Come and see us at the Electronics Design show Stand L46 – 19th-20th October 2016

Eurocircuits is excited to announce that we will be unveiling our new eC-reflow-mate V4, our bench top reflow oven on our stand at the Electronics Design Show this October.

Come and visit our stand for a demonstration of this and all our eC-prototype-equipment, meet your sales and support team, experience our software LIVE and discuss all your PCB prototype and small batch needs.

Electronics Design Show 2016: Ricoh Arena, Coventry, 19th – 20th October, Stand L46.Register here free.

We will present you:

  • Smart menus for online pricing/ordering provide real-time guidance on reducing costs and improving manufacturability.
  • PCB Configurator analyses your Gerber data even before you get a price. It flags any issues which might delay delivery and then fills in the pricing parameters for you automatically.
  • eC-stencils for solder paste printing provided by the same data used for the PCB production ensuring accurate production and delivered together with the PCB
  • RF pool to specialise in cost effective RF PCB manufacture
  • IMS pool increasing in popularity, Insulated Metal Substrates are a key material in the LED lighting industry
  • eC-equipment specially designed to aid the soldering of SMD prototype and small series PCBs
  • eC-consumables allow a one stop shop to populate your PCB’s

 

All visitors will receive a €15 gift voucher to be used off of their next purchase with Eurocircuits.

In the mean time take a look at our brand new company video explaining the production flow of a 4-layer board, showing our latest investments in production equipment and online tools.

Hope this may inspire you to come and visit us in Coventry.

Best wishes,
Steve Jones
Sales manager UK & Ireland

In one week you can meet Eurocircuits during the WoTS

One more week before the start of the exhibition World of Technology & Science 2016. Time to register For any electronics design engineer is WoTS2016 a must attend event. The electronics part of the show, World of Electronics, grows to be more important every edition. This allows you to make contact with many potential partners that can offer added value for your projects.

Exibiting on booth 9A066, Eurocircuits resides next to tbp with whom we organize a Belgian beer bar. So next to giving you an update on all our services, Eurocircuits can offer you a tasty “Bolleke” or an “Achouffe” or even a “Duvel”. We hope to meet you in Utrecht.

Register now as Eurocircuits customer via this link and assure yourselves of your free entry ticket for the show.

More information about the World of Electronics can be found here.

Over een week kan u Eurocircuits ontmoeten op stand 9A066

De beurs World of Technology & Science 2016 start al binnen goed twee weken. Dringend tijd om u te registreren De WoTS2016 is een niet te missen beurs voor elke elektronicus want het gedeelte elektronica, de World of Electronics” groeit elk jaar gestaag waardoor u er een ruim aanbod aan partners vindt die een meerwaarde kunnen betekenen voor uw projecten.

Eurocircuits is weer prominent vertegenwoordigd op stand 9A066, naast tbp met wie we samen een Belgische bierbar organiseren. Dus naast een update van wat Eurocircuits u te bieden heeft, kan u bij ons terecht voor een lekker Bolleke of een Achouffe of Duvel. We hopen u te mogen ontmoeten.

Registreer nu als Eurocircuits klant als eerste via deze link en verzeker u van uw gadget en een gratis toegangsbewijs.

Meer info over de World of Electronics vindt u hier.

Nog een week en dan kan u Eurocircuits ontmoeten tijdens de WoTS

De beurs World of Technology & Science 2016 vindt begin oktober plaats. Dat is over een week. Een goede reden voor onze vrienden docenten en studenten om zich snel te registreren want een uitstap naar de beurs is de moeite waard. Als elektronikus vindt u er niet alleen “industriële elektronica” maar tevens “industriële automatisering” en “motion & drives” wat het spectrum breed en interessant maakt.

Wij willen bovendien het ontwikkelen van elektronica en het realiseren ervan in de onderwijswereld stimuleren. Daarom bieden wij elke docent het volgende aan: Stuur een lijst van de studenten met wie u de beurs wil bezoeken (voornaam, naam, e-mailadres, naam onderwijsinstelling) naar matthieu.samain@eurocircuits.com en wij zorgen voor de aanmelding van uzelf en de studenten. Bezoek de beurs met uw studenten en verschaf u de toegang door het via onze link bekomen gratis toegangsbewijs. Na de beurs krijgt u voor elk lid uit de lijst die ons effectief op de beurs heeft bezocht, een tegoedbon voor de productie van PCBs bij Eurocircuits, ter waarde van 25 Euro. Dit kan u gebruiken als ondersteuning voor uw volgende elektronicaproject dat u met uw studenten zal ondernemen. Wij hopen velen onder jullie te mogen verwelkomen.

