We can support your product development team by providing expert guidance to source the perfect antenna
Selecting the Best Antenna
AEM Antennas provides expert guidance on an array of different antenna types. We can walk you through a set of requirements that makes sense for your application or help you find solutions should you have connection issues with your current product. This will help determine the best way forward.
Let us guide you through the process with a preliminary antenna consultation.
1. Preliminary Consultation
The first step to selecting the right antenna or understand the underlying issues is to start a consultation. This will help define the requirements needed to narrow down the possibilities.
We will typically ask you a few questions to understand your needs and narrow down a solution for your product. This can be items like the product’s application, gain, power, size, connector, and operating environment. You can check out our blog post on the typical questions.
This information is always kept strictly confidential.
2. Review a Proposal
After answering a few initial questions, we can discuss a proposal. This presents a technical solution along with the timeline and costs associated.
Development can range from sourcing a commercial off the shelf (COTS), slight modifications to an existing solution, or a fully customized antenna. We will be sure to present the solution that makes the most sense for your application.
3. Order the Hardware
After settling on an acceptable set of requirements, we can finalize the project plan. This includes completing a set of antenna requirements that includes electrical and mechanical parameters.
This allow us to execute the order to manufacture the hardware. We will be sure to provide status updates to keep you in the loop on progress. Once manufactured, the antennas go through an antenna test campaign and final QA to be sure they are ready to plug-and-play.
Should your product need additional integration testing, we can prototype a model before the final production. AEM Antennas is Industry 4.0 ready with aerospace-grade additive manufacturing for rapid prototyping and test loops.
This allows for significantly reduced lead times to reduce big risk items and allow confidence when placing large orders. We can work with your existing product development team to converge towards an optimum solution.
What questions do I need to answer to order an antenna?
Typical questions we ask are mostly:
How are antennas tested?
Testing an antenna to simply know that it’s working as it should can range from simple continuity tests to be sure there are no breaks in the line, to a quick return loss or VSWR sweeps to check the antenna port performance. Pattern measurements in a Compact Antenna Test Range (CATR) is recommended for a full verification of the antenna, however, boresight gain could be enough to validate a functioning unit. It’s recommended to conduct tests in an anechoic chamber to prevent reflections from being measured and provide the cleanest measurements possible.
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