The Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC)

Company from Barcelona

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EMC Barcelona

EMC Barcelona Purpose

Help our customers develop electromagnetically compatible electronic systems.

OUR MISSION

To be a reference and competitive company in the provision of services related to Electromagnetic Compatibility.

OUR VISION

To be the leading provider of solutions for electromagnetic compatibility requirements acting in accordance with a comprehensive approach in supporting our clients from a design phase to product certification.

Business Activity

Our primary business activity is the realization of service projects that include testing, research and development, consultancy, and training activities within the scope of Electromagnetic Compatibility and compliance with the directives, regulations, and standards that are applicable in this matter.

Our Value Proposition

  • We help companies make their products compliant

    Self-certification testing procedures defined at the EMC and Radio Equipment Directives addressed for companies, especially for SMEs and Start-ups.

  • Pre-certification services

    Reduce non-compliance risks through reliable and cost-effective EMC testing before final certification in a Notified Body. Mainly intended for medical devices, automotive, legal metrology equipment.

  • Electronic design expertise

    Design your equipment to comply with the EMC directive. Technical consultancy without conflicts of interest. Contrarily to an ISO/IEC 17025 accredited test, we do not act as a third party.

  • Flexible price/hour rate

    Our flexible pricing scheme based on an hourly rate defined for each type of our service differs from the typical "fixed budget per project" approach used by our competitors.

  • Develop our clients' testing capabilities

    We can support our clients in the development of their EMC testing facilities, specifically oriented for their products. This includes laboratory equipment, testing procedures development, staff training.

  • State-of-the-art tailor-made solutions

    Our research experienced staff is capable of addressing challenging problems like no other competitor.

Our services

Testing services​

EMISSIONS & IMMUNITY TESTING

We offer a wide emission and immunity testing possibilities, including harmonised standards of EMC & RED Directives and automotive testing services.

We carry out measurements according to the Harmonised Standards of Electromagnetic compatibility Directive 2014/30/EU.

Emissions tests: Conducted and radiated emissions [55016-2-1, 55011, 55032], Harmonics [61000-3-2], Flickers [61000-3-3].

Immunity tests: Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) [61000-4-2], Radiated Immunity [61000-4-3], Fast Transients (Burst) [61000-4-4], Surge [61000-4-5], RF Conducted Immunity [61000-4-6], Magnetic Field 50 Hz [61000-4-8], Voltage Dips [61000-4-11]

Product and Generic standards fully covered: Generic standards for residential and industry environments [61000-6-series], Rolling-stock apparatus [50121-3-2], Laboratory equipment [61326-1], Medical equipment [60601-1-2], and many other.

We offer you the possibility to test the integration of  radio modules for Internet of Things (IoT), which makes that your equipment falls under RED Directive. Applying IEC and ETSI standards, always following the RED Directive guide.

Equipment integrating previously certified modules: We ensure that your equipment is compliant with the harmonised standards of RED and EMC requirements like EN 301 489 standard series, when your device includes a radio module with Bluetooth, WiFi, RFID,… technologies. Otherwise we are able to test spurious emissions or radiated power according to many standards like EN 300 220, EN 300 330, EN 300 328, …

Equipment without certificated modules: We are able to complete full testing of equipment using ISM bands like 13.56 MHz, 433 MHz, 868 MHz and others.

We are able to carry out specific EMC emissions and immunity testing for automotive appliance following international standards and regulations like CISPR 25, ISO 11452 or UN/ECE Regulation 10

UNECE Regulation 10: We carry out some pre-evaluation tests according to the EMC regulation for Harmonized Technical United Nations Regulations for equipment which can be used on wheeled vehicles including systems for charging the electric vehicle to the power grid. Also, we help you to know if your equipment falls within the regulation according to the European Commission. Providing you the possibility to test radiated emissions, conducted emissions according to the 50498 for aftermarket electronic equipment in vehicles.

Manufacturers standards: Otherwise, we are able to perform some immunity and emissions pre-evaluation tests according to original equipment manufacturer (OEM) standards.

IN-SITU TESTING

In-situ EMC testing for large-fixed installations is one of our strong capabilities. We apply full-compliant  Time-domain EMI measurements to address the complexity of in-situ EMC.

