4 Reasons to Switch to Silicone-Coated Fiberglass Construction Products

Posted by Chad Davis on Dec 9, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Distribution lines can face harsh conditions. If standard products aren’t doing the job and you need more protection for your standoff brackets and guy strains, look no further. Here are four reasons to switch to silicone-coated fiberglass construction products:

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Topics: Distribution, Pole Line Hardware, Safety

Calibration of CHANCE Wireless Torque Indicators

Posted by Tim Staelens on Nov 21, 2019 8:15:00 AM

It is well-documented that the best method for predicting the capacity of helical piles and anchors is to measure the installation torque. Accurate torque measurements are crucial to calculate the load capacity or holding capacity.

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Topics: Anchors

International Lineman's Rodeo 2019 Wrap-Up

Posted by Sarah Banks on Nov 19, 2019 8:00:00 AM

It’s a bittersweet moment to look back on an event like the 36th Annual International Lineman’s Rodeo & Expo and to realize that for all the preparation and hard work, the event is done. The best linemen in the world brought their best to compete, and, for the rest of us, we watched and admired their skill, speed, and strength.

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Topics: Safety

MITY*Lite® Line Post: Solid Strength, Compact Length

Posted by Robert Ransone on Nov 15, 2019 9:00:00 AM

The Insulators Business Unit at Hubbell Power Systems, Inc. strives to provide innovative solutions to the changing needs of our customers. In our effort to provide a complete line of products that deliver strength and quality, we are excited to announce the development and launch of our new product, the MITY-Lite® Line Post Insulator. The MITY-Lite joins the already existing 69kV Veri*Lite™ Line Post product line that our customers are familiar with and depend on. 

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Topics: Insulators

How Ground Lead Disconnectors Operate

Posted by Hubbell Power Systems on Oct 17, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Electric utility operating system reliability is an important factor of utility performance. As a common practice, distribution arresters are assembled with a ground lead disconnector (GLD) designed to respond to arrester fault current during a short by detonation of a cartridge inside of the disconnector housing.

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Topics: Arresters

3 Benefits of Hubbell Easy-on Cutout-Arrester Brackets over Conventional Brackets

Posted by Jim Smith on Sep 26, 2019 10:15:00 AM

Responding to concerns that conventional brackets were difficult to install, Hubbell Power Systems, Inc. engineers designed a crossarm bracket that saves time, improves safety, and offers a better fit. The Hubbell Easy-On Crossarm Mounting Brackets are used for mounting cutouts, arresters, cable terminators, or cutout-arrester combinations to a distribution pole crossarm.

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Topics: Construction

Save Time and Money by Specifying the PCORE® Quick-Link Bushing

Posted by Mike Kryman on Sep 4, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Save time and money spent lowering the oil level in the transformer, when replacing higher current bushings, by specifying the PCORE® Electric Company, Inc. Quick-Link bushing.

In 1999, PCORE launched the first Quick-Link bushings that allowed electric utilities to save costs by significantly reducing transformer outage time. The design was further expanded to 115kV and 138kV in 2017. PCORE’s Paper-Resin-Capacitor (PRC) and Paper-Oil-Capacitor (POC) Quick-Link bushings have the following benefits:

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Topics: Bushings

How often should you calibrate your CHANCE® Meters?

Posted by Chad Davis on Aug 27, 2019 8:00:00 AM

CHANCE® meters are used to detect line voltage, determine approximate phase-to-phase-voltage, check DC resistance in protective grounding sets, determine in-or-out of phase relationships, monitor leakage currents, and advise the operating condition of CHANCE hot sticks. Calibration of these meters is important in confirming their accuracy in the field and ultimately in helping to protect line personnel.

Incorrect meter readings could result in undetected or misread voltages that could be harmful to equipment and personnel.

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Topics: CHANCE Products, Safety

Experience Faster Testing with the PCORE® SET-Terminal

Posted by Mike Kryman on Aug 14, 2019 11:00:00 AM

The PCORE® SET-Terminal is designed for use with field dielectric test equipment for more accurate, faster, and safer field power factor measurement of apparatus insulation at a substantial savings.

PCORE Electric launched the SET-Terminal in 2011 as an addition to their test terminal line. The SET-Terminal provided improvements from the traditional porcelain test terminal that has been used by utilities since the 1950’s.  

Benefits of the SET-Terminal include:

  • A faster testing process.
  • Safer testing for test technicians.
  • Less expensive testing because of less labor hours and equipment down time.
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Topics: Bushings

Why Fiberglass Guy Strains are More Dependable

Posted by Chad Davis on Aug 1, 2019 3:00:00 PM

Fiberglass Guy Strains may be installed anywhere along the guy wire to help protect against stray current that may be on the guy caused by lightning strikes or other sources. These fiberglass units serve as a replacement for porcelain insulators or johnny balls, and they extend the insulation length. They offer numerous advantages, including:

  • variable lengths
  • easy terminations
  • resistance to fracture caused by brittleness
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Topics: Distribution, Pole Line Hardware, Safety