Construction equipment: Osmose Utilities Services Inc. introduces OsmoSet pole setting foam, a high-density polyurethane water-blown foam designed for setting and straightening distribution and transmission poles.
Most soils in the U.S. have a compressive strength of approximately 28 PSI. OsmoSet foam has a density of four pounds per cubic foot and a compressive strength of 70-80 PSI, providing a safety factor of nearly 3:1 over the surrounding natural soil. It’s ideal for use in a number of settings, but especially for poles set in sandy or sandy loam soils with low compressive strength, poles set in rocky soil, dynamited or drilled pole sets that may not produce sufficient backfill material, and difficult-to-access pole sets where transporting fill dirt is not feasible.
“Our goal with OsmoSet was to create a pole setting foam that provided added strength and safety, reduced costs, reduced environmental impact, and improved labor efficiencies for infrastructure owners. That’s exactly what we’ve done” said Osmose Vice President – Supply Chain, Randy Marquardt. “OsmoSet expands at a ratio of 18:1, 20% more than other foams which means less product is required to fill the space. Since OsmoSet completely encapsulates the pole, it greatly reduces leaching of the pole’s original treatment into the soil, and the product contains no CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons) or HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons), making it safe for both the applicator and the surrounding environment. The patented package design makes it easy to store, transport, and mix on site.”
About Osmose Utilities Services Inc.
Osmose provides remedial wood preservatives and pole protection products, along with inspection, maintenance, life extension, and rehabilitation services designed to help sustain T&D infrastructure. Osmose also provides corrosion mitigation and engineered repairs for steel structures, structural load analysis, and a variety of turnkey infrastructure enhancement and upgrade solutions. With more than 80 years of diverse experience as a foundation, Osmose proudly serves utilities as they manage aging infrastructure and build tomorrow’s intelligent utility.