Eurocircuits – Tips & Tricks – Order status and timeline

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Eurocircuits – Tips & Tricks – Order status and timeline.

One of the many compelling reason to use Eurocircuits is that we only sell what we make. We made the decision over 20 years ago, that for us to provide the highest quality service, then we must have complete control over the entire process.

This of course has many benefits allowing us to react very quickly to our customer needs, often changing deadlines not foreseen at the time of placing the order, exact status of the order or simply tracking your order once shipped.

However another benefit is complete transparency for you to be able to view the exact status of your order 24/7. Not only this, once your order has been shipped you can find a link directly to your tracking number, all of this from the comfort of your Eurocircuits account page.

order status

Your order status can provide a lot of valuable information at you fingertips, to find out how else you can benefit we have a
short explanation here.

Should you have any questions about any of our services, please feel free to get in touch via email, telephone or instantly with our online chat during office hours. We will be more than happy to help.

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Blogs

Customer papers

Recently our customers have shared these white papers and application papers with us:

How to Prevent Emission Problems on Board Level – NEW
Posted on behalf of CNRood, active in the BeNeLux & Sweden. For many, the result of an EMC test comes as an unpleasant surprise. Large amounts of money and time are spent in re-designing the product, which causes heavy delays. The main cause of these additional costs and delays can be related to the designer’s opportunities, knowledge and desire to perform an EMC test on the product as early as possible. In this article, the author will give some simple advice and examples of test methods useful for avoiding undesired emission.
Suitability of an enhanced low melting point alloy for a handheld device – NEW
Posted on behalf of Interflux Electronics NV. Current lead-free soldering temperatures can damage temperature sensitive components. Moreover they can cause a shift in the properties of some components which can impact the functionality of sensitive electronic devices. An easy way to solve this problem is to use a soldering alloy with a lower melting point that allows for lower soldering temperatures. Currently however these alloys have limitations in shock and vibration resistance.
Intelligent Power Switch for Raspberry Pi – NEW
Posted on behalf of Peter Boxler. A Raspberry Pi does not have an On/Off switch and there is no easy way to shutdown the Pi while keeping the file system intact. This Intelligent Power Switch brings a clever solution to this problem: Power-On the Pi by pressing a pushbutton and also properly Power-Off the Pi with another press on the same button.
Low-cost calibrator delivers -5V to +10V DS with 70-µV error – NEW
Posted on behalf of Jordan Dimitrov. Calibration, the stage of truth in the design of every test and measurement device, is done with calibrators, sophisticated highly accurate multifunctional instruments, which cost thousands of dollars. In many cases however you do not need to go to the edge of technology.

If you are an active Eurocircuits’ customer and you feel like you have some interesting story to share with our Eurocircuits community, then please send it to us by e-mail. We will evaluate the content and if it fits the scope of what we publish then we will take it on board and inform you of it.

Production


Eurocircuits TV has started to capture the production steps one by one. Here’s what is published

eC-tools

We publish articles as tip & tricks or videos on Eurocircuits TV to help our designer customers to maximise their efficiency by using our tools.

eC-equipment

Here we release articles about our eC-equipment and their use.

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

Interact with us

Come and meet us at

The best way to share ideas and knowledge is face to face. Check out our eC-calendar

  • 11 October – D&E event – Technopolis – Mechelen – Belgium
  • 12 October – D&E event – 1931 – Brabanthallen – De Bosch – The Netherlands
  • 18-19 October – Electronics Design Show – Ricoh Arena – Coventry – UK
  • 8-9 November – Prototyping 2017 – Kortrijk – Belgium
  • 29 November – LED event – Technopolis – Mechelen – Belgium
  • 30 November – LED event – 1931 – Brabanthallen – De Bosch – The Netherlands


Eurocircuits meets students

Supporting student projects is a top priority for Eurocircuits as students are our tomorrows customers. Learn how creative these students are and what they have accomplished.

Design Automation Embedded Systems 2017

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Summer holidays are over - share your technical insights

Design Automation Embedded Systems 2017

This years’ D&E event runs in Flanders and The Netherlands for our visitors’ convenience. The venues will be held in Mechelen and Den Bosch, two cities with a long and important history in the duchy Brabant (1183-1795) and form the center axis of the Dutch speaking territory.

October 11, D&E will be held in Technopolis in Mechelen, Belgium, the next day, 12th of October in “1931 congress center“, Brabanthallen, Den Bosch, The Netherlands.

The entrance is free of charge when you pre-register to the event. Click here!

History is what Eurocircuits has with D&E event. Since 2003, we are a stable and solid contributor to the event. We believe the seminar program stands firm with its valuable content brought by various partners of the event. You can find the program here.

Eurocircuits will present its philosophy on “from CAD data to PCBA in the eC-cloud” shortly after lunch.

We hope to see you in October in Mechelen or Den Bosch or both.

