National Electronics Week a success

National Electronics Week 2012 took place at the NEC in Birmingham on 18 – 19 April. OK, it’s not really a week, but the organisers took over the name five or six years ago from a show almost lost in the mists of time.

Demand for prototype and small batch PCBs is strong. A lot of people came onto the stand asking specifically how we could offer them a better prototype and small batch service. We explained our pooling services and demonstrated how to get prices off the website. The response to the website and to the prices was very positive and we received our first order from a new customer two days after the end of the show.

We met a number of customers as well, always a pleasure. Several had come specially to see the beta version of the new PCB Visualizer software which had its first public viewing at the show. The new software will allow you to see your board layers as soon as the job is uploaded, so that you can check right away that everything looks OK. PCB Visualizer will be rolled out over the next few weeks and more functionality will be added during the rest of the year to make handling data issues clearer and quicker.

On a lighter note our stand was a few metres from the “Bobs Box AKA the Cyclone Game Cube” as-seen-on-TV challenge. Competitors stand in a transparent box and try to catch as many red balls as they can out of a shower of balls of many colours being blasted up from the floor. Google it for YouTube videos. This proved a big crowd-puller, especially when one or two short-skirted stand hostesses were trying. No pictures of them, I’m afraid, but you can see Uwe Doerr in action.

More PCB added value on Stand 131 at National Electronics Week 2012 18 – 19 April, NEC Hall 2, Birmingham

PCB Visualizer will preview at the show

  • PCB Visualizer is Eurocircuits” latest added-value PCB service. Upload your data for an order or just a quotation. In seconds the new software will display every layer of your PCB just as it will be produced.
  • Instantly check each layer to make sure that it is what you need. Check that all the data is present and that the stack-up is correct. No need for a Gerber viewer. PCB Visualizer confirms your CAD output in realistic colours with full pan and zoom functionality.
  • Of course, our engineers check your board data 100% before we put an order into production or give you a confirmed quote. But if a quick glance shows you something that needs changing, you can correct it and upload new data and minimise lost time.
  • The first version of PCB Visualizer will be live online shortly. There will be new functionality added over the next few months to make buying boards from Eurocircuits even easier and even faster..

What else is new for 2012.

  • Faster PCB pricing and ordering for the first-time user. Get immediate prices online for all our pooling services without registering as a user – and store your prices in a basket for later ordering. Or order at once – your order goes straight into production with no administration delay.
  • New Design For Manufacturability (DFM) tool. An even copper density ensures optimum plating quality.Our new plating simulation tool can help you to achieve this. Use our “Place Inquiry” option and our engineers will produce a full manufacturability report on your board including a copper density visualisation map. DFM analysis can cut board costs up to 20%.
  • New technical support resources. The “PCB Design Guidelines” document is downloaded more than 30,000 times a year. Now we have added moretechnical papers as well as technical blogs and videos to help you design more robust and lower cost PCBs.
  • New bench-top reflow soldering equipment. We will show the latest models of our eC-stencil-mate solder-paste printer and eC-reflow-mate reflow oven, upgraded after feedback from more than 200 users in first 9 months of sales.

What’s old on the stand?

  • Always a warm welcome from our PCB and reflow-soldering experts ready to show you all the new features and answer your questions.
  • Our well-established order pooling services keep your costs down without compromising quality or delivery. We offer the widest range of pooling options including aluminium-backed and fine-line PCBs.

See us on Stand 131 at National Electronics Week, Hall 2, NEC, Birmingham 18 – 19 April 2012.

Can”t make the show? Visit our homepage to check out the new features or contact Patrick Martin on 07834 281514 or atpatrick.martin@eurocircuits.com.

eC-workshop report – reflow soldering SMD PCB prototypes- Belgium 22-03-2012

Overview of our first seminar 22-03-2012 and dates for future seminars.

We started with a warm welcome and the registration of our participants accompanied by a cup of coffee. 19 out of 20 preregistered participants found their way to ARCOSS for our first seminar on reflow soldering of SMD PCB prototypes.

Dirk Stans spoke a word of welcome and gave an overview of the planning for the day. Dirk continued with the Eurocircuits history for the last 20 years followed by a brief overview of Eurocircuits services.

The introduction of the eC-prototype-equipment was the next item on the agenda. Here Dirk explained why Eurocircuits have entered into this venture and explained the two machines eC-stencil-mate and eC-reflow-mate and their specification in detail. Special focus was laid on the difference between reflow chamber soldering and its solder curves and reflow soldering in a throughput oven.


 

 

Next Ben Verwaest, MD of ARCOSS, explained the process of reflow soldering with all its phases in great detail, accompanying his exposé with many practical tips and do”s and don”ts.

Ben also explained the correct use of the screen printing process and the materials and consumables to be used. This led into an explantion of the specially developed eC-kits of consumables and tools for every function in the process: eC-stencil-mate-kit, eC-reflow-mate-kit, eC-equipment-starter-kit and the eC-ESD-kit.

