CSA Group, a global specialist in testing, control and certification, has built its new European headquarters in the Bavarian city of Plattling (Germany), opting for Rohde & Schwarz's test and measurement (T&M) equipment and amplifiers.
CSA Group participates in the development of standards and offers testing, control and certification services in Europe and Asia as well as in Canada and the United States. At the end of 2021, the Canadian company commissioned two state-of-the-art testing laboratories located on the site of its new European headquarters based in Eastern Bavaria. Thanks to these new facilities, it is now able to offer its customers a complete range of services from a single platform located in the heart of Europe. It can carry out a wide variety of testing, control and certification services in several areas: electrical and functional safety, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), radio frequencies, energy efficiency, environmental tests and explosion-proof tests. CSA Group is seeking numerous accreditations for this new testing facility: IECEx, IECEE CB Scheme and NRTL (Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory). It also intends to be recognised as a notified body of the European Union.
EMC and radio test chambers for test equipment weighing up to 20 tons
Csa Group's European headquarters have two test chambers for emc and radio measurements. The largest of these chambers will test imposing equipment whose width can reach up to 4.2 meters and height up to 4.8 meters. It is equipped with a turntable of 8 meters in diameter capable of supporting loads of up to 20 tons.
State-of-the-art T&M solutions provided by Rohde & Schwarz
The CSA Group opted for Rohde & Schwarz's test and measurement solutions as well as amplifiers to equip its two test chambers. EMC test solutions can support all the most common standards operated in the civil, military, automotive and aeronautical markets, as well as all standards published by ETSI and FCC relating to advanced electromagnetic and audio interference measurements.
Electromagnetic susceptibility measurements in both test chambers are carried out using R&S SMB100B series RF signal generators. These generators offer excellent spectral purity, very high output power and a wide range of features. They are combined with the R&S BBA150 series of broadband amplifiers that are designed to offer a very high level of availability and are considered the most advanced devices on the market. The power measuring probes of the R&S NRP6AN family, specially designed for EMC measurement applications, complete the test device.
The electromagnetic interference (EMI) measurement receivers designed by Rohde & Schwarz are the most efficient on the market. The R&S ESW model, intended for certification tests and which has excellent RF characteristics, stands out for the speed of its tests. It performs ultra-fast time domain scans by FFT processing as well as real-time spectral analyses. This makes it possible to study electromagnetic interference in detail. The test and measurement device is also composed of artificial antennas and power networks.
Rohde & Schwarz's test solutions, operated by Plattling's new facilities, were commissioned this autumn. "We are proud to equip the test laboratory of such a reputable certification body as CSA Group with our T&M solutions. We provide them with state-of-the-art T&M CEM solutions that support all commonly used standards around the world. When many different tests have to be performed on an object under test, it saves valuable time and significantly reduces costs," said Matthias Keller, product manager for EMC test equipment at Rohde & Schwarz in Munich.
"Csa Group's new European headquarters will house one of Europe's largest EMC laboratories ," said Dieter Fröhlich, Managing Director of the CSA Group's Bavarian entity. The new laboratories meet all the needs of our customers by providing them with the know-how of our electronics experts as well as state-of-the-art T&M equipment. Rohde & Schwarz has a solid global reputation and decades of experience in the field of EMC measurements. That's why we chose its T&M solutions to equip our 10m and 3m EMC test chambers. Rohde & Schwarz provides us with the right solutions for our unique testing requirements. Future maintenance interventions will also be facilitated by the proximity of its Munich headquarters to our facilities. »
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