AutoEMC Newsletter No.25: April 2009


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Automotive and EMC Conferences


EMC Career Assistance Tools

Organised by The South-eastern Michigan IEEE EMC Society and moderated by Kimball Williams of Denso International America, this event includes panel members Keith Frazier, Larry Banasky, Steve English, Rob Kado and Bob Neff.  A sign of the current time, this is running on 16 April 2009 from 5:30 PM at Fairlane Campus, University of Michigan, School of Management, Fairlane Center North, 19000 Hubbard Drive, Dearborn, MI 48126.


European EMC Automotive Regulations Workshop

York University are running the above course on 6 May 2009, fees are £435 + VAT.  Course location is at The University of York, York, UK.


Techno-Frontier 2009

This annual event in Japan covers more than just EMC, but does include one of the largest EMC exhibitions in the region (EMC Japan) now running for its 22nd year.


SAE 2009 World Congress

20-23 April 2009 at the Cobo Center, Detroit, Michigan USA with this years theme being “Racing to Green Mobility”


Injection Systems for IC Engines

13 – 14 May 2009 at IMechE, One Birdcage Walk, London.


EMC Fest 2009 "Practical EMC Measurement Techniques"

21 May 2009 at Canton Summit on the Park, Canton, Michigan, 46000 Summit Parkway, Canton, Michigan 48188


Low-Carbon Vehicles

20-21 May 2009 at IMechE, 1 Birdcage Walk, London.  This conference is the first in a series of events designed to inform the debate surrounding the carbon challenge, covering a wide range of technological approaches to cutting C02 emissions from vehicles





CISPR 12 Ed. 6.1 (2009-03)

Significant changes to this new edition include general improvement in wording and the deletion of the narrowband/broadband distinction. This consolidated version consists of the sixth edition (2007) and its amendment (2009).


Teseq Sponsors Standards Pages

New sponsorship for the Design, Links and Standards pages has been kindly offered by Teseq, this now completes the sponsorship of the site and guarantees these pages up to 2013.  As well as Teseq, we would like to thank all of our other page sponsors; 3C Test Ltd, Conekt and EM Test for their contributions to maintaining the website.



EMC Test


EMV Ltd now AR United Kingdom Ltd  

AR continues to expand it’s name in Europe by renaming EMV Ltd to bring it in-line with the recently formed AR Europe.  EMV has long had a good working relationship with AR and the UK EMC test market, but some of it’s other franchise may not be so happy, in particular we’re thinking about EM Test AG and the reportedly acrimonious split of their relationship with AR in the US.


Merger of KTL and TRL Compliance

What was Kingston Telecommunications Ltd test facility and Transport Research Laboratory compliance facilities, are now merged into TRaC Global (Testing Regulatory and Compliance).  The merged company will be continuing to provide Automotive testing capability, including full vehicle tests, that can now be more easily accessed by any of KTL’s customers.  The new combined company effectively has over 20 EMC test chambers available.





Chip Provides EMI and ESD Protection for Vehicle Networks

A new LIN (local interconnect network) SBC (system basic chip) family from Freescale Semiconductor has been crafted to provide both EMC and ESD performance for LIN vehicle networks.  Good to know IC designers are taking the issues of Automotive EMC on-chip and hopefully making the module designers job a little easier.


Solving Emission Problems with EMI/RFI-suppressing Connectors

Although this article in Interference Technology is not directly related to Automotive Connectors, there are good tips and lessons contained in the piece.


Tire Pressure Monitoring Reduces CO2 Emissions

While the title might sound a bit overambitious, the introduction of tire pressure monitoring in the EU could help boost some parts of the automotive electronics industry.


China No. 2 Global Car Maker

It seems an almost inevitable sign of the times that China should overtake the US to the number 2 slot and threaten the position of Japan as no.1.  In many ways its more due to internal market size than credit crunch or other global economic factor.  The starting point is also very low for existing car ownership. The next threat to this chart must surely by India, especially now Tata have the Nano?





Credit Crunch and the Auto-World

It would appear the credit crunch is making a big impact in the automotive world, possibly more so than in many other industries, even those tied into the housing market.  As a general feeling it would appear that many companies in this industry are reducing their workforce by over 10%, even those who are not as directly impacted appear to be reducing labour levels across the board.  Clearly some are even worse effected and are going into administration.  Our sympathies extend to all those readers who may be affected by this banking induced crisis and hope in the fullness of time to welcome them back into the business and back into the Automotive EMC Network.


Web Site Stability in the Economic Climate

The Automotive EMC Network itself is run as a not-for-profit organisation and as such is not directly impacted, we have just 1 paid employee and as she is part time is not a great overhead.  We have no debt and very low overheads.  But we have noticed a slowing of contributions to the site over the past 12 months and as a result the frequency of Newsletters has been difficult to maintain.  However, the site and its contents is completely funded up to 2013 so there is no need to worry about us disappearing into the ether in the short term.


Some Engineering Fun

We don’t normally follow jokes etc. in the newsletter, but Espresso Engineering appear to have take the You-Tube phenomena and added jokes at the expense of engineering to a gentle but amusing level.  Clearly pandering to the traditional stereotype, but if the glove fits…





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