[caption id="attachment_36659" align="alignleft" width="360" caption="SRC Cables' Jess Duran, Quality Assurance Manager, (left), and Bogar Leon, Quality Assurance Test Technician, run tests on the Agilent PNA-L50 GHz network analyzer."][/caption]
SANTA ROSA -- Since 1986, SRC Cables, Inc., has manufactured flexible, semi-rigid coaxial cable assemblies and microwave absorption materials that meet or exceed the highest performance and quality standards.
The company's products are used in the test and measurement, aerospace, defense and wireless communications industries.
Address: 5590 Skylane Blvd, Santa Rosa 95403
Phone: 707 953-8538
Its products are often included on military qualified parts lists (MPL), or made according to stringent aerospace specifications with tight tolerances down to to 1/5000th of an inch. SRC is ISO9001:2008 certified.
To date, SRC has shipped over 1 million semi-rigid assemblies alone. Monthly production totals range from 30,000 to 120,000 parts.
Shipments are up nearly 50 percent since 2009. Customers frequently ask for products by name, such as the SRC316 Triple Shield low cost, high performance test cable assemblies; SRC-402/405 steel-flex coax lines, and SRC's PolyIron Microwave Absorber.
Located at 5590 Skylane Blvd. in Santa Rosa, the company has 20 employees.
SRC products can be found in a variety of radio frequency and microwave applications, including: vector network analyzers; ground, airborne and shipboard radar systems; satellite ground stations, and microwave devices.
"To satisfy exacting criteria, we developed proprietary cable assembly quality procedures, along with several CNC controlled precision cutting and mechanical cable bending tools," said Dan Hirschnitz, president.
"All products are built to order. We have our own machine shop, lathe department and internal test center with a quality assurance group that rigorously inspects every part at each stage of production."
For example, management is heavily involved during the design and evaluation phase well before an assembly goes to the customer for approval. Once in production, SRC builds a First Article part each time the part is ordered to assure consistency and to maintain identical, and repeatable, electrical properties.
Testing procedures include phase matching, delay testing, measuring signal return loss, sweep testing up to 50 GHz, and pull testing to see if connector retention will meet standard limits. SRC can also armorize an assembly to meet tactical or test-bench environment demands.
"Maintaining return loss (VSWR) is critical for communications devices, and when transmitting at high speed data rates. With the increase in the use of coax cable in cars -- for satellite radio, navigation and radar systems (used to judge the distance to approaching vehicles and when backing up) -- the automotive market is where we see potential growth."
"We also supply many cable assemblies for bench testing RFIC's used in almost all cell phones for firms such as Broadcom, who also sells these parts to companies like Apple for the iPhone and iPad."
Other customers include Raytheon, the Naval Air Warfare Center, General Dynamics and National Instruments.
Mr. Hirschnitz, who has been running the company since 1991, represents the second-generation to head SRC. His father, Rudy, founded the company while working for Hewlett-Packard, at a time when HP was having difficulty keeping up with demand for semi-rigid cable assemblies.