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Radial decreases R&D cost and speed to market with new testing facility

"With the test chamber, we can [...] try design variations without having to pre-book a laboratory," says Radial Engineering's Donald Carmichael

Radial Engineering has added a new pre-compliance testing facility to its R&D department in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada.

“We are moving towards a greater use of digital switching devices, digital networks and wireless communication,” comments Radial’s Donald Carmichael (picture). “This is forcing government agencies around the world, such as the FCC in the United States and CE in Europe, to implement controls over EMI pollutants that cause radio emissions which could cause disruptions. As a result, these agencies require products to be tested and be in compliance with strict emissions standards set by each regulating body. Companies that do not properly test their equipment are subject to restricted trade and severe penalties.

“After several rounds of working with local test facilities, the tremendous costs for the approvals process became so prohibitive that the decision was made to invest in a pre-test chamber. As an example of cost, testing a single product off-site can be upwards of $20,000 (£13,000; €17,500) to achieve FCC approval. With the test chamber, sniffing probes, reception antenna and monitoring equipment at hand, we can quickly walk over to the chamber with various types of shielding materials to try design variations without having to pre-book a laboratory weeks in advance in order to get things done. The side benefit is speed to market.”