PowerLines August 2017

Published Tuesday, August 22, 2017


Summer 2017

Ripley Utility Tool WS 68 Snap

Ripley Tools is proud to introduce the new and improved Utility Tool™ WS 68 Snap Power Driven End Stripper. Designed for use with low or variable speed power drills, the Utility Tool™ WS 68 Snap safely and precisely strips secondary utility cables with ease. The new patent pending design has a quick release collar making it fast and convenient to swap out bushings as needed even while wearing thick safety gloves, no hex wrench required.

The WS 68 Snap is compatible with Ripley’s standard precision bushings linemen have trusted for more than 40 years. Using Utility Tool™ strippers will dramatically improve user safety by reducing the risk of lacerations from traditional knives and by decreasing time and effort of repetitive stripping functions.

Watch a video of the WS 68 Snap in action here. For a quote, call Powertech at (860) 678-8772.


EVERLAST Indestructible Plastic Injection Molded Signs

Powerful Deterrent for Copper Theft 

Copper cable thieves have become bolder causing more than 60 millions dollars in losses annually. Thefts of ground wire and copper cable account for 450,000 minutes of outage time annually and many deaths. Tech Products, Inc. has teamed up with NW Electric Power Co-Op, Inc. to produce vandal resistant, long –lasting signage that will outline the consequences of copper theft. Using Tech Products, Inc. unique sign product, Everlast®, the electric substations, wind turbines and solar arrays are armed with a powerful message to deter criminals. Everlast® has been designed to withstand UV fading for over 40 years, bullets pass through with little effect and graffiti can be easily wiped off.

To read more about Tech Products signs click here or call Powertech at (860) 678-8772 for more information and a quote.

 American Polywater® Pull-Planner ™ 4.0 Cable Pulling Software

 American Polywater® Pull-Planner™ 4.0 for Windows® calculates cable pulling tension and sidewall pressure around bends using the pulling equations. The Pull-Planner™ 4.0 also utilizes industry standards to  calculate maximum pulling tension and conduit fill. Tension estimates are useful in designing conduit systems and planning cable pulls. Such planning can save time and money by minimizing splices, vaults,  pulling set-ups, etc., while ensuring installation tensions that won’t damage cable. Cables are susceptible to damage when sidewall bearing pressure limits are exceeded, making preplanning extremely important.  The program runs on English or metric units.

 Pull-Planner™ 4.0 for Windows® follows the proven practice of the earlier Pull-Planner™ versions by approaching a pull in “segments.” It accepts pull and cable data saved under the previous Pull-Planner™  software versions. The 4.0 differs by separating straight runs from bend segments and allowing all data input on one screen, making it even more user friendly. Browser (html) “HELP” menu links throughout the  program explain data entry and terminology. An instructional video is available online for thorough training on the entire program.

Pull-Planner™ 4.0 for Windows® is available exclusively as an Internet download. It runs on numerous Windows® operating systems. Total installation consumes 30 megabytes of hard drive space.

To access your copy of the NEW Pull-Planner 4.0 Software Program, go to:

Upcoming Events

2017 IUOTA/IUSTA Conference
August 21st-23rd (Sturbridge, MA)

Join other Overhead & Underground utility safety and training professionals at the annual sharing of free presentations and knowledge. IUOTA is pleased to partner with IUSTA again in 2017 to add substation utility experts to the presentations and conversation. IUOTA will once again host the two day training and test to obtain your CUSP prior to the start of the conference. 

Click here for more information on this year's conference. We hope to see you there!

NEPPA 11th Annual Lineworkers Rodeo
September 14th-15th (Littleton, MA)

NEPPA's annual Lineworkers Rodeo features three-person teams competing in six different events for the purpose of promoting safe work practices.  

The rodeo is designed to enhance skills and job knowledge, foster strong working relationships, encourage teamwork, and provide a better understanding of utility work for families and other spectators.

 2017 Events:

  • Hurt Man Rescue
  • Rope Toss w/ Guy Wire Installation
  • Speed Climb
  • Transformer Changeout
  • Obstacle Course
  • Cutout Changeout

Click here for more information including General Rules and Event Descriptions and be sure to stop by and check out Powertech's booth on the 14th.

ICUEE Demo Expo
October 3rd-5th (Louisville, KY)

See. Play. Learn. Meet. Take part in the ICUEE, the premier North American Utility and Construction Demo expo, where you'll have the chance to see the latest products from your favorite companies, try the equipment yourself and meet the team of technical experts behind it.

ICUEE 2017 will feature:

  • 950+ of the leading manufacturers
  • Hundreds of equipment launches
  • 25 acres of exhibits
  • 2 mile outdoor test track
  • Indoor demo stage presented by Benjamin Media
  • Enhanced educational opportunities
  • Charity auction to support our veterans
  • Locally inspired networking event

Click here to register for this year's ICUEE Demo Expo

While in attendance, be sure to check out Powertech/UPSC's principals at the following booth #'s:

  • Bierer Meters- #4040
  • Richards Manufacturing- #4164
  • SNC Manufacturing-#3010
  • McWane Poles- #2715
  • Tech Products- #3315
  • Youngstown Gloves- #3616
  • American Polywater- #3657
  • Utility Tool- #3125
  • TE Connectivity- #5426

Powertech and Hitachi T&D Solutions Form Partnership 

Hitachi T&D Solutions and Powertech Associates are excited to announce a new sales partnership effective July 2017. Powertech will provide Hitachi T&D Solutions customer and sales support for New York and New England.

Founded in 1977, Hitachi T&D Solutions, Inc. (HTDS) is a premier international supplier of electrical equipment, including 72.5kV-800kV dead tank high-voltage circuit breakers, 72.5kV-800kV gas-insulated switchgear (GIS), large power transformers (above 200MVA) and generator main circuit breakers. One of the company’s significant innovative accomplishments was the introduction of the industry’s first 72.5 kV high voltage dead tank vacuum circuit breaker which eliminates the ozone depleting SF-6 gas commonly used in this product.  HTDS offers installation, project management, maintenance and testing services for all products through a locally deployed field service organization providing a full range of advisory, technical and engineering services.

For more information about Hitachi T&D Solutions products and services, please contact Powertech at (860) 678-8772 or visit their website here.  

Powertech Associates and Utility Power Supply Company offer the latest products and solutions available in the Utility Industry. 

Since its inception in 1992, Powertech has provided products for Underground and Overhead Distribution, Substations, Metering, Testing and Transmission. 

We are committed to meet the needs of our customers through quality product solutions and proven customer service.


Powertech / Utility Power Supply Company
860-678-UPSC (8772) 

e-mail:  Solutions@Powertech-UPSC.com     web:  http://www.powertech-upsc.com

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