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Galtronics

Making Waves

Galtronics specializes in high-performance antennas for DAS and small cell markets

that blend seamlessly into the environment. 

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers

Galtronics is a technology leader in complex antenna systems, offering its customers in DAS and small cell markets advanced products that are second-to-none in the industry. “We are constantly innovating to maintain market leadership because things change all the time,” COO Jerry Kirshman says. “We have the fastest engineering department that can turn out designs to our factories faster than our competitors, and that gives us a strategic advantage.”

 

Galtronics was created in 1978 and has built a reputation for reliable wireless technology and innovative research and development. The company has manufactured over a billion antennas and helped build the data highways of the future. Galtronics’ U.S. headquarters is in Mahwah, N.J. and it has R&D centers in Ottawa, Canada, and Tempe, Ariz. Galtronics also owns and operates two manufacturing facilities in China. 

“We are growing and have expanded our technical salesforce in North America, so we have regionally technically competent people to help our customers,” Kirshman notes. We expanded our office locations as well to service our customers.”Galtronics info box

Baylin Technologies, Galtronics’ parent company, went public in 2013 and moved its head office from Israel to Toronto to be closer to the markets it serves. Earlier this year, Baylin acquired the radio frequency, terrestrial microwave and antenna equipment divisions of Advantech Wireless.

Premise-Friendly Antennas

Galtronics is differentiating itself in the market today by meeting its customers’ demands for premise-friendly antennas. “The challenges that people face when building DAS or small cell antenna systems are getting the look to be aesthetically acceptable,” Kirshman explains. “We make our high-performance antennas visually acceptable by shaping and coloring them to fit into the environment.” 

Because property owners don’t want antennas negatively impacting the visual appeal of their buildings, Galtronics specializes in color matching the antenna to blend into the environment. Galtronics model 6621 small cell antenna offers basic colors like grey, black or brown, but owners can provide the company with a pantone color number, paint or color sample, and the antenna will be matched in the factory. “We can provide this service at a minimal cost, which saves the customer money since it’s factory made. We have a guaranteed process to perfectly match the color. Performance is maintained, unlike some aftermarket processes,” Kirshman says.

In addition to its painting process, Galtronics also can mold the requested color into the antenna. In addition to color, Galtronics is using semi-reflective film on its antennas to reflect the light around it. “For example, if the sky is blue it will look blue and if it’s white it’ll look white,” Kirshman says. “The semi-reflective film is similar to an aluminum pipe – it’s not a shiny mirror finish – so it dynamically adjusts to the environment around it.”

The company also works to make its antennas as small as possible. “We make mobile phone antennas, so we are good at making things very small, which gives us an advantage when it comes to size and weight,” Kirshman adds. “Our biggest differentiator is making it as easy as possible for the building owners to accept the antenna.” 

Galtronics developed a complex antenna system for the University of Alabama and worked directly with the building owners to ensure the color matching was acceptable. “They don’t want ugly antennas,” Kirshman says. “Because we are vertically integrated, we can quickly design and manufacture to their custom requirements while maintaining the highest-performance and quick delivery.”

For big sporting events, Kirshman says although they are planned a year in advance, the clock doesn’t move and it’s a hard schedule to meet. “You have to be really efficient to do that because it’s typically a huge event and large coverage area, so they need solid wireless coverage and capacity,” he adds.

Developing 5G

The industry is known for quick product turnover, averaging about one to two years before new products are needed to meet requirements. Galtronics is constantly developing new products to ensure it maintains a technological lead and a broad selection so its customers can get what they need, when they need it. 

Moving forward, Galtronics will continue its research and development of 5G technologies. “The big challenge facing small cells is densification. It’s not a coverage world, it’s a capacity world,” Kirshman says. “Wireless operators focus on increasing capacity to move more data more quickly, so small cell is kind of like the onramp to 5G. We are looking forward to begin manufacturing products for 5G systems as they start hitting the market in the next couple of years.”

 

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