Anchors

A Breakdown of Tariffs and How they Can Affect your Business

Posted by Hubbell Power Systems on Aug 29, 2018 10:58:50 AM

There’s been a lot of discussion lately around tariffs, but what does this mean for your business?  

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How Transmission Kitting Keeps your Project on Track

Posted by Hubbell Power Systems on Aug 9, 2018 10:29:00 AM

In Alaska, the 115-kV Quartz Creek transmission line connects two hydroelectric dams on the Kenai Peninsula with the  ‘rail-belt’ — an area containing Alaska’s railroad, its most populous cities and about three-fourths of the state’s population. A fifteen mile section of that line was rebuilt last November, in an area where snow storms regularly drop feet of snow throughout the winter. 

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Topics: Connectors, Transmission

How to Operate your Versa-Tech I & LT WiFi Remote

Posted by Hubbell Power Systems on Aug 1, 2018 10:41:00 AM

Introduction

The Versa-Tech® I and Versa-Tech® LT reclosers use a 2.4GHz remote radio to communicate over WiFi. Utilizing this option, there is no need for a local radio. The module is compatible with Versa-Tech I recloser running firmware versions 3.xx or 4.xx and with Versa-Tech LT recloser running firmware version 5.xx. The WiFi radio attaches in the same location as the Digi/XBee and SiFLEX radios and has the capability of communicating up to 100 feet from the recloser.

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Topics: Recloser

Emergency Preparedness

Posted by Hubbell Power Systems on Jul 9, 2018 9:05:00 AM

THE IMPORTANCE OF EQUIPMENT REPOSITIONING

In recent years, the U.S. has been faced with several different types of natural disasters from devastating floods, tornadoes and hurricanes to Super Storm Sandy. These disasters have made us rethink how to ensure the safety and reliability of our infrastructure and facilities.

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Topics: equipment repositioning

13 Tips for Installing Underground Separable Connectors

Posted by Hubbell Power Systems on Jul 3, 2018 8:47:00 AM
  1. Ensure cutback dimensions are accurate and all cuts are square.
  2. Do not nick or cut the shield, insulation or conductor when preparing the cable. This can lead to over-heating and dielectric failure. 
  3. Terminate the metallic shield as close to the separable connector as possible. Do not expose more of the semi-con than is recommended.
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Topics: Connectors, Underground Separable Connectors, Cable Accessories

Distribution System Reliability

Posted by Hubbell Power Systems on Apr 3, 2018 10:37:00 AM

Distribution lines are likely targets for lightning strikes. Once the lightning touches the line, the surge divides and travels both directions. The lightning surge will then probably cause an insulator to flash over. Why?  

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Topics: Arresters, Distribution

First Foray Into Distribution Automation

Posted by Hubbell Power Systems on Mar 7, 2018 4:53:00 PM

"In the old configuration, if we lost either feeder, 750-800 customers were without power until a trouble-crew drove out to open and close the switches to isolate the outage and restore power," shared the utility.

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Topics: Distribution, Automation

How to Select the Right Arrester

Posted by Hubbell Power Systems on Mar 5, 2018 4:25:50 PM

Power surges can damage electronic equipment if not adequately protected. Surge arresters protect a variety of equipment, distribution transformers, power transformers, underground cable, and insulators, from overvoltage. The proper arrester selection can prevent equipment damage. 

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Topics: Arresters

Solving a Substation Network Security Flaw

Posted by Hubbell Power Systems on Feb 27, 2018 11:28:00 AM

In 2014, Hubbell Power Systems, Inc. (HPS) acquired RFL Electronics, a protection and communication equipment manufacturer. The addition of RFL to HPS’ family of brands broadened our substation offering and forged a partnership between territory managers and regional sales engineers to elevate the technical expertise HPS provides its customers. Jacksonville Electric Authority (JEA) witnessed the benefit of this newly formed partnership firsthand.

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Topics: Substation Security