Linemen News July 2015

Highlights from the world of linemen news.

Here are some industry news and information articles from around the web, just for you.
Collage of towers halved

Hoist Safety: How to Test, Inspect, and Maintain

For the hoist user, long-term, dependable performance is easy to achieve by following simple guidelines. ASME standard B30.21 requires both frequent and periodic inspection of hoists. CHANCE defines frequent as inspection before every use. It takes less than a minute, and your operation and maintenance manual is a perfect guide.

When inspecting a hoist, look for signs of missing, bent or broken components. Are parts rusty? Do the controls function properly? Does the hoist operate as it should before beginning any lifting job? Periodic inspections require more detailed examination.

Following are some guidelines for the various Chance hoists. Read more here.

Teaming with Government on Cyber Front
Utilities Lead the Way

At the American Public Power Association Public Power Expo in June in Minneapolis, the Energy Times gathered together four of the country’s leading lights in public power for a roundtable discussion on issues facing not only public power, but all electric utilities today and in the future. The discussion was sponsored by Burns & McDonnell.

Participating were Sue Kelly, American Public Power Association president and chief executive officer; Doug Hunter, Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems chief executive officer and general manager; Scott Miller, City Utilities of Springfield general manager; and Decosta Jenkins, Nashville Electric Services president and chief executive officer.

Energy Times: Are utilities getting more secure from physical and cyberthreats? Read more here.

Every Line Of Defense
2015 NFPA 70E And Arc Flash Risk Assessment

This article addresses six key areas in the risk-control hierarchy and how each can be used to reduce the risk associated with the arc flash hazard. The hierarchy goes from the most-effective to the least-effective control methods. Elimination is ranked first, and PPE is ranked last.
 Read more here.

Top 8 Conversations About the T&D Industry

Last fall, T&D World launched IdeaXchange, a forum in which industry experts sound off on various hot topics within the industry. The platform has been popular with readers, with expert opinions addressing storm hardening, energy storage, renewable energy, AC and DC, Big Data and microgrids.

Featured here are the Top 8 conversations based on popularity since the forum began. Feel free to follow the links to comment on these important issues that are changing the face of the grid. Read more here.

National Grid Implements Network Manager SCADA/EMS in New York and Massachusetts

This marks the culmination of a project to increase reliability and improve service for the utility’s 3.4 million energy customers on the East Coast of the US.

The project includes the upgrade of National Grid’s transmission and distribution control centers in upstate New York and Massachusetts, standardizing the systems on ABB’s latest network management technologies. ABB provided design, engineering, software, hardware, system implementation and related services to implement the SCADA/EMS, which will enable National Grid to deliver secure, efficient and optimized operation of their electric power system. Read more here.