December 5, 2016

SGS opens EMC test chamber in Finland

The interior of an electromagnetic compatibility testing chamber.
The interior of an electromagnetic compatibility testing chamber.

SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company has opened an Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) testing laboratory in Tuusula, where it can test all electric equipment against electromagnetic interference.

The new state of the art facility is one of the largest commercial EMC chambers in Northern Europe and has been specifically developed with heavy equipment in mind, such as forestry machinery, tractors, industrial trucks, engines and other large industrial products.

“Anything that fits under a motorway bridge, and is less than 10 metres, can be tested in this chamber,” says SGS EMC specialist, Timo Hietala.

EMC testing is necessary for virtually every product that works with electricity as electromagnetic interference can cause malfunction in the product or interfere with other electric devices such as radio receivers, for example.

SGS’s new facility was well received, with Petri Peltonen, under secretary of state at the Ministry of the Economy, stating, “We welcome SGS’s investment warmly. It supports product development and the growth of the technology industry, which is a very important export sector for us.”

SGS already operates two EMC testing facilities in Helsinki and Espoo, with the Tuusula testing facility set to complement them and prepare for the future.

“With this investment we want to ensure that the technology industry in the area has a locally available service which guarantees competitiveness in the international markets,” says Mika Richardt, managing director of SGS Fimko.

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