On some occasions, it is not plausible to carry out measurements at a test laboratory due to the size of the equipment under test or other limitations like the type of power supply needed. Hence, on-site measurements shall be performed to evaluate equipment according to the EMC Directive.

Fixed installations: what is said by the EMC Directive?

Fixed installations are not subject to certain rules of free movement within the Union. Therefore, they are not subject to the requirements for CE marking, DoC or formal EMC assessment before putting into service. However, fixed installations have to comply with the essential requirements and other specific requirements (Annex I of the Directive) which apply to them.

Cases suitable for on-site measurements:

Railway industry (Rolling Stock, railway infrastructure), Large PV facilities, Large equipment, High power equipment or facility, Huge vehicles, setups for scientific experiments that emit RF….

We apply state-of-the-art measurement techniques developed within the framework of international research projects, which enables us to overcome common inconveniences that appear at on-site measurements. These troubles are associated with the fact that outdoor measurements always imply the presence of variable background noise. However, Full Time-Domain EMI measurements have many advantages and it has been successfully applied on several occasions. 

Advantages: Steadier background noise due to the reduction of the effective measurement time, Full spectrum real-time measurements, Multichannel synchronous measurements, Versatility of the measurement system, Time-domain data available to compute advanced detector to relate EMI with BER.

Applied in: Railway, measuring a moving rolling stock vehicle; Scientific installation, applied to a variable Radio Frequency source; and many other large fixed installations.

TAILOR-MADE MEASUREMENTS

We are a reference company to conduct state-of-the-art measurements according to the last developments in the field of electromagnetic compatibility

We can offer bespoke testing solutions to almost any Electromagnetic related aspect including Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC), Electromagnetic Fields (EMF), Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) and Radio Frequency (RF). Contact us and we will help you if you need any related measurement.

  • Electromagnetic characterisation of materials. Including novel materials like 3D printed or conductive textiles. Measurement of parameters such as impedance, conductivity, permittivity, and shielding effectiveness.
  • Electromagnetic Eavesdropping. We have conducted TEMPEST measurements obtaining the image of remote displays by measuring the unintended EMF.
  • Assessment of electromagnetic interferences in communication systems. We use novel detectors to analyse time-domain EMI measurements  and predict their impact on communication performance in terms of digital quality metrics such as BER and RxQual.

Consultancy & Knowledge Transfer services​

ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS DESIGN

We offer EMC consultancy in electronic systems design whether you need comprehensive assistance from a design scratch or if you need a quick fix to overcome non-compliances identified during testing.

We can help you to develop your equipment from scratch when many EMC solutions at reduced costs are available. We will guide you in accordance with the standards applicable to your equipment, offering you a strategy to overcome common cases of non-compliance. Our service can start from day zero of your PCB or system design.

After taking your equipment to an EMC test laboratory, non-compliances are likely to be identified. However, finding a suitable solution  is not a straightforward process. We will help you to identify the underlying problematic, offering a cost-effective proper re-design solution and if necessary perform the testing before going for another certification round.

Furthermore, we can offer you some samples like ferrites (SMD or cable), common mode chokes, EMI filters, transient voltage suppressor (TVS), shielding solutions, etc… to re-design your equipment and make it compliant.

ON THE FIELD EMC TROUBLESHOOTING

We can solve your EMC problems on-site when an interference case has been identified

Through  advanced measurement techniques our experts can identify the interference source, the coupling path, and the victim. For that purpose we combine standard and non-standard  methods for analysing conducted or radiated emissions supported by EMC specific instrumentation and others like state-of-the-art oscilloscopes.

Our team will go to the facility, where the interference case has been detected and will find out a solution for you. Conducting measurements when necessary and proposing mitigating countermeasures to avoid interference and increase your system resilience to interferences. These solutions can be directly implemented at the interference scenario or through the EMC test laboratory.

EMC Quality audits and control of production

Our expertise enables us to help you to create an EMC plan to control your production, develop your EMC testing capabilities and help you to success ISO/IEC 17025 audits

We can help you to create a plan, according to the guidelines provided by European Directives, to control your production and ensure that it is always compliant with the essential requirements of the Directives. The plan will describe the tests needed during all the period that you are selling your product and it will identify which critical modification on your product’s components should imply some EMC re-assessment.

Through our experience working at EMC laboratories, we can guide you to develop testing facilities at your company. Evaluating which are the specific needs of your products regarding EMC testing and the budget available. We can help you select the tests needed, the instrumentation and facilities necessary to carry out the test, creating the procedures and finally training your staff.

