Grant4Com is part of the Eurofins Group and we are 17025 accredited test laboratory located in Oulu, Finland. Our accredited scope for EMC / RF, Safety and IP testing can be found in FINAS T290.
We enable access to the market for electronic devices. Whether you aim to sell products locally or go global we guarantee the product fulfills all the standards and requirements set by the target market.
Discover a wide array of available testing services that cover a multitude of needs throughout different phases of product development process.
Grant4com’s tailored testing services can assure your product maturity during development phases and give you full confidence for product launch.
Our predefined and custom-built test solutions are based on our many years of experience with conformance and test procedures and up-to-date technology know-how.
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Every electronic device or system have impact on each other when being connected to one another or placed to a close proximity. Therefore, it is important to evaluate the electromagnetic compatibility according to EMC standards.
Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) testing ensures 2 things: Firstly, that the electronic devices are not causing electromagnetic interferences to the environment.
Secondly, that the devices operates correctly when being near other devices.
EMC-directive 2014/30/EU is created in order to reliably evaluate electronical devices’ quality. In EU the devices manufacturer ensures that the product is in line with the EU directives that include EMC-directive by using the CE-label.
Given the fact that every electronic device influences each other, it is clear that design and testing according to EMC directive is relevant part of product development. Its neglection can cause delays and costs in the official measurements. In addition, EMC testing for electronic devices is part of North America’s requirements (FCC/ISED).
If the product has a radio such as Bluetooth or WLAN, in EU it must additionally fulfil the requirements for EMC, RF- and safety according to directive RED 2014/53/EU. North America’s FCC/ISED also include their own EMC and RF requirements for radio devices.
In addition to these two markets, there are plenty more country approvals and requirements that can partially utilize the earlier mentioned test results.
Our specialist will clarify what tests must your product pass in order to be in compliance with the required standards and regulations
We have included safety testing in our portfolio so that we can test and verify the safety of your product. We have long experience from working with several safety standards.
We can do accredited electrical safety testing according to EN 61010-1 (Laboratory equipment) and EN 62368-1 audio/video, information and communication technology equipment and that can be performed as part of official testing for regulatory requirements.
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We perform high-quality noise measurements produced by the equipment according to the following standards:
- ISO 3744 sound power measurements
- ISO 11201 sound pressure measurements
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In our versatile environment testing laboratory we can test products in various environment conditions. We can create different atmospheric conditions to simulate those the product will meet during the life cycle, like during transportation, storage and everyday use around the globe. These conditions can have for example temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure variations.
Additionally we can test the effects of ultra violet light, salt mist and chemicals on the product materials. By combining those with mechanical stress we can get a thorough understanding of how the product will survive in time.
Omitting to understand the effects of environment to the product could be in the long run a source for warranty cases and expensive product improvements. Testing during the early stages of the design can provide important information for the development of your product.
If you need support for the creation of optimal reliability testing plan, please be in contact with us.
The mechanical testing induces appropriate stress to the product in the form of vibration, shock and drops depending on the product nature and use cases. We twist, bend, push and turn the product to simulate the expected situation that the product will have to survive.
For the creation of the reliability test plan we consider the product segments relevant standards or we can make a completely custom plan according to the customer’s requirements. That because for example mobile devices will need to go through much tougher conditions than fixed devices.
Life Cycle Testing
Risk management is an essential part of product development and environmental & mechanical stress testing are invaluable tools to support this work.
The life cycle testing is a combination of environmental and mechanical testing in a cumulative test suite.
The long exposure to mechanical stress in combination with carefully chosen environment conditions strain the components and the mechanical connections especially between different materials. Testing during the early stages of the design can provide important information about the materials and the design choices when it is still possible to make changes. Verification of those elements before the final choices are made can prevent any unplanned last minute changes that can be expensive and delay for the project.
Ingress protection (IP-classification) of enclosures
In our laboratory, we also perform enclosure classification tests, IP tests in accordance with the standard IEC / EN 60529. The IP rating system is used in Europe to determine the tightness of electrical equipment and equipment enclosures. This international classification can express the protection of a device or enclosure against external contaminants such as dust, moisture and water. In electronic equipment, the introduction of harmful substances into critical areas can be a safety risk for the user, the environment and the device itself.
Therefore, testing for appropriate classifications is an integral part of product safety testing.
Dust and foreign matter tightness
IP ratings can be marked in the product manual or on the product itself. The higher the readings given to the device, the better the device can withstand water and dust.
The first number after the letters IP indicates the protection of the device against foreign objects and dust. The number indicates how the device is protected against small pieces.
With regard to IEC / EN 60529 foreign object protection and dust tightness, we perform the following tests accredited:
• IP1X protection against parts with a diameter of 50 mm or more.
• IP2X protection against parts with a diameter of 2.5 mm or more.
• IP3X protection against parts with a diameter of 2.5 mm or more.
• IP4X protection against parts with a diameter of 1 mm or more.
• IP5X protected from dust. Classification does not require complete tightness, but no harmful dust accumulation should occur.
• IP6X Dustproof device.
Water and moisture tightness
The second number of the enclosure classification indicates the water resistance of the device under test. We perform the following tests accredited for these IEC / EN 60529 water tightness tests:
• IPX1 protection against vertically dripping water.
• IPX2 protection against water dripping vertically or at an angle of up to 15 degrees.
• IPX3 protection against rain at an angle of up to 60 degrees.
• IPX4 protection against splashing water.
• IPX5 protection against water jets from all directions.
• IPX7 withstands momentary immersion in water
• IPX8 withstands continuous immersion in water. The maximum permissible installation depth can also be added after the number. Often the additional marking on the device is less than three meters and in our laboratory the device can be immersed to a depth of <3m.
We perform IP testing to aid in product development activities at its various stages. When the product is sufficiently mature, we perform accredited tests and write an official report and, if necessary, a certificate. With accredited test results, you can prove to your customer that your product is protected according to the tested rating.
Valuable information on the life cycle expectation of a product is also obtained by combining IP testing into a wider environmental testing, as this classification undoubtedly also has an effect on the mechanical reliability and life cycle length of the product
Transportation package testing
It is almost impossible to avoid mechanical stress during transportation. Due to this in the design of the transport package it is necessary to consider shocks caused by package falling or vibrations enduced by transportation platforms.
Our experts are willing to help to determine the testing parameters to product and perform tests eccording to standards. These actions will help to evaluate product´s endurance during transportation.
Failure analysis to support product development process
The cross-sections speed up the decision-making process and support the various stages of product development because those allow us to see the internal structures without opening the product.
These can be made for either complete product or component. The cross-section can be used to describe and measure the internal structures of the product with an accuracy of 10 μm – for example, the internal tensions of the circuit board or the quality of the solder balls of the component.
Read more about failure analysis from our blog.
We are a team of solution-oriented professionals who strive for constant development.
We offer customer bespeak and flexible testing solutions to support your product development.
We listen to our customer’s wishes and needs, therefore we are looking constantly to expand our services to meet those needs.
Our mission is to enable your innovations to reach the world.