EN 61326-1: 2013 Harmonized
After seven years, the harmonized standard for test, measurement and laboratory equipment has been updated. The new version is EN 61326-1: 2013. Many people who qualify their products under the generic standards aren't even aware of the existence of this standard, but EN 61326-1 is the product family standard for electrical equipment for measurement, control and laboratory use. In other words, this standard defines the EMC emissions and immunity requirements for compliance with these product types for shipment into the European Union (EU). Now that the 2013 version has been harmonized (i.e., published in the Official Journal of the EU), it will become mandatory on November 6th of 2015. The implication is that on that date, data, DoCs, etc. referencing the 2006 version will no longer be valid.
Recall that the hierarchy for EU standards is product specific, then product family and then generic. If a product specific standard exists for your product, you should test to it. If not, you should qualify your product by testing to a product family standard. If neither product specific nor product family standards exist for your product, you should qualify your product by testing to the generic standards.
For emission requirements, EN 61326-1 simply references CISPR 11/EN 55011 (the product family emissions standard for industrial, scientific and medical equipment). However, for immunity, it defines three different types of environments: basic, industrial and controlled electromagnetic. In addition, Annex A defines a limited subset of immunity requirements for portable test and measurement equipment which is battery powered. (An example of a product type covered under Annex A would be a battery-powered digital multi-meter.)
To view a white paper which summarizes the changes in this document, click here.
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EMC Design Seminar - April 1 and 2, 2014
Registration is now open for EMCI's Spring Design Seminar. EMC Essentials will once again be taught by Ken Wyatt. In the past, we have held this seminar at EMC Integrity. This year, however, we have moved the location to the Best Western Plaza Hotel in Longmont, CO. Their conference room offers much more comfortable accommodations and we've already checked out their catering, so I'm sure you won't be disappointed. Past attendees will attest to the value of this seminar, but be sure to register by February 28th to take advantage of our "early bird" discount. For more information on this seminar, click here, or contact Guy Dodds at EMC Integrity.
IEC 60601-1-2, 4th Edition Seminar - April 3, 2014
The 4th edition of IEC 60601-1-2 has finally passed voting, and EMCI has contracted Darryl Ray, who sits on the IEC 60601-1-2 committee, to give a 1/2 day presentation on the new standard. This seminar will last from 8:30 am to noon on April 3rd, and will take place at the Best Western Plaza Hotel in Longmont, CO. Anyone who designs medical electronics should attend, as these new requirements will have a significant impact on the medical electronics industry. The cost for this seminar is $495, but the information presented will be invaluable. Register by February 28th and take advantage of our "early bird" discount. For more information on this seminar, click here, or contact Guy Dodds at EMC Integrity.
Thursdays at EMCI are Officially "Bodacious"!
Every Thursday, the Bodacious Eats food truck sets up in the vacant lot just west of EMCI, serving excellent hot sandwiches and burgers from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Their delicious food is a welcome addition to Vista Commercial Center, providing convenient take out dining for EMCI employees, clients and the entire park. Their menu changes from week to week, but you can always count on great food and friendly service.