4 Reasons You Need to Choose the Right Utility Pole Tags

Utility poles are a vital component of electrical power distribution networks in the United States and also carry lines for other services such as landline phones, internet, and cable. Even in a relatively small area, there can be thousands of such poles, and the utility companies and service providers that maintain them face some unique …

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3 Reliability Centered Maintenance Tips for Oil and Gas Companies

Those working in today’s oil and gas sector know that, if you aren’t taking advantage of preventative maintenance automation in one form or another, you could be putting your business in jeopardy. Of course, there are different ways to do this – and not every one of these ways requires high investments of gadgets or …

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Utility Pole Identification and Numbering Systems: 10 Expert Resources

For utility companies around the world, one of the assets that it is the most valuable – and most vulnerable – is none other than the utility pole. No matter what the utility pole is meant to provide the community, it’s easy to recognize the need for each and every pole to be properly identified …

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What is a Utility Pole Identification System?

In most cases, a company’s infrastructure represents some of its most important assets. In fact, these types of assets are the very ones that are put in place to keep communities connected, safe, and desirable. Some of the most crucial of these assets include utility pole components. Naturally, the poles support power lines and other …

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Top 3 Reasons Why Equipment Fails

The utility industry, like many modern industries, relies heavily on the use of equipment to facilitate service delivery to customers. But in the utility sector, equipment failure can be catastrophic, causing widespread outages that hinder customers (businesses and homeowners alike) from going about their day-to-day activities. Yet, the utility industry struggles with outdated equipment and …

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Best Practices in Utility Asset Management: Maximizing the Lifetime Value of Your Assets

Utility companies frequently struggle with balancing the need to invest in modern equipment and infrastructure with demands to minimize costs for customers. One of the most effective ways to avoid substantial rate hikes is to maximize the lifetime value of every existing asset (as well as new assets as investments are made). To get the …

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Heavy Capital Spending Crunches Utility Companies: A Look Ahead to 2016

In an April 2015 article, the Wall Street Journal points out that families in New York are paying nearly double (40% more) in electricity costs compared to prices just ten years ago. While it’s certainly true that the price of many goods and services has risen substantially in the past decade or two, what’s interesting …

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Asset Management Software for Utility Companies: A Buyer’s Guide

As asset management becomes an expected practice within the utility industry, more utility companies are looking to asset management software solutions to streamline tracking and documentation, optimize resource utilization, and improve overall service levels. While there are many asset management software solutions available, not all software programs are created equal, particularly when it comes to …

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Asset Management Solutions: The Key to Strong Utility Infrastructure

A strong infrastructure is the lifeblood of any utility company. Without it, consistent delivery of services to meet consumer demand is next to impossible. Not to mention, a weak infrastructure causes operation costs to skyrocket, and utilities quickly find themselves underwater with no means to justify the rate increases necessary to continue providing services at …

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Asset Management Aids Utilities in Mitigating Risks

Utility companies carry substantial liability, not only for ensuring acceptable service delivery, but for damages and injuries resulting from malfunctioning assets and equipment. A utility pole that ends up crashing into someone’s roof is surely going to create an unhappy homeowner, and only sheer luck avoids serious injury in some of these situations. At the …

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5 Key Components of an Asset Management Framework

Utility companies are increasingly adopting asset management as a foundation for streamlining operations and ensuring service reliability for consumers. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has outlined the five key questions critical for a functional asset management framework. Here’s an outline of the key components of an asset management framework outlined by the EPA. …

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Utility Asset Management 101: Basic Asset Categorization

Utilities are faced with managing thousands (even millions) of assets. If that’s not complex enough, there are a multitude of variables that must be carefully monitored to achieve optimal performance for every individual asset, including the age of the asset, its operating environment, demand, usage, and other metrics. The individual performance of each asset contributes …

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U.S. Water Industry Looks Toward Better Asset Management

