AutoEMC Newsletter No.13: March 2006


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Automotive and EMC Conferences


Automotive EMC 2006

The programme is now available and on-line and we again have a very exciting programme of papers that covers the field of Automotive EMC from design to test and features 4 papers examining the new EU Automotive EMC Directive that comes into force this year.

Delegate booking forms are also now available on-line.  This year delegate numbers are limited so bookings early is advisable and discount fees for members of FEANI registered organisations (IEE, IMechE etc.), plus RIN, IEEE and SAE members, are only available up to 3rd April.


Engineering Integrity Society Presents The 23rd Instrumentation, Analysis & Testing Exhibition

8 March 2006, Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon, Warwickshire, UK from 10:00 to 16:00.  The event is free to enter and includes 2 free access seminars.


Low Inductance Capacitor Packages

15 March 2006, X2Y Training Video Presentation by: Dr. Howard Johnson at 5:30pm.  The event will be held at X2Y Attenuators, 37554 Hills Tech Drive, Farmington Hills, Michigan.

Technology and Traffic: How We Can Give You a Safer, More Reliable Road Trip using Technology
20 March 2006 at 6.00 pm (refreshments from 5.30 pm), lecture by Archie Robertson, Chief Executive, The Highways Agency, The IEE, Savoy Place, London, UK.


The IEE Seminar on Safety Critical Applications from Aerospace to Automotive
22 March at MTU Museum, MTU Aero Engines GmbH, Munich, Germany


EMC for Functional Safety
6th June 2006, Savoy Place London, UK. A one-day training course run by the Institution of Electrical Engineers, UK


Nav 06 Call for Papers

Advanced notice of the Land Navigation, Location & Safety conference at Henry Ford College, Loughborough, UK from 31 October to 1 November 2006 has been issued.  Papers on vehicle satellite navigation, fleet service, location based services, stolen vehicle tracking etc are some of the topics suitable.  For more information go to the website or email:


Advanced Automotive Electronics Conference 2006

A review of this event which ran in January has been posted.  Next years conference is already in planning.





EU EMC Directive

At the end of this month (31st March) the UK Department for Trade and Industry (DTI) will be issuing a consultation document on the new EMC Directive 2004/108/EC (hopefully to also include the new automotive EMC directive).  Those interested in contributing to the consultation should contact the DTI directly or watch out for more information in our April bulletin.



EMC Test


Intertek-Entela China Prepares Seminars Series

These training seminars running throughout 2006 include stress testing and global market access program, aimed at the Chinese automotive and electronics supply marketplace.





Ultracapacitors, the New Powertrain Technology?

There appears to be a resurgence of interest in Super/Ultracapacitors in the last few months and the technology is now at a maturity that might gain acceptance in the ultraconservative automotive market.  Maybe the time is now right for this technology with applications other than just hybrid vehicle powertrain.


Capacitors Can also be Switches

Today's cars have increasing numbers of switches and buttons for control, infotainment, and security, which need to be easily installed into more contoured control surfaces. Here's one cost-effective, reliable approach with no mechanical parts using capacitive sensor technology, this Automotive Designline "how-to" explains further.


Silver Retains Top Spot

In Issue 6 we reported that Silver was the most favoured car colour in the World, a recent article from DuPont re-iterates the dominance of the colour choice in every geographic market and every vehicle segment with the exception of light trucks (where White Van Man still reigns supreme!).





Website Statistics for 2005

The Automotive EMC Network web stats for 2005 have been compiled and last year showed a phenomenal success with hits on just under 320,000 for the year.


Website Sponsors

We are pleased to welcome back sponsors Transparent Engineering, EM Test and Interlek ETL Entela  as page sponsors for 2006.  We are equally pleased to welcome new sponsors DARE Developments and EMV Ltd.


Technical Papers:   

Transparent Engineering

Standards Pages:   

DARE Development

Newsletter Pages:   

Interlek ETL Entela

Test Pages:   

Interlek ETL Entela

Equipment Pages:   

EM Test AG

Links Pages:   


Design Pages:   






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