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SAR Lab at Northwest EMC Celebrates First Anniversary

Northwest EMC, Inc., an industry leading EMC and EMI Test and certification service provider, has marked the first anniversary of its SAR Evaluation lab at its Hillsboro test facility.

SAR, or Specific Absorption Rate, is a measure of radio frequency (RF) energy absorbed by the head or body and is used to test devices used closer than 20 cm to the head or body, including wireless communication devices like cell phones. As adoption of these devices soars, so has demand for reliable SAR Testing. The addition of the new SAR Lab at Northwest EMC, opened in January of 2011, has proven a natural fit with the test provider’s other wireless testing services.

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“At Northwest EMC, our goal is to provide our customers with the most up-to-date testing services available; which means we focus on improving and expanding services whenever possible,” says Dean Ghizzone, President of Northwest EMC. “We also offer our customers a full range of consultative services, from initial assessment to final documentation, to ensure the best overall experience.”

The one-year-old SAR Lab at Northwest EMC’s Hillsboro location has seen steady growth in the number of companies looking to ensure their wireless devices comply with the exposure limits set by the FCC and other spectrum authorities around the world. SAR Testing is part of the equipment authorization process for manufacturers wishing to bring their products to market; Northwest EMC is able to provide the services that fulfill customers’ needs thanks to the installation of a DASY5 EM scanner from SPEAG, the government-preferred supplier of evaluation scanning equipment out of Zurich, Switzerland.

Ongoing improvement and the addition of new testing services is a way of life for the EMC Test provider. Opening a new SAR testing lab in January 2011 may have added new testing capabilities, but the company already offered robust testing and certification services. And improvements have not stopped with the new SAR lab; the company is currently hard at work expanding its EMC test facility in Irvine, California, to include a new 3-meter chamber that will be used to increase NW EMC automotive testing services. The new expansion is expected to conclude in late spring of 2012.


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