Every product is passing through some stages before reaching its end-users. In each stage, testing needs may differ due to technical issues. The number of issues are high in earlier stages, like design stage, of the product. In order to minimize testing and certification costs of a product, pre-compliance testing is used. Since we are focusing on RF and EMC testing of radio and electrical products, we will mention about this issue deeper.
What is Pre-Compliance RF or EMC Testing?
Pre-compliance RF or EMC testing is preferred to identify potential problems in the earlier stages of your product. You may have compliance issues in terms of test specifications. Pre-compliance RF or EMC testing improves the chances of a successful first pass of full compliance testing without time-consuming and costly design updates.
If you do not ignore and apply pre-compliance testing before a product is finalized you will probably have these advantages:
Understanding of whether the product is operating as intended in terms of its EMC, safety requirements and radio performance
Reducing the risk that the product will fail full compliance testing
Reducing the time-to-market,
Reducing costs and project delivery risks to your business
What is Full-Compliance RF or EMC Testing?
This type of testing is mostly used for final version of products prior to putting them into market. If RF and EMC testing is performed according to relevant standard without any deviation, this type of testing is named as Full-Compliance testing, or shortly compliance testing. For certification needs, this way is used other than pre-compliance testing.
What are the differences between Pre-Compliance and Full Compliance Testing?
During pre-compliance testing some parameters may be omitted due to technical reasons. These reasons can be listed as follows:
- Type of testing equipment
- Expertise of testing laboratory
- Test setup
- Number of tests
However, for full compliance testing, all of above reasons have to be considered and compliant with the relevant standards. That’s why it is called ‘’full compliance’’.
Whether you choose pre-compliance or full compliance testing way, you have to be aware of these differences.
How to decide between pre-compliance testing or compliance testing?
In early stages of the product, pre-compliance testing is recommended with low costs. If you choose full-compliance testing in design stage of your product, you have to pay much more. In final stages of the product, full compliance testing is recommended.
Testups offers both pre-compliance and full compliance RF and EMC testing services for your electrical and radio equipments. If you share your product’s features and stage of your product with us, we will offer the most convenient testing way for your specific case.
Contact Testups in order to ask anything about pre-compliance or full compliance testing.