Lunch time. The company ARCOSS pleased the group with a nice sandwich lunch. As the weather Gods were favoring us with some nice sunny skies, we could enjoy it all outside on the terrace.

After lunch, it was Uwe”s turn. Uwe Dörr, our application specialist for the eC-equipment and project manager for the development of the eC-equipment, demonstrated the screen printing with the eC-stencil-mate.

Ben then showed the quality of the printing under a microscope and proved that he still possesses a pair of skilled hands by mounting the components with tweezers.

Some customers participated in the population of boards as we made more than one. After that only the reflow soldering with the eC-reflow-mate remained to achieve a finished assembled prototype board. This went smoothly convincing all of the soldering qualities of the eC-reflow-mate.

All materials used during the workshop are available from Eurocircuits :

Spare parts and starter kits

eC-solder paste (140 gr)

– eC-stencil wipes and eC-wipes

 

 

The next part was dedicated to the practical skills of the ARCOSS team.

Hand soldering of a fine pitch PQFP-208 pins gull wing component made quite an impression on the participants. The ease with which Ben Verwaest soldered this component to the board with a mini wave soldertip left an impression and convinced people this was not rocket science but something of which one should learn the practical tricks and then start doing it. In the second part, the BGA soldering of individual components, ARCOSS application engineer Sven played the main role. Sven used the PACE solder and rework BGA/QFN station to perform the job.

 

All was inspected with the companies X-ray machine, which by itself made a good demonstration of what is possible with that technique. All together it proved to be a useful day which brought us many positive and useful feedbacks.

This positive feeling and the fact that we already had more candidates for attending the seminar than we had available places led us to decide to repeat this seminar another 3 times. The dates we planned for this are the 15th, 22nd and 23rd of May. Registering for any of these days can be done using the registration link below which will open a registration page and form. Please fill in your details and the day of your choice. Please use the form to register as it will help to smooth the process and keep an overview of who registered when. The places for each day are limited to 20 and are assigned on a first come first served basis. The limit of 20 participants is of a practical nature and helps us to keep the quality of interaction with the audience high.

Update 10/05/2012 : There are no places available anymore for the seminars on May 15, 22 and 23. We will keep you informed about future seminars we organise

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Industrial engineer master class visits Eurocircuits Kft

On March 29 we welcomed the students from the first master year Industrial Engineer from the HELMo ( Haute Ecole Libre Mosane de Gramme- Belgium).

The students came to visit the Eurocircuits production plant in Eger, Hungary

 

 

 


The initiative for the visit came from the students themselves. According to Thibaut WAUTELET,one of the students, The profile of our company really matches their interests and a presentation of our manufacturing process of printed circuits is a very good illustration of their engineering education so far.

Thibaut Wautelet :“it is an opportunity for a group of about 15 future industrial engineers (present level of studies: Master 1) to meet a different culture and to get some experience from an international working environment. This field trip abroad is a multidisciplinary project (crossing technical and cultural aspects) which will be assessed in English at the end of the academic year by a jury.”

During the morning session the students followed a presentation about PCB Design for manufacturing and an introduction to the different steps in the PCB production process.

After a small lunch break they had the opportunity to follow a tour through the production facility, guided by our production engineers. We were happy to see the interest of the students in our technology.

The following pictures give an impression of the day.

Students or teachers that are interested to visit our production facility in Eger, Hungary or Baesweiler (Aachen), Germany can contact us at euro@eurocircuits.com

Het Instrument 2012 – AMSTERDAM RAI – September 25-28, 2012

Registration is open now

From the 25th until the 28th of September of this year we will have the pleasure of meeting you at the exhibition centre, RAI Amsterdam in Holland, Hall 1 Booth B031, for “HET Instrument 2012”.

While registering for a free entry ticket, you may also choose to register for a free gadget that you can collect on the exhibition.

This years gadget is the “compass clock”. The gadget is designed by our customer “YMIF engineering”. The realization and sponsoring of the gadget is again a broad cooperation between FHI member companies of which Eurocircuits sponsors and produces the PCBs.

 


 

 

Should you wish to participate, you will first need to select: “industrial electronics”.

This editions of “HET Instrument”, our branche, Industrial Electronics is organizing 3 seminars during the exhibition. Eurocircuits is participating in the seminar Design Automation & Embedded Systems. Select the seminar you wish to attend.

And last but not least, do not forget to print out your voucher to enter the exhibition.

eC-workshop – reflow soldering SMD PCB prototypes

eC-workshop – Belgium March 22, 2012

Eurocircuits are organizing a workshop on using the eC-reflow-equipment for the reflow soldering of SMD PCB prototypes.

