October 2016 Open-Enrollment Course

Four Days, Three Courses - Westford,  MA

Dr. Todd Hubing will be presenting his Advanced Printed Circuit Board Design for EMC course in Westford, Massachusetts this October. The course is part of a four-day sequence of courses offered by Lee Hill, of Silent Solutions, together with Dr. Bruce Archambeault and Dr. Hubing. For more information and registration visit the event info page on the Silent Solutions website.

EMC Tests

Fundamentals of Electromagnetic Compatibility

Magnetic Field Shielding due to Eddy CurrentsProduct engineers with a basic knowledge of important EMC fundamentals can easily avoid many of the most common design mistakes that result in EMC test failures. This two-day course is designed to introduce these fundamental concepts to circuit designers, board layout professionals, test engineers or anyone with an interest in ensuring that electronic systems meet their EMC requirements. The course stresses the fundamental concepts and tools that electronics engineers can employ to avoid electromagnetic compatibility and signal integrity problems. Students completing the course will be able to make good decisions regarding board layout and system design for EMC. They will also be well prepared for advanced courses in electromagnetic compatibility that require students to have a basic grasp of important fundamental concepts.
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Design for Guaranteed EMC Compliance

Circuit Board and SchematicIs it possible to design a complex system such as an automotive or industrial control system, computing device, or telecommunications equipment, that is guaranteed to meet all electromagnetic compatibility requirements before the first prototype has been tested? In most cases, Yes! In fact, designing for guaranteed EMC compliance is a more systematic and cost-effective way of ensuring that products won't have problems in the field, as compared to simply testing for EMC compliance after the product is built.

Designing for guaranteed compliance is not a matter of following a set of design rules or sealing everything inside a metal enclosure. It is a systematic process of identifying and evaluating all possible EMC sources, victims and coupling paths within a system as well as coupling between the system and its environment. At first glance, this may sound overwhelming, but designing for guaranteed compliance can usually be accomplished without any impact on product cost or development schedules.

This course leads students through the process of systematically ensuring that their product designs will meet all applicable EMC requirements. Students will learn to identify and utilize the ground structure, control the flow of high and low-frequency currents, identify and characterize potential sources and victims of EMI, control bandwidths, ignore structures and coupling paths that do not contribute to EMC problems, and systematically identify and evaluate structures and coupling paths capable of causing a product to be non-compliant. 

It is assumed that students taking this course have a basic understanding of fundamental EMC concepts (for example, students that have completed the Fundamentals of Electromagnetic Compatibility course or the Electronic Systems Design for EMC Compliance course). The focus of the course will be on the application of these fundamental concepts to the systematic evaluation of actual product designs.
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