Fault-Finding/Cable Length Measurement TDR
T3 Innovation introduces the new Snap Shot fault-finding/cable length measurement TDR (time domain reflectometry). The product detects, locates and identifies fault conditions such as opens, shorts and arc faults on energized cable of all types up to 3,000 ft in length.
Made in America with American technology, Snap Shot's large backlit LCD display clearly shows lengths in feet and/or meters with an accuracy of better than 1% for pinpointing any fault or condition. Dual internal memory allows users to store cable parameters for easy reference, while a built-in tone generator with multiple tone capability traces found faults.
In addition to precise location of faults, Snap Shot uses an advanced form of spread-spectrum TDR that allows its use over energized cables. It allows attached working data lines, electrical cable runs and live coax systems to be measured for run lengths and to see if there are any existing electrical faults while the cable is in use and under power.
Additional Snap Shot features and specifications include auto power-off and four different tones. It also calibrates any cable NVP value.
T3 Innovation | www.t3innovation.com
Continuous Safety Monitor Instrument
Delta Computer Systems Inc. announces the SNT-02 Step and Touch (SNT) safety monitoring instrument for enhancing the safety of transmission line crews. The new SNT-02 kit includes field accessories and comes in a rugged enclosure for easy transport.
The SNT-02 addresses the safety issue of SNT potential. Step potential is the voltage difference between a person's feet resulting from current flowing through the earth away from a transmission tower. Touch potential is the voltage difference between the ground and an energized object that a person comes into contact with.
As transmission line corridors become increasingly crowded, grounded lines more frequently pick up dangerous voltages via inductive coupling. Monitoring and alarming the resulting SNT potential is critical for line crew safety. The SNT-02 instrument is designed and manufactured specifically for this type of transmission line monitoring and alarming.
De-energized lines that are connected to a tower act as large antennas and can create dangerous conditions if the tower ground is faulty. The SNT-02 continuously monitors for SNT potential, improving job site safety.
Delta Computer Systems Inc. | stepandtouch.com
Truck Quit Flag
Utility field crews can alert passersby of a stranded utility worker on a malfunctioned bucket truck with William Frick & Co.'s Truck Quit Flags.
The work zone orange flags also feature reflective strips at the top and bottom. Constructed of heavy-duty vinyl material, the tested flags are built for extreme durability and effectiveness in the field. The materials and inks are UV-stable and will not fade. The flags can be easily attached and secured along the side of any bucket with a Velcro strap or use grommets for a user's own attachment.
William Frick & Co. | www.fricknet.com
Auto-Ranging Voltage Indicator
Hubbell Power Systems unveils an instrument that makes hot-line voltage testing easier. Its electronics eliminate the need for a selector switch. The automatic-ranging function quickly displays the approximate line-to-line voltage class. It provides an easy, reliable means for the operator to determine if a line is de-energized, energized at full-system voltage or carrying less than normal system voltage from any source or induced charged from an adjacent live circuit.
The tester attaches to an Epoxiglas insulating universal handle of appropriate length to maintain proper OSHA working clearances. A single push button activates the instrument, then a single light indicates either power on (by glowing solid) or low battery (by blinking). With a good battery condition, the instrument performs a confirming self test by illuminating each of the six indicator lights in series while emitting an alternating audible signal. Then the probe can be brought into contact with the conductor.
It automatically begins detecting at about 100 V and holds the display of one of these phase-to-phase voltage classes: 600 V, 4 kV, 15 kV, 25 kV, 35 kV, 69 kV, 115 kV, 161 kV, 230 kV, 345 kV or 500 kV. The audible signal begins as a slow beeping that becomes faster as the reading is increased. When not in use, the unit's sleep mode conserves the battery.
Hubbell Power Systems | www.hubbellpowersystems.com
Troubleshooting Training System
Global Training Solutions Inc. announces the availability of the Troubleshooting Simulation Skills Training Series. This simulation-based troubleshooting training system develops skills for troubleshooting all types of electrical circuits and equipment effectively and efficiently. From basic electrical circuits to control and motor circuits, the series teaches a proven troubleshooting process, providing hands-on training on a range of realistic electrical simulations. The series has just been expanded to include PLC Circuits Simulation Training.
