Combo AC Disconnect Enclosures Keep Workers Safe And Cities Beautiful
The phrase “combination AC disconnect enclosure” describes a specialized box that can be used to standardize the installation of 5G microsite or “small cell” electrical equipment. This enclosure provides several benefits to the public, and mainly these will be noticed as a way to conceal the array of wires and boxes into needed in the process into one single slim elegant enclosure, away from public view. While there is no denying that 5G technology is coming to an area around you, the way that it will impact the aesthetics of the area is debatable. A 5G microsite is smaller than a 3G or 4G macro site or cell tower, but there must be many more of them in place in order to maintain network functionality. While the 5G network signals are faster, they degrade far more quickly than previous generation cellular signals, meaning that the typical mile apart needed to maintain connectivity is reduced to one-tenth of a mile with 5G small cell mmWave sites. This results in 5G equipment in densely packed urban environments being positioned closer to users instead of far away on building tops or cell towers. To function properly, 5G mmWave small cell sites must be in close proximity to one another, and at or near street level. The means that you are going to be noticing far more boxes and wires all over utility poles and streetlights as you move through the area you live or work. Many people are resistant to change because of the side effects that change will have on the environment. With regards to 5G rollouts, which are expected to go from 180,000 currently to more than 800,000 over the next few years, this will mean that you will be seeing different looking poles, and poles hosting enclosures that can contain all types of electronical equipment needed for the small cell site, plus radio receivers and antennas mounted to the tops of them. These installations require the support of local utilities to hook them up to the main power, and with this comes expense and also potential danger. Each piece of equipment is powered by an electrical connection, and the possibility of accidentally encountering a live electrical feed is possible when workers are seeing different typese of connectivity setups each time. Raycap’s solution to this is its new “combination AC disconnect enclosure” which consolidates the electrical equipment necessary into one streamlined box complete with an easy to see and use AC power disconnect. After the installation of these systems on a small cell site the utility can easily disconnect the AC power going to the pole equipment before making any necessary repairs.
The vast array of boxes and wires that are involved in the 5G microsite are often not very pleasing to the eyes. The AC combo disconnect enclosures manufactured by Raycap conceal and combine the equipment and wiring involved in the process, reducing it to a slimline and standardized presentation in a single enclosure. The power supply feeds an integrated metering device, which then moves to a single breaker which enables power shut off to the entire array of equipment. This standardization in combination with concealment keeps access to the dangerous power supplies away from the public, and makes the setups easier to work with for utilities and others who would need to interact with the site for repair and maintenance. As 5G rolls out across the world and more microsites impact the daily lives of citizens and workers alike, the choice to use a combination AC disconnect enclosure or not may be the difference between a beautiful and smart city, or just a smart city.