How to Enhance Power System Reliability with Rauckman’s Bushing Covers and Conductor Covers

In the electric utility sector, ensuring a seamless power supply is a critical concern. Rauckman innovatively addresses this through our bushing and conductor covers, which play an essential role in averting one of the subtler yet frequent reasons for power disruptions: the interaction with wildlife.

Bushing Covers: A Cover-Up Solution for Wildlife-Induced Outages

Rauckman’s Bushing Covers are an essential product in our animal mitigation product line. These covers serve a vital role in preventing animals, such as squirrels and birds, from creating fatal and costly phase-to-phase or phase-to-ground connections on pole-mounted distribution transformers. The significance of this innovation lies in its ability to minimize power outages caused by wildlife, thereby enhancing the overall reliability of power systems, and reducing unplanned service interruption

Engineered for Durability and Safety

The Bushing Cover is not just a cover but a sophisticated piece of engineering. It is crafted from a high performance polymer, specially formulated to meet the stringent demands of the electric utility industry. This material is track-resistant, ensuring that it remains effective over time without degradation in performance.

Flexible polymer material. Photo source: Electronics Weekly

Furthermore, the cover boasts high Ultra-Violet (UV) stability, incorporating Hindered Amine Light Stabilization (HALS) technology. This feature is crucial for maintaining the integrity of the cover under various environmental conditions, particularly under constant exposure to sunlight.

In addition to its resilience against environmental factors, Rauckman’s Bushing Cover is designed with safety as a priority. It possesses Flame Retardant properties, meeting the V-0 criteria of the Underwriters’ Laboratory Standard of UL-94. This certification is a testament to the product’s ability to withstand and inhibit the spread of fire, ensuring a safer power distribution network.

Conductor Covers: Enhancing Safety and Reliability

Complementing the Bushing Covers, Rauckman’s Conductor Covers are another innovative solution designed to improve the reliability and safety of power distribution systems.

Unique Design for Optimal Performance

These covers are made from an engineered formula, chosen for its track resistance and suitability for the electric utility industry’s rigorous requirements. The conductor covers feature a unique pre-slit design with a generous material overlap. This design is the result of a unique manufacturing process that not only ensures the cover’s flexibility but also its ability to retain its shape and characteristics over time.

Silicone Conductor Covers

The conductor features a pre-made slit to ensure stability.

Tested for Endurance

Rauckman’s commitment to quality and durability is evident in the rigorous testing these conductor covers undergo. They maintain all their characteristics even after 2500 hours in ASTM G-154 UV and Humidity test conditions. This level of endurance testing ensures that the covers can withstand harsh environmental conditions while continuing to provide reliable protection.

All Rauckman Utility Products meet ASTM standards.

A Step Towards More Reliable Power Distribution

Rauckman’s Bushing and Conductor Covers represent a significant advancement in the effort to mitigate power outages caused by wildlife. With our specialized design, high-quality materials, and rigorous testing, these products are essential components in ensuring a more reliable and safer power distribution network.