Tetris Puzzling for Volkswagen Infotainment

Is it possible to build nine RF-shielded test rooms over three floors in a building full of columns? Read how our designer, Britt Lise Links, made a Tetris-like solution for our client, Volkswagen Infotainment GmbH. “There are many challenges in this project. First, I had to fit six new shield rooms on the second floor of this building, keeping doors away from the many columns and enough space to move between the different rooms. For this project, all test rooms must be wheelchair accessible, so the standard 50mm door threshold is not an option. Each shield room must have a window to keep a visual connection with the inside. These RF-shielded windows are covered with a thin maze of copper to maintain the Faraday cage, so visibility is reasonable.”

Britt made this layout together with Volkswagen’s project manager, Ingmar Litter. He recalls the initial puzzle: “We made the first layout. Britt had some good ideas, such as rotating one of the chambers on the second floor to increase the space between the chambers and keeping the sliding doors from the pillars. I enjoyed our cooperation, and we are almost done with the project. Comtest built seven rooms in three weeks at the end of last year. The chamber on the third floor will be ready in a few weeks, so we at Volkswagen Infotainment are ready to use our well-needed extra testing capacity.”

In the photo from left to right: Bas de Groot (Comtest), Ingmar Litter and Sebastian Simon Kowalski (Volkswagen Infotainment).

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Our services include maintenance and validated testing. We recommend that both are executed by authorized personnel only. Our expert teams can perform preventive maintenance on RF-shielded doors, mode-stirrer systems, and positioning equipment such as turntables. We also offer validation services to see if your EMC test chamber or RF-shielded room still functions within its intended limits and avoiding unexpected down-time or product recalls at the same time.

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A shielded room can perform conducted emission and immunity EMC measurements, eliminating harmful external influences, leading to more accurate and consistent test results. Being a Faraday cage, a shielded room will not only improve test results but will also form an excellent aid in protecting information and essential hardware. Comtest can assist governments, the military, financial institutions, and large corporations in protecting what matters most in critical situations. We offer the highest quality, sensitivity, and security before, during and after working with you.

A shielded room can perform conducted emission and immunity EMC measurements, eliminating harmful external influences, leading to more accurate and consistent test results. Being a Faraday cage, a shielded room will not only improve test results but will also form an excellent aid in protecting information and essential hardware. Comtest can assist governments, the military, financial institutions, and large corporations in protecting what matters most in critical situations. We offer the highest quality, sensitivity, and security before, during and after working with you.

Comtest has been building high-quality antenna test ranges for more than 20 years. We are dedicated to putting our experience to work for you, turning any problem you might have into a customized test solution. As for researching and developing your products, we know speed and return on investment are very important. That’s why we ensure your project is delivered on schedule, on budget and exactly as ordered.

Comtest has been building high-quality antenna test ranges for more than 20 years. We are dedicated to putting our experience to work for you, turning any problem you might have into a customized test solution. As for researching and developing your products, we know speed and return on investment are very important. That’s why we ensure your project is delivered on schedule, on budget and exactly as ordered.

Comtest offers semi and full anechoic chambers that shield almost 100% of ambient emissions and reflect minimal internal radiation. We deliver or build your custom test chamber at your location, depending on what size chamber you need. If you tell us your challenges, we’ll offer a tailored turnkey solution from design to installation, including upgrades and yearly certifications.

We are committed to helping you achieve the best EMC testing possible. 

Comtest offers semi and full anechoic chambers that shield almost 100% of ambient emissions and reflect minimal internal radiation. We deliver or build your custom test chamber at your location, depending on what size chamber you need. If you tell us your challenges, we’ll offer a tailored turnkey solution from design to installation, including upgrades and yearly certifications.

We are committed to helping you achieve the best EMC testing possible.