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The new CSA C83-17 “promotes greater standardization”

March 9, 2018 | By Ellen Cools

March 9, 2018 — The new CSA C83-17 “Standard for Communication and Power Line Hardware” has arrived.

The revised standard defines the required type, sample and routine tests for the various components and processes listed in the standard. CSA Group says this will help ensure the appropriate tests are performed for any hardware item, and determine when type tests must be re-performed due to changes in the process.

The Charpy Impact test has also been added as an option for many items. Utilities can also choose to test to the level of 27J@-30C, which CSA says will provide for better ductility where the service temperature is lower than the -20C standard test temperature.

Additionally, 14 new item standards have been created to standardize the performance, critical dimensions and inspection requirements for these products.


Finally, 50 item standards have been revised, with additional sizes, optional designs and updated performance or inspection requirements.

CSA says these changes promote greater standardization within the industry and eliminate the need for the utility to write and maintain their own specifications and drawings. Utilities can now specify the item to C83.XX with any optional requirements.

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