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At this year’s IEEE EMC+SIPI Symposium, Advanced Test Equipment Rentals’ Jamison Berg, Electrical Engineer, and Gabe Alcala, Business Development Manager, provided a demonstration titled “Hands-On Verification of EMC Transient Waveforms: CE, Automotive, MIL-STD-461.” Their demo outlined several pre-testing verifications of transients often seen in EMC testing, as well as how to certify your own products, calibration and verification of waveforms, and what to expect during certain EMC tests. If you missed the EMC Symposium or couldn’t make it to their talk, here’s a recap of what Jamison and Gabe covered. Read more...
Posted: 8/28/2017 1:56:46 PM
The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) regulates the radiation standards that all electronic components must comply with. The official stance of the FCC is a standardization of “interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable.” The goal is to make sure devices aren’t radiating at frequencies or power outputs that are outside predefined ranges, and could cause interference or harm to the surrounding environment, equipment, or people.  Read more...
Posted: 8/10/2017 7:00:00 AM
The IEE EMC+SIPI Symposium, perhaps the most highly anticipated EMC event of the year, is just around the corner. Hosted in our nation’s capital, the 2017 Electromagnetic Compatibility and Signal and Power Integrity Symposium will once again provide education that spans training sessions, interactive workshops and tutorials, experiments, demonstrations, as well as socializing and networking opportunities. Like years prior, Advanced Test Equipment Rentals will have a booth at the symposium. This year, however, we are excited to announce that two of our esteemed colleagues, Jamison Berg and Gabe Alcala, will be presenting a speaker session and live demo.  Read more...
Posted: 8/1/2017 7:00:00 AM
Some pretty amazing things are happening in science and tech today. We’re living in an era where advanced technology has allowed us to create even more at an exponential pace. It’s ushered in a state of amplified discovery and possibility. These new innovations are shaping not only our day-to-day lives, but the standards by which we test as well.  Read more...
Posted: 7/27/2017 7:00:00 AM
When we think of grid simulators and their applications, we often imagine grid testing. It’s true – grid simulators are frequently used as AC power supplies for turnkey test purposes and other battery management uses. However, they can be utilized in a number of interesting ways, many of which will directly contribute to technology of the future. Read more...
Posted: 7/20/2017 7:00:00 AM
Often used for inspection of electrical panels, piping and other infrastructure, thermal imaging cameras may seem like they have a pretty clear-cut line of duties. However, these heat-seeking devices have experienced somewhat of a renaissance in recent years, and are becoming increasingly useful, even cropping up in specialized smartphone cases to give ordinary people a chance to play heat detective. Engineers aren’t the only ones who use infrared technology anymore – here are five unexpected ways you can put a thermal imaging camera to use.  Read more...
Posted: 7/13/2017 7:00:00 AM
If you go into your medicine cabinet and pull out a bottle of pain relievers, you’ll find a tiny inscription that instructs you to keep the bottle at room temperature. When you go to the doctor to get a shot, the injection is extracted from a vial that had been stored in either a fridge or freezer. Pharmaceutical manufacturers, doctors, and many patients know why – improper temperature and humidity storage of an item can spoil it. Just like with fresh produce, there is an ideal storage climate and shelf life. However, while most of us can correctly assume that eggs will last longer in the fridge and shouldn’t be exposed to heat for longer than the trip home from the store, who among us knows the exact temperature range required to keep insulin effective? Forget efficacy alone – at what temperature does insulin no longer become safe? What is the limit for exposure? Read more...
Posted: 7/6/2017 7:00:00 AM
As we continuously move toward greener technology and energy, electric vehicles (EV) have moved from an elite acquisition (think Tesla Model S and BMW i8) to something more attainable for the masses (like the Chevy Volt or Nissan Leaf). Now that we know electric cars are not a passing trend but a staple of the future, engineers are looking for ways to improve how EV operate. One avenue of EV technology they are looking into building upon are the batteries that power these cars. You may never have guessed it, but the surprising way to emphasize EV battery performance can be boiled down to this: add water. Read more...
Posted: 6/28/2017 7:00:00 AM
It takes routine maintenance and knowledgeable engineers to keep an electrical system running smoothly. However, there are a couple of problems that can be hard to catch, even to a skilled eye. And left untreated, they can shut down your system and run up a pretty hefty bill for downtime and repairs. Here are some of the worst problems your electrical system will face.  Read more...
Posted: 6/21/2017 7:00:00 AM
In 2014, the European Commission adopted a new series of rules regarding the production and distribution of radio equipment into the European market. These new rules, known as the Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU, RED for short, apply to transmitters, receivers, and transceivers used for radio communication or determination. RED was published in its entirety in May of 2014, with the expectation that its provisions must be applied starting June 13, 2016 and as of June 13, 2017, manufacturers must be compliant with the new requirements. All equipment, even legacy equipment that was approved under the former Directive 1999/5/EC, has to align to Directive 2014/53/EU. Regardless of where your business may be located, if radio manufacturers and labs are not already compliant, they risk being rejected at customs. If you aren’t already compliant, it’s imperative that you make the necessary changes in order to be, and Advanced Test Equipment Rentals can help you get the right equipment immediately. Read more...
Posted: 6/13/2017 7:00:00 AM
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