Reduce electromagnetic interference on your rig by enclosing it with an MCI Faraday Cage. Our custom Faraday cages can be made to fit onto/over your anti-vibration table or it can include supports for a freestanding cage.
Our Faraday Cages are made from high conductivity corrosion resistant aluminium and copper. The use of aluminium for the Faraday Cage frame further ensures a lightweight product that is easy to transport and assemble. The finely woven copper mesh with nominal aperture <1mm provides a great reduction in electromagnetic noise.
We design and manufacture cages to your dimensional and experimental requirements and can include cable ports, hinged doors, door handles and latches, grounding, custom dimensions, power line filters, shielded windows, dark cage paneling, LED lighting and more.
Please send us your requirements and we will get right back to you with a suitable solution.
MCI Faraday Cages are built to your custom dimensions and requirements, and the design can include:
An extra floor mesh panel, when no mounting of equipment is required inside the cage
Double doors or single large door
Door handles & latches
Power line filters
Dark cage panels
Four or Six supports as a freestanding cage
Should you have any special requirements not listed here, please contact us for an apt solution.
MCI Faraday Cages come in a range of models;
*5-Panel Cages are compatible for frame-mounting onto MCI Antivibration tables by means of MCI compatible brackets. The open floor allows for mounting of equipment onto a breadboard. This cage can also be used on standard bench tops if there is no need to mount the cage itself to the bench and there are no vibration isolation requirements.
If you wish to use an MCI Faraday Cage with your existing setup, we recommend a 5-Panel Cage design including four to six supports. This *Faraday Cage with Stand is the best solution for compatibility with any model of antivibration tables.
*6-Panel Cages include an added floor copper mesh panel. This is recommended for use on a standard bench top, where no mounting of equipment is required inside the cage. The cage can be placed on any stable even surface.
MCI now offers a new customer-inspired Faraday cage, especially designed as a participant *Sit-In Faraday Cage for EEG and other research. This large cage with a single large door and wooden base is ideal for research where participants can be seated inside with an EEG netstation. The participants inside the cage can view and respond to the computer monitor information, which is placed outside of the cage, via the inclusion of a high-quality shielded window. The cage is constructed with a wooden base and copper mesh panel below the base (6-Panel Cage) to provide optimal noise reduction whilst protecting the floor conductive mesh panel from wear and tear and ensuring no contact with metal parts of the chair used inside.
Please contact us if you need more information on our Faraday Cage range or if you have any special requirements.
Frequently asked questions
Why should I use a Faraday cage?
Electromagnetic and radio-frequency interference from power line and switching power supply sources, plus wireless communication noise can interfere with the sampling sensitivity of recording equipment. If you need to maximise your signal-to-noise ratio consider investing in a Faraday Cage. MCI Faraday cages are designed to absorb and reflect interfering frequencies and provide great shielding.
What materials are used to build a Faraday cage?
By surrounding your equipment with highly conductive materials such as silver, aluminium and copper, you can shield your instruments against EMI and RFI interference. This greatly improves signal-to-noise ratios in any recording rig.
MCI Faraday Cages are made from a sturdy aluminium frame and copper mesh with a small nominal aperture. This enables the cages to be lightweight whilst providing optimum shielding.
Should a Faraday cage be grounded?
It is important that a Faraday Cage is well grounded and connected to earth, if any data or power lines enter the cage. This will enable it to perform its role effectively in shielding noise from your equipment.
What if I need power and data cables coupled to the equipment inside the cage?
Cable ports can be added to allow for power and data lines to enter the cage, but ports should always be kept to a minimum as these are areas where noise can enter the cage. Depending on the dimensions of the cable port required, gaskets or power line filters might be included in the MCI Faraday Cage design to ensure optimal shielding.
MCI Faraday Cages are custom built from high conductivity materials to ensure a large reduction in electromagnetic noise