GORE® Protective Vents for Telecommunication Systems

Housing vents from Gore reliably protect electronics against condensation and contaminants, for lower maintenance and warranty costs.

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Protective Vents for Outdoor Electronics

High-value telecommunications components can benefit from higher reliability, and lower manufacturing, maintenance and warranty costs, with GORE Protective Vents.

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Overview

More Reliable Connectivity with Reduced Manufacturing and Maintenance Costs
GORE® Protective Vents for Telecommunication Systems - Applicatioin

Today’s telecommunication systems aim for reliable connectivity everywhere – requiring more equipment in remote locations, and greater exposure to extreme environmental conditions.

GORE Protective Vents can extend the service life of telecommunication equipment, reducing maintenance costs, warranty claims and customer frustrations, because they:

  • effectively manage pressure differentials within the equipment housing
  • prevent condensation from compromising sensitive electronics
  • reduce stress on housing seals
  • block ingress of rain, moisture, wind-borne particulates and other contaminants
  • eliminate the need for “ruggedized” housings, reducing costs and weight

Gore, the global leader in venting technology, has more than 15 years’ experience in developing custom venting solutions for the telecommunications industry. Our global R&D and engineering teams can partner with you from initial product concept through prototyping, sampling, testing and production integration.

Why Vent?

Electronic enclosures that are installed outdoors are vulnerable to a wide range of environmental hazards that can affect the performance, reliability and life expectancy of the sensitive electronics within.

Problems for Outdoor Electronics:

Failed Seals

Enclosure seal

Pressure differentials are created when a sealed enclosure is exposed to rapid, extreme or recurring changes in ambient conditions. Extreme changes in temperature (a sudden thunderstorm on a hot, sunny day), altitude changes (in transit), or the constant heating and cooling cycle of an internal heat source – any of these can cause a pressure differential within a sealed enclosure. A rapid decrease in temperature, for example, can create a vacuum inside the enclosure. If this pressure differential is not dissipated, the vacuum places continual stress on the housing seals. Over time, this can cause seals to fail, allowing moisture and other contaminants such as dust, dirt and other particulates to be drawn inside.

Condensation

Cloudy pane due to condensation

In addition to failed seals, moisture can get inside enclosures by diffusion – the process by which vapor moves by natural molecular motion through the walls of a polymer enclosure. When water vapor enters a sealed enclosure and has no way to escape, it will condense to a liquid state. If this condensation remains inside the sealed enclosure, it can compromise lens function and corrode sensitive electronics and battery contacts.

Reliable Solutions with GORE Protective Vents:

Equalize Pressures to Protect Housing Enclosures and Seals

GORE Protective Vents rapidly equalize pressure differentials within sealed enclosures, effectively preventing the internal vacuums or pressure build-ups that stress housing seals. In non-vented housings, pressure differentials as low as 70 mbar (1 psi) can cause seals to leak after repeated temperature cycles. GORE Vents reliably protect against premature seal failure, to preserve the integrity of the enclosure.

Equalize Pressures to Protect Housing Enclosures and Seals

Prevent Contamination to Protect Electronics

GORE Protective Vents reliably block ingress of a wide range of contaminants, from rain and insects to dirt, dust, sand and other particulates. Yet GORE Vents allow air molecules to pass through, preventing the formation of vacuums that could pull external contaminants in. With vents from Gore, components perform reliably, with lower maintenance or warranty costs.

Air passes through the membrane. Liquids and particles are repelled.

Reduce Condensation to Protect Against Corrosion

GORE Protective Vents enable water vapor molecules to diffuse through the microporous membrane, and pass freely out of the enclosure. By reducing the amount of internal moisture, internal surfaces such as lenses are protected from condensation, and electronics are protected from premature failure due to corrosion.

Water vapor molecules pass through the membrane

Protect Against Hazardous Gas Buildup

During normal operation and recharging cycles, batteries can generate heat and emit hydrogen or other gases. This can create a hazardous, or even explosive, situation. GORE Protective Vents effectively dissipate hazardous gas molecules. By continuously equalizing pressures inside and outside the battery compartment, they reduce explosion hazards, while maintaining an effective barrier to liquids and particulates.

Gas molecules pass through the membrane

Applications

Venting Solutions for Different Telecommunication Applications

View our interactive Telecom Overview brochure to see how GORE Protective Vents can improve the reliability of your telecommunication systems.

Tower-Top Electronic Enclosures
Tower-Top Electronic Enclosures Water can cause corrosion and shorts to the electronics in tower-top enclosures. By allowing moisture vapor to diffuse easily, GORE Protective Vents reduce potential condensation that leads to corrosion and shorts.
Base Station Battery Units
Base Station Battery Units To prevent potential explosions, hydrogen gases from batteries must have an exit path. The continuous airflow of GORE Protective Vents enables gases to flow out of the unit while creating a barrier against contaminants.
Small Cell Nodes
Small Cell Nodes Plastic housings commonly used in small cell nodes are more susceptible to pressure equalization issues. Gore’s venting solutions protect the electronics from water damage and comply with environmental standards.
Antenna Tilt Motors
Antenna Tilt Motors Mechanical components of the antenna motors can fail when exposed to liquids and other contaminants. GORE Protective Vents provide a barrier against liquid and other contaminants that can lead to corrosion.
Coverage Systems
Coverage Systems Water ingress can compromise the signal integrity of coverage devices like repeaters and backhaul devices, including point-to-point and microwave radios. By equalizing pressure inside the device housing, GORE Protective Vents prevent stress on the housing seals so water cannot enter.
Tower-Mounted Sensors
Tower-Mounted Sensors Rapid temperature changes create a vacuum inside the sensor, which can cause a seal to fail. Moisture vapor can enter and condense on the sensor dome, obstructing sunlight and compromising sensor measurements. GORE Protective Vents equalize pressure and prevent vacuums that compromise seal integrity.