The WoTS-badge is an idea and development of Salland Electronics and Eurocircuits. The WoTS-badge is a display of 85 LEDs which you can simply pin on your clothing. De WoTS-badge can display a large variety of texts and animations.

WoTS2016 – Meet Eurocircuits and discover our novelties

Only 3 weeks to go before the start of the exhibition World of Technology & Science 2016. Time to register for a free entry ticket and this for two reasons:

  1. For any electronics design engineer is WoTS2016 a must attend event. The electronics part of the show, World of Electronics, grows to be more important every edition. This allows you to make contact with many potential partners that can offer added value for your projects.
  2. This edition of WoTS, Salland electronics and Eurocircuits developed a nice to have gadget, the WoTS-badge. Read more about this below but also be quick to register as gadget numbers are limited.

Exibiting on booth 9A066, Eurocircuits resides next to tbp with whom we organize a Belgian beer bar. So next to giving you an update on all our services, Eurocircuits can offer you a tasty “Bolleke” or an “Achouffe” or even a “Duvel”. We hope to meet you in Utrecht.

WoTS-badge is a nice exhibition gadget – register now!

 

WoTS-badge, is the exhibition gadget for the industry branches Industrial Electronics of FHI for this years’ show. It is a pleasant gadget which is easily programmable.

The WoTS-badge is an idea and development of Salland Electronics and Eurocircuits. The WoTS-badge is a display of 85 LEDs which you can simply pin on your clothing. De WoTS-badge can display a large variety of texts and animations.

Programming the WoTS-badge is also possible via a USB cable and a PC-application. Eurocircuits developed an online application to prepare you animations. Using the Eurocircuits’ PC application you can then upload these animations to the WoTS-badge. This PC application also allows to set the clock, set an alarm, create texts or new animations and upload all to the gadget. Read all about it here.

The Salland Electronics freeware app (Android, IOS and Windows) is also a handy tool to program the WoTS-badge. The WoTS-badge connects to your smart phone via the new Nordic nRF52832 Bluetooth 4.0 LE chip. On your smart phones’ screen, you can simply input texts or draw pictures. Watch how it works here.

Register now as Eurocircuits customer via this link and assure yourselves of your gadget and a free entry ticket for the show. Be quick because gadget numbers are limited!

More information about the World of Electronics can be found here.

Ontmoet Eurocircuits binnen 2 weken en ontdek onze nieuwigheden

De beurs World of Technology & Science 2016 start al binnen goed twee weken. Dringend tijd om u te registreren en wel om twee redenen:

  1. De WoTS2016 is een niet te missen beurs voor elke elektronicus want het gedeelte elektronica, de World of Electronics” groeit elk jaar gestaag waardoor u er een ruim aanbod aan partners vindt die een meerwaarde kunnen betekenen voor uw projecten.
  2. Deze editie van de WoTS hebben Salland electronics en Eurocircuits een leuk gadget voor u bedacht, de WoTS-badge. Lees er meer over hieronder maar wees er vooral snel bij want de aantallen zijn beperkt.

Eurocircuits is weer prominent vertegenwoordigd op stand 9A066, naast tbp met wie we samen een Belgische bierbar organiseren. Dus naast een update van wat Eurocircuits u te bieden heeft, kan u bij ons terecht voor een lekker Bolleke of een Achouffe of Duvel. We hopen u te mogen ontmoeten.

De WoTS-badge is een leuk beursgadget – registreer nu!

WoTS-badge, het beursgadget voor de branche Industriële Elektronica, is een plezant gadget waarvan u de functies zelf makkelijk kan programmeren.

De WoTS-badge is een idee en ontwikkeling van Salland Electronics en Eurocircuits. De WoTS-badge is een display bestaande uit 85 LEDs die men eenvoudig op kleding kan bevestigen. De WoTS-badge is een lichtkrant en kan een grote variatie aan teksten of eenvoudige animaties tonen.

U kan de WoTS-badge programmeren via een PC-applicatie en een USB kabel. Eurocircuits heeft een online applicatie ontwikkeld waarmee u animaties kan voorbereiden. Via de PC-applicatie, eveneens gemaakt door Eurocircuits, kan u deze dan naar de WoTS-badge sturen. Deze applicatie laat u ook toe de klok en het alam te bedienen. Lees er alles over hier.

De WoTS-badge is ook eenvoudig te programmeren via een gratis app (Android, IoS en Windows). De WoTS-badge maakt contact met de telefoon via de nieuwe Nordic nRF52832 Bluetooth 4.0 LE chip. Via het scherm van uw smart phone kan u eenvoudig teksten ingeven of afbeeldingen tekenen. Bekijk het hier.

