Taoglas cuts ribbon on $2m test centre in San Diego

Dermot O'Shea, Taoglas USA
Dermot O'Shea, Taoglas USA

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22 January 2016 | 0

Taoglas, an Irish firm specialising in antennas used in machine to machine (M2M) and the Internet of Things (IoT) has opened a $2 million facility in San Diego, which will offer wireless device designers and manufacturers a fully equipped design and test location.

The Taoglas IoTx Center is the first ever facility of its kind in the US for tech firms designing and building wireless devices for M2M and IoT applications.

The lab includes two 3D anechoic test chambers, a team of antenna, radio frequency (RF) and mechanical engineers and the equipment and tools to design, test and debug issues for market leading devices, many of which are on display in the facility itself.

Taoglas, which is headquartered in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, was co-founded by local man Dermot O’Shea, and Dubliner Ronan Quinlan in 2004. It employs 37 in Wexford and over 130 worldwide. It also has a presence in Taiwan and Germany with France to follow later this year.

Further investments and expansions are planned in Ireland and abroad where Taoglas expects to grow its workforce by a further 50%.

“From very early days, Taoglas has reinvested the majority of the profits back into the company, and it has paid off,” said Ronan Quinlan, Joint CEO and Co-founder of Taoglas. “Our enlarged San Diego facility reflects our growth rate last year of almost 100%. We work hard to support our customers worldwide who, not only need the off-the-shelf or custom antennas we offer, but also need design services and assistance.

“In Wexford, Taoglas’ headquarters houses research and development (R&D), finance, marketing and product management for Taoglas globally. It also has customer service, sales and engineering support for European customers.”

With existing facilities in Minneapolis and San Diego, the new test and design centre will support its North American customer base and offers unrivalled support for customers at all stages of their product design cycle – from concept to certification readiness.

“Preparation, planning, experience and the tools to test and debug issues are critical in first time success and Taoglas has founded the IoTx Center to get that all done quickly and effectively,” said Taoglas USA president Dermot O’Shea.

“This kind of open-door policy is rare in the antenna and wireless device testing business.

“We have expanded our engineering team, added more test equipment and now have two chambers here to increase design and test capacity. As well as being able to prototype antennas and printed circuit boards etc we can test the antenna and devices in operation on site to ensure they work reliably in the real world.”
 
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