eC-placer (Spanish)

Ec-placer es una máquina asistida con cámara integrada para el montaje de prototipos y pequeñas cantidades de PCBs. Esto forma el eslabón final de Eurocircuits en las soluciones de montaje de prototipos, desde el EC-stencil-mate o el horno eC-reflow-mate o el probador ec-test-mate. Los usuarios nos han informado de que la soldadura utilizando el eC-stencil-mate e eC-reflow-mate  es tres veces más rápida que la soldadura a mano y un 60% – 70% más barato y más rápido que la subcontratación. La Ec-placer da un nuevo impulso a este ahorro, ayudando a los diseñadores a lanzar proyectos susceptibles al tiempo / coste del mercado dentro del presupuesto y la fecha previstos.

La configuración y el funcionamiento son simples.

La eC-placer está construida en torno a una mesa XY. Su robusta construcción asegura una precisión a largo plazo y capacidad de repetición y proporciona un mejor retorno de la inversión.

Los componentes son recogidos de los alimentadores y se colocan en el PCB utilizando un cabezal de vacío controlado por un sencillo interruptor de pie. La ec-placer viene con cuatro boquillas de cambio rápido para los diferentes componentes de tamaño, así como 23 alimentadores ajustables para cintas de componentes y palos. Como la máquina es-ESD safe los componentes más grandes se pueden colocar en cajas en la cama de la máquina. La bomba de vacío está incorporada en la máquina.

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Placement head with vacuum pick-up and camera
Placement head with vacuum pick-up and camera
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Feeders
Camera view: red cross marks component location
Camera view: red cross marks component location

El operador tiene una visión clara del componente, el alimentador y la ubicación en el PCB a través de la cámara de alta definición conectada a un puerto USB de su PC. Como no puede haber diferencias en altura entre el alimentador de componente y la superficie superior de la PCB, el sistema de cámara de compensación de paralaje incluye para asegurar la colocación rápida y precisa.

La mesa de trabajo de la EC-placer tiene una matriz de agujeros de registro en un campo de 10 mm. Este es el mismo que el sistema Ec-registration para los PCB y se pueden localizar de forma segura a con los pines de registro previstos. Los deslizadores X y del eje Y se mueven entre las paradas programables que se pueden establecer mediante un segundo interruptor de pie.

eC-placer  Tiene cuatro modos funcionales para dar la mejor combinación de velocidad y precisión en toda la gama de componentes. Los modos se seleccionan a través de un interruptor de LED.

eC-placer in copy-paste mode
eC-placer in copy-paste mode

  • Free mode. La cabeza de vacío, la cámara y la luz LED se pueden mover libremente en cualquier parte del PCB.
  • Lock mode. Bloqueo de la cabeza en el lugar deseado para evitar el movimiento  accidental cuando baja el componente.
  • Array mode. Se utiliza para la colocación rápida y precisa de una línea de componentes. El usuario define la parada del eje X de la fila de los componentes. Luego hay que centrarse sólo en el eje Y para llenar la matriz
  • Copy-paste mode..Usado para BGAs y otros componentes  que son difíciles de poner al ojo desnudo. El modo de copiar y pegar utiliza el stencil como un modelo de la impresora. BGA, FPGAs y componentes similares se colocan automáticamente en el centro de las aberturas del stencil. Los ejes están a continuación, limitados para que el usuario sólo necesite un movimiento para colocar el componente con precisión en la ubicación correcta del PCB.

eC-placer permite una combinación de un despliegue claro, construcción robusta y ergonómica con un sólido soporte de mano en la cabeza y la localización guiada de componentes complejos contribuye a una mayor productividad y menos fatiga del operador, recibiendo prototipos montados más rápidamente y con mayor precisión.

