Mineral Wells, Texas – July 22, 2015 —
Antenna Products Corp. has announced that their new conductive composite antenna systems have entered the product development phase, with key personnel from APC and North Fork Composites meeting recently in Woodland, WA to begin antenna element design. These next-generation conductive composite antennas, designed primarily for military and defense markets, promise robust performance characteristics at a 30-80% weight reduction, as well as superior corrosion resistance, fatigue resistance, and simplified assembly.
This new phase of development continues the process that began late last year with the partnership of Antenna Products Corporation, Conductive Composites Company (Heber City, UT) and North Fork Composites. With strong demand signals from military and defense sectors where an antenna system’s size, weight, and power (SWAP) are critical factors, these conductive composite antennas will fill a crucial role in addressing the needs of increasingly mobile antenna applications.
“A close working relationship between three companies who are leaders in their respective fields cannot be understated,” says Phil Park, Major Accounts Manager with Antenna Products Corporation. “Combining North Fork Composites’ manufacturing expertise of nearly 80 years, the award-winning development and innovation of Conductive Composites Company, and our extensive antenna design and testing capabilities, an ultralight antenna system that will maintain virtually identical gain, VSWR and power handling capabilities of our existing metal based antennas is close to becoming a reality.”
Tactical and portable antennas, such as man-pack antennas, vehicular antennas, and naval antennas, will be among the first products to be cloned using conductive composite technology. Antenna Products has announced that the first antenna system being cloned in conductive composite material will be their model TLP-20 tactical log periodic, which covers the 20-1000 MHz frequency range and is designed for both transmit and receive purposes. The TLP-20 features a three-piece boom for quick assembly and disassembly in the field, with minimal or no tools, and can be used in the vertical or horizontal mode. A full line of log periodic, whip, yagi and sector antennas constructed of conductive composites are also in development for military, industrial, and telecommunications industries, with dates for market testing and commercialization yet to be announced.
About Antenna Products Corporation
Since 1947, Antenna Products has been designing and manufacturing antennas and antenna systems. With decades of real world experience and ISO 9001:2008 certified manufacturing, we regularly supply high quality antennas for mission critical applications. Our antennas cover the RF spectrum, from kilohertz to gigahertz and support countless mission critical military, air/sea navigation, ILS and voice/data communications applications including High Frequency (HF) antennas, Distributed Antenna System (DAS)/Small Cell antennas, RFID/Electronic Toll antennas, Ground-to-Air antennas, Intelligent Transportation antennas and Instrument Landing System (ILS) antennas. For more information about us, please visit:
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About Conductive Composites Company
The mission of Conductive Composites is to bridge the performance capabilities and cost of lightweight next-generation composite and plastics materials systems with increasingly demanding conductivity and shielding requirements. Our solutions in materials, technologies, and proprietary self-developed manufacturing capabilities enable game changing applications in many markets. We are built on a foundation of fundamental research and development, and actively scale up and deliver our solutions today while nurturing and developing the new concepts needed for tomorrow. We understand that the best path for a technology is to be part of the real world solution for many markets, and we actively work in a broad range of applications, from defense to energy to consumer goods. We are innovators and doers at our core, and share a common fabric of innovation, integrity, and passion with our customer and partners. Please visit our website at:
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About North Fork Composites
Founded to deliver carbon fiber tubing for the sporting goods industry (Fishing Rods, Golf Shafts, Arrows, Oar Shafts) North Fork Composites continues to be a pioneer in new technology and manufacturing techniques. Under the guidance of founder and industry veteran Gary Loomis, NFC brings nearly 80 years of composite manufacturing experience. We believe that “impossible is nothing” when it comes to composites and live that vision in our people and products. Focusing on the demands of the sporting goods industry where the balance of performance, durability, and weight are crucial to, and often the deciding factor of success has enabled NFC to become a trusted partner in composites manufacturing. We are proud that thousands of customers put their trust in our products every day and contribute with their passion to ours.
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