/images/buttons/swirl_60.jpg/images/southwire_100x70.jpgNorthwest Lineman College Recommends Proof Positive® Coppernorthwest-lineman-college-recommends-proof-positive-copper.htmAn industry-leading training institution sees Southwire’s Proof Positive® Copper helping with a safety problem.
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Northwest Lineman College Recommends Proof Positive® Copper

Northwest Lineman College (NLC) knows that copper theft becomes a serious safety issue when it puts substation technicians at risk.

"That’s why NLC recommends that when power companies are designing substations, they seriously consider Southwire’s Proof Positive™ Copper for grounding applications," says Alan Drew, senior vice president for research and development at NLC.

The recommendation comes out of NLC's background research for a new certification course for substation technicians. "Copper theft is a significant problem at substations," Drew says. "When thieves steal ground grid conductors, loss of ground connections compromises safety for technicians. Anything that reduces or discourages copper theft improves safety for technicians."

Proof Positive Copper discourages theft

Southwire's Proof Positive Copper uses TraceID Technology to laser etch a unique serial number into the surface of the conductor, repeating at distances of 12 inches or less. A web-based tracking system provides the ownership traceability required to prosecute criminals. As word of the prosecution-friendly product makes its way to thieves, it becomes a theft deterrent.

"Utility companies we have spoken with feel that this is a good recommendation,"says Drew. "As an even further deterrent, signs on substation fences giving notice that the copper is traceable are an option utilities should consider."

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In NLC's view, copper is preferable to copper-clad steel in substation applications for its high fault-current capacity, resistance to corrosion and ease of installation. NLC, founded in 1993, offers power-delivery training for individual students and for companies. NLC has facilities in Idaho, Texas, California and also offers self-study courses.

Proof Positive Copper is available in common sizes with a range of packaging options. Learn more about Proof Positive Copper. (Link to http://www.southwire.com/distribution/ProofPositiveCopper.htm)