Automotive EMC 2007: Navigating Automotive Compliance 

   

This years Automotive EMC Conference returned to co-locate with the EMC UK Conference and Exhibition at the Newbury Racecourse on 16th October.

    

The conference was well attended with approximately 30 delegates, although this varied throughout the day as some delegates from the adjacent seminar visited for specific papers.  The 8 papers were all of a high calibre as shown by the high scores given by the delegates on their questionnaire responses.  

    

The first paper (the keynote presentation) looked at the requirements of AEMCLRP certification for test houses was provided by Ayhan Gunsaya of Ford, this looked at what is needed above and beyond the usual requirements to meet the ISO 17025.  The standard, put together by the "Big-3" US automotive vehicle manufacturers agrees some common test methods, but sadly didn't bring the manufacturers any closer to agreeing levels or specifications.

    

The papers were varied, covering design with a very well received paper by Tim Jarvis on designing to meet the load dump requirement plus papers on modelling antennas by John Ojha and on simulating in-car ESA's and cable harnesses by Paul Duxbury.  The best paper, as voted by the delegates, was by Luke Turnbull on ground plane resonances with low frequency testing radiated emissions in the CISPR-25 standard.  Other test standard papers covered recent proposed changes to the ISO 10605 ESD standard and revisions to the signal test standard ISO 7637-3.  Looking to what the future standards might hold Alastair Ruddle from MIRA Ltd looked at the field levels that are generated by mobile communications inside the vehicle.

    

The day went smoothly with papers on time, plenty of breaks with time to visit the exhibition, lunch was good and judging by the responses from the delegates it was a successful event.

  

 


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