TDK breaks ground on £1m UK EMC centre

October 04, 2018 // By Nick Flaherty
TDK has started construction of a major new £1m EMC test facility alongside its power supply manufacturing plant in Ilfracombe, North Devon.

Due to open in spring 2019, the building will house an anechoic chamber for onsite EMC compliance testing of its products.

‘’It is a major upgrade to our EMC test facilities,” said Geoff Wilby, Joint Managing Director of TDK-Lambda UK. “We anticipate increasingly stringent EMC legislation and measurements at our current Open Area Test Site (OATS) are becoming increasingly difficult due to rising background electromagnetic emissions. As these worsen,we anticipate that the OATS set up will only be suitable for pre-compliance testing of our power supplies.

“The new facility will house a semi-anechoic test chamber, measuring 9.3m x 6.3m x 6.3m (LWH), supplied by our sister company TDK RF Solutions. Here our test engineers will perform electromagnetic compatibilitymeasurements in full compliance with EN, CISPR and ANSI standards. This will enable us to fully-certify our products onsite without the need to book external test facilities and to carry out retests without consequent delays associated with availability of sites. We expect to save over £180k per year as a result of our investment.

“In addition, we will be able to provide a much deeper level of support assisting our customers to gain compliance of their end equipment.’’

TDK-Lambda also has an R&D centre in the region at the Bristol & Bath Science Park

www.uk.tdk-lambda.com

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