With operational efficiency and safety top priorities for cable engineers, Ripley Tools has developed the UtilityTool US16 drill operated jacket removal device.
Designed for use in the energy sector, the UtilityTool US16 enables engineers to remove outer jackets on medium-voltage power cables more easily, safely and efficiently. The innovative tool incorporates a drill and self-feeding design, which makes jacket removal efficient and reduces the physical strain of the task for engineers.
The cable is guided through the tool using a bushing and there are a range of bushing sizes available for use on different cable types up to 1.5 inches in diameter.
To ensure accuracy, the US16 features a micro indexing blade depth control and a simple mechanism for adjusting the blade depth when required, which protects the cable shielding. The tool cleanly removes the jacket to expose the cable shielding, allowing engineers to carry on with the job in hand.
In development of the US16, Ripley Tools worked closely with lineman, Andy Sedlacek, which has given a unique and expert insight into the specific challenges faced in the field and how they can be solved. The original version of the US16 was invented by Andy and Ripley Labs worked with him to further refine the tool and make sure it meets all the needs of energy engineers worldwide.
One of the challenges was that existing tools put excessive strain on the wrist and elbow joints, so the US16 prioritises safety and comfort on the job.
“The importance of having the right tool for the job should never be underestimated. Tools should not only perform the task in hand but they must offer users the highest levels of safety and comfort," Brian Bourgoin, director of engineering at Ripley Tools, commented.
"The wrong tool can expose workers to health and safety risks and the potential for long-term impact on the body. The US16 is a great example of how, through close collaboration with industry, a tool can be developed that makes a real difference to an engineer’s working life, improving safety, comfort and helping to get the job done more efficiently. I’m proud of our team for this example of innovation and ingenuity.”