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FulcrumAir Installs PLP Conductor Spacers and Bird Diverters at High Banks Wind Project in Kansas

Oct. 2, 2023
PLP CUSHION-GRIP Twin Spacers and BIRD-FLIGHT Diverters were installed using FulcrumAir’s CSR-18 robot and Mini LineFly, respectively.

FulcrumAir has installed PLP CUSHION-GRIP Twin Spacers and BIRD-FLIGHT Diverters using advanced robotic technology at the High Banks Wind Project in Kansas.

Kiewit constructed the 75-mile 345 kV transmission line across Marshall, Republic and Washington counties to connect the High Banks Wind Project into the grid.

While CUSHION-GRIP Twin Spacers were installed utilizing FulcrumAir’s CSR-18 robot, BIRD-FLIGHT Diverters were installed using FulcrumAir’s Mini LineFly.

“FulcrumAir’s mission is to develop and operate equipment to assist the power line industry with the challenges it faces, including staff shortages, increasing demands for even safer work sites, and efficiency and quality increases,” said Patrick Arnell, CEO of FulcrumAir.

A total of over 6,000 twin spacers and about 15,000 bird diverters were installed to the exacting specifications required, including the spacing of the BFDs and spacers, the bolt torque of the spacers, and the spacers alignment to the conductors.

“This partnership with FulcrumAir to develop the CSR-18 robot further illustrates our longstanding commitment to bring the best, most innovative products to every market we serve,” said Ryan Ruhlman, President of PLP. “Not only will the robot improve efficiencies, but it will also greatly improve the safety environment for utility workers around the world.”

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