Protecting America’s Birds with Greenjacket

Posted by Darren Barnett on Aug 25, 2020 8:00:00 AM

The Lemon Creek substation is a key site for AEL&P in supplying backup power and electrical distribution to the city of Juneau. It is located near a landfill, a food source attractant to many species of avians. AEL&P had been proactively investigating and testing several avian protection options available in the marketplace. These efforts helped, but there was still a need for further improvement. Following a significant eagle-caused outage that was reported on by the media, the Hubbell Greenjacket Team reached out to AEL&P to offer assistance in solving these issues. 

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Topics: Wildlife Mitigation

The Importance of Lead Length for Arrester Applications

Posted by Ryan Freeman on Aug 17, 2020 1:00:00 PM

A commonly overlooked consideration in arrester applications is the impact of lead length. The inductance of lead wires can produce an inductive voltage drop which in turn will lower system protection. This voltage drop only occurs if the lead carries surge current and is in parallel with the equipment being protected. This resultant voltage is added to the discharge voltage of the arrester during a surge event, thereby reducing the protective margin of the system. The lead wire’s inductance is not strongly influenced by conductor diameter, but rather of overall lead length. Therefore, care must be taken to keep the lead length to a minimum in both distribution and substation applications.

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Topics: Arresters

How to Avoid Putting Strain on Fiber Communications Lines

Posted by Chad Davis on Jul 22, 2020 11:00:00 AM

When securing a fiber line to a pole, building or at mid-span, installers must be careful not to cause undo stress or strain on that fiber line. If they do, it can cause a break in the line, which in turn would cause an outage/disruption in service. Fixing this would be very expensive and time consuming, not to mention a huge inconvenience for everyone involved (contractor, worker, the public and customer).  

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Topics: Communications

Why Measuring Torque Matters

Posted by Tim Staelens on Jun 24, 2020 9:00:00 AM

The torque-to-capacity relationship for helical anchors and piles is an empirical method originally developed by the A. B. CHANCE Company beginning in the late 1950s. Today, the relationship is well recognized in the deep foundation industry. It is commonly referred to as torque correlation.

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Topics: Construction, Anchors, Foundations

Getting Started with Surge Arrester Specifications

Posted by Ryan Freeman on Jun 10, 2020 8:00:00 AM

With the recent and upcoming revisions of IEEE C62.11 and IEC 60099-4 surge arrester standards, writing a technical specification for arresters can be challenging for both new and experienced engineers. Most arrester manufacturers have a dedicated team of engineers who are familiar with the evolving standards and can support the revision and/or creation of arrester specifications.

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Topics: Arresters

4 Advantages of a Custom Bushings Cross-Reference Guide

Posted by Mike Kryman on Jun 3, 2020 2:00:00 PM

Not sure what the proper bushing replacements are for your in-service bushings? Hubbell | PCORE® Electric can provide a custom cross-reference guide to help!

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Topics: Bushings

Understanding Classes and Types of Rubber Insulating Blankets

Posted by Joseph Cardona on May 26, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Insulating rubber blankets for energized line maintenance come in a variety of sizes, classes and types. Each Class of insulating blankets has its own maximum use and testing voltages, as described in ASTM D1048 (see Table 1). The higher the class rating, the higher maximum the voltage rating is for the insulating blanket. 

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Topics: Lineman Grade Tools

Guy Anchor Testing Procedure

Posted by Tim Staelens on May 20, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Predicting the holding capacity of an anchor can be difficult due to soil variations at different depths and different structure sites. It is critical to understand anchor capacity to ensure the integrity of your guyed structures.

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Topics: Anchors

4 Reasons to Field Test Helical Guy Anchors

Posted by Tim Staelens on May 13, 2020 11:00:00 AM

The reliability of our overhead power and communication lines is as important today as ever before. The integrity of overhead construction often relies on guy anchor systems that can be trusted when put to the test during high wind loading situations and when tree branches come into contact with the lines.  If an anchor pulls even the slightest amount, it causes the top of the pole to lean. This can cause improper line sag resulting in clearance issues.

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Topics: Anchors

Why You Should Repair Defective Bushings

Posted by Mike Kryman on May 6, 2020 8:30:00 AM

Repairing a bushing is less expensive than purchasing a new bushing and you are able to maintain all of the original dimensions.

A typical bushing repair is a regasket of the bushing or a recore and regasket of the bushing. When a bushing leaks; however, tests well, a regasket will be performed in which the sealing components are replaced. When a bushing tests poor, a recore and regasket will be performed. During the recore of a bushing the bushing core will be replaced with a new PCORE® POC type core. Repaired bushings ship with the same warranty as a new bushing.

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Topics: Bushings

5 Ways Animals Cause Fires and How Wildlife Covers Can Help

Posted by Ed LeRouzic on Apr 24, 2020 11:15:00 AM

Looking at recent data from California utilities, about one in ten ignition causes can be traced back to animals either directly or indirectly. That amounts to a significant number of wildfires caused by animal contact alone.

Here are five ways wildlife can cause fires near power lines.

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Topics: Distribution, Substation, Wildfire Mitigation, Wildlife Mitigation

Fire Protection Coating: How to Protect Wooden Utility Poles from Wildfires

Posted by Haley Engel on Apr 17, 2020 9:15:00 AM

Utilities recognize that wooden poles are vulnerable to fire. However, replacing millions of wooden poles with metal or composite ones isn’t realistic from a cost and labor perspective. Reinforcing wooden poles with passive fire protection options is a promising alternative. To maintain the benefits of wood poles, utilities are choosing to deploy passive fire protection solutions in high risk fire areas, controlled burn zones, and active fire paths. This can reduce the duration and cost associated with power outages after a fire. There are two leading options for protecting wooden poles from wildfires: coatings and wraps. These products offer different benefits in terms of serviceability, ease of installation and removal, and breathability.

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Topics: Distribution, Wildfire Mitigation

Underground Cable Accessories Installation: Proper Torque for Separable Connectors

Posted by Tamera Weedon on Apr 9, 2020 8:15:00 AM

A common cause of power quality issues in underground systems is the improper torquing of underground separable connectors. During the installation of these products, achieving proper connections is one of the most important yet overlooked step in the installation process.

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Topics: Cable Accessories, Underground Separable Connectors, Safety

CHANCE® Lineman Grade Tools™ Additional Cleaning to Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

Posted by Jeff Kopp on Apr 6, 2020 9:19:47 AM

During this time of heightened concern for cleanliness, here are some guidelines for additional cleaning of your CHANCE tools, without compromising the integrity of the equipment. It is recommended that you continue to follow safe working practices, increased hygiene, and proper distancing as indicated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), OSHA, federal, state and local health departments, and your company’s work practices and procedures. 

Enhanced Cleaning Instructions*
Fiberglass Hotsticks, Instruments, Meters, Rubber and Plastic Cover-Up, Rubber Blankets, and Cable Jacket:

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Topics: Lineman Grade Tools, Safety

Components of a Reliable Polymer Compound

Posted by Haley Engel on Mar 25, 2020 3:20:00 PM

Polymer compounds suitable for electrical insulation can consist of 10 or more ingredients which can be broken down to three major categories. These include the base polymer, fillers which can make up nearly 50% of the total compound, and active additives. Compounding of an elastomer with fillers and additives to achieve the desired results for a given application is critical. The components are carefully selected to enhance field performance and ease of manufacture.

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Topics: Distribution, Arresters