Advanced Control Systems (ACS), a global provider of smart grid automation technology, introduced earlier this year the latest release of its core Precision Real-Time Information System Managerà¢â€ž- (PRISMà¢â€ž-) system platform. PRISM is the high-performance real-time foundation of all advanced system solutions delivered by ACS, including ADMS, outage management and energy management systems. A true 64-bit platform, PRISM 11 will help utilities deliver real-time information and automate network processes up to 10 times faster than with previous versions. This latest release continues a long history of improvements and updates to PRISM, and includes significant enhancements to both features and performance across the spectrum of its smart grid applications. Larger database capacity, expanded study mode and test mode capabilities and improved security features are but a few of the benefits that ACS customers will realize as a result of PRISM 11.
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Lineman Seat Belt
3M Fall Protection has a new seat belt that features a cup-shaped design that wraps under the climber’s seat. This allows the climber to use the wood pole fall restricting devices (WPFRD) as a swing to gain full advantage of the device. The cup shape also keeps the belt up on the climber’s hips and it keeps him or her in the belt if accidentally inverted. The seat belt also features a web system independent of the stitching; an improvement over previous belts that experienced ripped stitches when the equipment was abused. This new belt distributes the climber’s weight and transfers pressure back and forth from the seat to the upper back as the angle of the WPFRD changes. This significantly reduces ergonomic injuries by providing added comfort and support to the lower back. Workers can now hang in the air safely and reduce the amount of force needed to stay at height.
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Hydraulic Cable Puller
The ARS711 hydraulic puller from Condux Tesmec is ideal for a wide range of pulling applications including power transmission and distribution cable installation. It features a 286 hp, Volvo Penta Tier 4 diesel engine, compliant with U.S. EPA Tier 4 final emissions legislation. The unit also offers a hydraulic motor with dual displacement positions for two pull settings: high pull mode and high speed mode. In high pull mode, the unit offers a maximum pulling force of 40,000 lbs. at a pulling speed of 1.5 mph, and 20,000 lbs. of pull force at a maximum speed of 2.9 mph. In high speed mode, the ARS711 offers a maximum pulling force of 27,000 lbs. at a pulling speed of 2.0 mph, and 13,500 lbs. of pull force at a maximum speed of 4.0 mph. The ARS711 is available as a modular unit, allowing greater flexibility for job site transport and set up, while providing the ability for end-user mounting on an existing chassis. A newly updated HMI control provides access to industry-leading features like a negative self-acting hydraulic brake, an integrated hydraulic dynamometer, a hydraulic cooling system and more.
PV Commissioning Test/Analysis Instrumentation
A new concept in solar PV test instrumentation combines accurate I-V curve analysis with essential electrical testing for the fast and effective commissioning, safety and O&M diagnostic testing of all types of solar PV installations. Using simple push button operation, the new multi-function PV210 from Seaward carries out all the electrical commissioning tests required by IEC 62446, including open circuit voltage, short circuit current, maximum power point voltage, current and power, and insulation resistance. Alongside the electrical tests, the PV210 also performs I-V curve measurements in accordance with IEC 61829 to determine if the measured curve deviates from the expected profile, highlighting the need for any further analysis or fault finding. The fill factor of PV systems can also be assessed.