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Accredited Safety Testing in Melbourne Labs

Accredited Electrical Safety and Environmental Testing now available at EMC Technologies in Melbourne.

EMC Technologies is pleased to announce that their Melbourne labs are now accredited to a very wide scope for Safety and Environmental testing.
Compliance with electrical safety standards and directives is a mandatory requirement worldwide. Our comprehensive NATA accredited safety testing facility at our Sydney Branch (since 1996) and the A2LA accredited Melbourne facilities at Keilor Park , provide a choice of NATA or A2LA accredited testing. Either endorsed report will have international recognition under the umbrella of the ILAC (International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation). The new facility can test to most safety standards to AS/NZS (declared and non-declared articles) and EN/IEC required for RCM and CE LVD compliance.
For RCM level 3 (high risk) devices, we can also provide the mandatory accredited Safety test necessary for certification and ERAC registration, This is valid in Australia and New Zealand.
Common standards which we can provide safety testing services against and provide a NATA or A2LA test report include:
• AS/NZS/EN/IEC 60335 series for Appliances including EMC/EMF safety.
• AS/NZS/EN/IEC 61010 series for measurement, control and Laboratory instruments
• AS/NZS/EN/IEC 60598 series for Lighting equipment
• AS/NZS/EN/IEC 61347 series for Lamp control gear
• AS/NZS/EN/IEC 61558 series for Power Transformers, Power supplies and similar device
• AS/NZS/EN/IEC 60950-1 for Telecoms/ITE (ACMA Recognised Testing Authority)
• AS/NZS/EN/IEC 60065 for Audio and video products (Australian variations)
• AS/NZS/EN/IEC 62368-1 for Audio/video, information and communication technology equipment
• AS/NZS/EN/IEC 60601-1 for Medical equipment including EMC Safety.
• AS/NZS/EN/IEC 60669 Series for Switches for household and similar fixed electrical installations
• AS/NZS 3100 General requirements for electrical equipment
• AS/NZS 3105 Electrical portable outlet devices, control or conditioning devices
• AS/NZS 3112 Plug & Sockets
• AS/NZS 3136 Electrical equipment for spa and swimming pools
• AS/NZS 3199 Cord extension set
• AS/NZS/EN/IEC 60695 series for Fire hazard testing including Glow wire test, Needle flame test and Ball pressure test
• AS/NZS/EN/IEC 60112 for Proof and Comparative Tracking Index (PTI/CTI)
• AS/EN/IEC 60529 Degree of Ingress protection (IP) for Water (up to X8) and Dust (IP5X and IP6X)
• Environmental-Climatic for MIL-STD-810D,810G, 202H and Railway application (EN/IEC 50155)
• AS/NZS 4665.1 for Performance of external power supplies
For a detailed list of the products we are NATA/A2LA accredited to test please refer to:
NATA: Accreditation scope & Current Certificate
A2LA: https://portal.a2la.org/search/

ACCESS THE HUGE MARKET IN INDIA

India Approvals 

ACCESS THE HUGE MARKET IN INDIA

Posted on October 29, 2018 by emctechadmin

India Approvals 

As part of our Global Certifications offerings, we now offer India Approvals , we can now include India  for all your Product Testing and Certifications.

In partnership with C-PRAV, a specialist approvals company based in India, we can get your product  into the enormous market in India. Products shipments are stopped at customs for approval verification so make sure you have all the documents in order.  Contact us now.

Currently there are 2 types of Mandatory approvals required in India; Safety and Radio. Telecom Products certifications mandatory from 1st January 2019

 

-Safety is regulated by the BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) under the Compulsory Registration Scheme (CRS)

There are about 49 product categories that fall under the BIS CRS. https://www.crsbis.in/BIS/products.do

Surveillance of products under CRS is carried out by MeitY (Ministry).

