As technology continues to grow and expand, and consumers continue demanding faster, more advanced electronics, increased compliance to meet industry standards have pushed wireless functional testing to new heights. As the Internet of Things (IoT) for consumers and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) for business have become more prevalent, the custom design and manufacturing of devices that are even more connected than ever before have risen. New challenges and testing requirements for EMC Technologies often means testing at every phase of the development cycle and on into production. Wireless test fixtures, adaptable mobile test station, and test-specific functions are increasingly in demand by our clients who work with these advanced consumer technologies.
Our background and continued work with military, military contractor, defense, and avionics have helped our team to stay current with the latest testing requirements and technologies. Increased work with commercial applications that include satellite TV/IP, networking, telecommunications, medical, and computer servers, have also provided the experience necessary to stay ahead of the curve with the latest testing advancements. Some of the areas that our engineers and technicians have become the most proficient with include tight tolerance, high speed, temperature, test racks, and radiofrequency RF test fixtures. Every member of our team at EMC Technologies, from sales to testing, receives continuous training to ensure our expertise in the ever-changing technologies that are inherent in the industry.
Why Testing is Essential to Product Development
The consumer electronics and device industries rely heavily on wireless functional testing as they continue to work on making smaller, smarter, and feature-rich products for their target markets. Direct-to-consumer products, as well as products designed for commercial and industrial applications, require vigorous testing before they reach the intended end-user. Wireless test fixtures are used to test each product for safety, functionality, and performance. When it comes to the consumer electronics industry, mobile test station applications are performed throughout the design, development, and production processes to ensure that the product works exactly as it is supposed to for the consumer. A variety of functional tests and safety tests are performed, including integration testing and end-of-line production tests to guarantee performance and safety every step of the way.
Some of the functional testing that occurs includes making sure that the consumer electronics device performs effectively, conforms to wireless industry standards, and that it is compliant with all regulations regarding electromagnetic interference (EMI) and compliance (EMC). This type of testing is done to measure how a device will react when exposed to electromagnetic noise and other disturbances. The goal through this type of testing is to ensure that the device will operate as intended when it is operating within its expected operating environment. An example might be a product or device designed for military avionics that has the potential to be exposed to a lot of noise and disturbances. Another might be a device that must be able to work in spite of radiofrequency (RF) wave exposure. In these examples, thorough testing is required for the safety, performance, and function of the product or device.
Why Testing Continues Through Production
Taking the time to perform wireless functional testing in the pre-production phases of development can help businesses to avoid costly mistakes. At EMC Technologies, our project managers work as our coordination and communications link between our customers and all other departments. This provides clients with a single point of contact for sales, design, engineering, and testing, to ensure that the project runs smoothly and efficiently. Many of our customers consider EMC to be a partner in their test challenges and have been extremely loyal to us over the years. New technologies, faster speeds, and smaller targets, along with increased company outsourcing, are just a few of the challenges that we have faced together and overcome.
Once the product has passed the design and development testing process, additional functional testing is required. Many of the custom functional test fixtures and advanced wireless test fixtures that we have developed for use with universal and mobile test station systems specifically focus on this in-production and post-production testing. Testing continues to be conducted to verify the functionality of each device to protect the brand, integrity, and future of the client before the product goes to market. As a result, the custom design and manufacturing testing requirements for each phase of the testing process may be quite different to achieve a variety of test requirements and specifications throughout the different stages of development and manufacturing.
EMC Technologies: Custom Design and Manufacturing
Our facility in Fall River, Massachusetts, features a fully-equipped machine shop and electro-mechanical assembly department. Our team of engineers and technicians have the capability of managing the most demanding requirements. Mechanical, electrical, and PCB engineers work together with our highly-trained technicians, using the latest design tools and equipment to meet or exceed expectations for our clients. We design and manufacture wired and wireless functional testing interface equipment to test printed circuit boards (PCBs) and assemblies for a variety of applications. To learn more about all of the services available at EMC Technologies, give us a call at 508-672-0808. We are ITAR Registered and ISO 9001: 2015 Certified to meet all of the needs, requirements, and demands of our valued customers.