Click here for a full specification.

eC-placer (French)

eC-placer  est une machine pick and place manuelle assistée par une caméra conçue  pour le montage de prototypes et petits lots de  PCB. Celle-ci constitue le dernier maillon des solutions de montage de prototype d’Eurocircuits, qui passent par exemple par le eC-reflow-mate reflow ou  l”appareil de test eC-test-mate.  Les utilisateurs signalent déjà que le soudage par refusion en utilisant l”imprimante eC-stencil-mate et le four eC-reflow-mate  est trois fois plus rapide que le soudage à la main et 60% – 70% moins cher et plus rapide que passer par la sous-traitance. L”eC-placer assisté de caméra donne un nouvel élan à ces économies, en aidant les concepteurs à lancer des projets sensibles à temps dans les budgets sur le marché.

Configuration et fonctionnement sont simples.

L’eC-placer est construit autour d”une table XY de haute précision. Sa construction robuste garantit une précision à long terme et la répétabilité qui vous assure un retour optimal de l’investissement.

Les composants sont ramassés et placés sur le PCB à l”aide d”une tête de vide contrôlée par un commutateur de pied simple. Le eC-placer est livré avec quatre buses à changement rapide pour les composants de tailles différentes ainsi que 23 départs réglables pour les bandes et les bâtons composants. Comme la machine est antistatique, des composants plus grands peuvent être placées dans des boîtes sur le lit de la machine. La pompe à vide est intégré dans l”appareil.

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Placement head with vacuum pick-up and camera
Placement head with vacuum pick-up and camera
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Camera view: red cross marks component location
Camera view: red cross marks component location

L”opérateur a une vue claire du composant, le chargeur et l”emplacement sur le PCB par une caméra haute définition connectée à un port USB de votre PC. Comme il peut y avoir des différences d’hauteur entre le composant dans le chargeur et la surface supérieure du PCB, le système de caméra comprend une correction de parallaxe pour assurer le placement rapide et précis.

L’ eC-placer a une matrice d”enregistrement de trous sur un terrain de 10 mm. Celle-ci à la même hauteur que le système eC-inscription afin que les BPC peuvent être situés en toute sécurité sur le lit avec les broches d”enregistrement prévus. Les X et l”axe Y curseurs se déplacent entre les arrêts programmables qui peuvent être réglés en utilisant un deuxième interrupteur au pied.

eC-placer  dispose de quatre modes de fonctionnement pour donner la meilleure combinaison de vitesse et de précision sur toute la gamme de composants. Les modes sont sélectionnés à l”aide d”un commutateur de LED.

eC-placer in copy-paste mode
eC-placer in copy-paste mode

  • Free modeLa tête, caméra et la lumière LED peuvent se déplacer librement n”importe où sur le PCB
  • Lock modeVerrouille la tête à l”endroit désiré pour éviter tout mouvement accidentel lors de l”abaissement ou tourner le composant.
  • Array mode. Utilisé pour la mise en place rapide et précise d”une ligne de composants. L”utilisateur définit l”arrêt de l”axe X de la rangée de composants. Ensuite, vous devez vous concentrer uniquement sur l”axe Y pour remplir la matrice
  • Copy-paste modeUtilisé pour des BGAs et d”autres composants qui sont difficiles à mettre l”œil nu. Le mode copier-coller utilise le pochoir comme un modèle d”imprimante. BGA, FPGA et des composants similaires sont automatiquement placés dans le centre des ouvertures du pochoir . Les essieux sont alors verrouillées de telle sorte que l”utilisateur n”a qu”une seule motion pour placer le composant avec précision dans l”emplacement correct sur le PCB.

eC-placer”s ccombinação de uma configuração clara, construção robusta,ergonômico com um descanso de mão sólida no posicionamento da cabeça do placer e localização guiada de componentes  complexos contribui para o aumento da produtividade e menos fadiga do operador, recebendo protótipos montados mais rápidamente e com mais precisão

Click here for a full specification.

eC-placer

eC-placer is a camera-assisted manual pick and place machine designed and priced for assembling prototype and small batch PCBs. It forms the final link in Eurocircuits” prototype assembly solution, from the eC-stencil-mate solder-paste printer, through the eC-reflow-mate reflow soldering oven to the eC-test-mate fixtureless test system. Users already report that reflow soldering using the eC-stencil-mate printer and eC-reflow-mate oven is three times faster than hand soldering and 60% – 70% cheaper and faster than sub-contracting. The camera-assisted eC-placer gives a further boost to these savings, helping designers bring time/cost sensitive projects to market on schedule and on budget.

