Joint Purchasing

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Field Services

Members can gain economies of scale when purchasing field services through the joint purchasing program. Electric services manual, infrared inspection, lamp/ballast recycling, rubber goods testing & replacement, transformer oil testing, truck testing, and weed spraying are all available at a reduced cost. Information regarding vendors and pricing is available on the Joint Purchasing website, or...

Members can gain economies of scale when purchasing field services through the joint purchasing program. Electric services manual, infrared inspection, lamp/ballast recycling, rubber goods testing & replacement, transformer oil testing, truck testing, and weed spraying are all available at a reduced cost. Information regarding vendors and pricing is available on the Joint Purchasing website, or through joint purchasing staff.

Thermal Imaging Rental

WPPI offers thermal imaging cameras (currently 2 Flir InfraCams) to Members as a tool to diagnose potential problems before they become catastrophic, saving significant dollars on extensive repairs and downtime. Rental of the thermal imaging cameras at a daily rate of $50 and at a weekly rate of $200 plus any shipping charges incurred. Training is provided on the use of the device as well as a list of what equipment the cameras should be used to scan. WPPI also works members to determine if repairs are necessary to provide reliable service to customers and make recommendations accordingly.

Electric Service Manual
An electronic version of the 2001-2002 Wisconsin Public Service Corporation Electric Service Manual was purchased by WPPI and an update completed in 2005. Copies are available for member use at no cost. Costs may be assessed if WPPI staff time in excess of 12 hours is required to modify drawings or revise the text sections. Note: The manual is in AutoCAD format.

Infrared Inspection
Infrared inspection services are a cost-effective way to locate electrical faults and mechanical problems due to overheating prior to failures and emergency repairs. In addition, an IR inspection program may help reduce liability. Infrared services are available to all WPPI members. This service may be offered to member’s industrial and commercial customers. Spring services coordinated through WPPI. Services can also be arranged outside of the spring schedule.

Lamp/Ballast Recycling
A variety of lamps and bulbs contain toxic heavy metals, like lead and mercury, which can harm the environment if improperly disposed of. Recycling intact lamps is the most cost-effective way to manage mercury-containing lamps as a hazardous waste. It also reduces the risk of mercury vapor release, which can contaminate lakes and streams. Included with this service is the opportunity to recycle electric components, batteries, and other materials. The Lamp/Ballast Recycling Service is available to all WPPI members. Members may also offer this service to their industrial and commercial customers. Schedule services directly with Lamp Recyclers, Inc.

Rubber Goods Testing & Replacement
The rubber goods testing service insures the safety of staff and meets national, state and utility safety standards for the inspection and testing of electrical protective equipment. Rubber goods testing and replacement is available to all WPPI members. This service may be offered to member’s large industrial customers.

Transformer Oil Testing
Transformer oil testing services provide transformer oil screening to determine the quality of the oil. Based on the test results, this service could help the utility increase the operating life of the transformer and improve reliability. Transformer oil testing is available to all WPPI members. The service may be offered to member’s industrial customers.

Truck Testing
The truck testing and inspection service assists members in meeting national, state and utility standards for certified testing of aerial man-lift, aerial material lift, derrick devices, crane devices and fire trucks. Other municipal vehicles can also be scheduled for inspection. Truck testing services are available to all WPPI members. Spring services coordinated through WPPI.

Weed Spraying
Weed spraying services provide season-long weed control on utility designated areas (i.e., substations, parking areas etc.). Weed spraying services are available to all WPPI members. This service may be offered to member’s industrial customers. Spring services coordinated through WPPI.

Joint Purchasing

A wide-variety of distribution utility-related materials are available for purchase through the Joint Purchasing website at a reduced cost. WPPI staff works with member leaders on identifying products needs, researches appropriate vendors and solicits a request for proposals. Bids are received and decisions are made with the Distribution Services Advisory Group.