Good EMC engineering practices (KULeuven)

Good EMC engineering practices for large machines, systems and installations


Learn how to avoid electromagnetic interactions that cause delays and increase cost

On Thursday Feb 21 and Friday Feb 22 2019, the M-Group and lab FMEC organizes a two day seminar on good EMC engineering practices for large machines, systems and installations.

EMI is rapidly increasing in modern industry due to the increasing use of, amongst others, high-efficiency switching power conversion in DC power supplies, motor drives, HVAC and lighting. Despites this increasing EMI, the reliability of machines, systems and installations should be continuously ensured over their full operation life. Trends towards smart machines, Industry 4.0 and Internet-of-Things comprise more wireless sensor networks, continuously increasing clock frequencies, higher complexity and integration, lower voltage levels and noise margins, etc. As a result, achieving EMC for machines, systems and installations is getting more challenging every day. This training course provides all the necessary information and many practical techniques for achieving in the most cost-effective way EMC for today's and tomorrow's smart machines, systems and installations.

This course is organized within the framework of the following Technology Transfer projects:

  • CORNET RESSIAR / TETRA TRANSSIMS "Requirements for Smart Sensor Systems for IoT-Applications in Retrofit Equipment "
  • CORNET EEWISE / TETRA EWISE "EMC for Emergent Wireless Systems"

Key-Note speaker:

Key-note speaker of this seminar is Keith Armstrong (UK). Keith has written many practical papers and books on design for EMC and EMC debugging. Much of his working life involves solving real-life EMC problems in high-technology products, systems, and installations, for a variety of companies and organisations in a wide range of industries. Keith has always aimed to make products easy to design and manufacture, work properly, please their users, and make money for their manufacturers.

Thursday, February 21, 2019 to Friday, February 22, 2019

Program for both days:

08h30 - 09h00: Welcome coffee
09h00 - 10h30: Part 1
10h30 - 11h00: Coffee break
11h00 - 12h30: Part 2
12h30 - 13h30: Lunch
13h30 - 15h00: Part 3
15h00 - 15h30: Coffee break
15h30 - 17h00: Part


A. CE + CE does not = CE! What to do instead, for EMC.

B. Complying with Ed.3 of the EMC Directive: 2014/30/EU: Requirements for Fixed Installations, and the items (equipment, subsystems, systems, etc.) they are made from.

EMC Directive; IEE wiring regulations; overall EMC control procedure

Good EMC Practices for general use
Buying electronic equipment; power distribution systems and power quality for EMC; galvanic isolation for EMC; reducing the accidental-RF-antenna efficiency of cables; segregation (zoning) of sites, equipment, and cables; cable routing and correct shield termination; galvanic isolators and PECs; creating an RF Reference; RF-bonding techniques for metalwork and cable shields

EM Mitigation Techniques
EM zoning; safety earthing/grounding for safety and EMC; Mesh-bonding of Common Bonding Networks (MESH-CBNs) and of Insulated Bonding Networks (MESH-IBNs); damping the CM loop; what to do if you can’t use mesh-bonding; filtering power and signals for cabinets and EM Zones; shielding for cabinets and EM Zones; surge and lightning protection

Preventing corrosion
Maintaining good EMC over the operational lifecycle
High Power Electromagnetics, HPEM, inc. IEMI,EMP,EMP,NEMP,HEMP
Special EMC issues for rail and light rail systems
Some useful references
Bonus material: Close-field probing 


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Novotel Brugge, Katelijnestraat 65, 8000 Brugge
Participation fee: 

€600 (excl. VAT)

A 15% discount applies for members of Agoria or the (E)EWISE and RESSIAR/TRANSSIMS project. The participation fee includes lunch and coffee breaks.