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09-26-2012 03:43 PM  6 years agoPost 41
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Also might take the chance to update this with respect to past post.

I still sell Pole systems to the Open2view franchise chain so that is 7 years now they have been running.
I still sell Poles to that TopSnap franchise chain which was bought by a new owner in 2009 and still going with many operators up the East coast of Australia.

Franchise owners have come and gone but not to any degree more than any line of business and managed to see out their 5 years contracts with the franchise chain.

There are now more independant Pole system owners competing with the franchise people with a higher level of work and more flexibility and can do jobs sooner and a few of those are ex franchise so some have used to franchise as a leg up to going out independant.

In 2010 I started selling Pole systems to a new market which is the one I always thought would be the longer term prospect and that is industrial inspections.

I sell the same units but contain more equipment for the purpose to asset inspection companies owned by an electricity network corporation Sp Ausnet and they use them for inspecting power poles in locations they cannot use Heli or UAS they use which is anywhere in suburbs or in remote hilly locations.

We had some big bushfires here and many deaths and some of the fires were allegedly started by powerlines.
There was a Royal Commission into the fires and from that it was mandated by law that the electricity network owner had to inspect ALL power poles in the state from above not just underneath as they had.

Shortly after that they came to me to buy Pole systems for the purpose using all the same system as I use for photography with DSLR over WiFi unising 200mm zoom lens, many additions for inspections and coach works on vehicles to do for work spaces and safety equipment.

Also doubling on air compressors using 2 x twin cylinder units which is now sold with every unit that puts the 20 metre mast up in 70 seconds now.

They operate every day of the week and operate the pole system up to 35 times a day.
2 years to date and still going well and it exceeds the expected life which was for photographer who might use them 4 times a day 5 days a week and last 8 years before service.

35 operations a day 7 days over 2 years and no signs of wearing out and from accounts it seems that the more the pole is operated the smoother it operates and longer it seals for as it keeps the oil film spread around inside well and so the message to photographers who dont use the pole much is to use it as much as possible to keep it working at it's best or a few times before a hot job if they have not run it for a week or more.

And having made something over a 100 pole systems now (I lost count a while ago) over 7 years there are times we have second hand units sold from one to another owners and so far the resale value is very good with most getting up to 80% of purchase price after 3 years of use and units older sold for a bit less but not seen a cheap second hand one for sale yet.

Up to date the orginal designs of mast roof trolley and cam mount used is still in use and the latest roof trolley system is the first significant change to anything.

So that is all the latest on RVV Poles

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Dave

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05-27-2014 09:34 AM  4 years agoPost 42
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Hi

Still making poles downunda.

Mentioned a factory move in 2012.
Ended up staying in the city and actually moved across the road from my old factory to a newer one.
Just used a fork lift to take it all over the road so that was handy.

Got a few vidoes of the latest gear.

All steel twin track unit roof trolley unit for the big 20M mast.
Light as the old unit but super rigid and can fit over 2 roof bars of a pickup.

New one just locks the mast down firmer so no rattles off road wearing bits on it and glides real easy along the roof to use compared to the old one.
The power pole inspectors are now up to 50 operations a day and are hard on the gear and lots off off road driving and suits them being easier and quicker to use.

I also built all the gear in the pickup / ute in this video.

Built the hoop bars to fit the tub to put the pole trolley unit on.
Also built the aluminium blue cabinet (powder coated) to suit with lift doors both sides, internal lighting, monitor and work space with DC power outlets.
Road warning moving arrow lamps.
2x twin compressors under cabinet.

This unit has a wired system that runs a coil wire up the pole providing 2 x USB 2.0 ports up top to run camera and camera mount, also carries 24DC power for the camera mount and can supply DSLR camera power to so no more batteries.
Air hosing runs in the trolley system permanent to mast base so no need to hook up hoses.

Long time owner of the old gear for about 5 years and wanted to update to all the latest and build a full on custom pole photo vehicle, built for speed.

Watch at YouTube

New cam mount too.

