AutoEMC Newsletter No.15: September 2006


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Automotive and EMC Conferences


EMC UK 2006

17-18 October 2006, Newbury Racecourse, UK.

The exhibition is close to sell out for the 3rd year running.  The conference features 9 Modules and 28 papers over the two days, plus a keynote address by Andy Drozd, President of the IEEE EMC Society. The conference is not just about EMC, a complete Module is devoted to other relevant directives like WEEE, RoHS and EuP. There are also free Workshops and EMC Basic Training sessions.


ITS World Congress

8 -12 October 2006, London, UK.

Electronic Vehicle Identification and Applications of RFID in Road Transport

This event on Wednesday 29th November 2006 will inform on the state of the art of both the technology and application domains of EVI and RFID in the transport sector. Organised by the IET Automotive & Road Transport Systems Technical & Professional Network and to be held at Newcastle City Council Chamber.

Hybrid Vehicle Conference 2006

The purpose of this event is to bring together Academia, Industry and Government to consider all of the issues associated with Hybrid Vehicles that will have to be addressed to ensure their future success.

12-13 December, Coventry, UK


Optimising Automotive Components

The Engineering Integrity Society is holding a one-day conference Tuesday 24 October on optimising automotive components for cost, weight and fatigue durability using residual strain and damage measurements to improve CAE models. At GKN AutoStructures, Telford, UK.


The Institution of Engineering and Technology Seminar on EMC in Railways
Thursday, 28 September 2006 at The Institution of Engineering and Technology, Austin Court, Birmingham, UK

VII International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility and Electromagnetic Ecology

Call for papers and first announcement of next years event was published in June, one year ahead of the symposium itself.  Being held on 26-29 June 2007 in St Petersburg, Russia.  If you can't make the IEEE main event in Hawaii next year then this is probably the next most exotic EMC venue so far on the 2007 EMC calendar.


Would anyone who visited the IEEE EMC Symposium in Oregon last month care to write a short review article for us?  As usual this can be anonymous if worried that your company might not agree with your free speech.


For our events calendar we are now listing for 2007, please send in any relevant events you feel would be of interest.





Chrysler Engineering Standards Now Encrypted
As of 28th June this year all ESSD documents from Chrysler will be encrypted.  If you use these you'll need to download a plug-in to enable you to decrypt these Adobe documents on receipt.  All customers should have received an e-mail with instructions but if not please contact your ESSD agent or e-mail:


EMC Test


DARE!! Consultancy Achieved AEMCLRP Accreditation

The first company in Holland to do so and one of only a handful in the whole of Europe.


MIRA opens Heavy Vehicle Semi-Anechoic EMC Chamber

HVSAC, the UK's first independent absorber-lined EMC facility with a 70-Ton floor loading capacity was formally opened on the 4th July by the Director General of the Defence Manufacturers Association (DMA), Major General Alan Sharman CBE.


3C Test Official Opening

As reported last time, 3C Test Ltd's move to Silverstone is now complete and on 7th September the officially opening will be performed by Sir Jackie Stewart.  The Automotive EMC Network hope to be there and will give a brief report on the event in the next newsletter.





Continental take over Motorolas' Automotive Business for $1Billion

Our rumour of late last year proved true, despite insistences from Motorola that there was no foundation in it when we published in December 2005.  This marks the end of Motorola's tradition in automotive electronics, in fact it's where the "Motor" part of the companys' name comes from.  I doubt it will be rebranding itself "Phoneorola" anytime soon, but the "Motor" part certainly no longer has anything to do with the company's ongoing business.  We wish all the ex-Motorolan's who are transferring to Continental good luck, at least the new company is fully focused on the Automotive market and should be able to exploit the talents of the engineers better than Motorola were able.


4-Point Seat Belts: The Next Big Thing?

Ford Motor Company in the US is researching two advanced safety belt technologies in response to the changing demographics of the driving population. The company says seat belts remain the most important vehicle safety technology.


LIN Busses and a "How to" 

The latest LIN specification and SAE practices reduce size and complexity of embedded software for in-vehicle sensor and actuator network applications. A 2-part "how to" articles in Automotive Designline covers basics and LIN master nodes.





Engineering Integrity Goes Online

Articles and papers from the Engineering Society’s bi-annual journal, Engineering Integrity, are now available to download via the online research resource, IngentaConnect.  This service will be free to all, opening online access to published papers on matters of engineering progress and development to a worldwide audience. Users will be able to download any paper published in Engineering Integrity since 2003.





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