New EU Radio Equipment Directive: 5 key things you need to know

2018-10-09T10:15:23+00:00

As electronics product designers we know that the compliance process in electronics product development can appear intricate and precarious, if rules or regulations are misinterpreted. Now, our community has the European Union’s new Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU (RED) to grapple with. The RED came into force on 13th June 2016, replacing the Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment Directive (R&TTE Directive 1995/5/EC). With a significant bearing on how manufacturers gain a CE Mark, due to changes between the two frameworks, it’s crucial to fully understand these regulatory differences to avoid time and cost overruns. Here’s an overview of the Radio Equipment Directive – its scope, impact on product design, and what you should do next. Regulatory necessity for new Radio Equipment Directive Traditionally, almost all devices dependent on the radio frequency [...]

New EU Radio Equipment Directive: 5 key things you need to know2018-10-09T10:15:23+00:00

EMC Testing Services Now at ByteSnap

2017-11-10T08:17:18+00:00

Compliance testing can be a sting in the tail of a project. Selling products within the European Union requires a CE mark, whilst other territories have their own strict protocols. EMC testing services don't come cheap as the companies need to recoup the large investment they have made in capital equipment, as well as the time of the testers. What's more, many of the testing engineers are discouraged from giving advice on how to fix problems, as it can conflict with their role as testers. When quotes are given by test houses, they usually assume that the device will pass first time. In reality this is often not the case and it is down to the skill and knowledge of the design engineer to fix the problems. Whilst he is [...]

EMC Testing Services Now at ByteSnap2017-11-10T08:17:18+00:00

Saving time and money on testing embedded hardware

2016-05-09T05:55:14+00:00

Putting design and production tests in their place Recent high-profile product recalls and failures have shown that even the most experienced and well-funded company can suffer from the limitations of product testing when testing embedded hardware. A product goes through two fundamental types of test. The first is of the design itself and the second is production testing of a product. These two categories have different aims and this article sets out to explore the differences. Increasing pressure on timescales and the relentless pace of new technology introductions can pressurise companies to reduce design testing to a minimum. Conversely, production testing can be over-engineered to no great effect, resulting in increased production costs and a false sense of security, with testing of a design carried out in production, rather [...]

Saving time and money on testing embedded hardware2016-05-09T05:55:14+00:00