DIS-TRAN Steel Blog

Industry information, application knowledge, and fun facts about steel transmission and substation structures.

Celebrating 25 Years

Thank you to those customers who have been with us from the start! We are proud to look back at...

Meet the Team: A Look Inside the Ohio Facility

Dylan Ford and Scott Bordelon have been busy! They took a break from overseeing production at...

Your Energy Grid Project: 4 Ways to Maximize Time and Budget

The utility infrastructure in the US is undergoing massive change. In federal, state, and...

Engineering Schools, Jobs and Resources

Engineering is such a broad industry with so many different disciplines. So let's break it down...

Better... What's your ONE word for the year?

Okay, so I may be a little late for this post but I wanted to make sure it got posted. As I sat...

What Steel Structures Does Your Utility Project Need?

Anyone in the utility industry today knows the importance of high-quality products so preparing...

DIS-TRAN Steel’s Quality Engineering Practices Ensure Towers Are Built to Last

On Dec. 14, 2009, the failure of a broadcast tower in Tulsa, Oklahoma had engineers scratching...

The Billionaire’s Guide On DIS-TRAN Steel’s Alliance Partners That Will Get You Rich.

Okay, maybe not RICH but Powerlinx[1] recently conducted a study and the results concluded that...

DISCOLORATION: THE MARKS OF SUPERIOR QUALITY

For hundreds of years steel has served as the physical backbone of civilization. Landmark...

Pros and Cons of using 3D Detailing for Steel Structures...

Trying to find technical blog topics that can be useful and interesting can be difficult....

Steel Structures Can be a HOT Business

I just got back from vacation and it was HOT.  I started thinking that this must be the hottest...

3 Transmission Structures Broken Down

When designing transmission structures...

it’s not as simple as saying “ok, I want...

Tips for Successful Galvanizing Touch-Ups in the Field

“How do I successfully touch-up galvanizing in the field?” This is a common question about ...

DIS-TRAN Take2: How to Calculate the Anchor Bolt Embedment of Transmission Poles

It's been awhile, but we are still at it...  Thats, hopefully createing ueseful tips that make your...

9 Must Haves for a Steel Structure Specification

Specification are to Steel Structures like...Cherries are to a Banana Split.

Specifications come...

How to Avoid Weld Symbol Miscommunication with AWS A2.4

Being a fabricator, we see a variety of fabrication drawings. Not only do we fabricate from...

SUBSTATIONS: 3 Common Steel Structures Found Inside

Before electricity can travel into your home, it must pass through a substation first. A...

Tips from Steel Fabricator: How To Reduce Lead Times and Save Money

A few years ago, TLC came out with a show called Extreme Couponing where everyday people...

How to Avoid Excessive Galvanizing Buildup on Steel Structures

Something that might be viewed as a small, insignificant venting hole on a 10,000 pound steel...

DIS-TRAN Take2: How to Design Anchor Bolts

In this edition of DIS-TRAN Take2, led by Senior Civil Engineer, Bill Elliott, PE, he will...

DIS-TRAN Take2: Calculating Anchor Bolt Loads

Calculating anchor bolt loads can be tricky when you have more than your standard four anchor...

What is Chemthane 2260 and Why Is It Used on Steel Poles?

After fabrication, every utility structure made from carbon steel undergoes some type of...

4 Things to Keep in Mind When Testing Transmission Davit Arms

We like to call our engineers at DIS-TRAN Steel “myth busters.” Their day is spent crunching...

VIDEO: Manipulating Loads for Steel Transmission Pole Design

Check out our first DIS-TRAN Take2 where Bill Elliott, senior civil engineer at DIS-TRAN Steel,...

Proper Draining and Venting Provisions for Steel Structures

Something that might be viewed as a small, insignificant venting hole on a 10,000 pound steel...

Increased Thickness Doesn't Always Give Enough Deflection in Steel Pole

 

In marketing, catchy titles and inspiring phrases are my forte. However, when it comes to...

Industry Standard Pre-Engineered Steel Pole Compared to RUS Requirements

Previously called Wood Pole Equivalents, Pre-Engineered Steel Poles are classified by the ground...

Headaches Customers and Steel Fabricators Run Into with Production Backlogs

We all appreciate on-time delivery. Whether it’s ensuring your new G. Loomis fishing rod is in...

How To Slip Joint Fit Up on Hermetically Sealed Steel Poles

When preparing specifications for weathering steel transmission pole projects, utilities will...

10 Tips: How to Save Money When Submitting a Bid to a Steel Fabricator

Every structural steel fabricator is different when it comes down to pricing substation and...

What Everyone in the Hot-Dip Galvanizing Industry Should Know

If you ever have the opportunity to visit a galvanizing plant and watch firsthand the hot-dip...

How to Make a Transmission Pole Plumb Using Raking or Cambering

Appearance can determine a lot just to the naked eye. Without knowing any specifics, when we...

Direct Embedded versus Drilled Pier Foundation for Transmission Poles

Before I started writing and learning about the utility industry, I honestly never really...

5 Tips to Land You the Most Talked About Exhibitor at IEEE PES T&D Expo

Five decades later, it is evident of the monumental influence that IEEE PES T&D Conference and...

Preventing Vibrations of Steel Transmission Arms Through Dampening

We all have our own “fidgety” fixes: whether it is clicking a pen, tapping our feet, or...

Back to Basics: Slip Fit Pole Assembly Procedure

There are a number of ways to slip a pole: some can be very basic, while others require more...

What Affects Lead Time for Substation and Transmission Steel Structures?

