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Highly specialized equipment and systems commonly used in pharmaceutical, bio-engineering, genetic and other advanced research laboratories can be extremely sensitive to DC and AC magnetic fields and a wide band of RF frequencies including microwave.
Whether designing a new facility or renovating an existing facility, it is these instruments and their strict environmental requirements that require the services of an EMF consulting and mitigation expert on the design team. FMS has a long history of successfully creating ultra-quiet environments which meet the demanding EMI specifications of these instruments.
New research buildings and facilities (e.g. university, government, commercial) designed to house these sensitive EMI instruments/tools are generally constructed prior to procuring the exact instrument needed, which are generally the “next generation” of tool.Therefore, as a precautionary measure, building projects routinely invest in some degree of mitigation measures such as EMI based spatial planning, passive magnetic shielding and other measures to ensure the environment minimizes potential EMI interference problems.
FMS is BIM (Building Information Modeling) capable, utilizing the latest in computer software. FMS provide site analysis, facility BIM based analysis, computer simulation modeling, mitigation design and implementation services, including passive and active EMF/EMI/RFI shielding. Through the restrained use of EMF/EMI field mitigation techniques and technology, FMS has become the leader in cost effective, 100% compliant EMI solutions for these sensitive environments.
RESEARCH MRI & NMR:
MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance) spectrometry have become critical tools in all disciplines of cutting edge research. As technology advances, these tools are becoming more sensitive to interference from both external DC and broadband AC (e.g. 60 Hz power frequency) magnetic fields. In certain instances, Radio Frequency (RF) fields emanating from nearby broadcast antennas can poise an EMI threat as well.
CHARACTERIZATION & IMAGING:
Robust characterization and imaging cores are required for research in materials, nanotechnology, molecular engineering, biological synthesis, soft matter, and membranes. As these fields begin to converge in engineering and applied sciences, new technologies are being applied and perfected that make proving results more accurate and reliable. FMS utilizes advanced planning and design practices for advanced imaging cores with demanding high performance controlled environments, including STEM/TEM, AFM, Laser Spectroscopy, Optical Imaging, E-Beam Lithography, Spectral Interferometer Technology, and CT/PET.
FMS as the EMF/EMI Consultant designed and installed the passive and active mitigation systems for this newly established interdisciplinary organization under the Office of Research of the University of California Irvine (UCI) to house state of the art electron-microscope labs (4 imaging cells). The project required analysis of interference potential of all internal and external emission sources, which included vehicle and facility elevators (DC), broadband electrical system (AC) sources, etc.
FMS was engaged as the project’s EMI Consultant by the project architect (Wilson Architects) to conduct an electromagnetic field (EMF) analysis in an existing laboratory (shell space) located in the basement level of the Harvard CNS facility.
Seattle Children’s Research Institute is currently in the construction phase of ”Building Cure”, a 540,000 square foot research building, which will be dedicated to developing therapies for children with diseases such as Cancer, Type 1 Diabetes and Sickle Cell Anemia.
FMS was engaged to conduct a thorough assessment of the building’s design for EMI interference threat concerns to sensitive research equipment. A document review and extensive 3-Dimension computer simulation studies were conducted to evaluate EMF emissions from the building’s electrical distribution, mechanical and other systems.
Over its 20 years, FMS has successfully completed hundreds of EMI projects which included a diverse range of consulting and mitigation services.