WPC – Wireless planning and Co-ordination – Equipment Type Approval (ETA) Scheme
Ministry of communications is responsible for frequency spectrum management, including licensing. They cater for the needs of wireless users. Radio is Compulsory for AP, WiFi, BT, NFC, RFID, etc  – WPC ETA approval is required. http://www.wpc.dot.gov.in/faq.asp

 

TEC – Telecom Engineering Centre under the DoT regulatory  have implemented mandatory Telecom Certifications from 1st January 2019.

http://www.tec.gov.in/mandatory-testing-and-certification-of-telecom-equipments-mtcte/

 

 

New Melbourne Safety and Environmental Testing Lab!

EMC Technologies Sydney branch has been providing NATA accredited Electrical Safety testing since 1997 . The Melbourne branch at Keilor Park  has recently commissioned an electrical safety and environmental testing laboratory. 17025 accreditation is pending and an official announcement will be made soon, watch this space.

Certification projects can now be completed under the one roof without having to engage multiple companies or branches and without having to deal with the perils of subcontracting which most laboratories utilise to maintain a single point contact.

EMC Technologies is the only one stop shop in Australia /New Zealand for:

EMC Testing

EMR/SAR testing

Radiocoms testing

Electrical Safety testing.

No other lab in Australia/New Zealand had this extensive capability.

The safety testing scope is broad including  household appliances (EN 60335, AS/NZS 60335 series covering the most common appliances), Lighting (EN 60598, EN 61347, AS/NZS 61347 series including LED lighting), Audio, Video equipment, Information and Communications Technology equipment (EN 60950-1, AS/NZS 60950.1, EN 62368-1, AS/NZS 62368.1), Measurement, Control and Laboratory equipment (EN 61010-1, AS 61010.1) , Electro medical equipment (IEC 60601-1, and general safety standards such as AS/NZS 3100 and AS/NZS 3820. Further scope expansion is on the horizon.

Please contact us for more information.

TLISN calibration

EMC Technologies has added TLISN (Telecommunications Line Impedance Stabilisation Network) calibration to our vast scope of NATA accreditation. TLISN’s are used to measure conducted emissions from telecommunications ports such as Ethernet,  POE, CATV or CATVI.

We can also calibrate CDNs (Coupling Decoupling Networks) used in testing for conducted immunity to EN 61000-4-6 or IEC 61000-4-6.

We can also provide NATA ISO17025 calibration for other EMC test equipment including LISN, ESD generators, EFT generators, , HV surge generators, antennas, RF field probes and Flicker/Harmonics measurement systems.

We are the only laboratory in Australia with these capabilities.  EMC Test Equipment does not have to be shipped overseas at additional cost and significant delays. We can typically turn your calibration around within one week and our rates are competitive.

Please contact us on 03 9365 1000 or use the enquiry form for more information or to request a quote.

NATA Accredited S042 Assessment for ACMA RCM Approval

Another Australian First – NATA Accreditation for ACMA RCM Approval of Cellular Devices

EMC Technologies is proud to announce that it has achieved NATA accreditation for the assessment of ACMA compliance of products connecting to the mobile phone and cellular network. EMC Technologies can now issue NATA endorsed reports showing compliance of GSM, 3G, 4G devices and Satellite phones with the applicable mandatory standards: AS/CA S042.1, AS/ACIF S042.3 and AS/CA S042.4.

A NATA endorsed report gives a high level of confidence of compliance with the complex regulatory requirements of  the mobile telecommunications sector.  Contrary to some advice, a Certification Body Statement  (CBS) is not mandatory, however if required, a CBS can be arranged trough a partner company that accepts our NATA  reports . 

Background
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) requires that devices connecting to the mobile phone network must comply with the applicable mandatory standards specified within the ACMA Telecommunications (Labelling Notice for Customer Equipment and Customer Cabling) Instrument 2015; known as the TLN.

The TLN prescribes a range of mandatory standards including standards for devices that connect to the mobile phone and cellular network. The applicable mandatory standard is:
Telecommunications Technical Standard (Requirements for Connection to an Air Interface of a Telecommunications Network – AS/CA S042) 2015.

