AFL Introduces New Swage Bus Accessories

Spartanburg, SC – AFL’s newest product line, Swage Substation Bus Accessories, enables installation of aluminum bus accessories without a welder. Using a process called swaging, electric utilities can install a substation bus accessory using a hydraulic press.

“AFL’s swage products allow electric utilities to install accessories faster and more efficiently, lowering installation costs,” stated Gary Harter, AFL commercial manager. “Swaging is the ideal solution for areas with shortages on qualified welders or when inclement weather conditions prohibit installation.”

To make the compression possible, AFL uses its Swage 65 Ton Press Assembly, a portable construction and maintenance tool designed to swage bus accessories onto a bus pipe. The power unit works with one to four inch head assemblies and features interchangeable press heads and dies. The new product line provides a full series of fittings involving end caps, expansion joints, couplers, tee and vee connectors, stirrup and ground studs, and terminal connectors.

Swage accessories complement AFL’s entire substation family which are made for low voltage up to 765 kV applications that involve cable, pipe, flat or tubular bus and integral web connections. With the new swage product line, AFL is the only manufacturer that offers a full line of fittings involving bolted, welded and compression applications.

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About AFL
AFL provides industry-leading products and services to the electric utility, broadband, communications, enterprise and OEM markets as well as the emerging markets of oil and gas, mining, nuclear, avionics, renewables and transportation. The company’s diverse product portfolio includes fiber optic cable, transmission and substation accessories, outside plant equipment, connectors, fusion splicers, test equipment and training. AFL’s service portfolio includes market-leading positions with the foremost communications companies supporting inside plant central office, EF&I, outside plant, enterprise and wireless areas.

Founded in 1984, AFL is proud to offer engineering expertise, exceptional products and reliable service that help our customers improve their critical and electrical infrastructure. AFL has operations in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Europe, Asia and the South Pacific. The company is headquartered in Spartanburg, SC, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan. For more information, visit

Gary Harter
Commercial Manager
Corie Culp
Public Relations Manager