Winegard Creating World Class Antenna Testing Facility
Rapid growth in enterprise and consumer segments continues to drive comprehensive testing needs
BURLINGTON, Iowa (March 12, 2014) — With the completion of its new, state-of-the-art testing facility this summer, Winegard, a world leader in the design and manufacture of innovative antenna products, will soon establish itself as a world class antenna testing facility. The newly added facilities will allow Winegard engineers to quickly and accurately characterize antennas from 50 MHz to 50 GHz in-house and reduce design and development time in half. The test facility will reside in Winegard's newly constructed North Plant which expands the company's manufacturing and warehouse space to approximately 410,000 sq. ft.
"This is the next step in the evolution of our company," said Winegard President Jon Manley. "Rapid growth in the Enterprise and Consumer markets are driving the company's expansion, and the desire to move all testing in-house. Having the ability to test all of our products in-house gives Winegard a competitive advantage. Not only does this decrease development time significantly, it also reduces expenses incurred by outsourcing and improves our quality control."
Winegard currently maintains an extensive portfolio of antenna test and measurement capabilities, including indoor and outdoor VHF and UHF antenna ranges and a Nearfield Systems Inc. (NSI) indoor near-field scanner. The company is adding an advanced NSI indoor compact range and spherical near-field scanner to create a comprehensive testing facility that can test virtually any antenna product manufactured today that operate in the 50 MHz to 50 GHz range. Measurements include 2-D and 3-D pattern cuts as well as antenna gain and directivity. All equipment complies with IEEE standards.
A pioneer in antenna, auto signal acquisition and tracking technology, Winegard has designed more than 1,000 different antenna models and holds more than 80 U.S. patents.
Winegard Company is a respected world leader in the design and manufacture of innovative antenna products for satellite and terrestrial communications. Since its founding in 1954, Winegard's pioneering solutions have shaped the industry for home, recreational vehicle (RV), truck, marine, medical and automotive antennas. The company's 2-way VSAT antennas provide real-time broadband solutions for extreme and remote environments in support of the oil and gas industries, as well as military and emergency response teams. Winegard is a privately-owned company that designed the first residential multi-channel TV antenna for the U.S. It has designed more than 1,000 antenna models and does custom antenna design and development work. To learn more about Burlington, Iowa-based Winegard, visit http://www.winegard.com or call 800-288-8094.