Engineer Recognized for Outstanding Contribution to EMC Standards Activity
CEDAR PARK, Texas, September 21, 2016 – The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) announced Martin Wiles of ETS-Lindgren as the 2016 recipient of the organization’s 1906 Award. The name “1906 Award” commemorates the IEC’s founding year. This prestigious award is presented annually to technical experts globally whose exceptional involvement in IEC activities have brought about significant advancements in international electrotechnical standardization. Bruce Butler, President, ETS-Lindgren, said, “We are very proud of Martin. His hard work and expertise in his field makes him an excellent choice for this award. He is committed to being involved in the standards development that will allow the industry to continue moving forward.”
As noted on the award citation, Mr. Wiles, an expert in the CISPR/A technical committee, received the award for his “outstanding contribution on antenna pattern measurements above 1 GHz, on the development of receive antenna pattern criterion and on radiated emission measurements above 1 GHz.” This work has been used in amendments of CISPR 16-1-4 (Specification for radio disturbance and immunity measuring apparatus and methods - Part 1-4: - Antennas and test sites for radiated disturbance measurements), CISPR 16-1-5 (Specification for radio disturbance and immunity measuring apparatus and methods - Part 1-5: - Antenna calibration sites and reference test sites for 5 MHz to 18 GHz) and CISPR 16-1-6 (Specification for radio disturbance and immunity measuring apparatus and methods - Part 1-6: - EMC antenna calibration).
Based in Europe, Martin Wiles, Director Solutions for ETS-Lindgren’s EMEA Division, joined the United Kingdom (UK) National Committee in 2005 and was nominated the same year to represent the UK on the CISPR A committee. The activities of CISPR A determine the CISPR 16 standard which addresses EMC test and measurement equipment, including semi-anechoic chambers, open area test sites, and antennas. “Being a member of CISPR A is an opportunity to be part of a global EMC community of experts and contribute to industry,” said Mr. Wiles. “For ETS-Lindgren, this helps us stay abreast of emerging technologies and test requirements in order to ensure our products meet not only current standards, but future standards as well.”
For example, Mr. Wiles noted in 2006 the CISPR 16-1-4 sVSWR method for validating chambers above 1 GHz had been published and in the ensuing years many tests had been performed according to this standard. However, it became evident during this time that the method needed updating because EMC test chambers were passing or failing the test depending on which receive antenna was being used.
“Although the site criteria of sVSWR less than 6 dB and the antenna pattern requirements for the transmit antenna were defined, other necessary definitions were lacking. Since CISPR is dedicated to making sure that methods and measurements are carried out as accurately as possible, this seemed like a gap in the standard that needed correcting,” said Mr. Wiles. He then initiated a proposal to address deficiencies in the standard. Upon proposal acceptance in 2011, Mr. Wiles and his dedicated committee worked hard on revising the standard. Now, five years later, the project has been completed with publication expected later this year.
The importance of accurate EMC measurements for industry, especially as related to site validation, is a concern shared by many in the global EMC community, including ETS-Lindgren. In addition to Mr. Wiles’ work on the CISPR-16 standards, Zhong Chen, Director of RF Engineering with ETS-Lindgren in Cedar Park, Texas is ad
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