Set-up and operation are straightforward.

The eC-placer is built around a precision-engineered XY table. Its robust construction ensures long term accuracy and repeatability delivering an optimum return on investment.

Components are picked up from the feeders and placed on the solder-pasted PCB using a vacuum head controlled by a simple foot-switch. eC-placer comes with four quick-change nozzles for different sized components as well as 23 adjustable feeders for component tapes and sticks. As the machine is ESD-safe, larger components can be placed in boxes on the bed of the machine. The vacuum pump is built-into the machine.

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Placement head with vacuum pick-up and camera
Placement head with vacuum pick-up and camera
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Camera view: red cross marks component location
Camera view: red cross marks component location

The operator has a clear view of the component, the feeder and the location on the PCB via the high-definition camera linked to a USB-port on his PC. As there may be differences in height between the component in the feeder and the top surface of the PCB, the camera system includes parallax compensation to ensure fast and accurate placement.

The eC-placer work table has a matrix of registration holes on a 10 mm pitch. This is the same pitch as the eC-registration system so that PCBs can be securely located on the bed with the registration pins provided. The X- and Y-axis sliders move between programmable stops which can be set using a second foot-switch.

eC-placer has four functional modes to give the best combination of speed and accuracy across the range of components. The modes are selected using an LED switch.

eC-placer in copy-paste mode
eC-placer in copy-paste mode

  • Free mode. The vacuum head, camera and LED light can move freely to any location on the PCB.
  • Lock mode. Locks the head at the desired location to avoid accidental movement when lowering or rotating the component.
  • Array mode. Used for fast, accurate placing of a row of components. The user sets the X-axis stop on the row of components. He then needs to concentrate only on the Y-axis to populate the array.
  • Copy-paste mode. Used for BGAs and other larger components which are difficult to place by eye. The copy-paste mode uses the printer stencil as a template. BGAs, FPGAs and similar components centre automatically in the stencil openings. The axes are then locked so that the user needs only a single movement to place the component accurately over the correct location on the PCB.

eC-placer”s combination of a clear display, robust ergonomic construction with a solid hand rest on the placement head, and guided location for component arrays and complex components makes for increased productivity and less operator fatigue, getting prototypes assembled faster and safer.

Click here for a full specification.

eC-placer (Portuguese)

 eC-placer é um máquina assistida com câmera integrada para a montagem de protótipos e pequenos lotes de PCBs. Esta constitui o elo final nas soluções de montagem de protótipos oferecidas pela Eurocircuits , desde o eC-stencil-mate,  eC-stencil-mate ou  o forno eC-reflow-mate ou  o aparelho de teste eC-test-mate.

Usuários já relataram que a soldagem usando eC-stencil-mate e eC-reflow-mate  é três vezes mais rápido do que solda à mão e 60% – 70% mais barato e mais rápido do que a subcontratação. A eC-placer  dá um novo impulso a estas economias, ajudando os designers a economizar tempo / custo lançando projetos sensíveis para o mercado dentro do orçamento planeado.

Configuração e funcionamento são simples.

eC-placer esta construído em torno de uma mesa XY. A sua construção robusta garante a precisão de longo prazo e repetibilidade fornecendo um melhor retorno sobre o investimento

Os componentes são apanhados nos alimentadores e colocados no PCB usando uma cabeça de vácuo controlada por um pé-switch simples. O eC-placer  vem com quatro bicos de troca rápida para diferentes componentes dimensionados, bem como 23 alimentadores ajustáveis para fitas de componentes . Como a máquina é ESD-safe, componentes maiores podem ser colocadas em caixas na cama da máquina. A bomba de vácuo está incorporada dentro da máquina.

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Placement head with vacuum pick-up and camera
Placement head with vacuum pick-up and camera
Feeders
Feeders
Camera view: red cross marks component location
Camera view: red cross marks component location

O operador tem uma visão clara do componente, o alimentador e a localização no PCB através da câmera de alta definição ligada a uma porta USB do seu PC. Como podem existir diferenças de altura entre o componente no alimentador e a superfície superior do PCB, o sistema de câmera inclui a compensação de paralaxe para assegurar a colocação rápida e precisa.

