WACO, Texas — LineWise® introduces its Catenary Platform Truck, the next generation of hi-rail construction and maintenance vehicles. The three-axle truck is EPA Tier IV compliant and its rubber tires are centered on the rail for optimal turning radius and traction.
The 8-foot wide by 16-foot long elevating platform has a capacity of 2,000 pounds and a maximum working height of 25 feet. It is able to be rotated 180 degrees and can be insulated up to 5kV. The platform is easily accessible using the integrated stairs located at the rear of the truck.
Radio controls allow the truck to be driven from the platform at speeds up to five miles per hour. The automatic handrail system adjusts upward to meet OSHA’s mandated handrail heights, and it also adjusts downward to meet the maximum legal highway travel height.
A pantograph system can be fitted to the truck to monitor the stagger and height of the catenary wires. Operation of the wire manipulator arms, platform rotation and elevation are radio controlled from the platform.
Safety considerations include rail safety lighting (both directions), back up camera and alarm, and an emergency platform lowering system.
LineWise is a division of Diversified Products. The company designs, engineers and manufactures a full line of utility products, including line lifters, insulated work platforms, phase lifters, transmission temporary conductor supports and the Buddy Bushing transmission hardware reinforcement system. For more information, contact Diversified Products, 1001 Webster Avenue, Waco, TX 76706, call 254-757-1177, fax 254-757-1188, or visit www.line-wise.com.
Watertown, S.D. – (September 12, 2018) – In August, Terex Utilities hosted fleet managers, technicians, purchasing managers, and other attendees for the 40th Annual Terex Utilities’ Hands-On Training Seminar. The program provides essential training on the operation and examples of application of Terex® Digger Derricks, Hi-Ranger Aerial Devices, and Auger Drills.
Hands-On got its start in 1978 with the need to train distributor sales representatives so that they could safely demonstrate equipment. “That first event set the ground work for training on safety, setup, and operation, and remains a hallmark of the Terex customer experience today,” said Ken Vlasman, Customer Service Manager.
Before he passed away, long-time employee and account manager Chuck Heath, documented his memories of the original Terex Hands-On event. He recalled that sales representatives were advised to never operate equipment near energized lines, as they are not qualified to do so. Instead, they were told: “Explain your demonstrator unit to the crew and then let them use it to do their job.” Then, as today, Terex sales people “should look, listen, and learn,” he wrote.
Today, the event extends beyond sales training to assist customers, dealers, and rental partners. “Whether your job is behind a desk or in energized 345 kV lines, this program has been providing fleet personnel, safety managers, mechanics, administrators and others with a valuable learning experience for four decades,” said Vlasman.
This year, more than 40 people from the U.S., Canada, China, Chile, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Ecuador participated in multiple training stations where they operated equipment and performed actual jobs under direct supervision of Terex trainers.
Digger Derrick stations included digging holes, setting poles, and setting screw-anchors in four directions. Aerial Device stations featured changing out a transformer, and setting up and performing a three-phase lift. Other stations focused on putting a unit in service, use of auger drills and tooling selection, pole removal techniques, multi-part winch line lifting, and other demonstrations. “Hands-On beats power points any day,” said one participant. While another commented that “the trucks show their power and productivity to get the job done.”
This year, attendees were also treated to a tour of Terex Utilities’ manufacturing facilities. “The plants were clean and the people were passionate about what they were working on,” said one participant.
For more information about Terex products and services, as well as the company’s training and certification schools, visit www.terex.com/utilities.
Terex Corporation is a global manufacturer of lifting and material processing products and services delivering lifecycle solutions that maximize customer return on investment. Major Terex brands include Terex, Genie, Powerscreen and Demag. Terex solutions serve a broad range of industries, including construction, infrastructure, manufacturing, shipping, transportation, refining, energy, utilities, quarrying and mining. Terex offers financial products and services to assist in the acquisition of Terex equipment through Terex Financial Services. More information about Terex is available on its website: www.Terex.com, and on its LinkedIn page -- www.linkedin.com/company/terex and Facebook page -- www.facebook.com/TerexCorporation.
OYSTER BAY, NEW YORK - 21 Aug 2018
The modernization of utility infrastructures is enabling increased efficiencies and reliability through digitization, connectivity, and IT-based approaches. Smart cyber assets are transforming both power and water grids, allowing operators to deploy and leverage a new generation of functionality and customer services. However, smart utilities are also highly vulnerable to cyberthreats, and security is, therefore, a primary concern, stated ABI Research, a market-foresight advisory firm providing strategic guidance on the most compelling transformative technologies.
Unfortunately, digital security remains largely unimplemented during utility modernization due to cost, resource, and time constraints. This is exasperated by issues with adapting cybersecurity to OT environments and an overall lack of knowledge and expertise in bridging these divides. Further, public sector efforts have petered out since 2012-2013, when both the United States and European Union were actively driving national cybersecurity strategies. The current U.S. administration seems to have dropped cybersecurity from its list of priorities, and the European Commission is struggling to get its NIS Directive off the ground and obtain adequate funding for ENISA to fulfill its mandate. Most of the E.U. member countries have not taken the NIS directive to cyber-secure critical infrastructure seriously. “It seems that the United States and the European Union have forgotten that cybersecurity needs to be a continuous effort, not a one-time announcement to tick all the boxes,” said Michela Menting, Research Director of Digital Security at ABI Research.
The lack of sustained public support sends a deflated message to operators in the field about the importance of cybersecurity. “Worryingly, both power and water utilities have reported advanced persistent threats which exploit flaws in industrial control systems. More critically, run-of-the-mill cyberthreats such as ransomware and DDoS attacks are increasingly affecting operator’s cyber-assets, both on the back and front-end. Cybersecurity must be a concerted effort by all stakeholders, including the public. With only partial support, the risks intensify,” warned Menting.
While power and water grid stakeholders will spend over US$8 billion globally on cyber-securing utility infrastructures in 2018, only a small portion of that will be dedicated to operational technologies and smart systems. Grid modernization efforts are an ideal time to start designing and integrating digital security and provide an opportunity for adapting existing mechanisms and processes to the OT space - from industrial control systems to smart meters. “Operators and other stakeholders should remain firm in their commitment to cybersecurity, despite the backseat public support. Fortunately, from a private sector perspective, a growing vendor ecosystem - including companies such as CY-OT, ForeScout, Nokia Networks, Nozomi Networks, OSIsoft, Radiflow, Sierra Nevada Corporation, SkyBox Security, and Smart Energy Networks - is emerging to hopefully address these issues,” Menting concludes.
These findings and more can be found in ABI Research’s Cybersecurity in Smart Utilities report. This report is part of the company’s Digital Security research service, which includes research, data, and Executive Foresights.