EMC Testing for Automotive
TRaC Automotive EMC test package
- Automotive EMC testing ensures the immunity of vehicles to electromagnetic interference from external sources.
- Control electromagnetic emissions from vehicles and finally to measure the radiation performance.
- Approval to the Automotive Directive, otherwise known as E-Marking.
- EMC testing at facilities that are accredited by UKAS for the EMC testing aspects of certification, and by the Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA) as a Technical Service for gaining approvals.
- Radio frequencies - the reception and transmission of RF data used by on-board radio, satellite navigation and digital television systems.
- Provide additional support such as fibre optic CAN bus link, USB data fibre optic Link, Fibre Optic telephone links, GPS chamber re-radiator and an Anti Lock Braking Simulator.
Increasing numbers of electronic vehicle feature devices and more stringent constraints in terms of EMC legislation are causing concerns. TRaC EMC Testing has the expertise and technicallly secure facilities required for automotive EMC testing, all under one roof.
TRaC EMC Testing can help improve engine efficiency and reliability across a range of markets. Meeting EMC compliance requirements is an important process and affects a number of vehicle devices such as:
- Emergency brake assist,
- ESP (Electronic Stability Programme)
- Comfort systems eg, air conditioning
- Hands-free kits
- Satellite navigation
This technology is spreading into other vehicles - vans, trucks, agricultural and the marine market. It is becoming increasingly important in the management of engine technology that faces ongoing legislation to reduce emissions.
TRaC will issue the EMC approval certificate and approval number via the Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA), which must be marked on the product. Manufacturers should ensure that all relevant equipment that they produce complies with Automotive EMC requirements. Buyers of equipment should ensure that any equipment they purchase is e-marked.
Persons concerned with Installation of equipment should first consider whether the equipment needs to be e-marked and then consider the equipment and vehicle manufacturer installation recommendations (including any relevant codes of practice, such that vehicle electronic systems are not put at risk). Examples are: in-car entertainment equipment (such as radios or CD players), accessories (such as mobile phone car-chargers) and spare parts (such as ABS modules).
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