EMC for Systems and Installations
Tim Williams and Keith Armstrong
Newnes, 2000, ISBN 0 7506 4167 3, Paperback, cost around £34
Buy on-line at www.newnespress.com or from RS Components (Part No. 377-6463)
This is a guide for systems designers and installers faced with achieving EMC (electromagnetic compatibility). It is valuable across a wide range of roles and sectors, including process control, manufacturing, medical, IT and building management. The EMC issues covered will also make this book essential reading for product manufacturers and suppliers – and highly relevant for managers as well as technical staff.
The authors’ approach is thoroughly practical – all areas of installation EMC are covered with particular emphasis on cabling and earthing. Students on MSc and CPD programmes will also find in this book some valuable real-world antidotes to the academic treatises.
The Benefits of Applying
IEC 61000-5-2 to Cable Shield Bonding and Earthing

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Traditional practice is to bond cable shields (screens) to the earth (ground) at one end only, using a length or wire. This brief article says why this is very bad for EMC, and explains how the IEC 61000-5-2 mesh-bonding approach works so well.
CE + CE does not equal CE, what to do instead
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Simply combining CE marked items of equipment cannot ensure EMC compliance for the finished product, system or installation.
EMC for Systems and Installations Part 0 – The commercial need for EMC in systems and installations plus Part 1 – Earth? What earth?
Part 2 – EMC techniques for installations
Part 3 – EMC techniques in assembly
Part 4 – Filtering and shielding
Part 5 – Lightning and surge protection
Part 6 – CE plus CE ≠ CE! What to do instead
PSB Series #1, article on EMC compliance, PSB May 07
#2, article on RF References, PSB July 07
#3, article on EMC and Financial Risk, PSB Sept 07
#4, article on EMC filtering, PSB Nov 07
#5, article on EMC compliance of custom equipment, PSB Jan 09
#6, article on cable routing, PSB March 08
#7, Wiring Regs and 62305, PSB May 2008
#8, article on CE + CE does not = CE, PSB June 08
#9, article on shielding techniques for cabinets, PSB July 08
#10, article on RF bonding for shielded cabinets, PSB September 08
#11, IET's new guide on EMC & Functional Safety, PSB Nov 08
#12, More RF-bonding techniques for shielded cabinets, PSB January 09
#13, Risk assessment is good safety engineering, PSB March 09
#14, How to do risk assessment - Part 1, PSB April 09
#15, How to do risk assessment - Part 2, PSB May 09
#16, How to do Risk Assessment, Part 3, PSB July 09
#17, How to do Risk Assessment, Part 4, PSB Sept 09
#18, Good EMC design principles for panel builders, PSB Oct 09
#19, RF Reference bonding techniques, PSB Nov 09
#20, Purchasing for compliance and reduced financial risk, PSB Jan 10
#21, EM mitigation and zoning, PSB March 10
#22 EM mitigation and zoning Part 2, PSB May 10
#23 EM mitigation and zoning, Part 3, PSB July 2010
#26, Mitigation and Zoning Pt 6, December 2010