Depending on whether the device is a 2G, 3G or 4G device or a Satellite phone, AS/CA S042-2015 requires compliance with:

AS/CA S042.1 Australian Standard AS/CA S042.1: – Requirements for connection to an air interface of a Telecommunications Network – Part 1: General

AS/ACIF S042.3: – Requirements for connection to an air interface of a Telecommunications Network – Part 3: GSM Customer Equipment

AS/CA S042.4: – Requirements for connection to an air interface of a Telecommunications Network – Part 4: IMT-2000 Customer Equipment

The mandatory standards above apply to devices such as mobile phones, cellular devices, satellite phones and any device that connects to the Cellular network.

This NATA accreditation for S042 complements EMC Technologies’ extensive NATA accreditations for EMC, EMR, SAR and Safety. The only such facility in Australia that provides all this under one roof.

For more information, call us or fill in the form at https://www.emctech.com.au/get-quote/

Wireless testing for 4G Internet of Things (IoT) devices

We have upgraded our Rohde & Schwarz CMW500 base station simulator to support wireless testing for 4G Internet of Things (IoT) devices (eMTC Cat M1). An increasing number of IoT devices are designed and developed for industries, smart homes, and healthcare applications. EMC Technologies is committed to providing complete approvals and certification services for these devices.

 EMC Technologies has been providing wireless testing services since 1999 when our SAR testing lab was established. The simulators are also used for EMC testing and  can communicate with a vast range of devices. Some of the more common ones are listed below:

  1. LTE FDD and TDD (4G)
  2. WCDMA / HSPA / HSPA+ (3G)
  3. GSM (2G)
  4. Wireless LAN 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz
  5. Bluetooth and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)

Please talk to us even if your device is not listed above. We are committed to put our customers and their needs first. We have upgrades to NB-IoT and other emerging wireless technologies in the pipeline.

New Indoor Test Site – 3m iOATS

EMC Technologies Melbourne branch has commissioned a second new indoor Open Area Test Site (iOATS)  . We are the only test house in Australia that has has two iOATS under the one roof. This new 3 metre iOATS facility complements our existing 10m  iOATS which is the only 10m indoor site in Australia.

The new site is fully compliant with CE, FCC (USA) , ISED (Canada) and RCM standards and has been specifically accredited by the FCC  for the carrying out of certification tests.

The 3m iOATS can accommodate all equipment in which testing is permitted at 3m (>90% of products that are certified).

The facility has a large 4m x 4m access door and the floor has a load rating of 40 tonnes, hence it can also accommodate testing of extra-heavy vehicles or other large artefacts  to Automotive and Military standards where testing at 1m is specified.

commissioning of the facility as reduced testing lead and turnaround times so that customers can get to market faster.

EMC Seminars – Keith Armstrong Returns to Australia

World renowned EMC expert Keith Armstrong returns to Australia in April and May 2018 with updated EMC courses. EMC Technologies is also presenting  a free RCM compliance seminar at the same time. Click the link below for details and we hope to see you there!

Keith Armstrong EMC Seminars 2018

A Beginners Guide to EMC Compliance in Australia

The first thing to say about Electromagnetic Compliance (EMC) and compatibility is that it is a complex subject. Compliance implies that manufacturers, importers, and distributors who wish to sell electrical and electronic equipment in Australia must test, certify, register, and label the equipment as compliant with Australian EMC standards.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) regulates EMC compliance standards in Australia. They have a published list of standards titled the ACMA_Standards_List

The Australia/NZ standards  are in large parts similar or identical to the European standards.

Complexity arises for Australian manufacturers who wish to export their products, and for distributors who import product for sale in the Australian market.

There are different standards and requirements for different products, and there are different standards for geographical areas like the United States, Canada Europe, and Japan.

