distribution line repair

Extending the Life of Overhead Aging Assets with Focus on the Energized Portion of Transmission Line

CARL R. TAMM Classic Connectors, Inc USA SUMMARY The 21st Century has been deemed “The Era of Rebuilding.” Infrastructure around the globe, much built in the early 20th century, including roads, bridges, pipelines, and not to be ignored, our electrical…


A new Idea For: Grid Resilience, Wildfire Mitigation & Asset Management

The weakest link in any overhead system will always be connection points, such as; deadends, suspension clamps, and splices. Conductors and well-maintained towers will always outlast connectors. Even though some connectors fail due to mechanical stress,…


Overhead Powerline Mitigation Update

With wildfire season coming in hot this year due to record low precipitation this past winter, and with hurricane season in full swing, we want to take this opportunity to re-introduce ClampStar® as a simple and effective way to harden the grid.…


Mitigate Wire-Down Incidents and Wildfires

During a routine wildfire mitigation inspection on this 500kV 2300 kcmil, AAC line, a suspect repair sleeve adjacent to a suspension clamp was identified. Rather than taking a risk to spend time and money performing a detailed inspection and analysis of…


The most cost-effective, technically superior, uprate technology alternative

In 2000, NERC began advising utilities to consider actual field conditions to confirm transmission line thermal ratings. In turn, many utilities have surveyed transmission lines to identify critical issues and determine whether their lines are capable of…


Classic Connectors USA Introduces the Newest ClampStar®, The Latest in Connector Corrector Technology, for Use on Copper Conductor

January 15, 2015 -- Classic Connectors USA, CSR-0325L-007-P is designed to protect automatic splices on overhead, copper conductor sized from #6 - #2 AWG. In addition to torque limiting nuts, each unit is supplied with nickel-plated keepers, and is…


International Lineman's Rodeo Video Montage

This video pays tribute to the those highly trained and dedicated individuals that keep the lights on. They're out there in extreme conditions doing what they do best and we appreciate it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giqfz_8d4OY


Choosing the Right Fastener - Part ll

By Carl Tamm In the first part of this article, a brief mention was made regarding “conductivity” of fasteners.  This second section will address that issue. Peculiarities of electrical connectors give rise to further thought of fasteners.  It is not…


Choosing the Right Fastener

By Waymon P. Goch With proper attention to the fastener assembly, the best choice is almost always fasteners of the same material as the components being joined. The primary reason is it eliminates differential thermal expansion and contraction, and just…


Fault Current and the Effects on ClampStar®

By Waymon Goch The terms fault and short circuit in electric power systems are frequently used interchangeably but there are slight differences. A fault can be defined as any abnormal flow of current whereas a short circuit is a current that completely…