With Ixonos’ world class antenna testing laboratory and experts, the performance of Abloy’s new electric locks was further improved. As a result of careful testing and suggested improvements based on the results, the final product was improved and production- and maintenance costs were decreased.
Abloy was about to start the production of electric locks used in access control environments, and was looking for a reliable partner with antenna expertise. The company that is known for its high quality locks wanted to maximize the performance and reliability of their locks, but still remaining cost efficient at the same time. Concerning electric locks it was known that optimizing the antenna in them would have a crucial impact on their proper functioning. Thus, it was extremely important to find a test partner with the right expertise and the ability to give suggestions on how to improve the product.
In Ixonos’ laboratory the performance of the locks that Abloy had developed was investigated and tested. Ixonos’ experts analysed all the results very thoroughly, and based on the analyses, different aspects to improve the performance was brought up. After a discussion with the client the suggested changes were done and the antennas were tuned to perform at their best. The construction of the antennas was also modified towards a simpler and more reliable solution by shifting to a PCB antenna. This way the efficiency was improved by 44% which improved the functionality between the lock and the base station. This also enhanced the effective communication range between the lock and the base station.
By improving the antenna performance, significant coverage benefits was achieved. Optimally functioning antennas work on a longer radius, thus decreasing the need of base stations and increasing the battery life in the lock. Significant cost savings were achieved in both manufacturing the of lock systems, as well as in their maintenance by improving the performance. The less base stations and battery changes are needed, the cheaper the product will be both for the manufacturer and the end customer. The operational safety and the reliability of the locks were also improved as a result of the new PCB antennas and performance optimization. When the antennas are working in the best possible way, the locks will lock and open as wanted, ensuring high quality, reliable products that live up to Abloy’s brand quality.
When starting to develop a new radio based lock it was clear from the very beginning that we will need to choose a partner that can give us consultation in antenna design, later on tune the antenna, as well as finally verify the improvements made by providing test results. Ixonos was an easy choice for us since they had all the equipment and the know-how needed for the job. As a final result we received a product with an optimally functioning antenna that was cost efficiently implemented directly on the PCB.”
Design Manager, Electronics, Abloy Plc. – Network Solutions