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Antenna Simulation for Commercial Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Wireless Networks in a Warehouse Environment

Retailers and commercial shipping firms are beginning to explore wireless picking and placing robots in warehouses, as well as the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to deliver packages from warehouses to consumers. The successful operation of these wireless delivery systems, whether their components are on the ground or in the air, is enabled by antennas. Continue reading

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, Debuts Automotive Innovations at the IAA

Gangolf Schrimpf, Media Relations | Merck KGaA
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, a leading science and technology company, exhibited for the first time at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany on September 7th, presenting its innovative solutions for the automotive industry that enhance functionality and aesthetics in automotive engineering.

In its Performance Materials business sector, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, offers a wide variety of materials for the automotive industry. The applications include materials for lighting systems, sunroofs, free-form displays and smart antennas, as well as coatings for interior and exterior applications. To give visitors an impression of the vast range of possibilities, a partial model of a virtual concept car was be exhibited at the stand of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. Continue reading

Just the Facts, Ma’am: Key Considerations for Selecting and Installing Antennas for Public Safety Vehicles

Adam Alevy, Vice President of Technology,
Laird’s Infrastructure Antenna Systems Group

Some people get nutty about Star Wars collectibles. Some people are bonkers for the Boston Red Sox. Others lose themselves in old stamps from countries that don’t even exist anymore. That is all well and good, but I geek out when it comes to old radio and antenna technology, especially the wireless systems that were in the police cars from back when I was growing up. All the better if they resemble the ones from the cop shows with chase scenes that were all the rage on tv then—on all three channels being broadcast at the time! Websites like this one about public safety radios from that period are essentially a virtual museum of wireless technology from the 60′s, 70′s and 80′s. It was a simpler time for sure: One police car, one radio and one antenna. Continue reading

When Tower Design Meets the Real World: How Antenna Selection Must Adapt During the Site Development Phase of a New Tower Build

John Keating, P.E., EVP of Market Operations
Centerline Solutions

This article is Part 2 in a series that Antenna Systems & Technology has invited me to write about how antenna selection evolves over the course of a new wireless tower project, impacted by factors that emerge during each of the three phases of these projects:

  • The initial RF design and antenna selection phase
  • The site development phase, which includes site Engineering, leasing and permitting; and
  • The final phase of tower construction and testing Continue reading

The Many Benefits Of Testing Your Antenna

Glenn Robb, Principal Engineer
Antenna Test Lab Co.

Your customers must succeed for you to succeed. Customers expect your system or products to perform their best at all times. In this RF world, that means your antennas have to “shine”! Not only will great antennas contribute to joint vendor/customer success, they help your company rise above the competition of mediocre or even bad antenna competition. Continue reading

The Ripple Effect: Impacts of Antenna Selection on the Stages of a New Wireless Tower Build

John Keating, P.E., EVP of Market Operations
Centerline Solutions

Every decision has consequences. Like ripples in the surface of a pond that travel outward, each choice influences everything that comes afterward. These ripples intersect with those created by other decisions, forming new patterns in the process. Standing on the shore of a pond and watching the water’s surface probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of wireless tower projects, but it’s an apt metaphor for the way antenna-related decisions throughout a tower project impact how the process unfolds and reshapes the next phase of the project. Continue reading

Selective Deposition of Silver Layers via Jet Metal Technology for the Production of Antennas

Koen Staelens, Business Development Manager
Jet Metal Technology

Since the start of the company in 2007, Jet Metal Technologies focused its efforts to place its unique in-line metallization technology by spraying on the market for decorative applications in cosmetic and spirit bottle applications. In such decorative applications a layer stack consisting of a base coat varnish (15-20 µm), a thin silver layer (~80 nm) and a protective top coat varnish (15-20 µm) is used. The many advantages of the Jet metal technology led to great success as nearly 20 industrial lines in Europe and North & Middle America were installed and produce annually millions of metallized spirit bottles, scent bottles and caps for big players like Coty, Hennessy, L’Oréal, Louis Vuitton, Procter and Gamble and Pernod-Ricard. (see Figure 1) Continue reading