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Introducing Enphase IQ7

Introducing Enphase IQ7 - Available Now at RFI

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RFI is excited to be an authorised distributor of the new Enphase IQ7 micro-inverter range. Enphase’s seventh-generation microinverters are powered by our unique software-defined architecture, offering the most efficient design with a single hardware SKU worldwide. With 96.5% EU efficiency, the IQ 7 series produces up to 23% more power at nearly half the weight of the S-Series.

The All New Enphase IQ7

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Enphase IQ 7 + Enphase IQ 7
Suitable For Residential / Commercial Suitable For Residential / Commercial
Commonly Used Module Pairing –Input Power 235-400W Commonly Used Module Pairing –Input Power 195-330W
Module Compatibility 60- and 72-cell modules Module Compatibility 60-cell modules
Smart Grid Ready Smart Grid Ready
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Key Features

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Light

  • Much easier handling on the roof
  • IQ 7 is 47% lighter than S270
Flexible

  • New lighter Q Cable for more flexible design
  • Simpler branch layout
Powerful

  • Supports both 60 and 72 cell modules
  • IQ 7 delivers 23% more power than S-Series
  • Most efficient microinverter at 96.5%

Components and Accessories

Enphase has released a complete range of accessories, including the new Q Cable system and relays.

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PDDs and Downloads

Below are all critical resources you’ll need, including installation guides, information on the new cable and connectors, FAQ’s and much more!

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RFI Signs Distribution Agreement for OCC’s Fibre Cable and Connectivity Range

RFI Technology Solutions (RFI) is pleased to announce that they have signed a distribution agreement with Optical Cable Corporation (“OCC®) covering the Australian, New Zealand and Pacific regions. The agreement provides RFI with distribution rights in these markets for OCC’s range of fiber optic cables, fiber optic connectivity, copper cables and assemblies.

OCC is internationally recognised for engineering and manufacturing of a variety of high-performance, top-tier cabling and connectivity solutions. They are a leading manufacturer of a broad range of fiber optic solutions, offering an integrated suite of high quality products, which operate as a system solution.

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Harsh Environment Specialists

OCC is the ideal choice for industrial fibre applications in harsh environments, making it well suited for SCADA networks in utilities and for solutions in military, oil/gas, transport and mining applications. The OCC range of fibre connectivity includes pigtails and patch leads, enclosures, pre-terminated cables, connectors and adaptors.

We are excited to partner with OCC to incorporate their range of world class fibre into our product portfolio. We believe the range is a great fit to complement our growing fibre and data technology solutions.” Scott Magee, RFI CEO, commented.

Who is OCC?

Optical Cable Corporation (“OCC®”) designs tight-buffered cables to be smarter than the most challenging situations, and tougher than the toughest environments. In addition, OCC’s innovation and expertise has moved beyond cable products to entire connectivity systems.

As pioneers in fibre optic cable, OCC is manufacturing a broad range of tight buffered fiber optic cables and copper data communication cabling and connectivity solutions primarily for specialty and harsh environment applications, including military, industrial, mining, petrochemical, wireless carrier and broadcast applications. OCC offers an integrated suite of high quality products, which operate as a system solution or seamlessly integrate with other providers’ offerings.

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Who is RFI Technology Solutions?

RFI is a global technology solutions company, specialising in wireless coverage and solar power. RFI has one of the largest, most innovative and experienced wireless and solar solutions teams with dedicated engineers, product managers, deployment engineers, logistics, distribution and R&D staff. We are proud to be an Australian success story with manufacturing, distribution and warehousing across Australia, NZ, the USA and the UK.

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RFI’s Fibre and Data Solutions Range

RFI’s fibre and data connectivity solutions are designed specifically for harsh environments. RFI offers a comprehensive range of distribution fibre cable, loose tube fibre cable and enclosures for a range of industrial applications.

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Video Resources

So just why is OCC the perfect solution for harsh environments? The next 2 videos perfectly explain why they’re the preferred choice for installation in mining, tunnels, oil and gas, military, SCADA and other harsh environment applications.

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Introducing RFI’s Solar Modems

RFI designs and manufactures antennas, modems and cloud-based monitoring software to suit Australian 4G bands. Our global-leading modems for solar are rugged and built to last in the harsh Australian conditions.

