A Robotic System for Installing Bird Diverters on Overhead Lines

Jan. 30, 2024
PLP and FulcrumAir launch automated Bird Diverter Installation system for overhead power lines.

PLP and FulcrumAir have partnered to launch an automated robotic system for installing helically shaped bird diverters on overhead power lines, according to a press release. The unmanned system (called the Mini LineFly™) automatically installs PLP's bird diverters on overhead lines, with the goal of increasing project efficiency and safety for lineworkers.

"We are excited to collaborate with FulcrumAir to launch this newest addition to our expanding lineup of robotic installation solutions," said Ryan Ruhlman, President of PLP. "The Mini LineFly not only offers the most efficient method for installing bird diverters but, more significantly, contributes to enhancing the safety environment for utility workers around the world."

The Mini LineFly places PLP BIRD-FLIGHT Diverters at predetermined intervals to help safeguard wildlife from accidental contact with power lines and maximize performance. The device reduces the probability of unintended bird collisions by enhancing line visibility, helping to protect avian species and mitigate potential costly and problematic outages.

Recently, close to 15,000 bird diverters were installed using robotics along the 75-mile 345 kV transmission line spanning Marshall, Republic, and Washington counties in Kansas.

"We are extremely pleased with how the Mini LineFly performed during this demanding project," said Patrick Arnell, President & CEO of FulcrumAir. "Our mission is to develop and operate equipment that assists electric utilities with the industry's ongoing challenges, including staffing shortages, the increased need for safer work sites, and overall project efficiency requirements.

Alongside the Mini LineFly, PLP and FulcrumAir also recently introduced a robotic installation system designed for PLP CUSHION-GRIP® Twin Spacers.

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