A mesa de trabalho do eC-placer  tem uma matriz de furos de registro num campo de 10 mm. Esta é o mesma que o ec-registration, assim que os PCB podem ser firmemente colocados na cama com os pinos de registro previstas. Os eixos X e Y sliders move-se entre as parahgens programáveis que podem ser definidas usando um Segundo pedal.

eC-placer  tem quatro modos funcionais para dar a melhor combinação de velocidade e precisão em toda a gama de componentes. Os modos são selecionados através de uma chave LED.

eC-placer in copy-paste mode
eC-placer in copy-paste mode

  • Free modeA cabeça de vácuo, câmera e luz LED podem mover-se livremente em qualquer local no PCB.
  • Lock mode. Bloqueia a cabeça no local desejado para evitar o movimento acidental quando baixa ou roda o componente.
  • Array mode. Usado para a colocação rápida e precisa de uma linha de componentes. O utilizador define a paragem do eixo X sobre a fileira de componentes. Em seguida, precisa de se concentrar somente no eixo Y para preencher a matriz
  • Copy-paste mode. Usado para BGAs e outros componentes maiores que são difíceis de colocar a olho nu. O modo copy-paste usa o stencil como um modelo de impressora. BGAs, FPGAs e componentes semelhantes são automaticamente postos no centro des aberturas do stencil. Os eixos são então trancados para que o usuário precise apenas de um único movimento para colocar o componente com precisão no local correto no PCB.

eC-placer combina uma configuração clara, construção robusta,ergonomia com um descanso de mão sólida no posicionamento da cabeça do placer e localização guiada de componentes  complexos contribui para o aumento da produtividade e menos fadiga do operador, recebendo protótipos montados mais rápidamente e com mais precisão.

Click here for a full specification.

Eurocircuits present at the LED event in Belgium and Holland.

This years LED event, organized by FHI, is spread out over two days in 2 countries to minimize the travel time for visitors and to address specific local interests in the program.

As tradition requires, Eurocircuits will be there as well. Come and visit us on either of the two days. Register for a free entry ticket via this LINK

The program for both days is different and can be found here.

If you have an interest in LED products and technologies, you cannot miss out on this BENELUX leading event and … don’t forget to register for your free ticket.

See you there.

Matthieu Samain

Sales manager Benelux

Eurocircuits NV

Eurocircuits – loyal sponsors of the Herkules Racing Team of the University of Kassel

Eurocircuits are long-term partners of the University of Kassel’s Herkules Racing Team and 2015 was no exception. We provided the PCBs for the team’s Formula Student challenge.

The Formula Student competition for construction and design was founded in 1981 and has transformed many a student into a good engineer. We are glad to be a part of that process.

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The team’s current engine is based on a Suzuki GSXR 600 delivering 84PS and 59Nm torque. The car has a team designed gear box and a Titan based exhaust filtering system.

An FPGA based custom designed data logging system connects via a CAN-bus with the motor control unit and transmits live data by radio to a laptop for monitoring during the race.

The Herkules Racing Team 2015 took part in the Hockenheim race last summer and came in 14th the best result ever for Kassel University.

We congratulate them and wish next year’s team the same success as their predecessors.

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The toughest race in the world – and Eurocircuits were there to help support Durham University Electric Motorsport through it.

Toby McBride, team member Durham University Electric Motorsport, writes:

3000km. Across the outback. Powered only by the sun. Arguably one of the greatest challenges in the world that any team can undertake. Durham University Electric Motorsport, otherwise known as DUEM, are one team ready to take on the challenge. We are a group of students from Durham University who design, build and race electric vehicles, entirely outside our degree courses.

We have just returned from Australia where we raced our solar powered car, DUSC 2015, across the country, all the way from Darwin to Adelaide. This would be tough even using conventional petrol or diesel engines, but what made it particularly challenging is that it was entirely undertaken using just solar power; nothing else.