Find more details about requirements in a related article titled EMI Product Testing Australia/NZ on this blog [link]

The Basics of EMC

All electrical and electronic circuits produce electromagnetism when powered; it is  fundamental law of science.There’s good news and bad news about this.

Without electromagnetism the technologies we take for granted would not exist. Power stations, including the transformers and power lines that give us electric light, household appliances, battery and mains operated gadgets of all kinds all produce electromagnetism.

Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and compliance has to do with electromagnetic energy and how it may cause electromagnetic interference (EMI) or physical damage in the environment in which it operates. A common interpretation states that “an electronic or electrical produce shall work as intended in its environment”, a fairly meaningless statement that makes no reference to standards compliance.

Radio and electronic transmissions are troublesome because of the inherent risk of interference with other electronic circuits.

What is EMC Compliance

Australian EMC regulations dictate that electrical and electronic equipment must be tested, certified, registered, and labelled as compliant to applicable standards. These standards vary between different categories of equipment.

A supplier should complete the following regulatory requirements before marketing or selling a product on the Australian market.

  1. Determine if the product is subject to EMC Compliance.
  2. Identify the applicable EMC standards listed on the ACMA database.
  3. Demonstrate compliance through testing conducted by an accredited testing laboratory. EMC Technologies is such a lab.
  4. Complete a Declaration of Conformity (DoC) that confirms the product complies with the applicable standard/s.
  5. Register the product on the national database.
  6. Apply a compliance label to the product.

The difficulty for suppliers is to correctly identify the applicable standards and there are many of them. The safest approach is to consult a NATA accredited test laboratory like EMC Technologies.

EMC Technologies is the largest and most experienced EMI/EMC/EMR and Safety testing facility with offices in Sydney, Melbourne, and New Zealand. EMC Technologies is NATA accredited (National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia).

EMC Compliance testing

The ACMA database lists applicable standards for Australia and NZ. There are different standards for different products and too complex and comprehensive to list in this post.

In essence, testing is conducted in three main classes:

  1. Emission. The generation of electromagnetic energy and its release into the environment.
  2. Susceptibility. The tendency of electrical equipment to malfunction resulting in unintended operation.
  3. Coupling. The way in which emitted interference reaches a victim.

The Radiated Emissions Test is the most common EMC test in all countries. It measures the strength of the electromagnetic field unintentionally emitted by a product. Switching voltages and currents in digital circuits generate such emissions. They can cause unintentional interference to mission critical military or civil systems like navigation systems or landing guidance systems for aircraft.

Let’s consider two scenarios associated with EMC and a couple of examples that illustrate the concerns of risk and the victim: The examples illustrate the risk associated with electromagnetic emission, and the victim impacted by such emission,

  1. An announcement made to aircraft passengers to switch off their mobile phones, laptops, and tablets reflects the risk of electromagnetic emission from such devices interfering with sensitive electronic guidance systems located on the aircraft which ensures safe landing.
  2. The ongoing research and debate about the risk of holding, carrying, or placing a mobile phone close to the head for prolonged periods.

In the first example, the victim is the onboard guidance system; in the second example the user of the mobile device is the victim, a human being. Unless, of course, lack of EMC causes malfunctions in the guidance system and the aircraft crashes, in which case all the passengers become victims of collateral damage.

The regulations should convince Australian consumers to buy and use only certified products. The labelling requirements make it easy to identify such products. Australian standards mandate that compliant products must be labelled with the Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM) shown below.

Contact EMC Technologies for expert advice.

What EMI Shielding is and Why it Matters

It helps to start technical discussions by stating the definitions on which the discussion is based. Here are the two relevant definitions, both supplied by the Tech-Etch website.

Electrostatic interference, EMI is a process by which disruptive electromagnetic energy is transmitted from one electronic device to another via radiated or conducted paths, or both. In electronic components, EMI can adversely affect their performance.

Electronic shielding The practice of surrounding electronics and cables with conductive or magnetic materials to guard against incoming or outgoing emissions of electromagnetic frequencies.