Registreer nu als Eurocircuits klant als eerste via deze link en verzeker u van uw gadget en een gratis toegangsbewijs. Wees er snel bij want het aantal gadgets is mogelijk snel uitgeput.

Meer info over de World of Electronics vindt u hier.

Pooling conditions no longer met! (Italian)

In linea di principio qualunque ordine di PCB puo’ essere accorpato (Pooled) con altri ordini. Fondamentalmente esiste solo una condizione da soddisfare: aver abbastanza ordini con caratteristiche simili per poter essere raggruppati in un unico grande ordine di produzione. Per noi pero’ non finisce tutto qui, dobbiamo infatti assicurarci che anche la tecnologia usata per ciascun ordine sia compatibile e che le quantita’ degli ordini siano molto simili

Per molti anni il nostro calcolatore si e’ occupato di aspetti tecnologici degli ordini “pooling”. Il nostro PCB Configurator segnala qualunque vincolo legato all’aspetto tecnologico della richiesta del cliente che non consenta un “pooling” sensato. Se una scheda non puo’ essere realizzata in pooling, il costo di produzione aumenta in modo significativo poiche’ deve essere realizzata separatamente su un proprio pannello di produzione.

Ora abbiamo introdotto nel nostro PCB Configurator una logica equivalente legata alle dimensioni dell’ordine stesso. Piu’ grande e’ l’ordine, meno “sensato” sara’ l’ordine pooling. Basandoci sulla misura del vostro PCB/Pannello calcoliamo quanti pannelli di produzione saranno necessari per produrre l’ordine. Se per il nostro servizio STANDARD pool, questa quantita’ risultasse maggiore di 25, l’ordine non sara’ piu’ fattibile in pooling. In tal caso calcoleremo l’ordine come non-pooling. La misura del vostro PCB/Pannello influenzera’ l’efficienza di riempimento, potrebbe quindi essere il motivo di un maggior costo risultante per le vostre schede.

Nell’ipotesi che il PCB Configurator rilevi una condizione di non-pooling, la evidenziera’ nelle note spiegandone la ragione ed indichera’ con il simbolo delle monete i dettagli che causano cio’.

Allo stesso tempo nella zona delle note specificheremo la “production panel efficiency” come percentuale. Questo rende possibile adattare le misure del vostro PCB/Pannello a misure piu’ efficienti che possano aumentare il valore “production panel efficiency” e di conseguenza ridurre il costo per singolo PCB o, specialmente nel caso di ordini piccoli, aumentare il numero di schede per riempire meglio il pannello di produzione per medesimo valore totale dell’ordine.

ADue esempi chiariscono meglio a cosa ci riferiamo.

Opzioni tecnologiche non pooling e riempimento pannello di produzione

Una scheda 4 Layer, 65×55 con reverse build e’ non-pooling, inoltre e’ un ordine per 2 soli pezzi

Non-pooling significa che dobbiamo realizzare un intero pannello di produzione per questo ordine e non possiamo riempire lo spazio rimanente con altri ordini. L’efficienza di produzione di questo pannello e’ del 4%

Su questo pannello c’e’ spazio per altre schede. Potete aumentare il numero delle schede migliorando cosi’ l’efficienza del pannello. Aumentare il numero a 40 porta l’efficienza di produzione di questo pannello all’ 81% e cambia di poco il prezzo complessivo.

Quantita’ non-poolable e pannello cliente inefficiente

Una scheda doppia faccia 65×55 pannellizzata cliente in BINDI pool circa 1600 pezzi richiesti

Usando un pannello cliente piu’ o meno quadrato 4×4 si ottiene un fattore di efficienza pannello del 59% che determina un costo al pezzo di 16,23€/16 = 1,014€

Cambiando semplicemente il pannello cliente in 5×3 si risolvono tutte le criticita’ e si ottiene un prezzo unitario a pannello di 10,64€/15 = 0,709€ ovvero il 30% in meno semplicemente consentendo un uso del pannello di produzione piu’ efficiente.

Questi due esempi illustrano classici casi di ottimizzazione di ordini “non-poolable” ottenibili sia incrementando il numero di pezzi, nel caso di un piccolo ordine di prototipi sia modificando la geometria del pannello richiesto al fine di ottenere una efficienza maggiore nel pannello di produzione. In entrambi i casi abbiamo una soluzione vincente per entrambi: Eurocircuits e Cliente, riducendo al minimo l’area pannello di produzione non utilizzabile. Il nostro PCB Configurator vi aiuta a fare cio’.

