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From zero to European Reference in our market in 25 years.

Starting with a telephone, fax and a PC, Eurocircuits grew in 25 years to an international group with 3 modern factories, over 200 employees and more than 10.000 customers trusting us yearly with around 100.000 orders. A story that will be celebrated a few times this year.

Currently Eurocircuits is the European reference for PCB prototypes and small series. “Everything we sell, we make” we don’t sell other peoples’ product, giving us complete control from start to finish offering what is known in the market as standard technology, hence no laser drilled holes. Eurocircuits specialises in order pooling which brings the price down for prototypes and small series. The offered pallet of technological possibilities is one of the largest in the market.

The entire Eurocircuits service spectrum is available for consulting and ordering on line. Our website is a free to use library of PCB issues and every customer account contains a large number of free to use tools that help electronics designers prepare their layout data for error-free ordering or even offer them editing tools that may not have been available in their CAD package.

“Whatever you do yourself, you do best” is one of Eurocircuits mottos. Next to the production of the PCBs we also program our own software packages. Our online administration, front end web interface as well as the back office support, is created by Eurocircuits. Therefore, ICT investments form an important chunk of our yearly budget.

23rd of May is the red letter day for Eurocircuits NV. We will celebrate this in Hungary and at the same time inaugurate our new second building of Eurocircuits kft, we will report of this later.

For now, we pledge our continued commitment to our customers and prospects for the next 25 years.

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12 May 2016
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Eurocircuits partner for the Satellite Cube project of Warwick University - WUSAT 3

Eurocircuits have always had a proud tradition of supporting the next generation of engineers ‘pioneer and push the boundaries of development and innovation’.

You may remember our last years' BLOG where eight engineering students led by Dr Bill Crofts saw the conclusion of their 3 year project culminate in their CubeSat being launched on a European space agency rocket. As the CubeSat fell to earth its mission was to measure light frequencies from the outer atmosphere and transmit them back to the team before dropping back to earth.

This week I had the pleasure of being invited to the WUSAT 3 sponsors day where I was introduced to the project plans and ambitions for the next stage of Dr Crofts amazing team.

WUSAT 3 is a 4 year project which will involve designing a 3 tier CubeSat to be taken to the International space station and from there it will be Launched to orbit the earth transmitting its data back to the team.

This is not a simple project and competition to secure the chance to add a payload to the International Space station is fierce. Specification of materials, weight and objectives are critical and if all do not fall within these strict specifications, the project will never get off the ground.

This is the first year of the project and we were introduced to 2 of the project members (Stephen Betts – Electronics and software and Tom Harris – mechanical design) who provided an excellent presentation on the progress of the project so far and intended use of the WUSAT 3 CubeSat.

One of the hardest parts of any project is “WHY”.

Trying to identify a worthy cause which would justify the University of Warwicks request for space aboard the ISS. Eurocircuits prides itself on its environmental conscientiousness so the chosen ‘why’ was particularly significant as the team are designing a Satellite which will monitor the migration patterns of birds around the globe (I have obviously simplified this substantially).

The Team have made huge progress, discovering many obstacles in their path but with such a diverse set of skills and knowledge, they are constantly innovating and problem solving to ensure they meet their objectives and the rigid requirements demanded from space exploration.

The team must now handover to next year’s team to continue the next stages of implementation, testing trials and justification.

I was very impressed by the team’s progress to date and Eurocircuits looks forward to continuing to support them in their amazing work.

If you would like to know more about the project or participate in sponsoring the team then contact Dr Bill Crofts.

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09 May 2016
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Eurocircuits IMS pool service used for the first production run of the “vlak” desk light.

During the Dutch Design Week 2015, Gregor van Egdom launched his Vlak 1 desk light. The “vlak” ambient light consists of a single IMS board (Insulated Metal Substrate) produced using Eurocircuits’ IMS pool service. On the foot of the light for aesthetic reasons some components are kept visible. Using the PCB as an integral part of the product structure, allows the lamp to be 1.6mm thin and avoids any visible wires.

Turning the power knob transforms the emitted light from cozy warm to day-light bright. LEDs with different colours define this wide colour palet thus using modern technology to simulate the natural light of the old-fashioned light bulb.

Vlak 1 is a European product manufactured in Europe. Development, prototyping and testing was done in Holland and the prime component, the IMS PCB is produced in Eurocircuits factory in Hungary. All at the Dutch Design Week pre-ordered products were assembled and packed in Europe.

Vlak 1 can be ordered via its website

 

A few days back, Elektor wrote a nice review on IMS pool which forms a perfect addiction to the subject here.

 

For any interest in the Eurocircuits IMS pool service, click here.

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04 May 2016
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In 2014 the plan grew to extend the housing for our Eurocircuits kft facility in Eger. After the preparation of the building ground in 2014, the construction started in July 2015. 31st of March 2016 the building was officially finished after which we can start furnishing it.

