We have to take a great leap backwards to find our origins in the early 80s, in the context of the cold war. In this period the western military authorities fear a nuclear exoatmospheric burnt and decide to install telecommunication systems in spaces preventing them from the disastrous fall-out in order to continue to use them for control, coordination and command purposes.
In those years the first electromagnetic (e.m.) shielding facilities are installed for EMP (Electro Magnetic Pulse) protection within NATO and in the most strategic airports for the Italian Air Force.
The main realizations include:
• EMI shielding for the occasion of the first RMN tomograph installation in Italy, at the Polyclinic of Modena;
• EMP shielding for a new 3D RADAR system managed by NATO, in Otranto;
• two EMI shielded chambers for briefing rooms, at the NATO Command “Headquarters Allied Forces Southern Europe”, Bagnoli;
• new transmission center for TBT communications of the Italian Air Force airport, at Trapani Birgi;
• EMI shielded room adapted as TEMPEST laboratory at the USAF Command in Naples;
• testing of EMP infrastructures at the Italian Air Force airports of Gioia del Colle and Sigonella.
The realization of the first projects allows the application of our e.m. shielding know-how to civil uses. As a matter of fact, with the advent of electronic devices, protection measures for confinement of e.m. interference, known as EMI (Electro Magnetic Interference) and RFI (Radio Frequency Interference) – and compatibility measures known as EMC (Electro Magnetic Compatibility) – become particularly necessary.
In the early 90s technological innovation research activities start and thanks to the acquisition of EC funds, in conformity with the project “Prisma”, the e.m. compatibility laboratory is realized. From this moment important research projects on e.m. shielding have been developed and collaboration agreements with Research Centers and Universities have been signed, in order to validate the combined research outcomes.
The particular know-how acquired in e.m. shielding, opens new horizons on applied research and above all on e.m. energy associated with multimode reverberation chambers techniques for industrial and scientific purposes.
In 2000 studies about reverberation chambers are carried out along several experimentations on the dielectric heating electromagnetic irradiation in the artistic heritage and agri-food sectors.
Further research projects are carried out through financial resources deriving from EC, national and regional funds. Two international patents are registered. Relations with Institutions, through agreements of scientific multidisciplinary cooperation, increase and an interesting partnership is formed with the Italian Ministry of the Agriculture, Forestry and Food Policies – General Direction – for the validation of microwave systems with regard to phytosanitary measures.
In 2004, with the introduction of the International Standard FAO ISPM 15, concerning the biological disinfestations of wood packaging materials (pallets) in use in international trade, EMitech sends to the Authorities, responsible for approving new phytosanitary measures to be included in ISPM 15, a documented application in order to get the validation of its microwave system for disinfesting pallets. The relative international patent is registered.
In 2005 EMitech launches on the market of restoration and cultural heritage preservation the patented technology MISYA (MICROWAVES SYSTEM FOR ART) for pest control in objects made of wood, paper and cloth.
In the following years, with the precious support of scientific and Institutional partners, EMitech continues its research and development activities, in order to corner new markets. All research outcomes are divulgated on the occasion of national and international events to which EMitech regularly takes part. In the meanwhile its promotional activities also go on in several fairs and exhibitions.
In 2006 MISYA technology is expanding fast not only in the field of art, but also in other markets like agri-food and packaging. EMitech presents an enterprise project with the Politechnic of Milan which culminates with the birth of a new society. In the same year, EMitech obtains the Certification of Compliance with the Standard UNI EN ISO 9001:2000 for microwave systems design, manufacturing , installation and assistance.
The first “MISYA POINT” disinfestation centers are created and some steps are made on the foreign market. The year after a further progress is represented by the creation of the MISYA Point network by which EMitech establishes a dialogue with all MISYA users in order to receive a constant feedback for possible improvements and to get a customers’ higher satisfaction.
The research activity in the agri-food sector goes on with the approval of the RISALE project, in collaboration with the Italian national research organization for Agrigulture, CRA, about the adoption of MISYA’s technology for disinfestations of dry legumes. The relative patent is registered.