DUEM was up against 40 or so other teams in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. The team had a thoroughly rewarding trip and despite encountering technical problems in the first week which resulted in the in-wheel motor rendered unusable, we pulled through and reached Adelaide. This was an incredible test of both the car & the team.

Eurocircuits are an important sponsor for DUEM and supported us with the latest technology and expertise, delivering high quality PCBs fast and on time. We are very excited by their future focused strategy and the new developments they have in the pipeline.

Steve Jones, UK Sales Manager for Eurocircuits, adds:

We are very proud to have supported DUEM in their Australian challenge. Check out their website, Facebook & Twitter and don’t forget to follow them! Here are just a selection of photos from their time in Australia.

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New outline repair tool – healthier soldering – sponsoring student projects

Outline Editor – new PCB Solver repair tool

PCB Solver is a range of online repair tools to help you fix the most common production data issues before you place your order. Use the PCB Solver repair tools before ordering to

  • avoid delivery delays
  • help reduce board costs
  • save valuable design time – and designer frustration.

The first tool launched was the auto-repair of annular rings running in PCB Checker.

The second tool is the Outline Editor in PCB Configurator. Repair the board outline (profile) on screen when

  • Profile data is missing, incomplete, or incorrect
  • PCB Visualizer finds two valid outlines

To use the Outline Editor, upload your data into your Shopping basket, allow 3 -4 minutes for PCB Visualizer to run its analysis and then check the PCB Visualizer column. If you find a blue warning or a red flag open PCB Visualizer. Any outline issues will be shown in the Remarks pane of PCB Configurator.

How to use Outline Editor

More PCB Solver repair tools will be released during the coming months.

Healthier soldering

Soldering fumes are unpleasant and can be hazardous to health. Best practice requires a good fume extraction system.

We tested a number of third party systems for efficiency, quiet operation, and value for money. The Fume-cube from Purex came out best in the trials and for more than a year we have used it with all in-house soldering operations. It is now available to our users as the eC-fume-cube.

Why install eC-fume-cube?.

  • Healthier, more comfortable and more productive working environment
  • Compliance with local and national Health and Safety regulations
  • Internal filtration system needs no ducting to outside air
  • Fully mobile. eC-fume cube can be can be stood next to the soldering process and is readily moved when needed
  • Stainless steel construction ensures long machine life despite corrosive fumes

The eC-fume-cube is suitable for both hand-soldering and machine soldering.

  • For hand soldering, add the eC-arm-kit. This includes a 38 mm stainless steel flexible arm to bring extraction to the point of soldering.

  • For machine soldering with the eC-reflow-mate oven V3 add the eC-reflow-mate-hood. This clips onto the oven and ducts away soldering fumes when the oven door opens after reflow.

Sponsoring student projects

Eurocircuits is an active sponsor of student projects across Europe. We have provided PCBs for projects as diverse as rocketry, robotics and Formula Student race cars. If you would like your student project to be considered for sponsorship, please contact Eurocircuits at euro@eurocircuits.com.

Technical blogs

Some recent highlights:

If you would like us to produce a blog or white paper on a particular aspect of PCB manufacturing technology, PCB soldering or EAGLE CAD, email us at euro@eurocircuits.com.

Meet us

The best way to share ideas and knowledge is face to face. Come and meet us at:

Eurocircuits supports IET activity at Peakcamp 2015

By Juergen Pintaske – ExMark

At Peakcamp 2015, over 7000 Scouts and Guides had a wonderful week meeting and enjoying over 85 different activities. The IET wanted to add a soldering activity and asked a group of people to help with the design of the project and at the event. We decided to turn it into a practical soldering activity which would be presented as a whole at the end of the week.

Due to the very limited budget available, we had to find donors to support us – and succeeded. In the end there were 25 sponsors, who contributed either components – or money to buy parts. We have to thank all of them for their support, and also extend this to supporters at the event, who helped to make it all possible.

We were very happy when Eurocircuits agreed to Sponsor our worthwhile cause by donating all the PCB’s used to create this project, this was the first cornerstone of the project.

