Welcome to the third annual issue of Interference Technology’s Europe EMC Guide.
2013 has been designated the European Year of Citizens to commemorate the 20th anniversary of EU citizenship under the Maastricht Treaty. The European Year is both an interdepartmental and grass-roots-level campaign that aims to raise European awareness of citizen rights. Therefore, Interference Technology has dedicated this edition of the Europe EMC Guide to the contributions of Europeans to the EMC world, featuring biographies of significant engineers and articles on new standards and practices taking place in Europe.
One recent important standard is the New Legislative Framework for Marketing of Products, which came into effect in 2010. This decision concerns the traceability of products being placed in the EU, including EMC products. It requires importers, distributors and manufacturers to share the responsibility to put only compliant products on the market.
The articles in this issue demonstrate how information on EMC can reach across continents, connecting engineers the world over, regardless of national origin. Each section in this issue contains an article in its country’s native language, and all articles are also available in English on our website, www.interferencetechnology.eu. Be sure to check out our new digital edition as well, which has interactive elements and special features.
In this issue, Mart Coenen, who is based in the Netherlands, discusses enhancements on resonant-free PDN Design. We also provide information on new requirements, such as the requirements of CISPR 16-1-1 test receivers, spectrum analysers and FFT-based measuring instruments, which Germans Stephan Braun and Arnd Frech discuss. EMC on aircraft is a commonly discussed and disputed topic among engineers and the general public alike. French engineers Pascal De Resseguier, Yannick Poire and Samuel Leman discuss antenna coupling inside an aircraft.
We also take a look back at the history of EMC in this issue by exploring some of the historical figures in the field. These men and women are all from European countries and were key in the discovery of electromagnetism.
One of the most well-known European engineers is Nicola Tesla. He was born in Croatia and lived in Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic and France before emigrating to the U.S. He developed an interest in electromagnetism early in his life, and he went on to work for Thomas Edison before forming his own companies, Tesla Electric Light & Manufacturing and Tesla Electric Company, and he patented the Tesla Coil. Tesla’s impact has can felt across the globe, even in my hometown on Long Island, New York. where he built his Wardenclyffe Laboratory.
Joining Tesla in this year’s focus on ‘founders of EMC’ are Guglielmo Marconi, the Italian inventor of radio; Heinrich Rudolf Hertz, the German physicist; Michael Faraday, the English scientist who inspired Albert Einstein; and other historically significant men and women. These engineers contributed important ideas and experiments that helped shape the field as we know it today.
There are also many important shows that will take place in Europe over the next year. One is the EMC 2013 Europe show, which will take place in Brugge, Belgium. This show takes place every year, providing a place for EMC engineers across the continent to gather and exchange information. The five-day event includes workshops, forums, presentations and exhibits.
There is also EMV 2013 in Stuttgart Germany – one of the largest trade shows in Europe for electromagnetic compatibility. This conference, held in March, offers professionals the opportunity to acquire information on trends and developments firsthand. We have a list of these and other important events and conferences in this issue as well.
Europe – from its significant historical figures to its new regulations and important industry events – is a very important contributor to EMC and we’re committed to providing current, practical and accurate articles and information for the entire region. If you have any questions or comments about this issue please email me at [email protected].