RF functional testing or radio frequency testing is essential for a wide range of different industries. The telecommunications industry, as you might have guessed, benefits significantly from the use of radio waves, microwaves, and all forms of electromagnetic energy from across the spectrum. Emitted by antennas, which transmit these waves as a form of electromagnetic energy, other terms that are used within the industry include electromagnetic field energy, radio frequency, and simply RF energy.
RF energy is the backbone of the telecommunications industry, assisting television and radio, as well as cellular phones and communications. Used by consumers and professionals, such as first responder departments, as well as satellite communications, amateur radio, and even microwave point-to-point links, radio frequency testing is essential to the success of many devices and technologies used in the world today. At EMC Technologies, we specialize in the design and manufacturing of functional test fixtures for RF functional testing.
While telecommunications and networking are some of the top industries that require radio frequency testing for manufactured devices and consumer products, there are also plenty of non-communications applications that need RF functional testing as well. Whether a mobile or universal test station, our team works with each client to determine their specific needs and requirements with regard to functional test fixtures and solutions. Computer-based mobile test stations, wireless functional test interfaces, and universal test station applications all rely on radio frequency to get the job done.
Some of the non-communications applications for RF functional testing include:
- industrial heating (HVAC)
- traffic enforcement radar devices
- microwave ovens for consumer-based use
- other consumer product manufacturing
How It Works
Unlike other types of functional test fixtures, the custom solutions created for radio frequency testing require additional features for industrial testing or RF components and products in order to assure quality control and consistency. RF functional testing is also used to ensure that radio frequency controlled devices will not introduce intolerable electromagnetic disturbances into the surrounding environment. This type of radio frequency testing involves checks for RF immunity and emissions.
Testing involves the collection of data through the use of custom functional test fixtures for specialized RF functional testing. This helps engineers to make strategic improvements, solve problems, and ultimately create products that will meet the desired specifications and required industry regulations. EMC Technologies partners with each client to ensure that the custom testing solutions we create will accommodate their needs and product requirements. The engineering and manufacturing of custom solutions help us to meet the unique demands of each client without compromise.
When it comes to the development or radio frequency testing features and the mobile or universal test station solutions designed to be used with this type of testing, our engineers and designers go above and beyond. They work with each client to develop functional test fixtures and adapters that can be used with RF functional testing of circuit assemblies and microwave sub-assemblies. We use a wide range of strategies and techniques to overcome some of the common issues and special requirements associated with this type of radio frequency testing.
Some of our designs incorporate the use of the following:
- RF rotary switches and power sensors
- coax switches
- SMA and BNC connectors
- PCBs fabricated with Rogers Material
- rigid coax cables
- tensolite cables
Training and Experience
One of the reasons why EMC Technologies is so successful in the development of RF functional testing solutions is that our engineers have decades of training and experience between them, allowing us the unique ability to deliver unmatched results. Ongoing training and use of advanced technology and equipment have helped us to stay ahead of the curve with the latest industry trends, materials, methods, and test challenges. We are proud of the work that we have done and the reputation that we have earned, but we are most thankful for the many loyal clients that we have built relationships with over the years. We face the challenges of the electronic test industry together, growing and evolving to continue meeting those demands head-on toward the future.
If you would like to learn more about our functional test fixtures and solutions for RF functional testing for both mobile and universal test station applications, please give us a call at 508-672-0808. We look forward to working with you to find viable solutions for all of your radio frequency testing and electronic test industry needs.