This is the power line marker that has set the standard for decades! Many of our original SpanGuard markers from the early 1960s remain in service today, long after competing products have failed. SpanGuard markers are routinely installed on hot lines by helicopter, and they all use spiral wire preforms for secure attachment. The markers are made of durable ABS with superior color retention. Available in 9”, 20”, 24”, 36” diameter.
SpanGuard ABS Applications
For over 50 years, SpanGuard power line markers have been saving lives and protecting valuable power lines by making them visible to low flying aircraft. Because of their durable construction, easy installation, and “line friendly” performance, SpanGuard power line markers continue to be the choice of utilities around the world.
The FAA advises that 36” power line markers be used on high transmission lines and hazardous river crossings. Smaller 20” power line markers are permitted on less extensive power lines or on lines in approaches to airports below 50 feet. Each power line marker should be a solid color —international orange, white, or yellow—and the FAA suggests that alternating colors be used on critical lines to optimize visibility in all seasons. (Orange alone may be difficult to see against fall foliage).
ABS vs Fiberglass
Our SpanGuard ABS and EHV power line markers are constructed of K-10 ABS, a material that has 15 times the weatherability and color retention of fiberglass. It is also much more durable. Unlike fiberglass markers, our ABS markers will not crack if struck by gunshots.
Spiral Preform Attachment
All SpanGuard power line markers are securely attached to the conductor or shield wire with spiral formed armor rods. These spiral preforms extend outward from the marker and actually reinforce and protect the conductor at the point of attachment. They are completely slip-proof. To our knowledge, none have ever come off the line. The preforms are matched at time of order to the specific size, type, and diameter of line.
SpanBrite™ Nighttime Option
SpanBrite reflective tape is an option available with all SpanGuard markers, making them more visible at night for helicopters and small planes. Directional landing lights reflect off the tape, making the marker visible up to 2500 feet away at night (750 feet with a small flashlight). SpanBrite is superior to phosphor paints, which are slow to react.
SpanGuard ABS Assembly & Installation
SpanGuard power line markers are easy to install on the ground or from a bucket, and they are ideally suited to installation by helicopter. This makes it possible to install markers on otherwise inaccessible lines across rivers or deep canyons, or where it is not feasible to take the line out of service.
Two helicopters can install over 100 SpanGuard power line markers in a single 8-hour shift, including refueling time. The markers can be largely assembled on the ground in a “clamshell” configuration with the spiral preform in place. In the air, the preform is ready to wrap around the line and only the three bolts closest to the installer need to be installed. P&R Tech partners with Haverfield Aviation and other helicopter services to coordinate the ordering and installation of markers.
SpanGuard ABS Ordering Information
SpanGuard ABS power line markers are a custom, made-to-order product. Utilities should order 8–12 weeks in advance of installation, or longer during the peak summer season or for special orders.
Please allow 4–6 weeks for your order to be processed and shipped. Contact us if you need a specific shipping date. Please note that shipping time is in addition to processing time and will vary according to the shipping address.
Power line markers often cannot ship via UPS, FedEx, and similar carriers. After your order is placed we will contact you to arrange appropriate shipping.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Your card will be charged twice: once for your marker order and a second time for shipping (after you have approved it). If you prefer a single, combined charge to your card, please place your order by phone at 800-722-8078.