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March 15, 2016 - Easton, PA - Advancements in Wi-Fi, GPS, 3G, RFID, Bluetooth, and complex cell phone and tablets are creating both challenges and new opportunities within the the EMI shielding industry.
EMI is generated almost anywhere on earth, and the amount of electronics requiring protection from it is only going to continue to grow. According to recent BCC Research estimates, the global EMI shielding market is expected to reach $6.6 billion by 2019 (BCC Research Report EMI/RFI: Materials and Technologies, October 2014). With every advance in wireless electronic technology comes a new demand for EMI shielding for issues as small as a minor inconvenience (loss of personal cell phone reception or internet connection) to situations where lives may be at stake (military communication systems, jetliner electronics, EKG monitoring systems, etc.).
Tightening FCC regulations have forced EMI shielding manufacturers to develop new ways to use less space and thinner/lighter materials while creating shielding to tighter tolerances. Shielding specialists must choose the shielding strategy that will best suit the application in question and design a shield that will successfully deter outside interference. Size, noise ratios, certifications, temperature tolerances, and environmental conditions are all carefully considered as a design comes into fruition.
For EMI shielding manufacturers, the key to staying ahead of the curve is getting involved in the design process as soon as possible. If interference levels, shielding compliance guidelines, energy stability, and time to market are all considered and addressed long before a component is on the assembly line, the more likely it is that an effective (and cost-efficient) shielding solution can be found.
As the global demand for integrated electronic components continues to expand, the EMI shielding industry will also continue to grow and evolve. Size and cost will remain the biggest issues, with design and regulatory compliance also playing large roles in shielding development. With the right materials, the right design, and the right manufacturing process—at the right time—successful EMI shielding can be achieved across even the most complex of applications.
About Orbel Corporation
Since 1961, Orbel’s custom design and manufacturing process has enabled unique engineered solutions for a variety of applications and industries. From conception through delivery, Orbel offers today’s most effective EMI/RFI shielding, photo-etched precision metal parts, precision metal stampings, and electroplated metal foils. Areas of specialization include aerospace, telecommunications, electronics, medical, automotive, and manufacturing. For more information, visit Orbel.com or call 610-829-5000.
Nolato Silikonteknik AB is headquartered in Sweden with operations in Asia, Europe, and North America. Nolato Silikonteknik develops and manufactures products made from electrically conductive silicone rubber for leading customers in Telecom, Medical, Automotive and Defense. Nolato also develops thermal interface materials and continues to lead the market with innovation and experience. For more information, visit Nolato.com/EMC.
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Posted March 15, 2016