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Used Copper Screen Rooms


Copper Screen Room for RF Testing
Screen rooms are the next most popular shielded enclosure after modular shielded rooms. The addition of the copper screen allows the room to be partially see-through and makes it easier to communicate through the panels without drastically affecting the shielding integrity.


Currently Available


 Manufacturer Size
(approx)
 Location  Notes
ETS-Lindgren 12' x 9' x 8'h Indiana DEI Solid Wall
ETS-Lindgren 7' x 7' x 8'h Colorado DEI Screen
ETS-Lindgren 7' x 7' x 8'h Minneapolis DEI Screen
ETS-Lindgren 10' x 10' x 8'h San Diego DEI Screen
ETS-Lindgren 12' x 10' x 8'h San Diego DEI Solid Wall


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One of the Used RF Screen Rooms listed above


Note


Used rooms can offer a terrific savings over the price of a new room - typically 50% or more. However, be aware of the following cautions:
  • DJM Electronics does not offer performance guarantees for any room. Most rooms can be made to achieve 80dB of shielding effectiveness, but this is not always the case. Some rooms listed here may require considerable additional expense to repair or renovate before they will perform at an acceptable level. If you must have a performance guarantee, then you should consider a new room.
  • Payment terms are 50% with the purchase order and 50% upon delivery of the room. No exceptions.
  • Installing a shielded room is not as easy as it might appear. We recommend enlisting the services of a shielding installer.




Typical Construction


Panels and Framing

Used copper screen rooms are constructed in a similar fashion to Used Modular Shielded Rooms: pre-fabricated panels and framing elements. However, in a screen room, the upper half of the walls and the entire ceiling are made with wooden frames faced with two layers of copper screen. The floor and lower half of the walls consist of two layers of 26 or 28 gauge galvanized sheet metal laminated to both sides of a 3/4" particle board core. The panels are then connected with extruded steel framing elements that clamp on the panel and screen edges and lock everything together. Framing elements are zinc plated like the panels to resist corrosion.

The framing elements consist of 3 pairs of components typically named "hats and flats" (in reference to the shape of their cross section), "coves" for the elements that make the 90 degree connections between the walls and the ceiling and floor, and the trihedral corners. The pairs of framing elements are positioned inside and outside the room and joined together using cadmium plated fasteners spaced 4" apart. These fasteners provide a uniform pressure along the framing elements thereby insuring a consistent RF seal with the panels.

To maintain electrical isolation from the parent structure, the screen room is constructed on top of a 6-mil dielectric vapor barrier and two 1/8" dielectric hard-board underlayments. In addition, all penetrations into and out of the room must be made using specially designed accessories described below.

Shielded Door

RF Shielded Door
Access into the screen room is provided by a shielded door. The door provides an RF-tight seal by bringing a brass knife edge on the door into contact with beryllium-copper fingerstock in the door frame. When the door leaf is nearly closed, a cam actuated latch draws the knife edge of the door into the fingerstock, completing the seal. The door is attached to the screen room by two (or sometimes three) self-adjusting, thrust and radial bearing hinges. These hinges also allow the door to be adjusted within the door frame in both the vertical and horizontal directions in order to insure a tight electrical seal between the knife edge and the fingerstock.

Shielded door sizes are normally 3' x 7' and 4' x 7'.

Power and Signal Line Filters

With the exception of RF cables, all conductors penetrating the screen room must be filtered. Used Screen Rooms normally come with at least one power filter that provides for one 30 amp circuit. We can usually provide additional filters for most power and signal line requirements. For the latest digital signals (like 10/100 Ethernet or Gigabit Ethernet or USB 2.0)) that cannot be electrically filtered without destroying the signal integrity, we can provide specially designed optical isolation filters.

Waveguides

Waveguides are used to allow water, gas or air to penetrate the shielded enclosure without compromising the shielding effectiveness. The diameter of the waveguide determines the cutoff frequency while the length of the waveguide affects the shielding effectiveness. Waveguides come in a variety of shapes and sizes depending on the application. For air vents, most manufacturers use a honeycomb waveguide construction which looks like a see-through metal screen and can interface with HVAC ducts. Feedthrough waveguides resemble pipes and come in sizes ranging from 1/4" to 4" diameters. They are commonly used to allow fiber optic cables into the shielded room and for fire suppression sprinklers. In all cases, a dielectric must be included in the construction of the waveguide in order to maintain electrical isolation between the shielded enclosure and the outside environment.



Sizes


Used Screen Rooms come in many different sizes and layouts depending on the requirement of the original owner. Some designs (like the Lindgren DEI) cannot be easily modified, while other designs (like hybrid modular screen rooms) can. Although hybrid modular screen panels come in a standard sizes of 4' x 8', it is common to cut the panels to sizes that suit our customer's needs. Please be sure to provide a minimum and maximum allowable room size when you contact us.