Robust microwave rotating joints offer reliability

12th September 2016
Posted By : Mick Elliott
Robust microwave rotating joints offer reliability

On stand 180 at European Microwave Week, Link Microtek will be highlighting its in-house capabilities for the design and manufacture of microwave rotating joints for use in radar applications. Also on display will be products from a number of Link’s manufacturing partners around the world.

The large rotating joints, which can measure over 1m in length and rotate continuously at up to 60rpm, are complex assemblies incorporating waveguide, multiple coaxial channels and slip-rings. They would typically be used in shipborne, air-traffic control or other ground-based long-range radar systems.

With decades of experience in this area, Link Microtek’s engineering team in Basingstoke has the necessary expertise to ensure that the company’s rotating joints provide years of reliable service, despite the complexity of the designs and the demanding nature of both their duty cycle and the environments in which they are deployed.

Visitors will also be able to see displays of products from the international manufacturers that Link Microtek represents in the UK and Ireland, including recent additions of high-performance antennas from L-3 Randtron Antenna Systems, high-power microwave components from Ferrite Microwave Technologies, discrete RF/microwave semiconductor devices from Massachusetts Bay Technologies, and millimetre-wave components from HXI.

These will be complemented by products from Link’s more established partners, such as active and passive RF and microwave connectorised components from L-3 Narda-MITEQ, frequency and spectrum control components from MtronPTI, high-power broadband microwave vacuum devices from L-3 Electron Devices, and EMF safety monitoring equipment from L-3 Narda Safety Test Solutions.

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