Alcune ulteriori informazioni:

Le quantita’ “non-poolable” in termini di “X” pannelli di produzione sono, per tipo di servizio:

  • STANDARD pool – 25 pannelli di produzione
  • BINDI pool – 25 pannelli di produzione
  • IMS pool – 25 pannelli di produzione
  • RF pool – 10 pannelli di produzione
  • SEMI-FLEX pool – 5 pannelli di produzione
  • NAKED proto – 5 pannelli di produzione

Le misure dei pannelli di produzione sono:

  • 0L, 1L, 2Layer – area libera disponibile di 581mm x 428mm
  • Multi layers
    • area libera disponibile di 501mm x 431mm (tranne RF pool)
    • area libera disponibile di 501mm x 356mm per RF pool

NOTA IMPORTANTE

Tutti I calcoli di efficienza eseguiti nel PCB Configurator si basano su schede o pannelli cliente di forma rettangolare.

Per altre geometrie o pannellizzazioni complesse, suggeriamo ai nostri clienti di usare la funzione Richiedi offerta “Launch Inquiry”

Order pooling e’ la mission di Eurocircuits.

Per saperne di piu’ sull’order pooling e sulla sua storia, leggete il nostro BLOG: “The history of order pooling”.

Pooling Conditions No Longer Met!

In principle any PCB order can be pooled with other orders. Basically there is only one condition that needs to be met: We have enough similar orders to join together into one larger production order. However, it does not simply end there for us, we also need to ensure that the technology of the orders is compatible and their ordered quantities match.

For many years now our calculator has dealt with the technological aspects of order pooling. Our PCB Configurator will flag up any restriction with the technology requested by the customer which is making pooling unpractical. If a board cannot be pooled, the cost of board production increases significantly because it has to be manufactured separately on its own production panel.

We have now equipped our PCB Configurator with a comparable logic for order size mismatches. The larger the order, the less practical the order pooling will be. Based on the size of your PCB/customer panel we calculate how many production panels will be needed to produce the order. If for our STANDARD pool service, the number of production panels needed to make the order will be larger than 25, then order pooling is no longer viable. In that case we calculate the order as non-pooling. The PCB/customer panel size will influence the production panel efficiency factor which will be the major cost driver for the board price.

In case PCB configurator finds a non-pooling condition, it will flag it up under remarks explaining the reason for it and will highlight coins next to the order details that are the cause of this condition. At the same time under remarks we specify the “production panel efficiency” as a %. This makes it possible to adapt the size of your PCB/customer panel to a more efficient size driving the “production panel efficiency” up and thus the price per piece down or specially for small orders to increase the quantity to better fill the production panel at the same total order price.

Two examples will explain better what is involved.

Non-poolable technological option and production panel fill
A 4-layer board, 65x55mm in reverse build making it non-pooling and this as a 2 piece’ prototype order.

Non-pooling means we have to make one production panel for this order and cannot fill the empty space with other orders. The production panel efficiency is 4%.

More boards will fit on the panel. You may increase the number of boards thus increasing the production panel efficiency. Increasing the quantity to 40 will upgrade the production panel efficiency to 81% and will hardly move the total price.

Non-poolable quantity and inefficient customer panel

A double sided board 65x55mm in customer panel in BINDI pool +/- 1.600 pieces needed.

Using a more or less square customer panel of 4×4 has a production panel efficiency factor of 59% and will result into a price per piece of 16.23€/16 = 1.014€.

Simply changing the customer panel to 5×3 will solve all remarks and results into a price per piece of 10.64€/15 = 0.709€ or 30% less by simply permitting us to utilise the production panel space more efficiently.

These two examples explain two classic cases of optimizing non-poolable orders by either filling the one production panel in case of a small prototype order or optimizing the production panel efficiency by opting for the ideal customer panel size. In both cases we have a WIN-WIN situation between our customers and Eurocircuits by keeping the non-usable area to a minimum. Our PCB Configurator helps you doing that.

More background info:

Non-poolable quantities counted in more than “X” production panels per service are:

  • STANDARD pool – 25 production panels
  • BINDI pool – 25 production panels
  • IMS pool – 25 production panels
  • RF pool – 10 production panels
  • SEMI-FLEX pool – 5 production panels
  • NAKED proto – 5 production panels


Production panel size are:

  • 0L, 1L, 2Layer – net area of 581mm x 428mm
  • Multi layers
    • net area of 501mm x 431mm (except RF pool)
    • net area of 501mm x 356mm for RF pool

IMPORTANT REMARK

All size and production panel efficiency calculations in PCB Configurator are made using the rectangular contour of the PCB/customer panel.

For all complex shapes or very complex panelisations, we advise our customers to make use of the “Launch Inquiry” option in the service selection page.

Order pooling is Eurocircuits’ mission.

If you want to know all about order pooling and its history, then read our BLOG: “The history of order pooling”.