MVG and AR partner on EMC facility for auto parts maker Huf

Nov. 3, 2016

The Microwave Vision Group (MVG) has announced that its partnership with AR RF/Microwave Instrumentation has enabled automotive component company Huf North America to obtain an overall turnkey solution.

Huf develops and produces mechanical and electrical locking systems, tire pressure monitoring systems, and telematic systems for the automotive industry worldwide. Amongst its clients are automobile manufacturers such as Audi, BMW, and Ferrari.

On a regular basis, Huf needs to identify EMC potential issues or to confirm that there are no issues.

“Until 2016, we had been outsourcing our compliance tests, but it was expensive and scheduling tests takes time,” explained Yipeng Tang, hardware engineer at Huf North America Automotive Parts Manufacturing, Corp. “We wanted to reduce our product development time. At this stage, we felt we needed to build our own facility at our Farmington Hills lab, in which radiated emissions and radiated immunity testing could be performed.”

Customized anechoic chamber

MVG has helped Huf maximize the available space and budget. It has built and installed a customized semi-anechoic chamber to allow EMC testing in-house and meet all the varied required standards. Then, AR has designed and integrated the EMC test system, which will be used to perform the testing inside of the MVG chamber.

The expected benefits of having an on-site test facility at Huf include

  • time-saving, as it removes the need to schedule testing at a commercial testing facility;
  • cost-effective, as the test chamber will serve all global Huf branches and will be used by the entire company;
  • confidentiality, as development tests will no longer involve third parties;
  • rapid feedback, as it will be possible to test, check, modify, and re-test with no constraint; and
  • quick validation, as compliance can be checked and verified when needed.

It is the first case for which MVG’s partnership with AR has enabled a U.S. client to obtain a complete turnkey solution for an overall test system and anechoic chamber. This solution is the concrete result of AR and MVG’s strong relationship and ability to combine their product lines and knowledge to offer a one stop shop of quality, tailored, EMC solutions.

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