Interview with Daniel Lenhardt from IB-Lenhardt AG

  • Daniel Lenhardt - CEO, IB-Lenhardt AG

EMC Directory has recently interviewed Daniel Lenhardt who is the CEO of IB-Lenhardt AG and Managing Director at IBL-Lab GmbH. He has a robust background in technology and type approval services, particularly within the automotive sector. He founded IB-Lenhardt AG in 2011, a leading specialist for testing, certification, and approval of radio products in the automotive industry.

Q. Can you tell us about IB-Lenhardt AG? We would like to learn about the company background, mission, and primary areas of expertise in testing, inspection, and certification?

Daniel: IB-Lenhardt AG is a dynamic company specializing in the global approval of radio products. We manage the entire process, from product testing to certification, covering Europe, the USA, Canada, Japan, and other countries. Our accredited lab conducts tests against international standards, offering state-of-the-art facilities for radiated emissions and immunity tests up to 500 GHz. Q. What types of EMC testing services does IB-Lenhardt AG provide?

Daniel:  We offer a comprehensive range of EMC testing services for consumer products, automotive components, and military applications. Our specialty lies in EMC testing for devices with wireless communication capabilities.

Q. What certifications or accreditations does IB-Lenhardt AG hold in the field of EMC testing?

Daniel: IB-Lenhardt AG is accredited by the German Accreditation Body (DAkkS) and recognized by the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA). We are also designated by the German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) and, through KL-Certification, serve as a notified body for Europe, a TCB for the USA, an FCB for Canada, and an RCB for Japan.

Q. Can you tell us more about the range of EMC testing equipment and facilities available at IB-Lenhardt AG?

Daniel: Our newly established lab, opened in 2021, features the latest testing equipment. We specialize in high-frequency testing, with receivers from Rohde & Schwarz covering up to 26 GHz and spectrum analyzers capable of measurements up to 500 GHz.

Q. Can you tell us more about the types of products and industries that you test for? Which industry/sector is the largest for you?

Daniel: We focus on automotive components, specifically those involved in vehicle communication. We also test industrial products such as RFID devices, wireless charging systems, and NFC readers.

Q. Which EMC Directives or Regulatory Standards does IB-Lenhardt AG adhere to in its testing procedures?

Daniel: We adhere to the EMC Directive 2014/30/EU, the Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU, and international standards set by the IEC and ISO.

Q. Could you provide further details about IB-Lenhardt AG's EMC testing process, starting from when the customer engages with your services to the completion of the testing and certification procedures?

Daniel: Our process starts with an initial consultation to understand customer needs, followed by a detailed proposal. Upon approval, we conduct comprehensive EMC tests, maintain communication throughout, and provide a detailed report and certification assistance.

Q. Do you provide international product certifications? Which national and international certifications are you accredited for?

Daniel: Yes, we are accredited as a notified body for Europe, a TCB for the USA, an FCB for Canada, and an RCB for Japan, allowing us to certify and approve radio products globally.

Q. Who are your customers and where are they located? How does IB-Lenhardt AG facilitate global market access for its clients through EMC testing and certification services?

Daniel: Our customers are primarily in Europe, Japan, and the USA. We have our main office and lab in Germany, with project management offices in Japan and the USA, facilitating global market access through our comprehensive services.

Q. What sets IB-Lenhardt AG apart from other EMC testing providers in terms of expertise, service quality, and customer satisfaction?

Daniel: We differentiate ourselves with a fully digitized process for testing, certification, and global approval. Our specialization in wireless products and our highly competent and motivated team further set us apart, ensuring excellent service.

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