The U.S. water industry faces many sustainability challenges year after year. So what are some key practices the industry can implement now to maintain efficient operations in the future? Black & Veatch’s 2013 Strategic Directions in the U.S. Water Industry report named global best practices in asset management a priority for the industry. If established, global …

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Big Data Reshapes the Utility Industry

Big Data is the buzzword du jour, but it’s not just about the Internet. Big Data is impacting a variety of sectors, including the utility industry, by enabling the development of intelligent infrastructures that improve service delivery, reduce interruptions, and save costs over the long-term by optimizing assets and processes. For the utility industry, Big …

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Natural Disaster Recovery in the Utility Industry: Getting Back on Your Feet

Natural disasters are the world’s worst nightmare, and one that comes true all too often. Leaving complete devastation behind, communities are left to rebuild from the ground up and put the pieces back together one by one. Utility companies are significantly impacted by natural disasters – and restoring service as quickly as possible is essential …

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3 Major Challenges to the Utility Industry Today: Ease the Pain with Asset Tags

From regulatory complexities to cyber-security risks, the utility industry faces a host of challenges in the modern world. The energy grid is in a state of flux with the ever-increasing demand for more efficiency and sustainable models. Prices are rising, quality seems to be shrinking, and everyone’s looking for more ways to save. For many …

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Utility Asset Tracking Streamlines Field Service Functions

With the trend towards mobile workforce management for field service workers, utility asset tracking is a logical and compatible solution that just makes sense for streamlining field documentation. More and more field service workers, including those in the utility industry, are relying on automated processes to improve response times, enhance customer service and provide more …

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Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS): Compatibility is Key

When you implement an asset tracking system, it’s critical to have asset tags that are durable, yet fully compatible with your software of choice. Inventories, maintenance and audits are all imperative for utility operations. Manual data collection is a redundant process that not only leads to critical documentation errors – but sometimes liability issues, as …

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Utility Companies are Doing More with Less with Asset Management

Utility companies struggle to meet increased consumer demands in the face of skyrocketing costs, dated infrastructures and manpower challenges. There’s a constant pressure to do what you can while piecing together resources and assets to meet demands. But asset management can improve delivery, help you get the most out of your existing infrastructure, reduce costs …

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Utility Asset Tracking Will Play a Major Role in the Energy Transition

The energy transition is happening—there’s no doubt about that. And utility companies are at the forefront, tasked with providing ample services while cutting costs and keeping the end consumer rate as low as possible. Clearly, this is no easy undertaking, as utility providers are faced with rising costs, aging infrastructure and continuously increased demands. They’re …

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Interoperability: Clear Trend Emerges from DistribuTECH

DistribuTECH is an annual conference on power transmission for the utility industry, produced by Pennwell Publishing. Approximately 53 countries were represented at this year’s conference, held in January 2013. Reports indicate a clear theme emerged from this year’s conference: Interoperability, or the need to better integrate technology for improved data mining, monitoring and analysis. Directions …

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Utility Asset Tags: Do They Matter?

Think asset tags and asset labels can’t benefit the utility industry? Think again. Utility meter tags, utility pole tags and bar code labels can provide the foundation for improved efficiency. Reduce the need for manual processes It’s long been known that manual processes take longer and are less accurate than processes which use a digital …

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Testing Facility Finds Efficiency with Camcode CMMS Asset Tags

Colorado Engineering Experiment Station, Inc. (CEESI) is an industrial test facility that calibrates flow meters which are used to measure fluid through a variety of types of equipment. They calibrate a wide array of flow meters including large meters for energy companies and small tubing for the medical industry. Looking to improve efficiency in inventory …

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Camcode Barcode Labels Recognized for Durability

Utility companies throughout the U.S. must monitor millions of meters located outdoors under brutal weather conditions, such as searing heat and driving snow. For meters in extreme weather conditions, durability is a primary concern when evaluating barcode technology options. That’s why many utility companies are turning to Camcode for their Metalphoto® anodized aluminum utility asset …

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