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If you manufacture an electronic device that’s used in an industrial or scientific environment, it’s critical that it can function reliably in its intended environment.
The International Electrotechnical Commission, or IEC, sets minimum standards for electronic devices and equipment, including devices designed for use in industrial settings.
For industrial devices, the IEC/EN 61000-6-2 standard sets requirements for electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and immunity. Meeting these standards is important for market access in many countries and acts as an important signal of your device’s quality and reliability.
As specialists in electrical device compliance, our experienced team of engineers can test your device and help you to achieve full compliance with IEC 61000-6-2, as well as other standards governing electromagnetic compatibility (EMC).
To request a quote for IEC 61000-6-2 testing for your device, ask our engineers a question, or learn more about the testing process, contact us online or call us at 866-540-5287.
You can also learn more about IEC/EN 61000-6-2, including what the standard is and why it’s important to achieve compliance, below.
What is IEC/EN 61000-6-2?
IEC/EN 61000-6-2 is part of a series of standards under the IEC 61000 umbrella that make sure devices have sufficient electromagnetic compatibility.
More specifically, IEC/EN 61000-6-2 deals with electronic devices designed for use in industrial environments. The standard sets minimum requirements for electromagnetic interference (EMI) immunity that a device must meet in order to achieve compliance.
Electromagnetic interference is unwanted noise, or disturbance, that affects the performance of electrical devices. Much like unwanted noise or other distractions can stop you from focusing in a specific environment, EMI can seriously affect electronic devices.
Devices that have little or no immunity to EMI may malfunction, stop working, or suffer damage if they’re exposed to electromagnetic interference.
IEC/EN 61000-6-2 sets minimum immunity requirements within the frequency range from 0 Hz to 400 GHz. Both standards apply to devices that are intended for use when powered by a high or medium voltage transformer.
Importance of IEC/EN 61000-6-2 Compliance
The IEC/EN 61000-6-2 standards play a critical role in ensuring industrial devices, machinery, and scientific equipment function as they should. By establishing minimum standards for EMC, the standards reduce the risk of equipment malfunctioning or failing.
In an industrial or scientific environment, equipment failures, false readings and other problems caused by electromagnetic interference can potentially lead to serious safety issues.
As a manufacturer, complying with IEC/EN 61000-6-2 has numerous benefits for your products, business and brand image.
Not only is IEC 61000-6-2 and its harmonized standards important for market access in several countries and economic areas — it’s also an important indicator of your device’s quality and your commitment as a brand to meeting industry standards.
How to Achieve IEC 61000-6-2 Compliance for Your Product
Understand the Standard and its Requirements
The first step towards complying with IEC 61000-6-2 is understanding what’s required to meet the standard.
IEC 61000-6-2 compliance involves meeting minimum requirements for resistance to electrical fast transients (EFTs), electrostatic discharge (ESD), temporary voltage surges and conducted disturbances, in addition to electromagnetic and magnetic fields.
Your device’s performance is assessed via lab tests and your device needs to meet mandated requirements under the standard in order to achieve compliance.
If you’re in the process of designing a device and need help understanding iEC 61000-6-2, our team can help you. Contact us to discuss the standard and learn about how you can implement electromagnetic protection into your device during the design process.
Design With IEC 61000-6-2 Compliance in Mind
The earlier in your design process you start to consider IEC 61000-6-2 compliance, the easier it typically becomes to pass testing and achieve certification for your device.
While designing your device, you may want to conduct pre-testing to ensure it performs to your expectations. This type of early-stage testing can help you identify areas in which your product may not meet the standard and, if needed, make design adjustments.
Complete Compliance Testing for IEC 61000-6-2
Once your prototype or device is ready, you’ll need to complete testing at an accredited lab in order to achieve compliance with IEC 61000-6-2.
As specialists in compliance testing for electronic devices, our engineers can test your device and certify it as compliant with IEC 61000-6-2. If your device fails testing, we can also provide actionable recommendations to help you improve its immunity and achieve compliance.
Contact Us for IEC/EN 61000-6-2 Testing & Compliance
We specialize in helping electronic device manufacturers achieve compliance with standards and regulations, including IEC/EN 61000-6-2. As an accredited testing lab, our team can test your device and help you achieve certification.
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