UltraPole

The Perfect Treated Wood Pole

Long term efficacy combined with low environmental impact. The first major innovation in treated wood poles in years, with decades of stake performance data.

DCOI – Oil borne preservative for the
utility industry

  • Perfect for industrial wood pole applications in all decay hazard zones
    • Poles, Cross arms – both Southern yellow pine and Douglas fir
    • Utility poles – Southern yellow pine
    • Barn poles – Southern yellow pine
    • Posts (guardrail and fence) – Southern yellow pine
    • Recently standardized in the American Wood Protection Association’s Book of Standards (BOS) for southern yellow pine (syp) and Douglas fir (Df) cross arms andsouthern yellow pine utility poles.
  • Good for ground contact in all decay hazard zones

Performance Features and Benefits

  • Exceptional performance to current preservatives for poles with lower retentions
  • Superior environmental profile – not listed by EPA as a “restricted use pesticide”
  • At the end of its useful life ULTRAPOLE® NXT can be burned as a co-gen fuel
  • Low corrosion to pole hardware; similar to Penta in oil, with Low to no odor
  • Soluble in a variety of oils including over 45% soluble in diesel
  • Oil-borne ULTRAPOLE® NXT is easier to climb for line workers
  • The only oil borne pole in the industry to offer a 50 year warranty
ultrapole

The Perfect Treated Wood Pole

Long term efficacy combined with low environmental impact. The first major innovation in treated wood poles in years, with decades of stake performance data.

DCOI – Oil borne preservative for the utility industry

  • Perfect for industrial wood pole applications in all decay hazard zones
    • Poles, Cross arms – both Southern yellow pine and Douglas fir
    • Utility poles – Southern yellow pine
    • Barn poles – Southern yellow pine
    • Posts (guardrail and fence) – Southern yellow pine
    • Recently standardized in the American Wood Protection Association’s Book of Standards (BOS) for southern yellow pine (syp) and Douglas fir (Df) cross arms andsouthern yellow pine utility poles.
  • Good for ground contact in all decay hazard zones

Performance Features and Benefits

  • Exceptional performance to current preservatives for poles with lower retentions
  • Superior environmental profile – not listed by EPA as a “restricted use pesticide”
  • At the end of its useful life ULTRAPOLE® NXT can be burned as a co-gen fuel
  • Low corrosion to pole hardware; similar to Penta in oil, with Low to no odor
  • Soluble in a variety of oils including over 45% soluble in diesel
  • Oil-borne ULTRAPOLE® NXT is easier to climb for line workers
  • The only oil borne pole in the industry to offer a 50 year warranty
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History of the active ingredient
in ULTRAPOLE® NXT (DCOI).

The same active ingredient used for ULTRAPOLE® NXT won the President’s Green Chemistry award when it was used in marine antifouling formulations that replaced copper and zinc on the hulls of ocean going vessels. Before the introduction of this new revolutionary formulation the hull of one ocean going freighter released more copper into the environment than 100,000 CCA treated piling.

The same ingredient in much lower retentions is the active ingredient in the most popular non-metal based residential wood preservative in America – Ecolife.

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) commissioned Mississippi State University to conduct tests on various pole preservatives. The result is that there are 28 years of data comparing ULTRAPOLE® NXT to standard the pole treatment. DCOI showed superior results compared to pentachlorophenol at much lower retentions.

DCOI has been standardized in the AWPA since 1990, with ground contact retentions established in 1995. AWPA currently lists DCOI in the P-39 standard. Originally standardized as ITA.

Fifteen years of testing by Dr. Nicholas at Mississippi State University was reported by G. Willingham to members of P3 in 1999. In that report he stated “In this regard, the comparative data in Figure 1 shows that RH287 (one of the early names for DCOI) is approximately seven times as effective as Penta after 14 years exposure at the Dorman test plot.”

The proposals made to AWPA in the fall of 2017 are conservatively proposing a 3 to 1 retention of Penta to DCOI.

