BURNDY introduces FASTAP with Lineman Assist, pioneering a novel solution to an age-old problem. Parallel groove clamps are an industry staple for mechanical tapping of utility lines. For decades, these connectors have provided a safe, reliable and easy-to-install solution for most utilities.
FASTAP adds three unique features to the standard parallel groove clamp: spring-loaded Lineman Assist, duckbill handle and a conductor-side-entry capability. These three features work in concert to improve the installation speed, safety and reliability of the connection. The installation begins when the lineman squeezes the duckbill handle to allow the tap conductor to be side-loaded into the connector. This side-entry feature enables faster insertion of the tap conductor without removing any of the prefilled oxide inhibitor, which is necessary for a reliable connection. The spring assist then acts as a third hand by providing a constant force on the tap conductor and securing it. Using the duckbill as a guide, the lineman then snaps FASTAP onto the run conductor, tightens and the connection is complete.
With increased visibility from the public during storm restorations, utilities are looking for solutions that quickly restore power in a safe, reliable and cost-effective way. The FASTAP duckbill design allows linemen to handle the connector with dielectric gloves in cold, wet and icy environments, and Lineman Assist allows linemen to focus on getting the lights back on and not worry about the conductor falling out prior to tightening.
BURNDY | IEEE Booth 2515