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In the Last Issue
Save money and increase reliability.
BY JEFF GROSSHAUSER, Motorola
Preparing for winter is more than just a seasonal ritual for utility providers. Electricity and gas must still power cities during violent snowstorms and extreme cold. Arguably, that power is never more needed than when extreme conditions strike. Keeping utilities—and thus cities—operating under extreme conditions requires planning, hardened infrastructure and equipment,… Read More
Understanding differences between GIS and AIS in five points
BY GAETAN DJENANE, Schneider Electric, Inc.
Many considerations must be taken into account before selecting the electrical medium-voltage (MV) switchgear that best meets a user’s needs. From a management perspective, considerations include the purchase price, the life expectancy of the switchgear, and the size of the equipment, the amount of time… Read More
Reviewing the benefits and addressing the obstacles
BY RON CLANTON & MARK HOLLIDAY, KPMG LLP
The outage management process has undergone remarkable changes over the last several decades. The need to respond to power outages when they occur has been around since the first lines were run from utility to customer. The outage management system (OMS) applications of today are… Read More
How utilities can protect overhead facilities from theft
BY FERNANDO BALDIZON, Southwire Company
What do a train station in Norway, a house in Australia, and an electrical substation in South Carolina have in common? Copper theft is the billion-dollar answer—as in this crime’s annual economic impact, a growing epidemic that plagues communities across the globe.
At the Norway train station, copper… Read More
How SCADA can help prevent repairs and service disruptions
BY RICHARD CLARK, InduSoft
Underground transmission and distribution lines create unique challenges, as they require special insulation materials to protect conductors, and complex cooling systems because heat cannot be dissipated in free air as with overhead lines. Despite the additional expense of specialized insulation materials and cooling systems, not to mention… Read More
Preventing malfunction in power transformers
BY ANDY SAGL, Megger
Harmonics are another power quality phenomenon that can cause equipment to malfunction. Harmonics are a sinusoidal component of periodic waves that have frequencies that are multiples of the fundamental frequency. Harmonics can cause computer equipment to lock up or cause the data to become garbled as well as causing transformers, motors,… Read More
Selecting the right FR clothing is the first step.
Glen Raven is a global leader in high-performance, inherently flame-resistant protective and hi-visibility fabrics for the utility, petroleum and industrial apparel markets. The health and safety of the men and women in these dangerous environments depend on the protection that our thermal protective fabrics provide. Working closely with their customers,… Read More