Unique testing for marine applications

Elite provides EMC, electrical, and environmental stress testing for manufacturers of marine electrical and electronic systems. Elite conducts the tests commonly required for marine electronic systems and Marine Classification Society Type Approval.

Through our experience with testing marine electronics, Elite has also established the familiarity with the Marine Classification Societies and their processes. Elite routinely conducts test with clients and classification society representatives on site to validate and witness testing.

Marine Classification Society Experience

  • International Association of Classification Societies (IACS)
  • American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)
  • Bureau Veritas (BV)
  • Lloyds Registry of Shipping (LR)
  • Germanischer Lloyd (GL )
  • Det Norske Veritas (DNV)

Component level EMC testing is performed in Elite’s shielded and RF absorber lined rooms and bench test stations. Elite’s largest room is configured for testing very large equipment such as shipboard controls for commercial ships as well as for military systems per MIL-STD-461. This room is also used to test small boats and water craft for radio frequency susceptibility and emissions. Elite also conducts in-situ testing on boats for radio frequency emissions at low RF ambient water sites throughout the country and often near manufacturers’ facilities. Elite’s environmental stress testing laboratory includes six large electro-dynamic vibration tables, HALT testing, and multiple temperature/humidity chambers for climatic simulation.

Typical Marine Specifications for Electrical and Electronic Systems

  • IEC 60068 – Environmental Testing
  • IEC 60529 – Degrees of Protection Provided by Enclosures (IP Code)
  • IEC 60695-11-5 - Fire hazard testing
  • IEC 61000-4 – Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC)
  • IEC 60533 - Electrical and electronic installations in ships - Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) - Ships with a metallic hull
  • IEC 60092-504 – Electrical installations on ships; Control and instrumentation
  • IEC 60495 - Maritime navigation and radiocommunication equipment and systems - General requirements - Methods of testing and required test results
  • CISPR 16 - Specification for radio disturbance and immunity measuring apparatus and methods

Elite’s environmental stress testing laboratory also includes a hydraulically-actuated tilting table specifically designed to meet the requirements for marine Inclination and In-Service Motion testing. The table features a 36-inch square platform capable of handling large test items, and angular motion on 2 independent axes for long duration tests.

Elite’s A2LA accreditation covers the marine industry tests for electromagnetic compatibility, electrical, and mechanical stress. The test methods and standards applying to marine electronics (IACS E10) are included on Elite’s scopes of accreditation.