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We provide rail and bus transportation equipment and system engineering, integration, and analysis; for wayside train control, traction power, communications, energy storage, and central control; for trains and onboard systems; for commuter, subway, light rail, high speed rail, bus, and automated people movers; and embedded controllers and secure cloud solutions.

EMI/EMC

Tenco is expert in all aspects of rail Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) and control of Electromagnetic Interference (EMI).  Tenco staff wrote the US rail transit EMC standards, and apply them to new rail systems, railcars, lines, and interfaces, from coast to coast and around the world.  Tenco provides:

  • Technically sophisticated methods to ensure compatibility between 
    • High power systems like EMU trains and wayside energy storage systems
    • Sensitive receivers such as legacy track circuits or sensitive nearby research facilities.  
  • Cost effective standard methods to prove compliance with “box” standards such as EN 50121-x / IEC 62236-x, FCC Part 15, or MIL-Std-461
  • Tenco work covers all stages from:
    • Environmental Impact Assessment of Electromagnetic Fields, to  
    • Program Plans for lines, railcars, wayside systems, onboard systems, or devices, to
    • Design guidance for systems and equipment, to 
    • Factory, lab, and field tests and reporting, to
    • Problem investigation, modification design, test, and resolution.

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Tenco EMC programs include the California-High Speed Rail; commuter lines including Caltrain, Denver Eagle P3, Metro North, Long Island Rail Road, Chicago Metra, NICTD, SEPTA, and Taiwan; subways from BART to Boston to Los Angeles to New York City to Jakarta; light rail in Boston, Calgary, Denver, Edmonton, Houston, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Portland, and others; wayside energy storage systems from coast to coast, and propulsion and APS suppliers around the world.   Tenco works for transit agencies and their consultants, and for railcar builders, wayside system suppliers, and railcar system suppliers.

Tenco knows that for EMI, too stringent goals only add cost and weight and provide no benefit, while too lenient goals can lead to train delays or unacceptable hazards.  Tenco test engineers use industry leading methods to capture the right data and make the right analysis, to right-size the EMI protection to ensure a safe, dependable cost-effective solution.  Tenco uses sophisticated electromagnetic modeling tools to solve complex problems on the desktop and minimize use of scarce track test time to test solutions.

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Please contact us to explore how Tenco can support your project.