The Range

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The perfect connectivity solution for remote sites and for commercial systems. 4G cellular for remote monitoring connectivity to the site. WIFI for use during site maintenance visits.

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The Unimax4GX modem provides superior 4GX cellular signal strength performance for energy system monitoring applications.

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RFI expands its mining portfolio with the acquisition of Digital Drift

RFI Technology Solutions is pleased to announce it has acquired the assets of Digital Drift™. Digital Drift™ provides power distribution and high-speed network connectivity to devices in challenging industrial environments, including: underground mines, tunnels, processing plants and agriculture.

The acquisition includes the product designs, intellectual property, manufacturing rights and key staff.

The acquisition of Digital Drift complements our fibre optic and wireless offerings, enabling RFI to provide complete data network solutions to underground mines – from the surface to the working face” Scott Magee, CEO of RFI commented.“This is an exciting technology solution with huge potential and advantages for our customers, particularly in the mining sector.”

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Digital Drift enables underground loaders to be operated from the surface at a nickel mine in Western Australia

An underground nickel mine in Western Australia has deployed the Digital Drift System to remotely operate their underground loaders from the surface. The loaders are fitted with RCT’s ControlMaster Guidance System and work across ore drives on multiple levels. Digital Drift connected eleven levels to the surface at a fraction of the cost of the fibre alternative, and was installed by the mine’s own tradespeople.

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RFI Powers Sydney Metro Trains Facility With 1.12 MW Rooftop Solar Plant

RFI Powers Sydney Metro Trains Facility With 1.12 MW Rooftop Solar Plant

RFI is pleased to announce it has completed supply, installation and commissioning of a 1.12 MW rooftop solar plant on the Northwest Rapid Transit Facility in NSW, Australia.

The installation is the largest solar system ever installed on a NSW government building, located at Rouse Hill, Sydney. The system consists of 3,287 solar modules and 15 large commercial grid-connected inverters.

From June to early October 2017, RFI supplied and delivered all the main system components on site and successfully installed the solar arrays and racking system within a strict project time-line.

“We are very proud to be involved in such an important infrastructure project for the people of Sydney”, Scott Magee, CEO of RFI commented. “With energy costs continuing to increase, we look forward to supporting governments across Australia in their efforts to minimise operating costs through solar energy”.

The Northwest Rapid transit facility will be the new home of the Sydney metro trains project. The Rapid transit facility is a brand new state of the art facility designed for train stabling, maintenance and the Operations Control Centre. All Sydney Metro trains will be serviced at this facility once the $8.3 billion rail network comes into operation in early 2019.

The solar system generates 1.5 million kilowatt hours of electricity a year, enabling Sydney Metro HQ and the new metro stations to reduce electricity operating costs and its carbon footprint.

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Fast Facts On The Project

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Project Overview

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RFI has delivered this 1.12MW roof top solar plant at Rouse Hill for Northwest Rapid Transit facility. It is one of the largest roof top solar systems in Australia, consisting of 3287 of 340W solar modules and 15 large commercial grid-connected inverters. From June to earlier October 2017, RFI supplied and delivered all the main system components on site and successfully installed the solar arrays and racking system within a strict project time-line.

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RFI Secures New M5 Tunnel Radio Rebroadcast Contract

RFI  Secures the New M5 Tunnel Radio Rebroadcast Contract

RF Industries Pty Ltd announced that it has been recently awarded a contract for the radio rebroadcast component of the WestConnex New M5 project in Sydney, Australia. This is the second contract relating to WestConnex that has been awarded to RFI.

The New M5 tunnel is a major component in Stage 2 of the WestConnex project, a key and critical element of the New South Wales (NSW) Government’s integrated transport solution. The project  will provide twin underground motorway tunnels, nine kilometres long, from Kingsgrove to a new St Peters Interchange, more than doubling capacity of the M5 East corridor, and substantially improving east-west access between the Sydney CBD, Port Botany and Sydney Airport and the South West growth areas.

RFI has provided radio systems for many tunnels throughout Australia and internationally. For the New M5 project, RFI will deliver detailed services encompassing the design, manufacture, integration and commissioning of the radio rebroadcast systems for the project.

