CommScope, a global leader in infrastructure solutions for
communications networks, named its second annual Lifetime Achievement Award
winners for innovation. Honored were Thomas Kummetz, PhD, vice president,
Research and Development for CommScope’s Mobility Solutions, and the “Optical
Fiber Assembly” patent, invented by Erik Peeters, Engineer II, Research and
Development, Product Development for CommScope’s Connectivity Solutions.
is proud to recognize and celebrate Thomas’ and Erik’s accomplishments,” said
Morgan Kurk, executive vice president and chief operating officer, CommScope.
“Their innovations have contributed to our success and advanced the industries
we serve. On behalf of everyone at the company, I congratulate Thomas and Erik
for their significant technical contributions and for inspiring others.”
CLICK TO TWEET: CommScope presents its second annual lifetime achievement awards for innovation.
The awards were announced and presented on March 7 during
CommScope’s 2019 Innovators in Action Summit in Charlotte, N.C. The annual event also included
recognition of more than 70 global team members from 42 award-winning
engineering and technology projects from 2018 that demonstrate the company’s
best agility, breakthrough, cost reduction, and customer impact innovations.
Lifetime Achievement Award—Innovator was presented to Kummetz. This award
recognizes individuals who are distinguished by the depth and consistency of
their technical contributions throughout their careers at CommScope.
Based in Buchdorf, Germany, and with more than 30 years of
experience working in the telecommunications industry, including five years of
research in opto-electronics, Kummetz has spent almost 25 years with CommScope.
With 189 patents in 34 patent families to his name, Kummetz’s most notable
accomplishments include the four patents out of six held by CommScope that are
essential for a digital distributed
antenna system (DAS). His patent for distributed power over DAS is recognized
widely as one of the high value patents in the industry.
proud of the culture of innovation developed within the Distributed Coverage
and Capacity Solutions team in the United States, Germany and Italy,” Kummetz said. “We are driving collaborative
innovation at a very high level. I’m honored to receive this tremendous achievement and excited to
continue making an impact in the industries we serve.”
Patent Number 6,504,986:
Assembly” received the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award—Patent. This award is presented in recognition of the patent that has
significant commercial impact for CommScope based on its overall financial and
strategic contribution to the company. Peeters accepted the award
for this patent granted in January 2003.
Infrastructure System Technology (FIST) was one of TE Connectivity
Broadband Network Solutions’ (BNS) foundational platforms on which it built its
fiber business for nearly two decades. With CommScope’s acquisition of BNS in
2015, it included this important technology and its optical fiber assembly
patent for a 50 percent increased density of connections on FIST patch panels
shelves, from 8 to 12 connections per shelf. Patented in 33 countries, this
idea of turning the adapter and providing openings in the shelves has been
beneficial to customers though the increased density it brings.
“This patent exhibits a great proof point on how a simple, yet
smart solution can deliver great value to both our customers and the industries
we serve,” Peeters said, who is based in
Belgium, facility. “I’m honored this program recognized me,
along with my fellow colleagues, for our innovations and dedication to our
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