UCon @ ICUEE: Day 2

Astec, TT Technologies, Vacuworx, CETCO and more (whew)
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Eddie Ward of TT Technologies and the Grundowinch.

Day 2 at ICUEE started out chilly but clear and sunny, and the convention breathed a collective sigh of relief. Since it was a little slow to warm up, though, most of Underground Construction started the day off indoors.

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UCT@ICUEE sessions were going strong. Seventy-four attendees showed up for the presentation by Virginia Utility Protection Service CEO Rick Pevarski on GPS locating technologies for the underground utility market, even if a few were latecomers, and 85 turned in their tickets to hear Ditch Witch’s Mike Dvorak take on good pipe tracking and locating practices.
The GPS locating session with Rick Pevarski at UCT@ICUEE.

In the exhibit hall, we checked in with Underground Devices regional sales manager Chris Greene. UD is soft-launching a new cable rack system, the BNT Nonmetallic Cable Support unit, picking up on a Southeastern U.S. habit of calling the saddles cables rest in “bents.” It’s rustproof, made of glass and synthetics and allows for easy adjustment of one level of cables without disturbing the ones below. Watch for more in the next quarter.

Hannay Reels, meanwhile, is using thehard economic times to try to put distance between them and the competition. The company has doubled thoroughput capability since last year, improved its spring reel operation to smooth cable deployment and retooled its reel casing to become totally corrosion-resistant even for industries that tend to wind up cables wet. “People are sitting still waiting for stuff to happen—we’re trying to keep on top of it,” explained Randy Lawry.

At CETCO Drilling Products creative applications is the name of the game. They’re seeing a boost in popularity for Grounding Grout, an organic bentonite that’s been out for a few cycles in the general market but has been a sleeper seller to the wind power market. The grout can lower a grounding system’s resistance from 300 ohms per meter in normal soil to .76 ohms/meter. A better reason to visit CETCO’s booth before noon tomorrow, though, is to get the inside scoop on regional managers Todd Tannehill and George Dugan’s latest escapades. Go give these guys a hard time.
Todd Tannehill, left, and George Dugan of CETCO.