The second breakthrough was Texas Instruments who agreed to donate 1,000 microcontrollers.

MicroProcessor Engineering (MPE) specially adapted their Forth Lite system for this project.

The last issue was the box to hold it all together, rather than designing a box for the system which would be too expensive, we brainstormed for a more inventive solution, we found out that a TicTac Box would just be the right size for the project with board assembly and batteries fitting perfectly into a TicTac box –so a box full with TicTacs were supplied with the components to all scouts and guides that would make the project.

The Beating Heart – represented by the flashing LED in the MicroBox – source ExMark

The “Beating Heart” MicroBox – source ExMark

Over 300 scouts and guides built about 450 MicroBox systems a very impressive project to look at.

For the last day the scouts and guides “Beating Heart” boxes were set up on a large display consisting of approximately 250 MicroBoxes.

source ExMark Sorting the MicroBoxes for the large display

The “beating hearts” display – source ExMark

See the final display in the video – https://tv.theiet.org/?videoid=7386

  

IET TV Video and Interview – source Stephen Powley and

    

Source Eurocircuits

A successful event for all parties involved – and thanks to the IET, the sponsors, and here especially to Eurocircuits, to the people who helped at the event and the 300+ Scouts and Guides who came and built MicroBoxes and took them home to show to their friends or use them afterwards for Learning Programming.

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Outline/Milling Editor – PCB Solver tool updated

Outline/Milling Editor.

The Outline Editor, the second tool in the PCB Solver range, was launched in November 2015.  In December 2015 it has been updated to handle internal slots and cutouts as well as board outline (profiles).  It has been renamed the Outline/Milling Editor.  The updated version has the same powerful functionality as Version 1 with some new go-faster features for outline editing.

PCB Solver gives you the tools to fix common data issues before you place your order.  You avoid delays to your delivery and can often reduce board costs.  More tools will be released during 2016.

Use the Outline/Milling Editor to correct the board outline where the outline (profile) data is missing, incomplete, incorrect or duplicated (two outlines found).  When this happens PCB Visualizer gives you a clear warning.  In most cases you can fix the outline directly on screen, avoiding the disruption and delays involved if you have to go back to the CAD system.

Use the Outline/Milling Editor for internal slots and cutouts to

  • check slot and cutout data in a mechanical layer is correct and repair it if not
  • clearly identify slots and cutouts if they are not defined in a mechanical layer

Note: PCB Visualizer is an automatic pre-production Gerber and drill data analyzer.  Gerber is a pure vector format, so unless attributes are used, PCB Visualizer cannot recognize slots and cutouts.  For advice on defining slots and cutouts, see here.

There’s a full description with the latest features here.

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Outline/Milling Editor – the next PCB Solver tool 

PCB Solver.

PCB Solver is the third component in the PCB Visualizer user interface. PCB Visualizer itself is the core of our pre-order data verification process. As soon as you upload your data into your Shopping basket, PCB Visualizer generates a detailed analysis of the PCB dataset and compares it to the specifications of the proposed order and of the chosen PCB service. PCB Configurator then provides a detailed report of the board status. PCB Checker pinpoints any DRC or DFM issues found in the data. PCB Solver provides the tools to fix them, either automatically or interactively.

The Outline & Milling Editor and the automatic repair of annular rings running in PCB Checker are the first two of a series of repair tools planned to fix the data issues which our customers have told us frustrate them the most.

PCB Visualizer’s pre-order data verification is a key part of our optimized PCB design workflow. By spending a few minutes checking the board data prior to ordering you avoid delivery delays of 24 hours or more while our engineers come back with questions (“exceptions”). In many cases you can also cut the board costs. That way you can order confident that you will get the right board, on the right day, at the right price.

PCB Solver has been made possible by a major change in PCB Visualizer’s core structure. This is now vector-based rather than image-based. It is structured around real objects (pads, tracks, drills …). This allows us to extend to users the benefits of procedures already field-proven in our front-end data-preparation process. It has the added benefit of smaller internal data-sets and so faster processing.

How to use the Outline & Milling Editor: go to technical description or watch our video