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Posted by Melissa Hines on Jun 20, 2016 11:30:00 AM

It all started in 1965, when DIS-TRAN began supplying wood distribution crossarms to a group of utilities in the Southeastern US. Then in 2008, we changed the game by expanding our product line to offer wood transmission assemblies for H-Frame structures and their associated hardware. Now we’re back at it again, revolutionizing the market with our new fiberglass Ultravex™ composite crossarm that’s in a league of its own.

Never before has the power utilities industry seen anything as bold and innovative as the Ultravex™. It’s cutting-edge design allows for one 3-1/2” x 3-1/2” sized crossarm to be used for both tangent and deadend applications. Although the UltravexTM is small, it has been engineered to hold large loads. But that’s just the start of what the Ultravex™ can do thanks to its advanced, patent pending technology.

The Ultravex™ is designed so that it’s slightly domed on all four sides. This unique construction along with a circular inner core not only gives the Ultravex™ unmatched strength, but also allows water and debris to drain easily, reducing tracking issues and minimizing contaminant build-up. The product’s small dimensions and creative shape make it adaptable to various situations and loadings, and allows for a reduction in inventories of arms and hardware components necessary for their application.

The Ultravex™ comes with three layers of UV protection to shield it from the punishing sun and extend its lifecycle. An outer veil protects the arm from UV rays and is abrasion resistant. A UV resistant mat situated between the outer veil and the fiberglass-resin mixture also contains UV inhibiting features. If that wasn’t enough, an inner mat surrounds the foam core and provides a third layer of protection. In addition to safeguards against the sun, the fiberglass Ultravex™ is fire resistant, insect proof, and woodpecker proof, making it virtually immune to the nuisances that plague standard wood crossarms.

ultravex-breakout.jpgIn the electrical utilities space there’s nothing more dangerous than downed power lines. There is also nothing more important than restoring power to consumers in a timely manner once the lines are down. This seemingly unavoidable event can result from vehicular collisions, strong storms, or some other interaction with Mother Nature. But the Ultravex™ will not drop the conductor in the event of a failure making this a potentially lifesaving feature. In fact, a failed Ultravex™ composite crossarm is so strong that it can be reloaded, and still have a residual load carrying capability in the 2,000-4,000 lb. range, which is more than what a common 8 foot wood crossarm can bear. Check out our Ultravex™ strength demo.

UltravexTM composite crossarms are REA approved!!! Our arms are available for use on Sytems of USDA RUS Borrowers, Pub 202-1 for item "g" - Fiberglass Tangent Crossarms and item "gj" Fiberglass Deadend Assemblies.

With the introduction of the Ultravex™ composite crossarm, DIS-TRAN Overhead Solutions cements its status as the leader in premium overhead products. The Ultravex™ is engineered to be our safest, most durable crossarm ever made. We are proud to offer it along with our line of superior wood crossarms and transmission products. Contact us today to see which of our solutions is right for you! You may download a copy of our Ultravex™ White Paper for more information.


Tags: crossarms, wood crossarm, fiberglass, composites, ultravex

A New Product Line for a New Year @ DIS-TRAN Overhead Solutions

Posted by Wendy Gintz on Jan 19, 2016 9:41:00 AM


The New Year brings New Products to DIS-TRAN Overhead Solutions.  We are so excited to tell the world about Ultravex™, our newest product line featuring patented, industry-leading technology that sets it apart from the rest.

Ultravex cross arms are designed like no other fiberglass composite arm on the market today.  They are designed from the Inside – Out instead of the traditional method of selecting an industry standard size and determining capabilities. We looked for the most efficient shape and section for providing a unique solution to this industry’s needs.  The unique design and shape of Ultravex fiberglass composites creates a product with superior strength and BIL ratings for Tangent and Dead-end applications not seen in the market today.

5 Things That Set Ultravex™ Crossarms Apart

  • The Ultravex design allows for one 3-1/2” x 3-1/2” sized crossarm to be used for multiple applications.
  • No special hardware is required for assembling Ultravex to the pole or for the hardware to Ultravex.
  • The design and improved wall thickness eliminates the need for inserts.
  • Inventories can be reduced with Ultravex as this crossarm can be used for tangents and dead-end applications due to extremely high strength ratings.
  • Ultravex crossarms are
    • Fire Resistant
    • Woodpecker Proof
    • Insect Proof
    • UV Protected


We know there are mounds of questions and we look forwad to the communication exchage between us and those interested in knowing more about not only Ultravex™ but about all of our product offerings. Not to mention that there is so much more to come.  2016 shows true potential for you as a customer. You may also want to refer back to our Blog Post 8 Major Markets that use Composites.

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