In the utility world, "lead time" is the magical word. It’s one of the main aspects that can...

How Do I Become a Certified Welder?

There’s a lot of pride and hard work that goes in to being a welder that not many get to truly...

5 Clues About Low Voltage Substation Structures

I’m not too sure how many Nickelodeon-or should I say past Nickelodeon viewers, are reading...

How Leading versus Lagging Indicators Will Change Your Thinking

Growing up as a kid, I’m sure you heard one too many times, “Get down from there! You’re going...

How to Apply Theory of Constraint in Manufacturing

You’re only as fast as your slowest process…or Herbie.

10 Ways Knowing About Structural Steel Pricing Will Save You Money

Every structural steel fabricator is different when it comes down to pricing substation and...

Why Galvanized Structural Steel Craves Proper Venting and Draining

Something that might be viewed as a small, insignificant venting hole on a 10,000 pound...

What You Need To Know About Weathering Steel Hardware Assembly

Last week we focused on the importance of pairing suitable galvanized hardware together, so...

The Insider's Guide to Steel Hardware Assembly

I heard this quote once about “the perfect couple,” and I think it could relate to different...

Why Most Companies Don't Sustain Lean Principles in Manufacturing

Today’s companies freely state Lean principles are practiced within their organizations and...

3 Rules to Make Electric Utility Contractors' Lives Easier

Remember the game Messenger? It starts off with one person telling someone something, and then...

What Separates Hot-Dip Galvanizing From the Pack

"Galvanizing is galvanizing. Hot-Dip Galvanizing is the same as any other type of galvanizing."

How Do Electrical Transmission and Distribution Systems Work? Find Out.

A Transmission and Distribution (T&D) System, has a notorious job of delivering electricity to...

ASCE Issues America’s Infrastructure a D Report Card

Is a D average sufficient enough? Well, to answer that I’d guess you would need to take into...

The Sustainable Truth About Hot-Dip Galvanizing

Over the past couple of decades, environmental awareness has been on the rise as more people...

7 Deadly Sins of Shipping Steel Structures

Just like fuel is needed for an engine or a bowl is needed for soup, communication between the...

The Beginner’s Guide to Bolts of Assembly Hardware

Who knew steel assembly hardware could be so complex? There’s shop bolts verses field bolts,...

Two ASCE Must-Have References for Transmission & Substation Design

Whether you’re a seasoned Engineer or still working on your P.E., there are a few ASCE...

8 Most Common On-Site Concerns With Galvanized Steel

When steel is delivered on-site the first thing that is noticed is the coating appearance. Upon...

A Fool-Proof Formula For Value Stream Mapping

Around now for over 10 years, Lean Manufacturing has proven to be an essential tool. The...

Structural Detailing and Where It's Heading

Structural detailing is headed in a new direction, and this time, it’s three dimensional.

5 Reasons Why You Should Consider an Alliance Partnership

Being a VIP, no matter the situation, is always a good feeling. Not only is it a feeling of...

5 Useful Steps for Hand Safety

Culture is a powerful thing. It affects the way we think, operate, our instincts and reactions.

TechAdvantage 2013: 5 Things To Do When the Sun Goes Down

Question: So what comes next after Mardi Gras week full of jazz music, elaborate floats, king...

A Two-Part Recipe for Understanding Galvanized Coating Appearances

In last week’s post I outlined the 5 different grades of zinc used for hot-dip galvanizing; ...

What You May Not Know About Hot-Dip Galvanizing

When you think of a galvanizing kettle, you might only think it’s a bunch of hot melted silver...

Wood Structures: Still in the Game or Ancient History?

While many say “Out with the old and in with the new,” this might be true for hairstyles, tube...

LEAN: How to Achieve Success Using 6S

Every manufacturer wants their product to be at the world-class level, but the question is “Can...

A 10 Step Guide to the Best Kind of Christmas

Even if it’s just for a few weeks out of the year, I’ll take it.

Back to Basics in Transmission Structures

Transmission lines act as the utility interstate system where electricity is transmitted at...

Be Aware of Scrap Pricing and How to Stay in "The Know"

In the old days, steel was made in integrated mills, but today, vast amounts of steel are...

A Cheat Sheet for Electrical Substations

Electricity- a hot commodity in modern life.

Road to Recovery After Hurricane Sandy

DIS-TRAN Wood Products has kicked it into overdrive as storm restoration orders began pouring...

How to Use Lean Manufacturing to Increase Production

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could eliminate all of our problems so that life would be much easier?

DIS-TRAN Goes Pink!

While October brings the ghouls and goblins and witches fly through the night on their...

Behind the scenes look at Substations and Transmissions

Turning on a light happens within a blink of an eye. But it’s a little more complicated than just...

The Secret to Building Morale by Maintaining Your Plant

If a potential customer does a walk-through at your plant and the first thing they notice is...

Design Practice for Flange Plates versus Slip Joint Connections

Having a good relationship with your vendor will ensure a smooth and confident outcome.

How do we ensure safety?

Shortcuts can be killers. So, in every endeavor, DIS-TRAN makes sure to provide the highest...

DIS-TRAN Wood Products; A Proven Commodity

 With shorter lead times than our competitors, DIS-TRAN Wood Products, LLC has been   providing...

More than just Standard Steel Poles...

It’s always hard when you’re first starting out and trying to establish yourself and your...

Distinguishing the DIS-TRAN Difference

It’s funny how things change. When we’re young and impressionable, we want to blend right in...

DIS-TRAN Steel's Quick Response for Storm Restoration

When August graces us with her presence, we cringe,and I’m not just referring to the scorching...