How to build a test chamber on the 7th floor

It can be done: building a test chamber on the 7th floor.

“But we could never have done it without the help of our client,” says Marc Le Roy, one of our technical consultants. He gladly tells us the story of his first project for Comtest Engineering. “When I joined the Comtest team, I had almost 20 years of sales experience in the thermal sensors business. One of the reasons I joined Comtest was their project-oriented approach to doing business. Clients need a solution for their testing, and usually, they need it fast because OEMs at that point are approaching the time-to-market stage.”

His colleague Bas de Groot adds: “We started this project in 2022 when our antenna expert in the R&D department, Dmitriy Penkin, developed a design for a PIM measuring chamber for this client. When Marc joined us in February, I thought this would be a great project for him, especially when I told him where the chamber needed to be installed!”

Marc explains: “After Dmitriy finished the design, a few challenges appeared. First was how to bring large telecom antennas in a fully anechoic chamber with the floor covered with absorbers. We placed a rail system to move products and equipment into the room without damaging the absorbers. You must understand that some of the tested products are almost two meters long. Turning from the hallway into the chamber was also challenging.”

But the biggest challenge was the room’s location in the building, explains our senior project manager: “Yes, the seventh floor… Can you imagine moving all the heavy parts of the room into the building via a crane outside and an elevator? Doors, shielded panels, and other parts. But our contact person onsite took care of everything for me; we were a good team. Like all the chambers we installed at Comtest for the past 25 years, it was operational before the deadline ended.”

If you have a challenging workspace and are considering purchasing your own test facility, please contact Marc Le Roy to discuss the possibilities.

Since we do not have a photo of this specific project, we picked one from another.

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