Already 160 Eurocircuits customers throughout Europe are using our eC-reflow-equipment, the eC-stencil-mate and the eC-reflow-mate. Let us convince you of the ease of use, the quality and the reliability of our equipment at a dedicated hands-on workshop on SMD reflow soldering using our equipment.

The workshop is free. It will take place at 10:30 on 22nd March, hosted by our reflow soldering partner “ARCOSS” at Looiend 60 – 2470 Retie -Belgium

Specialists from Eurocircuits and ARCOSS on the eC-reflow-equipment and SMD reflow soldering will be on hand to demonstrate the equipment and to answer all your questions on the reflow soldering of surface-mounted devices.

To register for this event or to request additional information complete this form.

Registration for the workshop will close on 15 March or earlier if the maximum number of attendees is reached before this date. In this case we will arrange a second workshop on a later date.

More detailed information on our eC-reflow -equipment can be viewed here.

Southern Manufacturing and Electronics Show 2012 a success

In February? In a tent? The SME show really shouldn’t work, but year after year, even through the snow, the visitors still arrive. This year there was no snow and a record attendance.

 

Dirk Stans, Uwe Doerr and myself were kept busy by visitors throughout. Uwe gave repeated demonstrations of the eC-stencil-mate solder-paste printer and the eC-reflow-mate reflow oven – and successfully. This was the first show ever where we sold both machines off the stand and they were on the users” premises within 3 days of the end of the show. There was plenty of active interest in our prototype and small batch pooling services. By the second day of the show we had received the first 2 day turnaround orders from a prospect we had met on day 1.

Missed us and want to know more about Eurocircuits and our products and services? Contact Patrick Martin on 07834 281514 or at patrick.martin@eurocircuits.com.

New PCB services from Eurocircuits at Southern Manufacturing and Electronics 2012

Southern Electronics logoWhat’s new on the Eurocircuits stand M31 at Southern Manufacturing and Electronics this year?

1. New lower prices.

For prototype and small batch PCBs 1 – 4 layers we have cut our How can we do this? We have invested over £1,000,000 last year in new capacity.

2. New faster pricing and ordering.

Get immediate prices online for all our pooling services without registering as a user – and store your prices in a basket for later ordering. Or order at once – your order goes straight into production with no administration delay.

3. New PCB proto service option for lowest prices.

Now you can order just one 2 or 4 layer PCB on deliveries from 2/3 – 7 days to get lowest possible prices

4. New Design For Manufacturability (DFM) tool.

An even copper density ensures optimum plating quality. Our new plating simulation tool can help to achieve this. Use our “Place Inquiry” option and our engineers will produce a full manufacturability report on your board including a copper density visualisation map. DFM analysis can cut board costs up to 20%.

5. New technical support resources.

The “PCB Design Guidelines” document on our home-page www.eurocircuits.com gets more that 60,000 hits a year. Now we have added more technical papers as well as technical blogs and videos to help you design more robust and lower cost PCBs.

6. New bench-top reflow soldering equipment.

We will show the latest models of our eC-stencil-mate solder-paste printer and eC-reflow-mate reflow oven, upgraded after feedback from more than 200 users in first 9 months of sales.

What’s old on the stand?

A warm welcome from our PCB and reflow-soldering experts ready to show you all the new features and answer your questions.

Can’t make the show? Check out the new features on our website or this blog, or contact Patrick Martin on 07834 281514 or at patrick.martin@eurocircuits.com.

eC-Workshop: Prototypen perfekt SMD-Bestücken (Germany)

Mehr als 150 Kunden kauften bereits das eC-reflow-equipment von Eurocircuits.

Überzeugen auch Sie sich in einem Workshop von der Qualität, Einfachheit und Zuverlässigkeit unserer professionellen Lösung zur Prototypen-Bestückung.

Der erste Workshop findet am 23.02.2012 um 10:30 in 41812 Erkelenz statt. Bei Bedarf werden wir weitere lokale Workshops organisieren.

Da die Teilnehmerzahl für die kostenlose Vorführung begrenzt ist, bitten wir Sie bei Interesse für einen Workshop das zutreffende Formular auszufüllen:

  • Ich möchte am Workshop am 23.02.2012 in Erkelenz teilnehmen:
  • Ich möchte an einem Workshop zu diesem Thema zu einem späteren Zeitpunkt teilnehmen (Sie werden informiert)
  • Ich möchte mehr Informationen zu diesem Thema, ohne an einem Workshop teilzunehmen

Hier erhalten Sie Informationen zu unserem eC-reflow-equipment:

Allgemeine Informationen zum eC-reflow-equipment

Informationen zu eC-stencil-mate

Informationen zum eC-reflow-mate

Informationen zu eC-reflow-pilot

 

We plan to organise eC-Workshops on PCB prototype assembly in other countries also in the future. When you want to be informed when there is a workshop in your area,pre-register here and we will keep you updated.

Visit our calendar to see all upcoming events