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Wood Structures: Still in the Game or Ancient History?

Posted by Brooke Barone on Jan 18, 2013 2:04:00 PM

While many say “Out with the old and in with the new,” this might be true for hairstyles, tube socks or shag carpet, but with over 130 million wood utility structures across America that are still in service today, this is simply not the case.

Wood utility structures have an undeniable reputation for being reliable, versatile and cost-effective.Wood distribution and transmission structures remain highly preferred in the utility industry due to their ease of construction, climbability and design flexibility.

Wood Transmission Structures

Reliability Wood transmission structures have higher Basic Insulating Levels (BIL), which can help reduce lightning flashovers, cutting down on power outages.

Cost-effective With economical initial costs and low overall life cycle costs, wood can directly reduce the impact of operating expenses.

Safety Since wood transmission structures have been around for decades, utilities and lineman are very familiar with proper use and handling of the products.

Why use wood transmission structures?

  1. Lower cost
  2. Long and proven service life
  3. Adaptable to many different applications
  4. Easy to handle and store the structures
  5. Natural flexibility providing  high performance under load
  6. Can be easily modified in the field
  7. Can be supplied quickly in times of crisis

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The general standards that wood transmission structures must meet include ANSI, RUS, NESC, WCLIB and AWPA. And just like steel, concrete and other materials, there are countless configurations for wood transmission structures. 

Just to name a few, there are:

  • Single Pole with Traditional Crossarms
  • Wishbone Structures
  • Two Pole H-Frame Structures
  • Multi-Pole H-Frame Structures

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When considering which manufacturer to choose, you might want to consider their history in the supply of products in the utility market, the location and number of facilities, in-house design capacity, access to raw materials and available inventory for standard items, especially when time is critical. All of these factors could make or break your recovery response when natural disasters strike.

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Road to Recovery After Hurricane Sandy

Posted by Brooke Barone on Nov 7, 2012 2:09:00 PM

DIS-TRAN Wood Products has kicked it into overdrive as storm restoration orders began pouring in due to Super Storm, Hurricane Sandy, that left 8 million people cold and in the dark in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region.

Customers began calling in orders on October 26, three days before the hurricane hit, and are still being placed today, more than a week after Sandy pummeled the East Coast. Customers directly impacted include First Energy, Consolidated Edison, Pennsylvania Power & Light, as well as many other utilities in the surrounding area.

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We are running 24/7 and are assisting in any manner possible to help them restore power to their customers quickly. Employees in both of our production facilities, Pineville, LA and Vancouver, WA, have been working extended shifts, seven days a week to make sure we drill, bundle, treat and ship products where they are most needed.  In many cases, we are delivering cross arms to those utilities within 24 hours of order placement.

Having two production facilities gives us the flexibility we need in order to expedite cross arms as quickly as possible.  Also, our relationship with our key suppliers such as Columbia Vista Corporation has enabled us to secure the critical raw material needed in this effort. 

The devastation of Hurricane Sandy has impacted millions, making the need for product equal to that which was produced for Hurricane Katrina in 2006.  DIS-TRAN is no stranger to hurricanes and the demands that they create. We understand the Utility companies need to restore power fast, so we are here to help in any way we can. 

Let’s all also remember the valiant job that those Utility linemen are doing every day as they are the boots on the ground (or in the air in their case) in conditions that we cannot even imagine.   

To all of those who have been impacted, do not be discouraged by setbacks...they make you stronger.

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