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INTRODUCTION TO PRESCHEM Largest manufacturer of remedial wood preservatives in Australia Accredited to ISO 9001:2000 Technical expertise includes Chemical.

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1 INTRODUCTION TO PRESCHEM Largest manufacturer of remedial wood preservatives in Australia Accredited to ISO 9001:2000 Technical expertise includes Chemical Engineers, Electrical Engineers and Wood Scientists Established in Australia in 1988 Manufacturing base in Melbourne with support offices in other states and South Africa Over 5 million poles treated with Preschem products around the world

2 COMPANY STRUCTURE Preschem Organisation Standards Remedial Treatments for Utility Poles Clear timber finishes Radial sawn timber Pole Management & Technical Support service Pole Inspection IT Systems Training Quality Manufacturing Division

3 USE OF PRESCHEM REMEDIAL PRODUCTS Supplied to all major Electrical Utilities in Australia Preliminary performance trials in Uruguay, Greece and Hong Kong Consistently used by Utilities for in excess of 10 years Major export to South Africa

4 BENEFITS RESULTING FROM USE OF PRESCHEM REMEDIAL TREATMENTS Extension of inspection cycles Reduction in unplanned pole failures Reductions in pole replacement

5 USE OF WOODEN POLES IN OVERHEAD NETWORKS Lowest cost Most versatile Relatively lightweight Renewable resource

6 MANAGEMENT OF WOODEN POLES (World wide trends) Increasing focus on maximising life of assets Change from cyclic to reliability based maintenance Managing poles preferred to replacing poles Improved control of pole failures and supply reliability

7 MANAGEMENT OF WOODEN POLES (continued) Alignment of inspection, treatment and data collection Increased use of pole reinstatement systems Management of poles is no monkey business

8 HOW PRESCHEM CAN ASSIST THE MANAGEMENT PROCESS Provide a broad and balanced perspective Experience in most aspects of pole management StandardsTraining Treatment Process Quality Control IT Systems Ongoing technical support

9 KEY ASPECTS TO EFFECTIVE POLE INSPECTION Visual inspection and sounding Target critical zone immediately below groundline Detailed external probing Managed use of boring holes for internal inspection to minimise strength reduction to poles

10 KEY ASPECTS TO EFFECTIVE POLE INSPECTION (continued) Critical analysis of shavings from drilling Evaluation of pole strength Capture of information Use of auditing to standardise and improve

11 USE OF REMEDIAL TREATMENTS Barrier and diffusible types Preschem products utilise diffusion principle Diffusion occurs at critical moisture levels for decay External treatment uses a bandage containing solid pills Internal treatment uses chalk type rods

12 APPLICATION METHOD FOR POLESAVER RODS Drill treatment holes around pole circumference Insert several Polesaver rods per hole Plug with suitable tapered plug Screwed plastic plugs and other accessories available from Preschem

13 APPLICATION METHOD FOR BIOGUARD BANDAGE Excavate around pole to 300mm deep Wrap around circumference of pole and tape top section Measure pole circumference and cut length of bandage Backfill and consolidate Clean soil and excess decay from outside of pole

14 BENEFITS OF SOLID TREATMENTS Safe and easy to handle Minimum protective equipment required No specialist application equipment Slow release provides longer term effectiveness Minimal environmental contamination

15 STORAGE AND HANDLING Not classified as a dangerous good for storage and transport Clean and can be stored in original boxes Indefinite shelf life Require dry, cool and well ventilated area

16 PERFORMANCE TRIALS Many trials already conducted throughout Australia and other countries Trials confirm the effectiveness of the diffusion process used to distribute the actives in Preschem treatments Field conditions are always simulated even to the extent of installing pole caps

17 PERFORMANCE TRIALS (continued) Trials also extend to investigating product improvement Most trials have been independently assessed by Government Research Organisations Preschem committed to ongoing long term Research and Development program

18 ENVIRONMENTAL CONSIDERATIONS Preschem products are already registered for safe commercial use in several countries Controlled release of actives into wood Minimisation of waste Inaccessibility to public and animals Preschem utilises an Environmental Management plan which incorporates aspects from production through to the end use of products

19 COST CONSIDERATIONS Effective management of the pole population will lead to significant capital replacement savings

20 COST CONSIDERATIONS (continued) Minimal equipment needed to install treatments Low cost of inspection Poles can have extended service life of >50 years Pole inspection can assist in effective maintenance planning of other assets Reduction in expensive pole failures and other unplanned failures

21 HOW PRESCHEM CAN ASSIST IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF A POLE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM Use of pilot studies and trials Product registration Development or refinement of standards and procedures Training programs Technical support

22 SUMMARY A pole management program will extend the life of poles Managed wooden poles are cost effective Data from pole inspection is an aid to maintenance planning Make use of Preschem support


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