We have experience acting as auditors of EMC laboratories according to ISO/IEC 17025. Therefore, we can offer you training or pre-assessments to have success in audits. Checking the scope of your accreditation, procedures and processes, proper traceability, uncertainty evaluation of your tests or evaluating the staff in charge to perform the tests.

EMF safety assessments non-ionizing radiation

We can perform EMF measurements, EM simulations and recommend mitigation techniques to ensure people’s safety regarding non-ionizing radiation

Directive 2013/35/EU defines minimum health and safety requirements regarding the exposure of workers to the risks arising from physical agents (electromagnetic fields). This mandatory Directive is based on The International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), which provides scientific advice and guidance on the health and environmental effects of non-ionizing radiation (NIR) to protect people and the environment from detrimental NIR exposure.

We can perform on-site EMF safety assessment through broadband and narrowband measurement according to the standards. Evaluating the compliance with the limits established for workers, general public and sensitive collectives like persons with pacemakers. We are able to measure the EMF from DC, which is common for Railway applications, and up to 8 GHz.

If measurements are above the limits defined at the international standards, you should apply actions and mitigation techniques to ensure that people are not exposed to the high-levels of the EMF. We will support you in defining the best mitigation strategy and implement it to comply with the Directives and standards.

We can perform EM simulations to evaluate, computationally, if the EMF can be critical or to test possible solutions before their implementation, reducing the cost of applying faulty solutions. Moreover, we are capable to produce EM simulations with traceable human phantoms, which is extremely useful to obtain Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) levels and check non-compliance with standards.

EM risk assessment

We will provide you an EMC risk analysis to protect your equipment or infrastructure from electromagnetic interference or electromagnetic attacks.

We will help you to identify the EMC threats applicable to your product or infrastructure. This will guide us to the goal of classifying the possible risks in terms of impact and quantify the level of significance.

This study will be done gathering the contextual and normative information with constant communication between our team and you to provide us the relevant documentation.

We can perform on-site inspections and audits based in the preliminary risk analysis, performing emissions on-site tests or immunity tests at EMC laboratories when necessary.

Complementary, we will classify the findings and propose a set of mitigation strategies for addressing the relevant EMC risks.

Complete testing laboratory available through an agreement with GCEM-UPC

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Our Team

Marc Aragón

I have been working hard getting large expertise in EMC since 2002 when I started in this engineering topic. My experience covers many years collaborating in EMC design issues with companies developing any kind of electronic products, performing testing, training and advising in design, measurements, and standards in all kinds of sectors such as automotive, industrial, residential, aerospace or medical devices.

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Marco Azpúrua

My experience in the field of EMC began in 2009. Since then, I have developed a research oriented profile specialized in EMI and RF/uW instrumentation with a strong background in quality management, metrology, and test system automation. I hold a Ph.D. in engineering for my contributions to full time-domain EMI measurement and their applications in complex scenarios.

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Iván gonzález

I started working in the field of Electromagnetic Compatibility in 2015. Since then, I have owned the opportunity to grow my experience helping many companies that develop electronic/electrical products. Advising them from the beginning of their projects and performing testing  to all types of equipment that falls within the scope of the EMC Directive and the Radio Equipment Directive.

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MARC POUS

I am working at EMC since 2003, helping companies to make their equipment complaint and conducting EMC research. My skills are EMC design, testing, EM simulation, training for companies and standarisation. I have participated in more than 10 national and international research projects, during and after my Ph.D., focusing on developing novel EMI measurement and evaluation systems.

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Our compromise

High qualified staff

EMC Barcelona staff has an accumulated experience of more than 50 years in Electromagnetic Compatibility

Strong Partnerships

We cannot do everything but we know who can help you.. With our strong contacts around Europe your problem will be solved

Personal close relationship

We want to listen and help you. Following all your design progress from the scratch to the final product

State-of-the-art & bespoke

Our research-experienced staff is capable of addressing challenging problems like no other competitor

Our partners

One of the leading European manufacturers of electronic and electromechanical components. #morethanyouexpect

The group focuses its activity on electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) innovation projects for companies and research centres

where to find us

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info@emc-barcelona.com
info@emc-barcelona.com
+34 747 40 35 09

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