The over-the-air antenna and RF systems pioneer looks forward to a busy transitional period in TV and FM radio with new innovations across products and processes
RAYMOND, Maine - Ghjennaghju 31, 2017 – Dielectric, a pioneer in purpose-engineered antennas and RF systems for TV and radio broadcasters, this year celebrates its 75th anniversary as the company prepares for brisk business associated with the US TV spectrum repack; and continued global investment in FM radio infrastructure.
Basatu in Raymond, Maine, in a regione di u Sebago Lake, à nordu di a Cità di Portland, Dielectric hà aiutatu i pionieri di l'età di a trasmissione in 1942. Di tantu in quantu u lider di facto in sistemi di antenna di forte putenza, innovazioni più recenti in filtrazione RF è antenne à bassa putenza è TV hà aiutatu à sustene è cresce e attività di Dielectric in u mondu, in particulare in l'America di u Nordu, l'America Latina è l'Asia-Pacificu .
The company’s recent growth has taken shape just at the right time, as the industry inches closer to a multi-year transition that will take US TV stations first through the impending spectrum repack; and later through migration to ATSC 3.0. Dielectric recently introduced several new TV products, including its WB broadband UHF Antenna and tunable filters for the repack, and plans to unveil new systems for ATSC 3.0 preparation prior to the 2017 NAB Show D 'aprile.
L'esperienza di Dielectric cù l'ultima maiò vechja transizione TV in u-Air in i USA dà à l'azienda un prughjettu di vantaghju ind'u spack di spettro. A cumpagnia hà permesso transizziunendu i radiodiffusioni 1300 in DTV iniziendu in 1994 quandu u primu antenna DTV era installatu.
“With the original DTV transition in the US, the floodgates opened shortly after we moved what was formerly the RCA antenna business from New Jersey to Maine in 1994. We shipped about 350 antennas a year at our peak,” said John Schadler, Vice President of engineering, Dielectric. “With the same core group of engineers and support staff on hand, we are well prepared to help our customers through this next period of transition.”
Schadler emphasizes that Dielectric is prepared to do it “smarter” this time around by leveraging advanced software simulations and automation tools to collect design information.
“We are relying more on these software simulations instead of physically building models and manually taking data,” he said. “On the drafting side, we are using automated, parametric software to generate information faster, more accurately, and more efficiently. These tools will also help us more quickly accommodate systems for international TV and global FM radio customers, even as we keep pace with repack needs.”
Dielectric Vice President and General Manager Keith Pelletier notes that the company’s recent product designs have been focused on staying ahead of customer needs.
“Certain things about repack can be anticipated ahead of time, and we have put strong initiatives into place to design and manufacture broadband antennas, band tunable filters and digiTLine that can be quickly deployed for new TV channel assignments,” said Pelletier. “And looking forward, we are incorporating technology into our latest antenna designs that will address the higher data rate services, increased signal strength and single-frequency network architectures that will become common with the ATSC 3.0 standard.”
With 2017 representing its 75th anniversary, Dielectric is now planning a series of events throughout the year to commemorate the milestone, including local sponsorships, an NAB customer event and an Employee Appreciation Day. The anniversary and its associated events are especially meaningful for a company that almost faded to black due to a changing industry and a challenging business environment, but survived through sheer will, a supportive new owner, and an unwavering dedication to innovation for the broadcast industry.
“I started at Dielectric in 1994 in the grinding room, which was the lowest entry-level position possible – and was provided the opportunity to grow over the years into my current position,” said Cory Edwards, Dielectric’s global sales manager, who is also responsible for launching its highly successful Powerlite range of low-power TV and FM radio products. “If you look at our longevity, a big reason is that much of our core group today has been here 20 years or longer. Most people who come here, stay here, which has a lot to do with our success. It’s impossible to overstress how important the people here are to Dielectric’s longevity and reputation, and it’s why we continue to attract new customers and retain our existing base worldwide.”
Sottu a Raymond, Maine, Dielectric LLC hè una sussidiaria di sinclair. Dielectric hè un prestatore di primura di prudutti di trasmissioni innovatori. Da e stazioni remote à i principali mercati, Dielectric hà inviatu soluzioni per ogni necessità dapoi 1942. Dielectric hè una urganizazione innovativa, centrata nantu à i clienti, cun una longa storia di eccellenza d'ingegneria in cuncepimentu è in fabbricazione di soluzioni di trasmissione di alta qualità. A Cumpagnia hè un partner di fiducia di e trasmissioni in u mondu sanu. Ulteriori informazioni sò accessibili à www.dielectric.com