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FMC1278 - Ford Motor Company EMC Requirements

Accredited testing laboratory

Accredited testing laboratory

About FMC1278

The quality and reliability of today's automobiles are dependent in part on its electrical system to operate as designed within the vehicle’s anticipated electromagnetic environment. To meet this challenge, Ford Motor Company has developed FMC1278, a robust process to assure the electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) of the vehicle’s electrical system. The standard applies to all 12 and 124 volt DC electrical and electronic components and subsystems for use on 2020 Ford vehicles and beyond. FMV1278 CI 280 replaces EMC-CS-2009.1, both referring to ISO 10605 for the ESD testing portion.

Ford Motor Company (FMC) FMC1278 details the electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) requirements for both the complete vehicle in addition the requirements for components and subsystems that make up the vehicle’s total electrical system. FMC1278 delineates EMC requirements for low voltage (LV) and high voltage (HV) electrical/electronic components and subsystems during normal vehicle operation. Processes include test plan creation, data reporting and re-validation requirements.

Testing Capabilities

  • Conducted Immunity (CI)
  • Electromagnetic Field Analysis (EMAG)
  • Electrostatic Discharge (ESD)
  • EMC/EMI Diagnostic Testing
  • Radiated Emissions (RE)
  • Radiated Immunity (RF)


TÜV SÜD is accredited to ISO 17025 and recognized by Ford Motor Company to test to FMC1278. All sign off data submitted by a supplier to Ford must be carried out at a recognized lab. All sign off data must be conducted in strict adherence to an EMC Test Plan submitted and approved by Ford prior to the start of testing. Following Sign Off tests Ford requires that the supplier must submit a summary report within 5 days of completion, followed by the full report within 25 days.

Automotive Testing and certification services

TÜV SÜD’s comprehensive testing and certification services ensure you comply with all major industry standards. Our global network of testing labs and industry experts use the latest industry methods to support all necessary OEM Design Verification Plan and Report (DVP&R) requirements for materials, durability, shock & vibration, electrical, and EMC performance testing. TÜV SÜD is your single source for testing and certification services that will accelerate your time to global markets.

In addition to meeting OEM requirements for automotive component testing and compliance automotive testing ensures maximum safety for customers and protects brand reputation protection. Product testing can provide early detection of faults, enabling manufacturers to improve products and secure their reputation as a provider of quality components.

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Automotive EMC Testing: Fundamentals and Best Practices

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