SANTA ROSA -- SenarioTek has been able to survive economic slumps over its 10 years in business by diversifying target markets for its products used in testing wireless communications systems.
[caption id="attachment_72309" align="alignnone" width="500"] SenarioTek test technician Clay Spickard works with a customized version of the company's RF switch matrix at the new southwest Santa Rosa facility. (image credit: Jeff Quackenbush)[/caption]
The 25-employee company earlier this month expanded to a 12,000-square-foot facility at 1201 Corporate Center Pkwy. in southwest Santa Rosa after the expiration of a leased space near Charles M. Schulz--Sonoma County Airport. Besides having more space for configuring custom products for large-scale testing environments, the building also had an electrostatic dispersion coating applied, helpful for maintaining the ISO certification earned in January and crucial to building highly sensitive equipment that can partially or fully fail from the slightest spark, according to Simi Ghiasvand, founder and chief executive officer.
[caption id="attachment_72310" align="alignleft" width="300"] SenarioTek's new Santa Rosa facility at 1201 Corporate Center Pkwy. (image credit: Jeff Quackenbush)[/caption]
"Our products have to be high quality and not fail," she said.
That's because an emerging market is in supplying testing interfaces for Ka-band communications satellites. Because of the need to know what is causing problems as the satellites move from one type of test to another, the most desired test equipment travels with the vehicle to each test.
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