PROTOCOL-EMC Expands to New Westminster
Abbotsford’s Protocol-EMC, a leading provider of EMC testing services for electronics manufacturers, has expanded to the Braid Street area of New Westminster.
“Adding a new testing facility in New Westminster allows us to better support our customers in the Lower Mainland region,” said Rob Stirling, Protocol-EMC’s president. Protocol-EMC has been based in Abbotsford since the 90s.
“Our Braid Street facility will provide both an open air test site (OATS) and sheltered testing in an anechoic chamber for product designers and manufacturers with electronics components on a wide variety of products including consumer, industrial, medical, wireless, power and telecom.”
Why New Westminster?
“The location provides a green commute from downtown or Burnaby, where many product designers and manufacturers are based,” adds Stirling.
Situated in the former Sears warehouse at the intersection of Braid Street and Rousseau Street, Protocol-EMC’s office is adjacent to the Braid Street Skytrain Station, just south of the Trans-Canada highway.
The close proximity to BCIT’s Technology Place and Discovery Place in Vancouver is a boon to tech startups and academic spinoffs – companies moving out of the academic arena and into brick and mortar – who need testing at the early stage as well as when prototypes are ready to go into production.
Protocol’s EMC testing measures the electromagnetic waves emitted from a product while immunity testing measures how the product performs under the effect of electromagnetic waves from other sources. In the European Union (EU), electronic devices must meet specified limits for both emissions and immunity. In North America, all electronic equipment is required to operate within specified limits for electromagnetic emission, governed by Industry Canada or the FCC in the US.