IEC 60118-4 Has Changed:Part 2 Counter Loops (2)

                                  Guidance For Commissioning  Counter Loops

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For optimum field strength uniformity the ideal  counter loop  is approximately 2m x 2m and  installed in front of the counter in the floor or ceiling.   

 

The field strength variation in the vertical plane is approx. 6db from 1.2m to 1.7m.  In the horizontal plane the variation is 5db from the


centre to the edge of the loop.

However, this approach is not suitable for multiple adjacent counters and can be impractical to install.  Typically, smaller preformed ‘Counter Loops’ are used instead.

The latest edition of IEC 60118-4:2014   provides  new guidelines for the performance of one to one  loop systems such as counter loops. 

 

It specifies a volume of space over which the field strength should be tested.

 

 

The field strength should be measured at a height of 1.2m, 1.45m and 1.7m at locations A, B and C as shown in figure 1.  At these 9 points the field strength should be within a range of  -6dB to +6dB.

 

Note:

1.The horizontal distances specified are from the counter edge (the nearest position to the loop that the user may stand) not the loop.  The distance  to the loop from the counter edge is  the offset, d.

2.The field strength should not exceed +8dB  in the area where users are expected to stand (Red shaded area).  However, due to the nature of the loop it is recognised that this is often unavoidable and the user is expected to adjust there position accordingly

 3. 0dB is  defined as 400mA/m rms

 4. Microphones should be  fixed in place as close as  possible to the  staff speaking position.

 5. The microphone gain should be carefully adjusted  to avoid over sensitivity to background noise

 6 The operator should be trained on the systems use and on how to check the system using a loop listener

 7. Clear signage to indicate the presence of the system must be visible

 

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 Loop Orientation  

Loop Mounted Vertically

With the loop mounted vertically in the counter there is good field strength uniformity in the horizontal plane

 Test Conditions

The top front edge of the loop is at 0.77m from the floor.  The loop current = 1.4A. ms .  There is no horizontal offset. Loop Type:- Univox preformed 30cm x 30cm multi-turn loop.

 

Loop Folded At Right Angle

With the loop folded at right angles there is good uniformity in the horizontal  and vertical plane. 

With a small horizontal offset the uniformity in the vertical plane can be improved

                

TestConditions

The top front edge of the loop is at 0.77m from the floor.  The loop current = 1.4A. ms .  There is no horizontal offset. Loop Type:- Univox preformed 30cm x 30cm multi-turn loop.

 

Loop Mounted Horizontally

With the loop mounted horizontally in the counter good uniformity in the vertical plane in close proximity to the loop edge is achieved  However,  this loop orientation exhibits a null field that may intrude in the user defined space. See

 

Test Conditions

The top front edge of the loop is at 0.77m from the floor.  The loop current = 1.4A. ms .  There is no horizontal offset. Loop Type:- Univox preformed 30cm x 30cm multi-turn loop

 


 

Counter Loop Kits And Test Equipment To Make Compliance Easy

The FSM 2.0 Field Strength Meter

The FSM 2.0 is a microprocessor controlled instrument using multi-tone signals to make advanced measurements of induction loop systems quick, accurate and easy. It is the only FSM to fully satisfy the demands of the IEC60118-4 standard by being capable of measuring noise levels down to -47dB.

And since it is FSM 2programmable, its mode of operation can be updated to reflect changes to the standard as they occur. The instrument has a clear, backlit, LCD display and steps through the required measurements in a logical sequence, matching the test certificate to simplify the certification process.

With sharp, narrow band filtering and a noise spectrum display function, spill control and background noise assessments are also made easy.

With the dedicated 1.6kHz test tone available for this meter, the maximum power bandwidth  is also easy to assess.

 

Loop Listener

 Loop Listener

The Univox® Loop Listener has an inbuilt speaker for the assessment of audio quality and power level LED's to check field strength. It is an essential tool for any facility serious in maintaining good operational loop systems.

 

CTC-Counter Loop Kits

The CLS-1 Compact loop amplifier is at the heart of our counter loop kits.

 

It has the highest output power in its class and features  Univox ® Dual Action AGC technology for superior intelligibility.  The amplifier has 3 inputs with volume, base and treble (Metal Loss Compensation) controls on the front panel.  Once set, the unit can be dropped into the mounting bracket supplied restricting further access.

CTC-120 Counter Loop Kit

 

CTC-121 Counter Loop Kit

 


 


 

Counter Loop Test Certificate

 

The Counter Loop Test Certificate has been designed specifically for the purpose of commissioning Counter Loop Systems.

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