EMC interconnect design and test facility completes initial design stage

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A UK project to develop an emc interconnect design and test system, based on computer simulated techniques, has now completed its initial design stage.

Aldermaston based KEC has been working with the University of Reading on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership for two years, with the final report on the project gaining an 'excellent' rating by the Technology Strategy Board. When complete, the project will enable KEC to offer a design and test service for emc assemblies and cable harnesses by simulating the emc characteristics. According to the emc backshell specialist, this would mean that equipment required to meet emc specifications could be designed 'right first time', saving on redesign and re-test costs prior to certification. The next stage of the project is to carry out field trials on the system and KEC is working with partners from a range of industries to finalise the product. KEC's managing director, Cheryl Watson, said: "We are already working with a major company in the aerospace industry and several others have expressed interest in the project. We want to work with companies from as many areas of industry as possible with a broad cross section of applications and emc problems. It is an ideal opportunity for companies that wish to prove an emc assembly as we are confident that the system will make a big improvement in the time and cost of designing emc interconnect solutions." A signal passing along a shielded cable with a KC2300 series backshell attached indicating that most of the signal strength is contained within the harness system.