Overcoming potential issues from radio frequency and electromagnetic emissions is an essential part of device development. Nearly all types of devices will generate some degree of interference. In spite of this, designers and manufacturers need to perform radio frequency testing and printed circuit board testing to ensure safe operation. Industry standards and regulations dictate the amount of interference that can be emitted. Radio frequency or RF circuit assemblies are also used to test the level of electromagnetic radiation that is radiated and conducted during operation.
Protecting the User
One of the primary goals of electronic testing is to protect the user during operation. The health and safety of users are of the utmost importance. Beyond that, the safety of the electronics, other electronics in the area, and the surrounding environment are all protected through electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and radio frequency (RF) testing. These processes are used to analyze the ability of the electronic device to operate as planned, even when in close proximity to other devices. Radio frequency testing is also used to ensure that the presence of other electromagnetic emissions does not interfere with the safe performance of the device.
Concerning safety to the user, many may not be aware of the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) testing that is done to ensure that the amount of radio frequency that is absorbed by the body while using a wireless device. In addition to printed circuit board testing and custom functional testing, this type of safety test is essential for the success of the device. EMC Technologies has developed a wide range of custom interface test adapters (ITAs) to satisfy many different industry requirements and government regulations, including military and defense, aerospace, networking, and telecommunications.
One of the ways that we help our clients and go far beyond the “basic box approach” used by many other contract designers is to offer comprehensive engineering and design services. We offer customers full-service contract design and manufacturing in its true meaning. We address each project as a complete system, offering evaluation of package limitations, interfacing conditions, dimensioning and tolerance issues, environmental constraints, and mounting requirements. RF circuit assemblies for radio frequency testing, printed circuit board testing, and other custom solutions can be achieved with our design team.
Highly trained, certified, and experienced in a wide range of industry requirements and government regulations, our team can produce custom solutions and interface test adapters that exceed expectations. We apply our mastery in electro-mechanical design to clients who work in the communications, avionics, military, medical, defense, and industrial fields to provide solutions designed specifically to address their unique needs. Our many years of experience working with such a diverse array of clients helps us to design and produce manufacturable world-class designs more effectively and efficiently.
Radio Frequency Testing Capabilities
At EMC Technologies, our design team has developed a variety of interface test adapters and test stations created specifically for testing RF circuit assemblies and microwave sub-assemblies. The techniques and strategies that we use for these designs include a complete six-sided metal enclosure that is sealed with EMI-shielded gaskets and RF silicone to isolate the unit under test (UUT) from electromagnetic interference.
The designs that we have created for our clients have incorporated specialized elements, including rigid coax cables characterized by lab, semi-rigid triple-shielded coax tensolite cables, SMA and BNC connectors, printed circuit board testing fabricated with Rogers material, and matched impedance traces in the PCB design. We have also employed the use of RF rotary switches, RF power sensors, and coax switches. Our team has many years of experience designing and building wage guide adapters for the many different RF applications that we have undertaken for our clients.
Ready to get started? Contact our team at EMC Technologies to discuss your needs and begin working with our team of highly trained and experienced engineers and technicians. Whether you require printed circuit board testing, design, and manufacturing or have specific needs for radio frequency testing and development of custom interface test adapters, we can help you to achieve your goals. Give us a call at 508-672-0808 to speak with one of our team members about your needs for custom functional test fixtures and related work.