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Connectors, Clamps, and ClampStar® - How are they different?

Connectors: A connector can be defined as a device for joining two or more conductors to provide a continuous electrical current path. Connectors generally fall into four types; automatic, compression, wedge, and bolted. The electrical and mechanical…


How Engineered Mechanical Shunts Are Superior For Overhead Connector Repairs

  Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you believed one thing to be true and then found out years later that it wasn't? For many years, experienced lineman and engineers believed that cutting out a splice on an overhead line and…


How To Properly Repair Damaged Conductor Caused By Spacer Dampers

Spacer dampers, designed to provide proper damping of wind-induced vibrations for bundled conductor lines, have been around for more than 50 years and like most hardware exposed to the elements, needs to be replaced at some point in time. Most often,…


Reducing Wire-Down Incidents

It's a fact, the frequency of downed power lines has been increasing, especially within the last few years as much of the equipment in many power grids enters the half century and older point. According to federal data, the U.S. electric grid loses power…


The Best Method For Repairing Overhead Connectors

This video shows a typical scenario using infrared inspection of an overhead transmission line to identify a hot splice and then the proper correction of that hot splice using a ClampStar engineered mechanical shunt. ClampStar, along with proactive…


How To Find And Fix Failing Overhead Splices

PPL Utilities shows a shunt splice applied to an overhead line via helicopter, to repair a failing splice. Increasing power flows on some of the oldest lower-voltage circuits, especially during emergencies has put significant pressure on a power grid…


Can ClampStar® installations be budgeted as a Capital Expenditure?

Yes, because ClampStar® significantly reduces whole-span wire replacement cost and is the industry’s only PERMANENT life extension solution for virtually all overhead conductors of any voltage class, and ClampStar corrects, preserves, and maintains the…


ESMO 2016 - The Demo You May Have Missed

If you attended the ESMO show in Columbus, Ohio 2 weeks ago then you may have seen a Haverfield aerial line crew performing some fantastic demonstrations. Click the image below to see a short video of a couple of their demonstrations. And for those of…


Here's What To Do After Finding Hot Connectors

As the grid continues to age, many utilities are increasing connector inspection frequency with a main goal of preventing outages and wire down incidents. One simple and relatively inexpensive line inspection method utilizes Infrared (IR) technology. The…


Many Utilities Ban The Use of Automatic Splices

There are estimated to be 250 million automatic splices installed on overhead power lines in North America. The majority of which were installed over 30 years ago. A variety of reports in the field indicate the service life of automatics is as short as…