Aluminum Enclosure Designed for Rugged Wireless Application

Creating tailor-made toughness for a global wireless technology leader

The Challenge

Phoenix Mecano’s customer, On-Ramp Wireless (Ingenu), is the global leader in wide-area machine-to-machine connectivity. Only the On-Ramp Network has the range, capacity, and security to address the growing demand for smart grid, remote monitoring, wide area sensing, and other M2M applications. On-Ramp Wireless needed an enclosure to provide the “access point” for data transmission from endpoint nodes via RF modems. The customer hired a design-engineering consultancy agency located in Calgary, AB, Canada to assist with the application design. The agency explained the need for an outdoor enclosure to be pole-mounted, and capable of withstanding harsh environments with fluctuating temperatures. It also had to meet NEMA 4/IP66 and be safe for operators and technicians to work on in the field.

The Solution

Phoenix Mecano engineers supplied drawings of our cast aluminum series. Its versatile and rugged build make it ideal for demanding environments and met the customer’s NEMA 4/IP66 requirements. In addition, our engineering team offered a special internal hinge that would protect the lid when opened on the pole for maintenance.

The Result

The customer designed the Phoenix Mecano aluminum enclosure product into the application and now orders them regularly. On-Ramp Wireless also selected a larger version of the same aluminum enclosure product group for a new application requirement, for which we have supplied the first pre-production part. Both enclosures are machined, painted, and silk-screened before they leave our manufacturing facility, which simplifies ordering and distribution for the customer.

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