Expansion of frequencies in wireless device testing
Unintended interactions and signal interference between electronic products, as well as equipment emissions, can have adverse impacts on electronic devices and radio systems. For this reason, in many countries new products must comply with EMC requirements before launch. Our pre-compliance testing can enable you to detect and resolve potential design flaws early in the process to reduce design costs and accelerate market launch.
EMC compliance testing requirements
No global EMC compliance testing standard exists. Requirements vary from country to country, and regulations are continually evolving. At UL, we stay on top these changing EMC requirements so you don’t have to. We design the newest testing plans to meet new requirements and keep track of the changes in the required paperwork for your product to gain market access to more than 150 countries. We have been conducting compliance and pre-compliance testing for more than 20 years, and our solid reputation means you can trust your testing is performed correctly the first time, reducing your worry about product returns and recalls.
EMC testing solutions to help meet global requirements and regulations
Automated EMC testing increases efficiency helping to get your products evaluated and to market sooner. It also increases consistency of test results and data across our global suite of test laboratories, making your global market launch more seamless.
Accredited EMC testing laboratories
Our full-service EMC laboratories, equipped with state-of-the-art semi-anechoic chambers, hold important accreditations and are recognized by various regulatory bodies.
- Our engineers have an average of 30 years of experience in the field of EMC measurement and regulatory requirements.
- UL’s global laboratories follow standardized testing plans and have synchronized reporting systems so you can expect consistent results no matter where you do business with us. Our network of global laboratories provides redundancy and the ability to move staff and projects around to meet surge demands for accelerated product launches.
- Remote Witnessing of Test lets you work in real-time with the engineers testing your products without the need to spend time and money traveling to a test laboratory.
- We can provide nearly all your testing, verification and compliance needs in one location, increasing efficiency and decreasing costs and time to market launch.
Emission and immunity testing
Our global network of state-of-the-art emission, immunity testing and millimeter wave (mmWave) testing laboratories and security systems keep your proprietary designs protected.
We can tailor EMC test methodology and documentation to your own specifications to help ensure the most efficient use of your time and budget.
CISPR 32, 35 and the evolution of multimedia standards
The International Spacial Committee on Radio Interference (CISPR) is one of the central publishers of EMC standards. With tried and true EMC beginning in the 1960s, testing standards have continued to expand to accommodate technological advances.
For example, in the 2000s, the noisy frequency band of PCs called for a standard that could handle emissions from information technology (IT) devices. This led to CISPR 22 (emissions standard) and 24 (immunity standard). These replaced CISPR 13 and 20, which themselves only covered audio and broadcast receivers (AV equipment) such as radios and televisions.
CISPR 32, 35 solutions
Soon, the advent of microcomputers and multimedia tech presented the problem of covering both AV and IT, leading to CISPR 32 (published 2012) and 35 (published 2018). The challenge to create an emissions standard that covers both AV and IT equipment was solved by integrating traditional applications from the last two CISPR iterations. CISPR 32 covers traditional CISPR 13 and 22 applications, while CISPR 35 covers CISPR 20 and 24 applications.
The importance of MRAs globally
The Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) is a bilateral agreement that allows the certification of equipment from one country to be carried out in another. The signing of an MRA facilitates the import and export of telecommunications equipment, electrical appliances, etc., with the aim of reducing the burden on companies and promoting bilateral trade.
Services by industry
With our EMC testing and certification solutions, we serve a wide range of industries worldwide, including:
- Consumer electronics
- IT equipment
- Audio/visual equipment
- Mobile and telecommunication
- Medical technologies
- Small and major appliances
- Industrial electronics
Auto industry benefits
Vehicle electronic subassemblies and components pose unique testing challenges to recreate the in-vehicle device operation and monitor performance in a laboratory setting. Our expert engineers assist automotive suppliers with original equipment manufacturer (OEM) recognized EMC validation testing of varied component types, such as switches, motors, electronic control units (ECUs), lighting assemblies, electric vehicle (EV) battery control modules and even complex infotainment modules to meet OEM testing requirements.
To help you gain access to the European market, we are designated to test automotive electronic/electric subassemblies (ESAs) for compliance with the Vehicle Type Directive and the E Mark certification of components.
We can advise you on whether a product is an immunity-related device (integral to the working of the vehicle), which may need additional testing in order to gain market approval.
Medical industry benefits
For medical products, IEC 60601-1-2 fourth edition has significant changes that impact both testing and risk management related to basic safety and essential performance. On Dec. 31, 2018, this standard became mandatory for new product submittals to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and medical products entering the European Union. This standard requires that risks resulting from reasonably foreseeable electromagnetic disturbance be taken into account in the risk management process and references ISO 14971, Medical Devices – Application of Risk Management to Medical Devices.
Why UL for wireless device EMC testing
Leveraging our know-how into your product development process can help you avoid costly errors and accelerate time to market. Our pre-compliance testing may help you detect and resolve potential design flaws early in the process to reduce design costs and accelerate market launch.
We’ll walk you through every step of the compliance process to help ensure your products meet EMC requirements in your target markets.
Our customized testing solutions can enhance EMC testing efficiency and reduce testing cycles to help you make the most of your time and budget.
Global Market Access
Our global network of EMC testing laboratories allows us to provide convenient services to you and your team, and our Global Market Access program extends this all-inclusive approach.
By combining EMC testing services with global safety certification and Global Market Access solutions, we can deliver the certifications needed to smoothly launch your product in your target markets.
Pre-compliance Testing Can Help Save You Time and Money
Help reduce the risk of noncompliance with our testing and certification solutions.
Offering an Agile EMC Wireless Certification Process
Our state-of-the-art facilities offer you efficient testing and certification solutions that evolve with the speed of the market.