In his role as Filters Product Line Manager, John Yania engages with customers to find the best filter solution to suit their project requirements. For customers in the telecom and wireless communications industry, John uses his extensive experience and product knowledge to create custom bandpass, bandreject, and duplexers / diplexers filters for broadband networks, communication uplink / downlink systems, spectrum clearing, as well as many other applications.
Q: What is your role, how long have you worked at API, and what does your position entail?
A: I was one of the founders of FSY Microwave in 1983, which was then acquired by Spectrum Microwave in 2002, which became API a few years ago. I have been in this field for over 30 years and with API since they expanded their RF & Microwave business.
I’m the Filter Product Line Manager in API’s RF, Microwave & Microelectronics (RF2M) group. In this role, I work directly with our customers to create fully customized filters that are optimized to fit their needs, whatever they may be.
Q: What are some of the custom needs our customers have?
A: None of our filters are standard, off-the-shelf products. Every filter we make is created specifically for our customers to fulfill their needs. Whenever I work with a customer, I try to engage with them early on in the process to get a better idea of their priorities so we can create the design based on those needs. Sometimes cost is the most important factor, sometimes size, rejection, insertion loss, or another electrical parameter is paramount. If the filter is going to be used for defense or space applications, a fighter plane or a satellite for example, reliability is obviously going to be the prime concern.
For our commercial customers, I’ve found that they put a lot of emphasis on quick turnaround times. If a company wants to be first to the market with a brand new idea, they need to get their products manufactured as soon as possible. Commercial customers tend to want much more compressed development times and a significantly higher volume of filters compared to our defense customers, but API has the expertise and infrastructure in place to be able to fulfill these needs.
Q: What are the commercial applications for our filters?
Our filters can be found in a wide range of commercial products, from medical testing instruments to GPS equipment. In cable TV applications, our filters are used to ensure customers only receive their package’s channels. For utility companies, API’s filters are used for remote meter reading. These readings can be sent directly to the utility, or can be scanned by a van passing through the area. Our Rancho Cordova, CA location mainly manufactures filters that are used in wireless and other demanding commercial applications. We also provide filters used in location tracking for our commercial as well as defense customers.
Q: What differentiates our products from what our competitors offer?
A: Over the years, we’ve created over 10,000 different models for our customers. It’s highly unusual for us to sell the same exact part to two different customers. I think that is what really sets us apart from our competitors. We partner with our customers to create a filter that fits their exact specifications, rather than taking an existing product and then adapting it. We don’t subscribe to the “one size fits all” philosophy that some of our competitors have, and that really does add value to our proposition.
We also offer our customers the option of having their filters produced at our low cost manufacturing facility in Mexico. By utilizing our production team in Mexico, our customers can cut costs without sacrificing quality. The filters produced there are exactly the same as the ones produced in the US, but we are able to pass the labor savings on to our customers.
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