The Troubleshooting Skills Series includes Electrical Circuits, Control Circuits, Motor Circuits, Industrial Controls and PLC Circuits. The hands-on learning modules teach valuable troubleshooting safety and strategies, and let users practice their techniques. Practice circuit simulations allow users to learn and practice new methods and techniques. Realistic circuit simulation environments help to develop and test troubleshooting skills. The program features more than 100 challenging faults to solve and offers printable resources such as circuit diagrams, flowcharts and worksheets.
The system also gives detailed feedback on a user's troubleshooting process and comprehensive evaluation of his or her troubleshooting skills. The experience of an expert troubleshooter is applied on sample faults. Users can get a printable certificate of completion. In addition, a company can advantage of instructor resources to help integrate the software into a course.
Global Training Solutions | www.globaltrainingsolutions.ca
Power Distribution Tool
The Multi-Use Technical Tool (M.U.T.T.) by Utility Safety Technologies was designed for the power distribution industry's unique environment. Used for rigging, hoisting, rescue, fall protection and other applications, the device is intended to be placed in key locations on a utility pole to increase lineworker safety and efficiency.
The M.U.T.T. installs easily on existing ⅝-inch and ¾-inch bolts, and replaces the existing washer by design. On new poles, the anchor can be specified at predetermined locations. The M.U.T.T.'s non-intrusive, low-profile composition meets OSHA, CSA and ANSI.
Utility Safety Technologies | www.utiityanchor.com
Klein Tools has introduced a new line of Tradesman Pro tool bags for field professionals. The Organizer Tool Pouch features 16 pockets for better tool storage, an orange interior for easy tool visibility, and tough, durable, rubber feet that protect from the elements. The pouch also features a 1680d ballistic weave for durability and a shoulder strap and handle for easy carrying.
The 10-inch Organizer Tote has 40 pockets and a removable zipper bag, which is designed to fit the compartment underneath. Klein Tools also offers an 8-inch tote, which has 20 pockets as well as an Organizer Backpack, which has 39 pockets of tool storage. The wide opening of the backpack fits power drills, meters and flashlights. The tough, durable, molded bottom protects from the elements, and the large front pocket fits fish tapes. Klein Tools also has introduced two new Organizer Electrician's Bags
Klein Tools | www.kleintools.com
Power Line Cleaning System
The Federal Aviation Administration has granted an STC for Simplex Aerospace's new high-pressure power line insulator and windmill cleaning system for the Eurocopter AS350 and 355 helicopter series. The STC (number SR02207SE issued on 12-15-2011) is the newest product in the company's 65-year history of innovation.
The Aerial Cleaning System represents the third generation of aerial cleaning equipment delivering superior performance and value to power utility providers and helicopter operators.
Routine cleaning of power line insulators enhances power transmission and generation. The Aerial Cleaning System uses a 180-gal water tank mounted beneath the belly of the aircraft significantly increasing operating times between refills. The nozzled boom extends past the rotor tips, providing extended washing distance permitting operators to clean hard to reach insulator strings. The power-assisted operator control reduces operator fatigue, facilitating safer and longer operating days.
Simplex | www.simplexmfg.com
LED Light Units
LEDs are now available on all-terrain, portable LENTRY Scene Lighting Systems by Ventry Solutions Inc.
Portable LENTRY units combine Honda super-quiet series generators with extendable, all-terrain legs and telescoping lights. Each LED light used on a LENTRY System telescope is 120 V, generates 20,000 lumens of light, draws only 2 A and uses 240 W of power. Each LED lamp head is comprised of 60 ultra-bright white LEDs, 48 for flood lighting and 12 focused spot lights. The lens helps direct flood lighting onto the work area and simultaneously a spotlight beam into the distance. Multiple telescoping LEDs are available on a single portable LENTRY Light System with a choice of height, standard or extra tall “XT.” LENTRY Systems stand 3.5 ft to 9 ft tall, with legs and lights that retract.
These rugged units illuminate any scene, on-road and off, helping first responders be safe and efficient no matter the terrain.
Ventry Solutions Inc. | www.ventry.com