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Specializing in Engineering & Manufacturing Automation since 1996

Steel Pole Software Solutions

With experience from 1993 and formed as a separate company in 1996, K2 Engineering, Inc. has specialized in the development of a suite of software-based tools and methods targeted to manufacturers of steel poles and allied equiment, helping them to design and manufacture their products: quicker, lighter in weight, more consistantly, with better documentation, to a variety of applicable codes and standards. Our focus is on helping you automate and streamline your engineering and manufacturing operations as much as possible, freeing your engineers to focus on higher level tasks instead of repetive drudgery, ultimately pushing more and higher-valued product out the door. This all flows to the bottom line where it really counts.

Not sure where to begin? Suspect that you could be doing things better, faster, and more efficiently, but not sure just what is possible? Well, begin by calling or emailing us. The initial consultation is at no cost or obligation to you. Chances are, we'll be able to suggest some course (or courses) of action that you might want to consider, some possibly involving us and some possibly involving third parties. If so, you'll know right away. If we're not the right solution for you, you'll know that right away as well. However, we may be able to refer you to other organizations within our circle of professional contacts which would be a better fit for your needs. (We are quite accustomed to working with third party engineering and manufacturing companies and/or with your in-house personnel). Either way, just the cost of a phone call and a bit of your time.

Here are some of the pole-specific software tools which K2 Engineering offers:

(Note: Please call if you have other needs not shown here. K2 Engineering provides both off-the-shelf and customized solutions.)


PLS-Pole to Inventor - a tool to convert PLS-Pole XML-based analysis data into an AutoDesk Inventor 3D model.


A round hole being placed in a desired flat.


Three tubes for a pole imported from PLS-Pole.


Two possible configurations of a baseplate.


Tube piece (trap) unfolded into flat pattern.
  • Compatible with PLS-Pole Version 8.1 and later.
  • Natively reads PLS-Pole 'postproc'-style XML files. Does NOT require PLS-Pole to be installed.
  • The user's machine must have AutoDesk Inventor (version 2010 or later) installed, however.
  • Note: AutoDesk™ and Inventor™ are trademarks and licensed products of the AutoDesk Corporation.
  • User has option to enter all geometry data by hand, if desired, if a suitable PLS-Pole XML file is not available.
  • Tubes having 1, 2, 3, or 4 seams are supported. Locations of seams relative to Longitudinal direction are configurable.
  • Tube pieces (traps) are created from a user-customizable part template with custom material properties, bend "K" factor, etc.
  • Flat patterns are automatically computed and included inside each part file.
  • Locations of flats and points relative to seams are configurable.
  • Each tube piece is "mated" to adjoining pieces to create a tube assembly.
  • Output consists of a Part (.IPT) document for each piece and an Assembly (.IAM) Document for each tube assembly.
  • Input and output file names and locations are configurable.
  • Up to 10 round holes (of any diameter that will fit on the flat) per tube are supported and configurable and may be on any flat.
  • Both round and square baseplates (with optional corner clips) are supported.
  • Quadrant spacing of bolt holes is as per the definition inside PLS-Pole.
  • PLS-Pole bolt hole definition may be overridden by user, if desired.
  • PLS-Pole files in metric units are supported. (Output Inventor models will be in British units, however.)
  • Up to 12 poles are supported in each structure, with a maximum of 8 tubes per pole.
  • In a multi-pole structure, the desired pole may be selected from a pop-up menu.

  • Note: K2 Engineering will modify/customize/extend the program and it's output to meet your exacting needs.

  • Click here to view sample screen shots of the program in action. (PDF format)
  • Click here to view sample screen shots of Inventor displaying the results. (1 of 2) (PDF format)
  • Click here to view sample screen shots of Inventor displaying the results. (2 of 2) (PDF format)

  • Click here to view a short video of the program in action creating a pole 3D model.
  • Click here to view a short video of the program in action creating a baseplate 3D model.
  • Note: These videos are in .AVI format and will require Windows Media Player or a similar program to view them.
    Note: Video with a higher resolution and frame rate is available upon request.