AutoEMC Newsletter No. 7: September 2004
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Automotive and EMC Conferences
EMC Europe 2004
This International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility
runs on 6-10 September in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. The AutoEMC.net newsletter
would be pleased to receive comments on this show or a review for our next
Automotive EMC 2004 Conference
Just over a month to go to this years Automotive EMC 2004
Conference. Bookings are only open until 1st October and discounts are no
longer available (ended 1st September).
This years' conference has enhanced "goodies"
available with bookmarks and conference bags being supplied to all registered
delegates thanks to some generous sponsorship (details in the delegate pack).
The delegate pack is now available and on-line (1.1MB PDF), this can be
downloaded for interested non-registered parties and will be e-mailed to all
registered delegates on 1st October.
IPC Europe Designers Learning Symposium
The IPC DLS postponed from May will now be running from 10th
to 12th October 2004 at South Mimms. Two of the Automotive EMC 2004
presenters are giving seminars on the first day so they are definitely in for a
The automotive interiors conference actually features a paper
on EMC this year; “Limits on cockpit design: the latest EU Directive on
Electro-Magnetic Compatibility” (by yet another of our Automotive EMC 2004
speakers). This conference has been added to our
event calendar and we have also started adding events for 2005.
IEEE US Automotive EMC Conference
We received a few interesting feedbacks on our review of this
conference in our last newsletter, these are posted anonymously for those
interested. It also brought up the interesting question of whether the SAE
should bother maintaining their own EMC standards in light of the ISO/CISPR
standards and trend towards OEM EMC standards convergence? Any further
feedback is always welcomed.
EMC York 2004
A review of the recent EMC York conference and exhibition is
posted for those who were unable to attend and are interested in what they
Automotive EMC 2005
Next year the conference is moving to Germany and will be
earlier in the year, planned for 11th May 2005 at the Nuremberg Messe, alongside
SENSOR+TEST 2005 exhibition. Due to the earlier date (the previous
conferences have been in the Autumn) the "Call for
Papers" is now posted and on-line. Synopsis deadline is 20th December
2004, hence still plenty of time to work on a topic for next years conference.
If these acronyms mean nothing to you either you don't work
in Europe or you are hiding your head in the sand? If you work or supply
to Europe they might soon come as a nasty surprise. We have obtained PDF
copies of the End-of-Life Vehicle (ELV), Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS)
Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directives and placed them in the
"European Standards" section of our standards page. They are all
smaller than 230kB so easy to download.
IEC EMC Workshops in Asia-Pacific
A review of various EMC workshops run by the IEC across the SEA region during the summer were provided in the recent IEC newsletter. These workshops primarily concern the development of global EMC standards.
Compliance Update Seminar
A review of the free seminar provided by TRL Compliance
Services and Schaffner in June has been providing by one of the delegates.
Another of these seminars is being run on 12th October in
Bradford, however, we expect all readers of this newsletter to be otherwise
engaged at the Automotive EMC 2004 conference! (or EMC UK 2004) If you
can't make the trip to Newbury then the seminar details can be found via the
ETL SEMKO Acquires Testing and Certification Firm Entela Inc.
The main interest of this item is that Intertek Group appear
to have purchased Entela Inc. primarily for their automotive EMC test
capability. More commercial EMC test facilities now appear to be chasing
the Automotive EMC business.
Cape Engineering Acquire EMC Projects
This item arrived the day after the last newsletter was issued, hence may be old news to some of our readers. However it is an interesting combination for the Automotive customers of either of these companies since often the environmental testing and EMC testing are out-sourced by the same people at Tier 1 suppliers.
EMC Design Course at MIRA Ltd
the success of their EMC course in June, MIRA Ltd are planning a repeat course
for Wednesday 8th September.
you'd like more information, check their website for a brief overview from the
previous course delegates.
Cost of End-of-Life Vehicles Directive
Autelligence have calculated that the ELV directive will have
a total liability of over GBP13 billion (Euro 19B or nearly USD 24B). This
will ultimately have to be paid for by vehicle buyers. Will
recyclability become the next big legislated design issue? Is it already?
ISO 9000: Still A Valid Standard?
Our article in the last issue concerning the relevance of ISO
9000 provoked a few heated responses, notably one in favour of some form of
LIN Bus – An
Emerging Standard for Body Control Applications?
Local Interconnect Network (LIN) is a relative newcomer to the automotive world, but appears to be offering the same level of uptake for body modules as CAN has done for powertrain. Embedded Systems Engineering magazine has a view from Microchip on the ins-and-outs of the LIN bus that provides an excellent primer on the topic.
Microsoft and CAR Team to Study Auto Industry Practices
know Microsoft have been looking to move into the automotive software business
for some time and this research study is innocuous enough, but I have to confess
to having a real fear of using an Operating System (OS) from Microsoft
in-vehicle. Even my PDA navigator is somewhat suspect if the wind blows
the wrong way and I seriously doubt that the vehicle supply converter can cope
with the automotive transients (it's sold in Europe without an
Would you trust a Microsoft OS for anything remotely function critical?
Even a body controller for door locks and windows (sic) would be a step too far
Would you trust a Microsoft OS for anything remotely function critical? Even a body controller for door locks and windows (sic) would be a step too far for me.
One of our regular contributors has written an update to the
EU Automotive EMC directive that was published in the "EMC and Compliance
Journal" in their July edition. For those who do not have time to
trawl through the directive (still available via our Papers and Standards pages)
the article is a good alternative to cross-comparing two EU directive revisions.
The same author has also updated their 42V-Powernet paper
from last years Automotive EMC 2003 conference for an article in the US trade
journal "Compliance Engineering".
Both papers can be found via the last 2 links on the
Technical Papers page.
We are delighted to welcome MIRA Ltd as sponsor of our
standards page. With the ELV, RoHS and WEEE directives recently placed on
this page we expect them to enjoy a high number of referred hits.
The website statistics for the first half of 2004 are now
available for those interested. We have had an incredibly successful first
half, undoubtedly due to the recent EU Automotive Directive changes and our
carrying of full copies of the old and new directives, but even this does not
fully explain our massive increase in hits (more than the whole of 2003).
We guess people are still discovering the Automotive EMC network and even more
encouragingly those that know about us are coming back. We'd like to thank
all our subscribers for using our site and hope that we can continue to provide
you with a free information service that meets your requirements. We
always welcome feedback by e-mail on any aspect of the site or information provided.
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