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FAQ Questions from Engineering Professionals


I. What is the composition of your pole?

Titan Poles are manufactured using HPLC, our patented high performance concrete and Owens Corning Alkali resistant reinforcements.  The combination of these materials delivers the strength, torsional rigidity and deflection characteristics ideal for construction of high performance cost effective poles.

What is the difference between --

1. Titan and Concrete?

Titan Poles utilize Owens Corning Alkali-Resistant reinforcements rather the steel used in reinforced concrete poles.  This difference dramatically reduces conductive, rusting, and dramatically lowers the overall weight.

2. Titan and Steel? 

Titan Poles contain no steel for strength and rigidity.  This makes the Titan poles impervious to rust, electrolysis from the ground, and makes a Titan Pole easy to direct bury.

What happens if the pole is struck by lightning?

Lightning has a limited impact on a Titan Pole, due to its high BIL rating.  This characteristic makes Titan poles unlikely to be structurally impacted in the event of a lightning strike.

What happens if the pole is struck by Hail?

Titan Poles strong dense construction makes them impervious to hail damage.

Is it a non-conductor?

Titan Poles are not an insulator; however, their low conductivity characteristics make Titan Poles one of the lowest of any pole currently manufactured.

How is quality controlled? 

CMT Worldwide has extensive quality control programs to insure quality products delivered on time and the way you requested.

Does vibration damage the fixture?

Titan Poles low harmonic distortion characteristics limit harmonic vibration.  This characteristic limits vibration through an installed pole and fixture which improves luminaire life.

How does the pole deflect?

HPLC, our patented material, provide extreme torsional rigidity and stiffness which results in a pole that exceeds current standards deflection requirements.

How is it affected by freeze/thaw cycles?

Freeze/thaw cycles have no known impact on a Titan Pole.

To what standards does the pole adhere?  NESC, ASTM? ANSI? Other?

Titan Poles are designed to meet the following standards, NESC 2007, ANSI C136.20-1990, ASTM 4923 and AASHTO LTS-02.

State/Federal/Local Agencies
Titan Poles have been approved for installation in Florida and have a received PE stamps for Local Building code approval.  Titan poles are manufactured to those same standards and we are currently working through the individual state and local requirements to meet current order requests.

What agency approvals do you have?

Titan Poles are approved for installation in Florida, through the local building departments.  As a result of recent Hurricanes in Florida the entire state has adopted the most stringent building codes in the nation.

II. Installation and Maintenance

A. Maintenance

How often does it have to be inspected?

No inspection cycles have been established for Titan poles.  CMT Worldwide recommends that Titan poles be inspected using currently accepted procedures and maintenance cycles.

Can you fix a damaged pole?

Titan Pole surface damage may be repaired with a mix of our HPLC matrix or they may be touch up painted.  If the pole appears to have structural damage CMT Worldwide recommends pole replacement.

Does the pole support stapling/nailing – e.g., signs and posters? [might want a sample to demonstrate]

Titan Poles dense HPLC surface resists stapling and nailing as you are accustomed to with reinforced concrete poles.

Can it be field labeled?

Field labels may be attached to Titan Poles by adhesive attachment or riveted to the pole surface.

How does it compare to wood for fungus, vegetation, mold, etc.?

Titan Poles have no history from our installations regarding fungus and vegetation.  We expect Titan poles to not be impacted by natural vegetation.  We are continuing to build history as to what surface effects can be anticipated from these natural growths.

B. Installation

Any special handling required for shipping?

Titan Poles require no different care and handling than other alternative material pole products.  CMT Worldwide takes great care in preparing Titan poles for shipment to insure they arrive in the same condition that they left the factory.

What happens if a pole is dropped?

Titan Poles resist many falls and bumps, however, if the pole is dropped on the tip or butt sections may be damaged.  CMT Worldwide recommends Titan Poles be handled with the same care as any other alternative material pole to insure a long maintenance free installation.

Can it be direct buried in any soil?

Yes, Titan Poles have been installed in various soil conditions and no know damage or weakness in the structural integrity has occurred.

Can it be field drilled?

Yes. Simply use the same drill you would use on Masonite material. Drilling a Titan pole is easy and shouldn't take any longer to drill than any other type pole.

Can other items (e.g., cable lines) be hung from the pole?

Yes, a Titan Pole can have joint use attachments hung from the pole.  The locations for those attachments are accomplished using the standard joint-use locations as you would for any wood distribution pole.

III. Environmental

How do you dispose of old poles?

Titan Poles may be disposed in any normal landfill or they may be ground up and reused as a concrete aggregate.

Can old poles be re-used?

Titan Poles, if in there original condition, the may be uninstalled and reinstalled.  However, if there any signs of damage or a break in structural integrity it is recommended the pole is removed from service.

Can poles be recycled?

Yes.

Does field drilling or cutting create a problem for the installer (i.e., inhalation/ OSHA?)

CMT Worldwide recommends normal safety precautions when drilling.  The use of protective eyewear and a mask to insure no fragments drilling dust contaminates the eyes or nasal passages.

What happens when the pole burns?  Flammability?

Titan Poles are manufactured with non flammable inorganic materials and resist temperatures above 1500 degrees F.  Testing information and videos are available.

What happens when the pole breaks?

When subjected to performance testing all poles fail in compression causing the pole to lose strength, but no failure has caused a pole to sever into multiple pieces. 

IV. Other

What is the cost of the pole?

Titan Poles available today vary in price depending on specific configurations.  Please speak to one of our representatives or CMT Worldwide to properly configure your application and provide the necessary quotations. 

When is it available?

CMT Worldwide is currently taking orders today for both lighting and distribution poles.

Is the inside of the pole usable?

Titan Poles have a wide hollow core.  This is suited for addition electronics, security cameras, wireless antennas or other applications as necessary. The ANSI committee has begun discussion on the standards for additional electrification inside a pole to support alternative applications and uses.



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