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Chapter 5: Antenna Measurement > 5.3 Antenna Measurements in the Production Lin...

5.3 Antenna Measurements in the Production Line

As antenna engineers, our job responsibilities include not only designing antennas but also accompanying antennas through the whole production process. If you work for a phone company, you are on the customer side of the business and you may not need to do all the hands-on works related to the production. However, it is still good to know what is going on and be able to give clear instructions to your counterparts. If you work for an antenna or an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) company, you are on the vendor side and production measurements are certainly part of your job's responsibility.

In the production stage, a single model of an antenna can be manufactured in hundreds of thousands or even tens of millions. Some means of production control must be involved to ensure consistent quality. Some controls are mechanically related, such as dimension, visual quality, and antenna strength controls. Even if an antenna passes all mechanical inspections that does not mean it will work properly when it is installed in a phone. Therefore, an electrical inspection is necessary on the production line.


  

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