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The Advanced Protein Characterization (APCF) facility is a 50,000 GSF, 34.5 Million dollar project that was designed to house cutting edge laboratories for the most advanced protein science experiments being performed in the United States. The facilities specialized research spaces are design specifically to supports the protein production, structural characterization and crystallization analysis for the most challenging classes of proteins and macromolecular assemblies.
Due to stringent requirements for an ultra-low electromagnetic environment, FMS was engaged to conduct a thorough assessment of the facility site and building’s design. An extensive broadband (DC through 3 GHz) survey was conducted at the site to identify potential EMI threat sources external to the site which included underground utility service and vehicular traffic nearby the building site. A document review and extensive magnetic field computer simulation studies was conducted to evaluate EMF emissions from the building’s electrical distribution, mechanical and other systems. Utilizing the combined site and computer simulated magnetic field data, FMS identified a few areas within the facility where potential instrument areas were at EMI risk due from adjacent EMF emission sources. To mitigate EMI threat concerns, FMS recommended a few minor design modifications to the design team, which included spatial planning modification and electrical design changes to lower EMF emission levels to acceptable, non EMI threat levels.
**** In consequence: No Laboratory Shielding was Required ****
Over its 20 years, FMS has successfully completed hundreds of EMI projects which included a diverse range of consulting and mitigation services.