RFI’s CEO Scott Magee commented “We are excited to be awarded this contract and to further our involvement in the WestConnex project. Our Australian manufactured solutions will now be implemented across the M4 and M5 tunnel sections of the WestConnex Motorway, showcasing RFI’s locally engineered technology solutions on a large scale as well as creating Australian manufacturing and services jobs. Both projects demonstrate Australian engineering talent as being truly world class”.

RFI designs and manufactures global technology solutions from manufacturing facilities in Victoria and South Australia.  We have Australia’s largest RF products manufacturing facility, producing world class antenna, multicoupling systems and active electronics products for both the domestic and international markets, and we are the only Australian manufacturer of feature-rich rebroadcast system products, which will be deployed in the New M5 tunnel project.

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Greg Young Joins RFI Board

International Telecom CEO, Greg Young, Joins RFI Board

RFI Technology Solutions have added a key resource to the RFI Board in the addition of Greg Young as an independent Non-executive Director. Mr. Young recently returned to Australia in 2017 having spent the past decade in global telecom positions. For the past three years Mr. Young served as CEO of Ooredoo Oman where he led a dramatic uplift in share price, market share, revenue and profit.  Now one of largest companies on the Oman stock exchange with some $1 Billion in annual revenues from mobile, fixed and international services the company boasts world class infrastructure to support an ongoing growth strategy. This was Mr. Young’s second global CEO position having spent 4 years leading a turnaround at  Sri Lanka Telecom. Prior to this he served in Telecom engineering roles as Vice President of Product Management at Qualcomm headquartered in San Diego, USA, as Chief Technology Officer for the Indian CDMA operator Tata Teleservices overseeing explosive subscriber growth in a Pan-Indian network and technical leadership roles within Telstra prior to leaving Australia. The Chairman of RFI, Bruce Crane said in welcoming Mr. Young “Greg brings great technical and executive leadership skills to the RFI Board and just enough history and personal experience with our business to make it a great fit.  Having maintained contact with RFI for more than 30 years it’s great to be able to welcome Greg to the business knowing he will bring so much to the Board table to help us succeed.”

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RFI Secures M4 Tunnel Radio Rebroadcast Contract

Sydney, Australia RF Industries Pty Ltd has received the contract to carry out the design, manufacture, integration and commissioning of the radio and mobile phone rebroadcast systems for the WestConnex New M4 project in Sydney, Australia.

WestConnex is Australia’s largest transport infrastructure project and is a key element of the New South Wales (NSW) Government’s integrated transport solution. The New M4 is the first tunnel section of WestConnex.  Seven kilometres in length, the New M4 will join the new widened M4 at Homebush Bay Drive and includes a 5.5 kilometre tunnel with three lanes in each direction from Homebush to Parramatta Road and the City West Link, Haberfield.  It will handle a projected average of 132,400 cars a day by 2031.

Project contractors CPB John Holland Samsung JV partners have extensive experience in tunnelling and major infrastructure delivery. On the New M4 tunnel project they have partnered with RFI who have delivered radio and mobile phone rebroadcast systems for many tunnels throughout Australia and internationally. RFI’s CEO Scott Magee said this contract award is the result of a lengthy and detailed contribution from our Australian engineering, manufacturing and services teams.

We are proud to be contributing to such a globally significant project, one that is set to have a positive impact on Sydney’s road network for generations to come. Obviously the real work now begins however we are genuinely excited to be involved in such a high profile and critical infrastructure project. Our technology solution incorporates RFI’s Australian manufactured rebroadcast solutions, and that means we are creating much needed manufacturing and services jobs right here in Australia“, Magee said.

He added, “Moreover this selection allows RFI to showcase the only Australian manufactured solutions for AM/FM and mobile radio rebroadcast, and provides the New M4 project the capability to support emerging digital technologies such as digital broadcast radio (DAB).  With the award of this contract, RFI further demonstrates its position as a leading technology solutions provider in Australia with RFI manufactured solutions in Sydney’s M2, Sydney Harbour and Lane Cove tunnels, Melbourne’s CityLink and Eastlink tunnels,  the Clem7 and Airport Link  tunnels in Brisbane, and the Tugun and Byron Bay tunnels – just to name a few.”

