Remke Custom Connectors for Weatherproof Applications
Adapted Application Solution
Outdoor, Weatherproof Custom Connectors
Corrosion & UV Resistant Molded Connector
A major global technology company was developing components to support wide-area Wi-Max wireless broadband networks. Their system included a Wi-Fi router to be installed on existing assets such as street lights and light poles. They needed weatherproof cable & connector to route 100-volt power to the router which were certified for outdoor installation. The technology company found Remke Industries on the internet and contacted them with a RFQ and sample request. Ultimately Remke was competing against two larger, more well-known connector manufacturers.
The Remke Engineered Solution:
To meet the specific requirements of the application, the Remke Flexible Solutions team determined that an Adapted Application Solution would be the best answer.
The Remke Flexible Solutions team:
- Developed a molded mini-style 3-pin black rubber connector with UV resistant black type SOO-W cable and a mating receptacle
- SOO-W cable was chosen as it is UL Listed & CSA Certified for indoor/outdoor use with excellent resistance to ozone, weather, sunlight and water
- Had the connector tested by the customer with results that exceeded their design specifications.
The Remke Flexible Solution was described as “the most robust” and was installed on routers sitting atop light poles with cabling to the ballast at the base of the pole.
A Second Challenge:
Within a short time the customer asked the Remke Flexible Solutions team to develop a second solution for their router. In this application a connector was needed to connect to an energized photo cell on the top of a streetlight. Working with the vendor supplying the existing street light photo cell, the Remke team designed another Adapted Application Solution that utilized the photo cell as the power source for the Wi-Fi router. In this new system, the vendor terminates 3 feet of SOO-W cable from the mini-style molded connector into their photo cell. Once again, testing demonstrated that the Remke Flexible Solutions team had developed a system that exceeded the customers’ design specifications.
Both Wi-Fi router solutions continue to be utilized in all installations to date.