Southwire is launching a new tool, the Smart Tensiometer,
which is designed to offer electrical contractors information on rope tension,
pulling speed, pull distance and sidewall pressure data via a wireless
connection. The company is
announcing the new tool will allow contractors to save the pulling data to an
onboard memory, along with create reports and send the information.
The Southwire Smart Tensiometer will use wireless technology
to pull data and stream it directly to computers, smart phones and tablets in
real time. It will also allow electrical contractors to pull data with
automatic date and time stamps.
The Southwire Smart Tensiometer can store 16 gigabytes of data and will
has a USB port so that data can be saved onto a flash drive.
“Southwire understands today’s jobsite and the art and
science of feeder wire installation.
That’s why we have packed the Smart Tensionmeter with jobsite friendly
features,” said Tim Bardin, General Manager of Contractor Equipment for
Southwire. “We’re all about understanding the pain points of the electrical
contractor. This understanding helps us deliver products that aim to improve
jobsite safety and productivity, ultimately making the contractors; jobs
The Southwire Smart Tensometer’s display unit and load
sensing unit work together wirelessly and automatically. The load sensing unit
has been designed to attach to any MAXIS cable puller in less than a minute
through the use of hitch pins, and the unit is calibrated up to 10,000 pounds
with most pulling rope sizes. The display allows the contractor to name each
pull, input the parameters of the pull, enter rope size and set the tension
limit. If the maximum tension is
about to be exceeded, the display unit will flash an alert.
“Just like it does in the wire and cable category of
products, Southwire focuses on bringing innovation and solutions to its
offering of tools and equipment,” Bardin says. “This new tension meter is
another example of how we at Southwire are doing that.”
Southwire told tED magazine it will be working on incentive
programs for distributors who buy multiple Southwire Smart Tensiometers through
the month of March.