 

The building has two floors and is 1,980 sqm large. Like our 5,000 sqm main building it is build on a rather steep slope. Around 7.000 cubic meter of soil was dug out.

 

The basement is a solid concrete construction with 30cm brick walls and 12cm thermal insulation. The basement is 890 sqm large and serves as stock, logistic area, server room, technical installation and then mens social rooms.

 

The upper level is a metal construction with insulated panels 150/160mm (Kingspan). Also 890 sqm, it serves as production area, office, kitchen and social area for the women workers.

 

Operating between the two floors, there is a 600kg strong elevator.

The entire building is managed by a Building Management System that takes control over the fire detection, the access control, the camera system and the heating and cooling and the energy management.

 

We have a large interest in consciously using energy. Our 37KW air-compressor contains a heat exchanger, our building is fitted with 3-layer glass windows, walls roof and the basement floor are well insulated and the roof is filled with solar collectors for hot water and 34KW strong solar cells.

 

The total investment was 1.35M€, spent to allow our Eurocircuits Eger site to grow and flourish.

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02 May 2016
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The 4th CAD2CAM4PCB seminar was held yesterday in our German factory. Over 4 seminars, we welcomed 50 customers from Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Greece!

 

The day started with an introduction round where customers learn to know each other and shared their CAD software preferences.

The purpose of the day was to create an interactive session between attendees where anyone could ask questions at any time.

The PCB production process was then explained in a 1,5 hour presentation including sleeves, pictures and videos showing each step.

After a coffee break we continued the day with a 1 hour factory tour to experience what our visitors just learned in the previous presentation.

 

Lunch was served to fill the inner self and we continued the day with the optimum PCB design flow from CAD to Gerber to PCB Visualizer to CAM. This 1 hour presentation handled data formats, industry standards and created output tips to configure your DRC settings in your CAD system.

Coffee or tea was served and we finished the day with our last 1,5 hour presentation explaining PCB Visualizer, PCB Configurator, PCB Checker and all editor tools.

A more detailed explanation on the day program can be found here.

We noticed that many of the attendees were not aware of the many productions steps and checks involved in PCB production. Most were pleasantly surprised and grew conscious about the influence their designs can have on the production and the consequences thereof. The next grand discovery was PCB Visualizer and its functionality together with the many other online freeware tools we explained. This left our customers with an overall very positive impression.

Here are some customer feedbacks:

I learned a HUGE amount of things on PCB manufacturing. It was well worth every second of the somewhat long trip to get to Baesweiler, Germany. My gratitude goes also to the members of the Staff who took of their valuable time to accompany us during the whole seminar. Greetings, David

It was good to receive an overview of all the editor tools in the PCB visualizer. I can use more options now, of which I didn’t realize they were in the PCB visualizer because I usually don’t have the time to search it out myself when ordering. A very useful day indeed. Greetings, Chris

I learned today that I design my files the old way which apparently has no sense anymore nowadays. The seminar explained clearly the do’s and don’ts regarding files design and output possibilities. Great update and looking forward to continue working with Eurocircuits! Greetings, Dirk

Next possibilities to attend:

The next seminars are scheduled on the 31st of May and the 28th of June. If interested, please register here. The maximum number of attendees is limited to 15 per day.

See you in Baesweiler.

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27 Apr 2016
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The 3rd of March 2016, Electronic engineering students at Wigan UTC were visited by Steve Jones, the Eurocircuits regional manager for UK and Ireland, based in Devon. 

Eurocircuits are specialist manufacturers of prototype and small batch PCBs. They have specialist factories in Germany, Hungary and India and sales centres in Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Switzerland, Italy and UK.

Steve gave a master class to students on the complex processes involved in the design and manufacturing of multi-layer Printed Circuit Boards. Students found this extremely interesting and gained a great deal of knowledge which will support them in the completion of their research projects.

We pride ourselves on the diverse range of subjects our students study and PCB design and Manufacture is one of them.  It is so beneficial to the students to have hands on experience and to be able to learn from experts in their fields. PCB design and manufacturing is an area that is not often studied by students in school or at college, we deliver this because we believe it develops students’ problem solving skills and prepares them for their future careers in the engineering sector.

Engineering students at Wigan UTC study a broad range of subjects and each subject area has a real work link. Students benefit from this approach as it enable they to fully apply their theoretical studies and practical skills to the world of work.

Eurocircuits where very happy to be invited to UTC and impressed with the high level of electronic understanding the student displayed and to have the opportunity to help this very innovative approach to practical learning support.

Eurocircuits work with several colleges and universities offering complimentary onsite presentations to students explaining design guidelines, How a PCB is made and the PCB business principles within Europe. If you would like to find out more about this, please contact Steve jones (steve.jones@eurocircuits.com - +44 7794 906 982).

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06 Apr 2016
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