The Truth About Infrared Inspections

Hangin’ Your Repairs on Temperature? By, Kimberly Lewis HOT/SHOT Infrared Inspections, Inc. Infrared technology has been heavily utilized by the utility industry for over 30 years and yet it is still vastly misunderstood.  In a perfect world,…


Connectors - The Weak Link

When considering increased conductor temperatures, numerous issues are of concern, particularly with the dynamic effects on electrical connectors when suspended overhead aluminum conductors are operated at high temperatures, specifically above 93°C…


Alabama Power Repairs Hot Splice In 8 Minutes and 23 seconds!

Following annual line surveys at Alabama Power, with the discovery of some hot (aged) splices found with IR Thermography, a decision was made to utilize the advantage of a helicopter to quickly and efficiently install ClampStar units over the hot splices…


SMUD Uses Helicopter to Install ClampStar Unit After IR Inspection Identifies Hot Splice

Jim Wilhelm, Tower Patrol T&D Assets, Distribution Services Lineman for Sacramento Municipal Utility District said “Installation was difficult due to the movement of the helicopter, but allowed us to do this over a deep gorge, not accessible from a…


New "CSS" Style ClampStar

Due to popular demand, CCI has developed the New “CSS” style ClampStar units for use on Deadends and Suspension Clamp applications!  Made with a single conductor leg, the new unit installs in minutes, the same as the traditional ClampStar units that are…


Line Crews Repair Failing Splices with No Power Interruption!

May 01, 2010, Transmission & Distribution World, By Mike Dario, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Corrosive salt water and high winds in Los Angeles' beach areas were wreaking havoc on the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's automatic…


Los Angeles Department of Water & Power corrects failing splices in record time!

On a recent Tuesday morning at 10:00, two linemen from LADWP, Mike Traweek and Sammy Sempelsz lifted off the ground in their new Altec bucket truck to begin the first round of ClampStar® installations. They completed the first 6 installations in 55…


ClampStar makes line up-rates possible!

Major Breakthrough With New Cost Saving Connector Technology Propels Classic Connectors, Inc. And Their Revolutionary Product “ClampStar®” Into Electric Utilities Must-Have Product For 2010 For the past several years, utilities have been under…


Dominion VA Power installs ClampStar in Grandy, NC

The unit was installed on a 477 ASCR conductor, 34.5kV L-L, 19.9kV L-N, over an automatic splice. Including the time for set up, and covering/uncovering the adjacent conductors, the install took 25:19. Once the ClampStar® was loaded in the bucket, the…


Introducing the Classic Connectors Blog

Welcome to the new Classic Connectors blog. This is where we will post industry related items as well as new product introductions and company achievements. Please feel free to post comments and ask questions. Our connector and industry experts are happy…