 

Product Comparison

Screw-In Series

Screw-In vents provide durable protection against water, salts and corrosive liquids, even after immersion. The threaded shaft and durable O-ring provide increased mechanical stability, and these hydrolytically-stable vents are UV- and temperature-resistant, for added durability and longer product life. Designed for easy installation in any application, these rugged vents come in five different styles:

GORE PolyVent XS GORE® PolyVent XS 
has a compact, low-profile design that meets some of the industry’s toughest standards, making it ideal for today’s smaller (up to 2 l) housings.
GORE PolyVent Standard GORE® PolyVent Standard (M12x1 and M12x1.5)
offers reliable venting for volumes up to 5 l, and comes in two colors and two thread sizes for different wall thicknesses, with or without a counter nut.
GORE PolyVent High Airflow GORE® PolyVent High Airflow (M12x1.5)
has the protection level of “Standard” – with nearly ten times the airflow. For housings up to 50 liters, it easily manages the strong pressure differentials caused by extreme weather.
GORE PolyVent XL GORE® PolyVent XL
maintains exceptionally high airflow in extra-large enclosures (volumes up to 200 l) and meets the most rigorous standards, such as solar resistance (IEC 62108).
GORE PolyVent Stainless Steel NEW GORE® PolyVent Stainless Steel
offers premium-level durability, corrosion- and chemical resistance, to reliably protect enclosures up to 20 liters in the most extreme conditions.

Snap-In Series

Snap-In Vents deliver robust venting performance and consistent, long-lasting protection in very harsh environments. Engineered specifically for high-throughput production applications, these vents can be quickly installed with semi- or fully- automated equipment. Most products in this series are individually laser-marked, for full product traceability. Four performance options are available to accommodate different housing sizes and provide varying speeds of pressure equalization:

GORE PolyVent Supra GORE® PolyVent Supra
is the low-profile solution for enclosures with limited space for vent installation, and volumes up to 0.5 liters.
GORE PolyVent InSet GORE® PolyVent Hysi
offers fast, economical integration, and the option to inside-mount for nearly-invisible installation. For enclosure volumes up to 2 liters.
GORE PolyVent Standard GORE® PolyVent Standard
offers reliable performance in many applications, for enclosure volumes up to 5 liters.
GORE PolyVent High Airflow GORE® PolyVent High Airflow,
in hydrophobic or oleophobic versions, delivers high airflow for enclosure volumes up to 30 liters.

Adhesive Series

Low-profile adhesive vents provide the flexible integration options for almost any application. They can be installed quickly and easily on the interior or exterior of an enclosure, using manual or automated processes. While these vents can easily be customized for the demands and geometry of a specific application, our standard product portfolio offers a wide variety of sizes, designs and constructions.

Existing customers using parts not listed here, please contact us.

GORE Adhesive Vent VE7 GORE® Adhesive Vent Series VE7
For enclosures with rough or smooth surfaces. These durable all membrane constructions offer high temperature stability.
GORE Adhesive Vent VE8

GORE® Adhesive Vent Series VE8
For interior housing mount applications requiring high airflow with oleophobicity.

GORE Adhesive Vent VE9

GORE® Adhesive Vent Series VE9
For enclosures with rough or smooth surfaces. These durable all membrane constructions offer high temperature stability and are engineered for higher airflow.

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Recent News

News

New PolyVent High Airflow Brings Next-Generation Performance to GORE® Protective Vents Screw-In Series

Posted November 4, 2015

Gore's new PolyVent High Airflow introduces a new level of protection for outdoor enclosures up to 50 l. It provides TWICE the airflow with the same reliable IP as the prior-generation vent, and has an improved O-ring that is UL-rated for flammability resistance. PolyVent High Airflow provides advanced protection against the extreme conditions that can damage seals and sensitive electronics.

Press Release

New GORE® PolyVent High Airflow for Extreme Weather Delivers Twice the Airflow and Improved Flammability Resistance

Posted November 4, 2015

W. L. Gore & Associates announces the launch of its next-generation PolyVent High Airflow, which advances the performance capabilities of GORE® Protective Vents Screw-In Series.

Event

Webinar: Enhancing Sensor Reliability Through Venting

June 23, 2015

Your robust, highly accurate sensor met all of the performance requirements and passed the industry standards testing for your application. You used rugged seals in your housing to protect the sensitive electronics from water and contaminant ingress. However, after the sensor was in operation for several months, it failed. Why?

News

PolyVent Stainless Steel Brings Premium Performance and Durability to GORE® Protective Vents Screw-In Series

Posted July 13, 2016

PolyVent Stainless Steel brings premium performance and durability to GORE® Protective Vents Screw-In Series. Its premium-quality materials and construction durably withstand the worst hazards: from aggressive industrial chemicals and cleaners to corrosion-inducing salty offshore environments. For added safety, a flammability-resistant GORE™ membrane (UL 94 VTM-0) and O-ring (UL 94 V-0) complement the non-flammable stainless steel body.

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