Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) is not only mandatory in medical technology. If wireless communication between medical applications gets disrupted, it can have serious consequences for the patient. SCHURTER works together with developers in the medical industry to develop applications that comply with the strictest EMC standards.
For patients with an implanted device, such as a pacemaker, communication between the device and a control unit takes place wirelessly via a radio signal. This signal has a specific frequency, sono radiation may be emitted from the electronics in applications used in that frequency range. EMC therefore plays acrucial role in the development of theseapplications.
For the design of the touch controller, use ismade of a PCB with several copper layers.The outer layers then act as a shield so thatsignals in the inner layer cannot cause any emission. Filter components are placed at the cable connections that do have contact with the outside world and at the sensor connection, so that interference from the chip is stopped. Linear regulators are used for the power supply instead of switched ones, because they also produce interference.
Many medical applications use an LCD that is controlled by internal electronics. To limit their emission, a shielding film can be placed in front of the screen. This is done by using a mesh foil with an electrically conductive grid that has a shielding function for interference from the LCD. While many of these mesh films darkenthe image, SCHURTER uses a film with avery high transparency so that the image itself is not affected.
Prototypes are tested for EMC properties in a specially designed radiation-free room. The product is placed in the test room,connected to the cabling and switched on. All signals around the frequency in question are registered by an antenna in the test room and transmitted via coaxial cable to a spectrum analyser outsidethe room. An algorithm determines anaverage value for these signals, which must lie between 2 set values.
Cost reduction in theproduction process.
Because paying attention to EMCrequirements is already part of the firstdesign of the product, the choice of materials and their constructions are adjusted accordingly. Therefore, it is possible to develop a high quality product, that fits perfectly into the production process, without too much additional costs. And, most important, with the right EMC properties. SCHURTER is a company that works continuously to optimise production processes. This way, the customer is assured of a safe, EMC-compatible product at a competitive cost.