Easily Inspecting Spacer Dampers on Overhead Power Lines

Unassuming components with major significance: spacer dampers. For high-voltage overhead lines, they are crucial for the reliability and safety of power transmission in overhead networks. Without them, we would constantly face major power outages.

Checking the spacers is very time-consuming and is usually only carried out when urgently required. FlyNex therefore offers a time-saving and resource-efficient full-service solution that significantly enhances the safety of the network infrastructure.

What are Spacer Dampers?

Spacer dampers maintain a defined distance between multiple parallel conductors of a bundle conductor. Without these spacers, there’s a risk that individual lines might touch, for example, in windy conditions, leading to severe consequences like widespread power outages, damage, voltage fluctuations, instability, etc.
If the spacers fail to function due to faults or damage and individual conductors touch, the risk of a widespread blackout is very high.

Challenges in Inspecting Field Spacer Dampers

Regular inspection of field spacer dampers is actually essential as they are crucial for the stability and performance of overhead lines. Traditional methods of visual inspection, however, are very time-consuming and costly. Therefore, inspections are primarily carried out on an as-needed basis.
For instance, aerial work platforms are used to inspect each spacer in detail. However, not all track sections offer ideal conditions for working with heavy equipment. Helicopter inspections are also possible, but viewing individual spacers is much more difficult, and the effort involved is very high.

The FlyNex Solution: Drone-Based Inspection of Spacer Dampers

FlyNex relies on cutting-edge drone technology and a specially tailored and optimized process for this application to ensure efficient procedures and precise results.

Advantages of Drone-Based Spacer Damper Inspection

  • Drones can cover longer distances more quickly and easily and take high-resolution images.
  • Even the smallest defects and irregularities can be detected in the images.
  • Remote inspection minimizes the risk to technical personnel.
  • Significant cost and time savings, as there is no need for heavy equipment or helicopters.
  • No risk of potential ground damage from the use of aerial work platforms.
  • Inspections can also be carried out easily and safely in uneven or hard-to-reach areas.
  • The image data can be efficiently and comprehensibly evaluated digitally with the support of AI.

FlyNex has developed a unique and innovative process for precisely inspecting spacer dampers, which has already been tested in practice and implemented for customers. An optimized flight pattern ensures that flyovers are conducted as efficiently as possible and potential damages are detected.
This approach avoids costly inspections and increases the safety of the power lines.

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Conclusion

Avoid expensive and labor-intensive spacer damper inspections! Instead, opt for innovative and optimized processes using drones and the FlyNex Platform for data processing. Enhance the reliability and safety of your overhead lines, and start inspecting spacer dampers with FlyNex now.

For questions or interest in further information, please contact us.

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