The expertise of ASTRON is widely acknowledged and available in many fields, among which the following recent, specific industrial applications:
An increasing number of products are protected and tracked by means of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID). A very well known example is protection against shoplifting.
Here, the challenge is to bridge the largest possible distance between a label and an antenna. In this case an optimal antenna is very important. ASTRON advises the business community in calculating several antennas.
For a manufacturer of intraocular contact lenses ASTRON has indicated the available testing methods with regard to quality control of these lenses. The manufacturer aims for continuous quality improvement. In these kinds of lenses irregularities are difficult to trace because of the strength of the lenses. In its quality plan the manufacturer indicates its intention of making the next step towards semi-automatic lens testing.
On behalf of an optical components manufacturer a study of noise patterns was performed. It is important to measure the interferences (noise) as objectively and quantitatively as possible. The 2-D Fourier analysis provides an indication of the method in which these characteristic numbers can be reduced.
Currently ASTRON (and SRON) initiated a project called NorthStars in which strong technology transfer is encouraged. Technology is made accessible through some innovative cases. ASTRON has started an initiative for a spin-off of phased array technology called a Flat Antenna System (FAST). Innovative companies, mainly targeted on this area of Holland are invited for collaboration. Knowledge of ASTRON is transferred along this project. Please visit http://www.northstars.nl/ (currently Dutch only) for more info.