Piletest benefits from Fischer Freedom’s rugged, low-profile and easy-to-mate connectivity solution
- Ensure reliable connectivity in harsh environments
- Withstand heavy outdoor use
- Offer plug & use technology for an easy-to-handle device
Main technical requirements
- Low profile
- Ease of use
Challenges & Opportunities
Equipment reliability and durability
Piletest had many product losses due to technicians accidentally destroying the PET in harsh construction site conditions. As Gadi Lahat, VP Business Development at Piletest explains: “Our users often throw our PET in their trunk like a piece of rock. They drop it in puddles or on the concrete surface of a pile and expect the PET to keep on working on hundreds of pile tests per day. The PET is fully molded, and if a connector breaks, there’s no way to fix it in the lab.” Piletest was therefore looking for a connector that was built to last.
Piletest collaborated with Fischer Connectors to design a connectivity solution meeting its stringent PET performance and reliability requirements. It chose the new Fischer LP360™ 7-pin connector from the Fischer Freedom™ Series as the basis for a cable assembly project because of its durability and its 90-degree low profile, which combined ruggedness with ergonomic design and ease of use. Fischer Connectors manufactured a series of prototypes using Piletest’s original coiled USB 2.0 cable to test mechanical and electrical constraints, followed by solutions using Fischer Freedom’s standard straight USB 2.0 cable. The easy integration of the LP360™ receptacle into the PET’s housing was also a key design-in factor.
“We chose the Fischer Freedom™ connectivity solution because we had to replace our existing connector which broke under heavy outdoor use by technicians. The 90-degree low profile and ergonomics of the Fischer LP360™ 7-pin connector, as well as its plug & use technology and durability, perfectly match the requirements of our equipment which we use in harsh environments such as mud, rain, freezing tundras and deserts”.Gadi Lahat VP Business Development, Piletest
Performance and usability
The PET’s wireless option is used by many testers in the field. The Fischer LP360™ connector’s low profile makes the PET compact and comfortable and easy to handle. When using the cable for charging or communication, testers can plug and use the equipment with a simple click, preventing equipment damage thanks to the LP360™ connector’s 360-degree mating freedom and IP68-sealed, blind-mate and non-magnetic quick-release locking mechanism. Gadi Lahat says: “Though we have lots of state-of-the-art knowhow and technology in our PET instrument, the connector was ‘the weak link’. The cable is now tough enough to withstand users stretching it between the field computer and the right clear spot on the pile head.” The LP360™ has enhanced the PET’s performance, making both designers’ and users’ lives easier.
- Enhanced product quality and reliability in harsh field conditions on construction sites
- Durability through hundreds of pile tests per day
- Cost efficiency thanks to a better project cost to product life-cycle ratio