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IEC 60945 Maritime Navigation and Radiocommunication Equipment Testing in Durham, North Carolina

IEC 60945 is a crucial international standard governing the testing and certification of maritime navigation and radiocommunication equipment. Its primary aim is to ensure the reliability and safety of maritime operations by establishing stringent requirements for equipment performance under various conditions.

Additionally, this standard is vital for manufacturers, maritime operators, and regulatory bodies as it provides a unified framework for assessing and validating maritime equipment. Request a quote to discuss your product and how we can assist you in achieving – certifications.

Summary of IEC 60945 Testing of Maritime and Radio Equipment

Initially developed to address the increasing complexities of maritime communication and navigation systems, it has evolved to incorporate advancements in technology and regulatory requirements.

The key objectives of IEC 60945 include:

  1. Ensuring the electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and electromagnetic interference (EMI) resilience of maritime equipment
  2. Verifying their performance in harsh environmental conditions.

IEC 60945 outlines a comprehensive set of requirements that maritime equipment must meet to be deemed compliant. These requirements cover various aspects of equipment performance, including electromagnetic compatibility, environmental resistance, and operational reliability.

Compliance with these standards is mandatory for equipment used on international voyages, ensuring that devices from different manufacturers can operate harmoniously without causing mutual interference or operational failures.

Key Benefits of Working with Keystone Compliance

No Need for an NRTL

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) for EMC and safety testing. Keystone is equipped to provide all necessary testing and certification services, streamlining the process.

Unlike NRTLs, Keystone Compliance offers hands-on assistance during troubleshooting, so you won’t be left stranded and behind schedule.

Convenient Location

Keystone Compliance is conveniently located in Durham, North Carolina, making it easily accessible for companies in the Research Triangle Park area. This strategic location allows for efficient and convenient testing services.

Compliance with International Standards

IEC 61326 testing ensures compliance with global standards, facilitating market access and ensuring products meet regulatory requirements worldwide.

Ensuring Device Reliability and Safety

By performing EMC and EMI tests, manufacturers can ensure their devices will operate as intended in various environments, enhancing reliability and safety.

Common Challenges in IEC 60945 Testing

Testing maritime navigation and radiocommunication equipment poses several challenges, including technical difficulties, compliance complexities, and the need to meet stringent regulatory standards. Common issues include electromagnetic interference, environmental resilience, and achieving consistent performance across different operational scenarios.

Mitigating Testing Challenges

To mitigate these challenges, manufacturers and testing facilities employ best practices such as rigorous pre-testing assessments, continuous monitoring during tests, and leveraging expert recommendations. These strategies help identify and address potential issues early in the development process, ensuring smoother compliance and certification.

IEC 60945 Maritime Testing Procedures

The testing process under IEC 60945 involves several stages:

Pre-Testing Procedures

Initial Assessments: Conduct a thorough review of the equipment to be tested. Ensure that all documentation, including technical specifications and user manuals, is complete and accurate. Verify that the equipment is in proper working condition and free from any obvious defects or malfunctions.

Preparations: Calibrate and set up testing instruments to ensure accurate measurements. Configure the equipment according to the manufacturer’s specifications and the requirements of the IEC 60945 standard. Perform preliminary checks to confirm that the equipment is ready for the testing process.

Actual Testing

EMC (Electromagnetic Compatibility) Testing: Test the equipment for susceptibility to electromagnetic interference (EMI). Ensure that the equipment does not emit electromagnetic radiation that could interfere with other devices. Conduct radiated and conducted emission tests to measure the levels of emitted interference.

Environmental Testing: Subject the equipment to various environmental conditions such as temperature extremes, humidity, and vibration. Test the durability and performance of the equipment under these conditions to ensure it can withstand the marine environment.

Analyzing Test Results

Identifying Issues: Identify any deficiencies or non-compliance issues discovered during testing. Document the nature and extent of these issues in detail.

Making Adjustments or Improvements: Work with the equipment manufacturer to address any identified issues. Implement necessary modifications or improvements to ensure compliance with IEC 60945 standards. Retest the equipment, if necessary, to verify that the issues have been resolved and that the equipment meets all standards.

Expert IEC 60945 Maritime and Radiocommunication Equipment Testing

Keystone has a full lab of test equipment which permits us to provide short lead times on scheduling. Our team strives to give our customers more time and energy on product development instead of testing. 

If you are ready to start your IEC  testing, please request a quote. Have a question about maritime and radiocommunication equipment testing? Contact us or call (724) 657-9940 and we will determine the best course of action.