New stacked frame mount, the old one was nice and neater but it was costly to make and took to long for smash repairs.

This one has a few benefits aside from a lot cheaper to make, all belt drive now no gears that get freeplay over time.
Electric network inspectors now using 300mm zoom on it and that small movement of worn gear makes it hard to aim.

Other thing is cost and time of repairs, New ones are easier to swap bent parts quicker to get them back in operation.

Watch at YouTube

Dave
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02-28-2016 04:37 PM  32 months agoPost 43
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Hi Folks

RVV still going in to our 11th year now making pole systems since 2005
New web site for one thing, finally.

Also as of last year I ceased making the actual mast units and now using Clark Mast units in the equipment.

The mast part of the business required a lot of investment in extrusion dies and tons of tubing that required lots of work to the tubes to prep them.

Sanding and drilling and cleaning constantly and storage took up half the factory space as well as crates to send them to and from anodisers.
Hours of machining parts to fit and a crane to assemble them
Its a long process to make each one and adds a lot to the time to make a full system.

So Clark mast in Aus just down the road from me now make a unit to suit that is close to what mine was and in same colors as my poles and supply them to me to use in the complete system.

So its only the mast part of it I stopped making which has given me more time to focus on improvements to the rest of the gear and get them built a bit faster since I don't need to spend time building the masts.

To that end Ive got a few new things going.

A new budget portable mast unit 10 or 15 metre that fits to a tow hitch that comes complete with PT mount for DSLR.
For part timers or Drone users that need to fill in the gaps in locations the can fly, doesn't need to fit to vehicle permanently and can be sorted when not used, light and a lot cheaper then the big roof mounted unit

Also new cam mount additions that provides automated pano bot features and position sequencing with shutter sync.

This is possible because the camera mount now has constant rotation servos with magnetic feedback encoders I make in house and that that the mount now has absolute position control of all axis and provide position holding like a standard servo.

All coming soon, just some parts of it to complete over next month or so.

New safety cam mount.
I've been supplying a cam mount like the one in the video in previous post to electricity network inspection units that has 3 axis accelerometers in it to detect the sway of the mast and provides on screen indication of mast head sway in winds on screen I call the "swayometer" LOL

And if the mast sway exceeds limits it dumps air from the mast automatically to lower the mast and reduce the sway.
For linesman that use them up to 50 times a day now its a safety system they need.
Rather then relying on wind speeds to indicate safe limits this detects the sway itself that can be caused by winds or gusting or eddies of building and hills that cause sway a wind speed meter wont show.

So that's the latest from RVV.

Dave
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02-07-2017 06:33 AM  20 months agoPost 44
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May as well update this.

Anyone who has seen the videos will know I've moved out of my factory and now working from a new workshop at home.

Still in business just got sick of working for the factory owner, factory rentals have gone up in Aus to the point you need to make money from every foot of the place and now I don't make the pole part anymore I don't need the factory.

I've posted the rest of these videos in Off Topic since its just metal fab and shop stuff.
Now we get to the pointy end of the pole system and camera mount its topical here.

As to why I am doing videos showing how I make all the gear in some detail.
Nothing new about that if you've read my posts in this forums since it all started.

BTW, if anyone can make all this stuff for the price I make it at the quality I make it, Ill buy it off you and sell it to my customers instead of doing it myself.

I'm a bit over the 11 years of hard slog 7 days a week except ski days and just want to go snow skiing instead.

Cheers
Dave
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02-10-2017 11:09 AM  20 months agoPost 45
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02-12-2017 09:28 AM  20 months agoPost 46
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Another one

From here it gets into other stuff with the system.
Wire up the mount later, may post that here if I remember.

If anyone wants to see the rest subscribe and select notify of updates in sub settings on YouTube,

Watch at YouTube

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03-21-2017 10:48 AM  19 months agoPost 47
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#37, more cam mount stuff

Getting into the electrics of it..

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10-06-2018 01:00 PM  11 days agoPost 48
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Still making pole systems although these days it's only Electrical Network inspection equipment.

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