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RON BREWER, EMC/ESD Consulting and Training, specializes in Electromagnetic Compatibility and has been providing EMC consulting and training since 1979. Ron Brewer holds certification for both iNARTE EMC Engineer and ESD Engineer and is also certified as iNARTE/KEG EMC Master Design Engineer.
We believe EMC should be designed into systems/equipment from the beginning and not treated as an afterthought. EMC specifications provide design requirements – not quality assurance provisions.
Services provided include EMC/ESD consulting, analysis, and training covering platforms/systems/equipment design, development, and integration. Customized EMC/ESD training courses are normally presented on-site in order to focus on specific client needs. This allows for proprietary or DOD classified design discussions during training.
Our organization is a qualified small business and meets the requirements for US Government small business set-asides. Data is on file at CCR and ORCA: https://orca.bpn.gov/. Our FEIN/TIN, Duns number, and CAGE codes are available upon written request.
What is EMC/ESD?
ElectroMagnetic Compatibility (EMC) is the engineering discipline that ensures systems/devices/circuits will operate properly in an adverse electromagnetic interference (EMI) environment. EMI occurs when active devices/circuits transfer information or state data using rapidly changing voltage or current that produces intentional or unintentional radiated or conducted electromagnetic energy.
Other active devices/circuits within the same or adjacent systems can be susceptible to this or other undesired electromagnetic energy, such as lightning or Electro Static Discharge (ESD) leading to upset, malfunction, or failure.
Depending on the separation distance, energy can be coupled to/from systems/devices/circuits by RF radiation, electric or magnetic fields, and/or it can be directly conducted along some metallic path such as a cable or structure.
There are five facets of an EMC program: (1) understanding the EMC requirements, (2) investigating how they apply to a specific design, (3) determining if there may be problems, (4) solving the EMC problems, and (5) verifying that the design meets its requirements.
Doing whatever it takes to provide our clients with the highest quality EMC/ESD design, analysis, and training – consistent with their budgetary constraints – and backed by extensive expertise resolving client EMC issues and problems. The quality of our work is guaranteed – but not the outcome. Outcome is determined by forces beyond our control.
Our typical clients are government, engineering, high-technology, and added value organizations designing and/or evaluating platforms/systems/equipment in accordance with severe government, military, or aerospace EMC requirements. Many need to comply with MIL-STD-461 (or similar standards), often using commercial off the shelf (COTS) equipment.
Meeting severe EMC requirements with COTS equipment is difficult – more so in a tactical environment. As a minimum, COTS hardening will normally require enhanced shielding, complete redesign of physical and functional interfaces, and upgraded environmental protection to meet applicable requirements of RTCA DO-160 or MIL-STD-810.
Expertise to determine/investigate what EMC requirements apply to systems, equipment, and/or devices and provide the design/installation guidance to minimize EMC risks with an adequate safety margin. This includes tailoring recommendations.
Provide EMC prediction/analysis/modeling using known or estimated systems/equipment characteristics to determine potential EMC emission/susceptibility problems early in the design cycle. This also fulfills the MIL-STD-461 Control Plan Prediction and Analysis requirement.
EMC emission or susceptibility (immunity) hardening design or design guidance for large scale systems/subsystems/equipment down to the PCB and circuit level. This includes ESD mitigation; grounding; bonding; corrosion control; shielding (package and cables); filtering; cabling layout; transmitter/receiver issues such as overload/intermod/crossmod; and COTS hardening to meet severe government, military, and aerospace requirements.
Preparation of EMC Control Plans combined with intensive EMC Training so that that client staff understands why these design techniques are used. EMC Control Plans or EMC Short Courses/Training can be provided separately.
Determine EMC qualification acceptance tests required for the systems and equipment. Provide or assist in selecting test and measurement equipment or facilities. Prepare EMC Test Plans and Test Reports.