Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Electronics & Information Technology and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Government of India dedicated fully automated state-of-the-art, Electromagnetic Interference and Compatibility (EMI/EMC) laboratories for qualifying the electronic equipment and systems for Military and Civilian Applications. These laboratories are established at SAMEER- Centre for Electromagnetics, today at Chennai.
Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar highlighted that Government of India has been promoting indigenous ecosystem for the development and manufacturing of defence and aerospace products in the country. It is mandatory that defence and aerospace products qualify for the Military Standards (MIL STD) and DO standards before deployment.
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According to National survey, total Indian market for EMI and EMC tests is estimated to be approximately INR 640 – 660 crore and it is expected to touch approximately INR 1,000 – 1,020 crore by the year 2030. This growth in demand for these testing requirements is expected to be driven by increasing indigenization in manufacturing of the electronic components and products.
Pursuing the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s “Atmanirbhar Bharat” initiatives, SAMEER-Centre for Electromagnetics (CEM) has established state-of-the-art, Military Standards (MIL STD) testing laboratories for Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) compliance at Chennai. This programme is funded by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India. With the rising need of next generation technologies, reduced time to make product market ready and need of stringent compliance requirement associated with consumer awareness, SAMEER-CEM is fully prepared to meet the challenges of EMI/EMC compliance.
SAMEER-CEM has been pursuing EMI research for more than three decades. SAMEER’s expertise and infrastructure can play a major role in enabling the Indian electronics industry to locally manufacture products of global standards. The laboratories consist of a Semi anechoic 3-meter and 5-meter shielded chamber wherein radiated emission measurement in the frequency range of 30 Hz to 40 GHz can be performed and Radiated Immunity (susceptibility) test in the frequency range of 2MHz to 40GHz and up to 200 V/m can be performed. SAMEER-CEM through its accredited and comprehensive EMC testing and calibration services is in the forefront of serving the Indian electronics industry. Every year approximately 350-400 assignments are carried out for the Indian industries.
Dr. P. Hanumantha Rao, Director General, SAMEER, said that, “it is a milestone achievement in the journey of SAMEER’s efforts as an R&D Laboratory, to develop, deploy and successfully commission advanced EMI Laboratory. SAMEER’s services were utilised by many Government Industries/labs, MNCs, Start-up industries, SSI/MSME, etc. who are manufacturing different categories of products like Automotive, Military, ISM, Avionics, etc. SAMEER’s services were utilised by many companies to get CE mark, FCC ID, etc. for their products, which is essential to export their products to EU, USA, etc. SAMEER has been actively pursuing R&D in the areas of Intentional Electromagnetic EMI (IEMI) and high energy Electromagnetic pulse (EMP) to protect the critical electronic infrastructure”.
Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Hon’ble Union Minister of State, also inaugurated the indigenously developed Medical Linear Accelerator (LINAC) System deployed at Adyar Cancer Hospital, Chennai. This LINAC system is designed and developed by SAMEER. Under the vision of Hon’ble Prime Minister, MeitY had funded the development of 6 MV Medical LINAC for making the cancer treatment affordable to the Indian Citizens. SAMEER has been developing advanced 6MV Medical LINACs and the indigenous machines have delivered more than four lakh patient exposures at various hospitals so far.
SIDDHARTH, 6 MV Medical LINAC is an advanced radiation therapy machine that generates X-Rays of 6MV energy on command. Thus, no radioactive waste is produced from the machine. The generated X-Ray is radiated in a precisely controlled manner on cancerous tumour using Treatment Planning System. SIDDHARTH is a type approved machine and qualifies all regulatory requirements posed by Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB). More than 70% patients who require radiotherapy can be treated using this machine.
Dr. Alexander John, Professor and Head, Department of Radiation Oncology at Adyar Cancer Institute, Chennai appreciated indigenously developed Medical LINAC system by SAMEER and mentioned that only a few manufacturers of such complex systems are available across the globe. He further added that Cancer Institute has used one such machine for more than 10years that was delivered by SAMEER in the year 2008 and after its decommissioning in 2019, Cancer Institute requested for next version of SIDDHARTH machine developed by SAMEER that was commissioned in 2023. Professor mentioned that radiation therapy is an effective treatment methodology with reasonably low side effects. India needs a greater number of such machines at Tier-2, Tier-3 cities in our country also.