EMC Round Robin V (1-18 GHz) 


WASHINGTON, DC, MAY 16 -- ACIL is launching the fifth cycle of its EMC round robin program. This is an inter-laboratory comparison program utilizing a test artifact for the comparison of radiated emissions measured on an Open Area Test Site in the frequency range of 1 – 18 GHz. The test artifact is a comb generator, providing narrowband emissions at fixed intervals from 1 to 18 GHz and beyond. Emissions measurements above 1 GHz are increasingly common with the advent of fast processors and wireless devices in the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands.


The cycle is intended for:


(1) any laboratory interested in utilizing an inter-laboratory comparison program to assure the quality of test results in accordance with 5.9 of ISO/IEC 17025,


(2) test laboratories that participated in the prior 1-18 GHz study and that wish tore-visit some of their measurements based on the published data, and


(3) test laboratories that did not participate in the prior study and that wish to identify and reduce their sources of measurement error.


ACIL round robin programs involve circulating a calibrated test item successively from one lab to another. Each round robin cycle is limited to a group of ten laboratories. Upon completion of the 10 laboratory cycle, program results will be compiled and published by ACIL with the identity of each individual participating laboratory remaining confidential.


ACIL’s program is operated in accordance with ISO/IEC Guide 43-1, Proficiency testing by inter-laboratory comparisons – Part 1: Development and operation of proficiency testing schemes. Interlaboratory comparison or round robin programs are stipulated in ISO 17025 as one method of assuring the quality of test results. Both NVLAP and A2LA require accredited laboratories to participate in such programs where they exist.


The cost is $800 for ACIL members and $1500 for non-members, payable at the time of registration. The test object will be available for week-long testing beginning on May 16, 2005.

For further information, please contact Janet Allen at jallen@acil.org or at 202-887-5872, ext.104. 


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