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The Most Important Skill to Develop as a Compliance Professional

There is one important skill to develop, over and above all others, that makes life much easier, sets you on a path toward success, and increases your status as a true compliance professional.

Practical Engineering: Standards for Electricity Meters and Other Similar Devices

Electricity meters and other similar devices have their own set of unique standards and requirements.

EMC Bench Notes: Embedded Processor Characterization and Design Review

Let's use the basic tools and spectrum analyzer setup described in the last two months and use them to characterize an actual embedded processor board based on the Arduino design.

Military and Aerospace EMC: DO-160

Patrick Andre looks at the history and development of DO-160, “Environmental Conditions and Test Procedures for Airborne Equipment.”

Product Insights: Antenna Factor

There are many properties of antennas used to describe their performance. The antenna factor is most useful to those performing electric field radiated emissions measurements.
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Practical Engineering: Pre-compliance for Product Safety

If pre-compliance activities are good for discovering EMC design weaknesses early in product development, why not apply the same thought process to product safety?

EMC Bench Notes: How to Use Spectrum Analyzers for EMC

Spectrum analyzers are usually the tool of choice for troubleshooting CE or RE. In recent years, the cost of a basic analyzer has dropped markedly. However, the more expensive lab-quality analyzers will have advanced measurement features that may be worth considering.

A New Day is Born: The Creation of February 29th

February 29th may not be considered a holiday, but rather a quirky day we don't know what to do with every four years. However, the thinking that produced leap years does represent creativity we continue relying upon today.

Military and Aerospace EMC: What is the RTCA?

Greetings. I am Patrick André, an independent EMC consultant in the Pacific Northwest. Having...

Product Insights: Charged Device Model ESD Testing

This blog explains CDM ESD testing using the field-induced (FI) method, which is important for semiconductor manufacturers. It covers building a CDM-FI tester, waveform details and verification, and qualification nuances. 
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