For most environments reliable, affordable commodity coax cable, connectors, and cable assembly products are mass-produced and readily available. But Subsea applications are not your typical environment and are not suited for commodity products. Commodity coax, e.g. IP67/68 rated products, are not suitable for demanding, harsh, deep submergence (>100m depth) applications such as underwater drones, Submarines, Oil & Gas exploration/production, Renewable Energy, or Environmental Monitoring. Subsea coax applications must endure a harsh and dynamic environment: persistent moisture, salinity changes, pressure changes, temperature changes (including temperature shock), to name a few.
For these subsea applications, you need a coax cable assembly that is rated above and beyond any IP (Ingress Protection) rating. IP ratings cover basic industrial applications and very shallow submergence-type applications. An IP-rated connector will fail in deep submergence, subsea applications.
AMETEK SCP’s line of coaxial connectors offers exceptional performance for applications ranging from the sea surface to the deep ocean. Robust and reliable, the glass-to-metal sealed receptacles provide panel or bulkhead protection not available in IP-67 class connectors, at a modest premium. AMETEK SCP offers these connectors in an assortment of standard configurations and cable options, and can quickly evaluate custom components and applications if needed.