Ritherdon Distributor Spotlight Jobarco: A Dutch Cable Solution for Safer Roads

Ritherdon Distributor Spotlight: Jobarco

Jobarco, a Dutch electrical equipment company, has a long-standing distribution partnership with UK-based Ritherdon.

With roots going back to 1933, Jobarco has been operating for a very long time, much like Ritherdon. Initially a Dutch electrical cable company, Jobarco has since expanded its operations by merging with other electrical companies like Elspec and Pantaflex into the Cable Connectivity Group. Since then, they have become part of the Infinite Electronics, Inc. a global portfolio of leading in-stock connectivity solution brands.

Headquartered in Benthuizen, Netherlands, Jobarco offers speciality cable solutions. Both Ritherdon and Jobarco share the same common goal, to provide specialist solutions to the industries they serve. With Jobarco specialising in cable connectivity and Ritherdon specialising in stainless steel electrical enclosures, together they are able to provide innovative solutions for the road and transport sector.

Passive Road Safety Specialised Supplier

This is where Ritherdon’s expertise has been put to good use, as, through the years, Ritherdon has specialised in passively safe road products along with years of experience in the manufacture of outdoor electrical enclosures mainly used on roads and highways.

Jobarco have been distributing PolePlug cable couplers for passively safe lighting columns in the Netherlands for many years. Jobarco provide us with the specialised cable and Ritherdon are able to mould the plug and socket to make an IP68 rated joint that is submersible to 6 feet of water when capped. Compared to a traditional installation, the crash-friendly cable coupler mitigates many of the risks associated with vehicle-roadside equipment collisions. 

The final solution is a bespoke PolePlug that has been moulded onto cable specifically for the Dutch road lighting sector adding to the performance of their crash-friendly (botsvriendelijk in Dutch) street furniture and further improving safety on the Netherlands’ roads.

Crash-Friendly Cable Coupler

The PolePlug cables are installed within lighting poles and disconnect upon impact. 

It prevents the pole from remaining tethered and also reduces the risk of electric shock and sparking from exposed live conductors if the cable is damaged, compared to traditional wiring methods. The PolePlug cable disconnection system works especially well with crash-friendly posts and columns, avoiding any possibility of tethering during a crash. The cable coupler eliminates damaged splices in adjoining poles. 

Compared to traditional wiring methods for street lighting and columns, the crash-friendly cable coupler makes for a safer installation and reduces the possibility of electrocution to accident victims, rescue personnel and pedestrians. 


Improving Road Safety in the Netherlands

Given their long-standing relationship, Ritherdon and Jobarco have been exploring ways to expand their partnership and improve road safety innovations. Recently, Ritherdon and Jobarco have been discussing other areas where Ritherdon products could improve road safety in the Netherlands.

Specifically, they discussed Ritherdon’s Passively Safe Cabinet, a roadside cabinet which detaches on impact. The Passively Safe Cabinet has been crash-tested to meet the requirements of EN 12767 Passive safety of support structures for road equipment.

Together with Ritherdon Atlas Retention Sockets, an innovative foundation system for efficient replacement of damaged poles.

Ritherdon is eager to supply Jobarco and the Netherlands with world-class safety products for highways. This partnership is a great opportunity to improve road safety and strengthen their relationship. Ritherdon looks forward to collaborating more with Jobarco in the future.

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