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As we increasingly rely on wireless technologies across various industries, from telecommunications to IoT devices, antennas are pivotal in facilitating wireless connectivity solutions.

Essential conduits for seamless communication in everything from cell phones to hybrid and electric vehicles, antennas empower us with faster data transfer, wider coverage, and enhanced reliability in our connected environments.

There are two complementary functions of an antenna: converting electromagnetic waves into voltage and current for use in a circuit, and converting voltage and current into electromagnetic waves for transmission into space. It can be passed through substratists for support and/or outlet purposes, or it can be used as a contact on a printed circuit board. Thin metal antennas can be produced to perform in highly critical electronic applications, and this is where antenna suppliers and manufacturers, like E-Fab, come into play.

As one of the leading antenna manufacturers, E-Fab, has been building antenna solutions for some of the world’s leading brands since 1981. As a custom antenna manufacturer, our antenna systems are meticulously designed to optimize antenna performance, ensuring reliable signal transmission and reception. Our custom antenna design and proven processes ensure tight tolerances can be held to meet your specifications – making E-Fab a preferred antenna supplier for industry leaders and the trusted name in industrial automation equipment.

Antenna Substrate Thickness

E-Fab works most with Duroid laminates, polyimide, Teflon, and ceramic substrates, which have better electrical impedance, thermal, chemical, and mechanical properties. The antennas we build are typically designed and built on substrate thicknesses from 0.0005 to 0.0006 inches (0.127-1.52 mm), with some designs requiring a thickness of up to 0.250 inches (6.35 mm). These substrates are copper clad, single or double-sided, with 1/4 oz., 1/2 oz., 1 oz., and 2 oz. copper. Double-sided substrates are commonly used for microstrip antenna ground planes.

Custom Antennas: Applications and Industries

E-Fab has almost 40 years of precision etching antenna experience for a full range of applications, including:

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• Microstrip antenna ground planes
• Space borne antenna
• Large format antennas
• NFC antennas
• Phased arrays
• Miniature parabolic

These parts are ideal for industries including aerospace, military and defense, commercial electronics, and communications. We customize and manufacture microstrip antennas on the following substrate materials:

• Duroid laminates
• Polyimide
• Kapton
• Teflon
• Ceramics

Our experience includes manufacturing cones, horns, helixes, spirals, microstrips, arrays, fractals, rigid, and flexible antennas.

Antennas are commonly manufactured from copper, and can be custom ordered from any metal E-Fab photochemically etches. Once the PCM process is completed, the etched antenna can be electroplated with various metals or alloys such as tin nickel or gold.

More about the materials E-Fab uses to manufacture parts.

What to Look For in an Antenna Manufacturer

When you’re looking for a reliable antenna manufacturer, there are a few factors you need to consider:

Start by looking for antenna manufacturers with a proven track record of crafting quality antenna solutions. Choosing a manufacturer that is capable of customizing designs for harsh conditions, such as outdoor or rugged antennas, is crucial. Finally, ensure the manufacturer has a commitment to precise engineering and manufacturing to optimize antenna performance – including radiation efficiency.

E-Fab - Your Leading Custom Antenna Manufacturer

With a rich history of innovation and excellence, E-Fab excels in the intricate design and manufacture of antennas, consistently pushing the boundaries of technology to meet diverse wireless solution requirements. E-Fab’s expertise extends to navigating complex mechanical constraints, using innovative antenna design to ensure each antenna not only meets but exceeds performance expectations. E-Fab’s commitment to precision and cutting-edge technology has solidified its position as an industry leader in providing tailored and high-performance antenna solutions.

We have the resources and capabilities to take on challenging projects. Our engineering team doesn’t stop until the parts and services meet your specifications and perform as expected.

Our experience and ability to think creatively, have made E-Fab an industry leader and trusted partner to our customers. Contact us today to request a quote for your custom antenna or antenna products.