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X-ID CROSS BORE DETECTION SERVICESOur patented acoustic technology detects cross bores from within gas mains and services. Learn More
LIVE GAS MAIN INSPECTION
We are leaders in the deployment of camera and crawler systems into live gas mains. Learn More
PORTABLE EMISSIONS RECOVERY
Our drawdown compressor technology helps gas distribution utilities reduce emissions. Learn More
AIM: AI-POWERED UTILITY MAPPING
Using vehicle-mounted cameras along with AI and Machine Learning to map electric distribution poles and pole-mounted assets. Learn More
CIRCUIT BREAKER RACKING ROBOT
Breaker Racking RobotAutonomous mobile robot designed to rack and unrack large breakers within substations. Learn More
ELECTRIC CONDUIT INSPECTION
Our field service teams provide video inspection of conduits prior to cable pulls to identify obstructions and pinpoint damages. Learn More
Machine Learning for Jacket Foundation Inspection
ULC used machine learning to enable more efficient inspection of jacket foundations at the Block Island Wind Farm. Learn More
Electrical Conduit Inspection Services
Our field teams provide internal inspection of conduits to pinpoint obstruction and damage prior to cable pulls. Learn More
Robotics & Technology Development
We work with leading energy companies to develop, commercialize, and deploy robotic systems and technologies that support the construction, maintenance, and inspection of infrastructure. Learn More
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Electric Cable End Preparation System
Medium Voltage Electric Cable End Preparation System
ULC Technologies and Con Edison have developed a field demonstrable machine capable of performing complex operations on medium voltage feeders in underground vaults. During outages, the Cable Splicing Machine enables utility personnel to prepare the cable end and install a Cold Shrink Cap or Live End Cap. By enabling utility personnel to conduct the splicing operation from outside of the vault, worker safety is improved and the overall feeder outage is reduced.
Improve Worker Safety
Splicers are able to remotely prepare a cable and install a Cold Shrink Cap / Live End Cap on cables to reduce risk to workers.
Reduce Feeder Outage Duration
Reduced set up time and automated operations enable utilities to significantly reduce the time it takes to get feeder lines re-energized.
Minimize Stress and Risk
Shorter outage durations reduce stress and associated risk of cascading outages in the network and minimize possibility of customer outages.
Pre-programmed operations ensure work on cable ends are carried out with the highest level of accuracy and consistency to ensure cables are ready for operation and reduce occurrence of faults.
Compact Machine Size
The Cable Splicing Machine is designed to be installed in a crowded manhole and was developed to avoid interference with other cables and structures in the vault.
Versatile and Expandable System
The machine’s functionality and capabilities will expand to enable it to conduct multiple types of operations on different varieties of cable.
Cable Splicing Machine Functions
How It Works
The prototype Cable Splicing Machine was initially developed to install a Cold Shrink Cap / Live End Cap (LEC), which is a type of splice used during adverse system conditions to expedite feeder restoration. This process involves separating the cable connection and re-insulating part of it to allow a selected portion of the feeder to be re-energized. Future developments will aim to expand the types of splicing operations that the machine will be capable of performing.
Short Field End of Cable
Short Field End of Cable
The machine first creates a short between the flat strap neutrals and conductor to ensure field end is grounded.
Cut Feeder Cable
A specialized saw on the machine is used to cut through the cable.
Prepare Cable End
A complex array of tooling on the machine is used to cut and remove each layer of the cable.
Install Pre-Molded End Cap
The Cold Shrink Cap / Live End Cap is pushed onto the cable until the end cap is fully engaged. The core of the end cap is then removed.
Have a question?
Connect with our engineering team to learn more about the Cable Splicing Machine or to discuss bespoke cable end preparation solutions.
ULC Technologies works with leading utility and energy companies to develop and deploy robotic systems, inspection systems, machine learning and technology that helps reduce public disruption, minimizes environmental impact and improves safety.
Con Edison of New York provides electric service to approximately 3.5 million customers and gas service to approximately 1.1 million customers in New York City and Westchester County. The company also provides steam service in parts of Manhattan.
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