Com-Power CLA-150 Absorbing Clamp

Frequency Range: 30 MHz - 1 GHz

The absorbing clamp CLA-150 was designed for EMC emissions measurement of from electrical instruments via their connecting leads. The absorbing clamp is described in CISPR 16 part 1-3: Radio disturbance and immunity measuring apparatus – Ancillary equipment – Disturbance power. The CLA-150 measures radio noise power generated and fed through the power cables of these products above 30 MHz. It has a 32 mm cable aperture.

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Com-Power CLA-150 Absorbing Clamp Product Description

The CLA-050 and CLA-150 Absorbing Clamps are designed to measure disturbance power on power input lines as well as other auxiliary I/O lines. The measurement of disturbance power is a method for determination of radiated disturbance, and an alternative to the measurement of disturbance field strength on an Open Area Test Site (OATS) or Semi-Anechoic Chamber (SAC).


The CLA-050 and CLA-150 consist of a broadband current transformer (30 MHz to 1 GHz) and two sets of ferrite rings. The line(s) under test are routed through the current transformer and one of the set of ferrite rings.

The ferrite rings act as a broadband RF power absorber and isolates the current transformer from disturbances on the mains and establishes asymmetric (common-mode) impedance. Each of these ferrites are split into two halves, with one half mounted in the absorbing clamp base, and the other half mounted in the hinged top cover. When the clamp is open, the line(s) under test are easily laid into place inside the bottom halves of the ferrites. When the clamp is closed, the two halves meet, forming a ring around the line(s) under test.

The coaxial line connecting the current transformer to the clamp’s output connector is routed through the second set of ferrite ring which decouples the current transformer from the asymmetric (common-mode) impedance of the receiver.

The aperture size of the clamp dictates the maximum diameter of cable or cables bundle which can be placed under test. The CLA-050 has an aperture size of 0.5” & CLA-150 has an aperture size of 1.4”, which is the main difference between the two clamps.

The chassis is designed to be extremely durable, making it an ideal choice for daily use in laboratory environments, both indoors and outdoors. The handle at the top and wheels at the bottom facilitate easy movement of the clamp along the length of the line(s) under test.


Testing with Absorbing clamp is simplified compared to traditional methods of measuring radiated disturbances. It does not require a anechoic/ semi-anechoic chamber or a calibrated site. The use of an absorbing clamp for disturbance power measurements is required for certain types of devices per CISPR 13 [EN 55013], CISPR 32 [EN 55032] and CISPR 14 [EN 55014]. It can also be used to measure screening attenuation of RF coaxial cables.

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