New Robotic Solution for Installing Bird Diverters on Overhead Power Lines

The Mini LineFly is a revolutionary unmanned system that automatically and precisely installs diverters on overhead lines, helping increase project efficiency and safety for lineworkers By Abi Wylie / 22 Jan 2024
New Robotic Solution for Installing Bird Diverters on Overhead Power Lines
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FulcrumAir and PLP have partnered to launch the world’s most advanced automated robotic system for installing helically-shaped bird diverters on overhead power lines. 

The Mini LineFly™ is a revolutionary unmanned system that automatically and precisely installs PLP’s BIRD-FLIGHT™ Diverters on overhead lines, helping to significantly reduce safety concerns for lineworkers while also exponentially increasing project efficiency.

The Mini LineFly accurately places PLP BIRD-FLIGHT Diverters at predetermined intervals, maximizing the performance to help safeguard wildlife from accidental contact with power lines. 

This critical wildlife protection device reduces the probability of unintended bird collisions by enhancing line visibility, helping to protect diverse avian species and mitigate potential costly and problematic power outages.

The first implementation of robotically installed PLP BIRD-FLIGHT Diverters took place during the recent High Banks Wind Project in Kansas. Nearly 15,000 bird diverters were installed using robotics along the 75-mile 345 kV transmission line spanning Marshall, Republic, and Washington counties. 

The High Banks Wind Project delivers approximately 600 megawatts of dependable renewable energy to customers in the American Midwest.

Alongside the Mini LineFly, FulcrumAir and PLP also recently introduced the CSR-18™ Robot, a state-of-the-art robotic installation system designed for PLP CUSHION-GRIP® Twin Spacers. Both cutting-edge robotic solutions are fully operational worldwide, with multiple projects initiated globally.

“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.”

Patrick Arnell, President & CEO of FulcrumAir, said; “We are extremely pleased with how the Mini LineFly performed during this demanding project. 

“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.”

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