The company's products have been designed to withstand extreme conditions and are subject to extensive testing to ensure that quality standards have been met.
Such tests are conducted in Comrod's on-site laboratories in Norway and France. They include chemical, mechanical, electrical and climatic procedures.
The manufacturing and technical platform is based on substantial development of and experience with composites and with antenna and mast manufacturing to ensure the best possible performance for these products.
All vital antenna components are completely protected from the elements. The antenna conductors are encapsulated in polyurethane foam, which excludes humidity to prevent corrosion and ensures that the conductor maintains its performance. The foam also prevents damage from vibration and enhances mechanical stability.
The Howald production method using fibreglass-reinforced epoxy provides unique strength and flexibility. To achieve the smooth surface finish, all tubes go through a grinding process before a strong two-component elastic polyurethane coating is applied. This smooth surface ensures that salt and dirt cannot adhere, which in turn reduces the danger of sparkover. The antenna is effectively protected against water, ice and damaging UV radiation.
The company applies the following internationally recognised standards relating to defence and shipboard equipment:
- DEF-STAN 00-35
- IEC 60945
- IEC 60060-2
- IEC 60068-2
- ANSI TIA/EIA-222-F