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New antenna positioner improves NIST’s capabilities

Greg Kangiser (Greg Kangiser is Project Manager, Mek‐A‐Nize Engineering & Robotics, Inc., Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA. E‐mail: greg.kangiser@mekanize.com)
Dennis Camell (Dennis Camell is Electronic Engineer, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Boulder, Colorado, USA. E‐mail: camell@boulder.nist.gov)

Industrial Robot

ISSN: 0143-991x

Article publication date: 1 February 2000

Abstract

Antenna and electric field probe calibration requires precise positioning and movement throughout a known RF field. Measurements are usually made in an anechoic chamber. A robotic six‐axis antenna positioner was needed that would work in this environment at NIST. Discusses NIST’s vendor‐selection process for the new positioner and how the positioner has enhanced their capabilities. Also chronicles the design, technical challenges and manufacture of the positioner by Mek‐A‐Nize Engineering & Robotics, Inc., the vendor selected by NIST to provide the turnkey robotic antenna positioner.

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Kangiser, G. and Camell, D. (2000), "New antenna positioner improves NIST’s capabilities", Industrial Robot, Vol. 27 No. 1, pp. 34-39. https://doi.org/10.1108/01439910010304924

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