The reasons we need EMI shielding

The use of electrical and electronic equipment has grown exponentially. As an example, mobile phone ownership and usage have exploded and the environments (frequency bands) where they operate are getting crowded. These devices use electronic transmission and the potential for EMI is huge. We are protected by the electromagnetic shielding imposed on manufacturers by international standards.

Stringent regulations largely prevent the potential effects of EMI. I use the word “largely” because uninformed and profit driven people can and will circumvent the regulations and sell uncertified and dangerous products because most countries’ regulations do not apply to exported goods.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) administers regulations that require all electrical and electronic equipment to meet prescribed standards. Manufacturers and distributors must test, certify and label their products as compliant to these standards. Any retailer who imports and sells non-compliant electronic equipment to Australian or New Zealand consumers is liable to severe penalties.

However, Australian travellers and foreign visitors can bring uncertified products which are not detected by Customs. Devices for personal use are generally exempt. Examples include mobile phones and unsafe mobile phone battery chargers.

The definition quoted states that EMI can adversely affect product performance. Illegal electronic devices can cause far worse damage than this. Let’s mention only a few examples. Risks include the effects of EMI and electrical safety, both of which regulated by stringent standards.

  • At the first level there are nuisance factors. For example, an illegal and uncertified mobile phone can emit EMI that interferes with other sound systems. For example, while using the phone in a car, the user may hear his or her conversation relayed over the car radio loudspeakers. This is a simple case of illegal EMI emission.
  • Fake and illegal mobile phone chargers pose serious and life threatening risks to their users. Such devices have been known to explode, cause fires, and electric shock.
  • An illegal device capable of radio transmission can interfere with mission critical electronic systems. A good example is the guided electronic landing systems at airports. Imagine what could happen if it malfunctions because of electromagnetic interference from substandard and illegal handheld devices like computers, tablets, or mobile phones. The potential effect is life-threatening.
  • Sticking with mobile phone, research suggests that electromagnetic emissions from mobiles can cause brain damage when held in close proximity for long periods. The only protection against this is to use certified phones with  electromagnetic shielding as prescribed in appropriate Australian and NZ standards.

What is EMI shielding and how is it enforced

The truth is that many engineers who design electronic equipment are neither qualified, nor do they have the facilities and equipment to test the levels of emission in their prototype equipment. To make matters worse, they do not necessarily have expert knowledge about International and country specific standards, nor a knowledge of the testing procedures and emission levels  allowed in regional or international standards.

This is where a NATA accredited test laboratories come into the picture to advise, conduct tests, and issue test reports. EMC Technologies is the largest and most experience laboratory in Australia with offices in Sydney, Melbourne, and New Zealand. They can give you expert and independent advice.

The applicable shielding techniques

Shielding is applied to device enclosures and cables. The shielding reduces the coupling of radio waves (RF shielding), and blocks electromagnetic and electrostatic fields from interfering with other electronic systems and devices.

Shielding is typically applied to enclosures and to cables. The image shown below illustrates proper coaxial cable shielding.

Enclosure shielding, applied to device enclosures or system sub-components, uses materials like sheet metal, metal screen, or metal foam. Its effectiveness depends on its size, shape, thickness, and aperture orientation.

Other shielding techniques used include:

  • Metallic shields made of metal or ferrite materials.
  • Electromagnetics like solenoids and coils that cancel static or low-frequency fields.
  • Superconducting materials that expel magnetic fields.
  • Metallic foil or braid shield to surround cables or wires to block EMI.
  • Conductive paint that block the emission of electromagnetic frequencies (EMF).
  • Capacitors, ferrules, and grounded wires to minimise EMI noise.
  • Magnetic materials used to draw EMI into the magnetic field.

As you can see, this is very much a field for specialised engineering.

In Australia and New Zealand, EMC Technologies has a team of specially trained engineers ready to consult and offer independent compliance testing and remedial solutions for electromagnetic emissions that exceed the levels prescribed by the applicable standards. Call us now.