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Standard ECMA-74
Measurement of Airborne Noise emitted by Information Technology and Telecommunications Equipment

12th edition (December 2012)

This Ecma Standard specifies procedures for measuring and reporting the noise emission of information technology and telecommunications equipment.

NOTE 1  This Standard is considered part of a noise test code (see 3.1.2) for this type of equipment, and is based on basic noise emission standards (see 3.1.1) ISO 3741 Link to non-Ecma site. Ecma is not responsible for the contents of the site., ISO 3744 Link to non-Ecma site. Ecma is not responsible for the contents of the site., ISO 3745 Link to non-Ecma site. Ecma is not responsible for the contents of the site. and ISO 11201 Link to non-Ecma site. Ecma is not responsible for the contents of the site..

The basic emission quantity is the A‑weighted sound power level which may be used for comparing equipment of the same type but from different manufacturers, or for comparing different equipment.

Three basic noise emission standards for determining the sound power levels are specified in this Ecma Standard in order to avoid undue restriction on existing facilities and experience. ISO 3741 Link to non-Ecma site. Ecma is not responsible for the contents of the site. specifies comparison measurements in a reverberation test room; ISO 3744 Link to non-Ecma site. Ecma is not responsible for the contents of the site. and ISO 3745 Link to non-Ecma site. Ecma is not responsible for the contents of the site. specify measurements in an essentially free field over a reflecting plane. Any one of these three basic noise emission standards can be selected and shall then be used exclusively in accordance with this Standard when determining sound power levels of a machine.

The A‑weighted sound power level is supplemented by the A‑weighted emission sound pressure level determined at the operator position(s) or the bystander positions, based on the basic noise emission standard ISO 11201 Link to non-Ecma site. Ecma is not responsible for the contents of the site.. This sound pressure level is not a worker's immission rating level, but it can assist in identifying any potential problems that could cause annoyance, activity interference, or hearing damage to operators and bystanders.

Methods for determination of whether the noise emission includes prominent discrete tones or is impulsive in character are specified in Annexes D and E respectively.

This Standard is suitable for type tests and provides methods for manufacturers and testing laboratories to obtain comparable results.

The methods specified in this Standard allow the determination of noise emission levels for a functional unit (see 3.1.4) tested individually.

The procedures apply to equipment which emits broad-band noise, narrow-band noise and noise which contains discrete-frequency components, or impulsive noise.

The sound power and emission sound pressure levels obtained can serve noise emission declaration and comparison purposes (see ECMA‑109).

NOTE 2  The sound power and emission sound pressure levels obtained are not to be considered as installation noise immission levels; however they can be used for installation planning (see ECMA TR/27).

If sound power levels obtained are determined for a number of functional units of the same production series or "batch", they can be used to determine the mean sound power level to declare and the statistical upper limit to be used for verification (see ECMA‑109).

The following file can be freely downloaded:

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ECMA-74.pdf 3 228 131 Acrobat (r) PDF file

This Ecma publication is also approved as ISO 7779.

The previous replaced "historical" editions of this Ecma Standard are available here.

 

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