Lower Environmental Impact

  • Uses a lower amount of chemical than other preservatives, which also translates to less chemicals overall in the environment.
  • Non-persistent in the soil environment, breaking down readily into harmless compounds.
  • The key active ingredient is DCOI. DCOI earned the EPA’s first Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award 1993 for its use in marine paints antifouling formulations replacing copper among other materials that can be harmful to micro flora and fauna in aquatic environments.
  • Compared to other materials such as steel and cement, in its life cycle analysis it uses less energy, fossil fuels and water while producing less acid rain, greenhouse gases with lower Eco toxicity.
  • ULTRAPOLE® NXT treated poles sequester carbon, and have a lower carbon footprint than concrete and steel pole options.
  • It is not a listed by EPA as a restricted use pesticide
  • Plants will have less paper work, workers will not need a Certified Pesticide Applicators license to treat
  • Line workers will not have exposure to Restricted Use Pesticide
  • At the end of life, it will be able to be used as a co-gen fuel
  • Current levels of the natural gas supplies will be exhausted in the next few decades
  • Landfill restrictions and costs are increasing

DCOI SOLVENCY

It is sparingly soluble in water but relatively soluble in a wide range of organic solvents including #2 diesel fuel (AWPA HSA).
No co-solvents or auxiliary solvents are required to keep DCOI in solution. DCOI does not crystallize under standard conditions since it remains as a bioactive semi amorphous solid in pure form.

The only oil borne wood pole preservative in the industry with a warranty. Confidence in the DCOI treated wood enables Viance to confidently warrant it against termites and decay for 50 years.

AWPA Use Description AWPA Use Category Applications
Exterior Construction Above Ground UC3B Cross arms
Ground contact or fresh water Non-critical components UC4A Utility poles & Cross arms Low decay
Ground contact or fresh water Critical components or difficult replacement UC4B Utility poles High decay
Ground contact or fresh water Critical structural components UC4C Utility poles Severe decay

Three retentions for DCOI to reflect the varying decay hazard situations that are encountered in
the field.

Retentions for southern pine poles are expressed below

Kg/m3 (kilograms per cubic meter) Use Category pfc (pounds per cubic foot)
1.6 UC4A 0.10
2.1 UC4B 0.13
2.4 UC4C 1.5

Retentions for cross arms are expressed below

Kg/m3 (kilograms per cubic meter) Use Category pfc (pounds per cubic foot)
Southern

pine1

Douglas

fir2

Southern

pine1

Douglas

fir2

2.1 2.1 UC3B 0.13 0.13
2.4 2.1 UC4A 0.15 0.13
Pole hardware used for both CCA and pentachlorophenol are compatible with DCOI.
Testing demonstrates that the corrosively is less than CCA.
Any hardware that is deemed suitable for oil borne pentachlorophenol treated wood would be suitable for oil borne DCOI treated wood.

Although DCOI treated wood is not hazardous, the same precautions that are used with untreated and other treated wood products should be employed.
Wear gloves when working with wood.
Wear a dust mask when machining any wood to reduce the inhalation of wood dusts.
Wear appropriate eye protection to reduce the potential for eye injury from wood particles and flying debris during machining.
Wash hands thoroughly with mild soap and water after working with treated wood.
All sawdust and debris should be cleaned up and disposed of after construction in accordance with local waste management regulations.
Do not burn pressure-treated wood.
Wash work clothes separately from other household clothing before reuse.
Pressure-treated wood should not be used where it may come into direct or indirect contact with drinking water, except for uses involving incidental contact such as fresh water docks and bridges.
Do not use pressure-treated wood in circumstances where the preservative may become a component of food, animal feed or beehives.
Do not use pressure-treated wood for mulch.
Treated wood may be disposed of in landfills or burned in commercial or industrial incinerators or boilers in accordance with federal, state and local regulations.
UltraPole® NXT treated wood products are produced by independently owned and operated pressure treating wood facilities.

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