RFI designs and manufactures global technology solutions from manufacturing facilities in Victoria and South Australia. We have Australia’s largest RF products manufacturing facility, producing world class antenna, multicoupling systems and active electronics products for both the domestic and international markets, and we are the only Australian manufacturer of feature-rich rebroadcast system products, such as will be deployed in the New M4 tunnel project.

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Sydney Harbour Tunnel rebroadcast major system upgrade

Overview

When Trantek MST needed a reliable rebroadcast system for the Sydney Harbour Tunnel intelligent transport system upgrade project, they chose RFI.

Project:

Upgrade AM/FM radio rebroadcast system, providing audio break-in capabilities, competiablity for the future DAB+ digital radio upgrade, and performance monitoring capability in the Sydney Harbour Tunnel, NSW.

Customer:

Trantek MST and the Sydney Harbour Tunnel.

RFI Role:

Design and installation of the upgrade to the intelligent transport system.

Job  Overview:

Trantek MST selected RFI to provide the rebroadcast system, based on RFI’s experience and expertise with this technology. RFI delivered a flexible and feature-rich rebroadcast system, utilising a comprehensive suite of their products and services.

“We chose RFI because of their proven technical, manufacturing, installation and integration capabilities. RFI has proven extremely easy to work with, quickly understanding the technical requirements of Trantek MST’s fault resilient architecture and integrating and where necessary manufacturing custom components to achieve a truly satisfying solution.” said Trantek MST Managing Director, Mr Lionel Ascone.

“They have provided the Sydney Harbour Tunnel with an upgraded rebroadcast system that has met the customer’s operational requirements, whilst also providing a feature-rich capability that allowed us to incorporate it into our fault-resilient intelligent transport control system.”

“RFI performed well within the often challenging multi-disciplined environment that exists in a major project, and has delivered their system to the project on-budget – assisting Trantek MST to deliver another successful project to its customers.”

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Key Components

  • Rebroadcast AM Repeaters
  • Rebroadcast FM Repeaters
  • Broadband multi-carrier power amplifiers
  • AM/FM Cross band Couplers
  • The rebroadcast system provides compatibility for the future addition of the rebroadcast of DAB+ digital radio.
  • A custom manufactured RF Change-Over Unit was incorporated within the design, enabling switching between the redundant subsystems, either manually or automatically controlled by Trantek MST’s fault-resilient ITS system.
  • Performance monitoring of the radiating cables at both ends of both tunnels -implemented to continuously monitor the performance of the system and contribute to the switching control of the system redundancy in the event of a system fault condition.
  • Fibre optic cable is used to link the equipment items between the various installation locations.

Trantek MST was tasked with the design and installation of an upgrade to the Sydney Harbour Tunnel intelligent transport system in NSW, Australia. The Sydney Harbour Tunnel is one of Sydney’s primary transport routes, with busy vehicular traffic using the tunnel 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The AM/FM radio rebroadcast system is a relatively minor, but vital, component of the overall total intelligent transport system not only to maintain the rebroadcast of AM and FM radio stations within the Tunnel, but also to ensure that vital incident management capabilities can be maintained In the event off a sub-system failure.

An audio break-in capability allows pre-recorded or live audio announcements to be inserted into the AM and FM rebroadcasts to notify drivers of incident information via their car radios.

Trantek MST sought a partner who could design, install and commission the rebroadcast system upgrade as a turnkey sub-contractor.

As well as meeting the stringent operational requirements, Trantek MST needed a partner with the experience to handle the challenges of working on one of Sydney’s busiest roadways.
Trantek MST selected RFI to provide the rebroadcast system, based on RFI’s experience and expertise with this technology. RFI delivered a flexible and feature-rich rebroadcast system, utilising a comprehensive suite of their products and services, including:

  • RF surveys
  • System design
  • Equipment manufacture
  • Integration
  • Factory acceptance testing (FAT)
  • Installation
  • Commissioning
  • Site acceptance testing (SAT)
  • Coverage testing
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Project Management

RFI believes in flexible, responsive and transparent relationships with clients. So during this project, RFI’s project manager actively liaised with Trantek MST and Sydney Harbour Tunnel personnel. Working closely with Trantek MST and their customer allowed several unexpected issues that arose during the project to be addressed and resolved with minimal impact to the customer’s operations and tunnel motorists.

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