Lab Manager speaks to Roy Wang, senior laboratory manager of the UL Solutions automotive electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) laboratory in Hsinchu, Taiwan.
Q: What was the need for this facility? Is it replacing an outdated existing facility or accommodating new research/ a new program?
A: UL Solutions in Taiwan is dedicated to establishing automotive EMC testing services that meets market demand and customer needs. Our new automotive electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) laboratory in Hsinchu, Taiwan includes dedicated testing system and equipment, as well as anechoic chambers and shielding rooms. To fulfill V2X testing services, we are offering combined services from both the new automotive EMC facility and our existing IoT laboratory, which are located in the same area adjacent to each other.
Q: What kinds of sustainability initiatives have been included in the design plan? Is the facility pursuing LEED certification or something similar?
A: The new automotive EMC laboratory complies with local government policy, and the coverage of green material has been applied to more than 60 percent of the construction area.
Q: Is there anything particularly unique or ground-breaking about your facility or the design plan?
A: We focused on the components testing of electric vehicles, self-driving cars, and high-voltage power in compliance with the latest automotive EMC standards ISO11452 and ISO7637, as well as key automotive OEM standards.
Q: What sorts of challenges did you encounter during the design/build process, and how did you overcome them?
A: As with many businesses globally, the COVID-19 pandemic impacted our plan, especially those related to the design and construction phase. During this period, we faced challenges related to the delivery time of the materials, equipment, and instruments. To help overcome these challenges, we shared our design and construction goals and negotiated with suppliers. We also harnessed the technical support expertise from the UL Solutions team in Japan. Together, we strategized and developed the best solution to meet the original plans and complete the project.
Q: If a similar facility or program were to look at your lab for inspiration, what do you think they will take away as an example of what they should also implement in their own lab?
A: The design of the anechoic chambers and shielding rooms could be a good example for the automotive EMC testing. All of the testing factors (e.g., grounding, isolation, interface, temperature, and humidity) have been included into the consideration.