Company news

For our headquarter in Mechelen Belgium we are looking for new colleagues for two new job openings:

Summer holidays are over – share your technical insights

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Summer holidays are over - share your technical insights
Summer Holidays are over.

We are beginning of September and suspect that your Summer Holidays are over. Hope it brought you all the rest you needed and the necessary energy to be creative with Printed Circuit Boards for the remaining of 2017.

We did not take a Summer Break and are, as we ever were, ready to receive your designs. Our free online tools for PCB and PCBA DRC/DFM are running 24/7 and our online customer interface for receiving orders is also open 24/7.

Should you have any questions about any of our services, please feel free to get in touch and we will be more than happy to help. Try out our online chat!  during office hours.

Share your technical insights with us and we will publish it on our website.

Since our call for papers on the 25th of July, we received some great stories from you. As we suspected electronic designers are very enthusiastic about sharing their technical insights with their colleagues of the Eurocircuits customers design community.

What better platform than our’ community: more than 600.000 visitors to our .com website, 60.000 subscribers to our newsletter (English and German) and many followers on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. All our technical papers whether they are published as webpage or BLOG are communicated through these various channels to our European electronic designer community.

After screening all incoming papers for relevant content, copyright and legal issues we published the following:

  • How to Prevent Emission Problems on Board LevelTestkort MultiScan-2 3D – NEW
    Posted on behalf of CNRood, active in the BeNeLux & Sweden.
    For many, the result of an EMC test comes as an unpleasant surprise. Large amounts of money and time are spent in re-designing the product, which causes heavy delays. The main cause of these additional costs and delays can be related to the designer’s opportunities, knowledge and desire to perform an EMC test on the product as early as possible. In this article, the author will give some simple advice and examples of test methods useful for avoiding undesired emission.
  • Suitability of an enhanced low melting point alloy for a handheld deviceVibration & shock testing – NEW
    Posted on behalf of Interflux Electronics NV.
    Current lead-free soldering temperatures can damage temperature sensitive components. Moreover they can cause a shift in the properties of some components which can impact the functionality of sensitive electronic devices. An easy way to solve this problem is to use a soldering alloy with a lower melting point that allows for lower soldering temperatures. Currently however these alloys have limitations in shock and vibration resistance.
  • Intelligent Power Switch for Raspberry PiiSwitchPi – NEW
    Posted on behalf of Peter Boxler.
    A Raspberry Pi does not have an On/Off switch and there is no easy way to shutdown the Pi while keeping the file system intact. This Intelligent Power Switch brings a clever solution to this problem: Power-On the Pi by pressing a pushbutton and also properly Power-Off the Pi with another press on the same button.
  • Low-cost calibrator delivers -5V to +10V DS with 70-µV errorFigure 4 – NEW
    Posted on behalf of Jordan Dimitrov.
    Calibration, the stage of truth in the design of every test and measurement device, is done with calibrators, sophisticated highly accurate multifunctional instruments, which cost thousands of dollars. In many cases however you do not need to go to the edge of technology.

If you are an active Eurocircuits’ customer and you feel like you have some interesting story to share with our Eurocircuits community, then please send it to us by e-mail. We will evaluate the content and if it fits the scope of what we publish then we will take it on board and inform you of it.

Furthermore there are some nice new Eurocircuits BLOGs and Student Team stories to be explored in their sections here below.

If you have any questions about this or any of our service please feel free to get in touch and we will be more than happy to help. Try out our online chat  during office hours.

Blogs

Company news

For our headquarter in Mechelen Belgium we are looking for new colleagues for two new job openings:

SoldermaskmovieProduction

Eurocircuits TV has started to capture the production steps one by one. Here’s what is published

eC-tools

We publish articles as tip & tricks or videos on Eurocircuits TV to help our designer customers to maximise their efficiency by using our tools.

eC-equipment

Here we release articles about our eC-equipment and their use.

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

Interact with us

Come and meet us at

The best way to share ideas and knowledge is face to face.

20507124_1508373899219942_2472231567571720156_oEurocircuits meets students

Supporting student projects is a top priority for Eurocircuits as students are our tomorrows customers. Learn how creative these students are and what they have accomplished.

Share it and we will publish your technical paper!

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Eurocircuits doesn’t take a summer break since your project deadlines don’t either
Share your technical paper with us and we will publish it on our website.

We are constantly looking for good stories, technical content that inspires other electronic designers to challenge themselves and maybe also to share their technical knowledge with our design community.

Eurocircuits’ community today exists of more than 600.000 visitors to our .com website, 60.000 subscribers to our newsletter (English and German) and many followers on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

All our technical papers whether they are published as website page or BLOG are communicated through these various channels to our European electronic designer community. Here are two examples of that:

If you are an active Eurocircuits’ customer and you feel like you have some interesting story to share with our Eurocircuits community, then please send it to us by e-mail. We will evaluate the content and if it fits the scope of what we publish then we will take it on board and inform you of it.

If you have any questions about this or any of our service please feel free to get in touch and we will be more than happy to help. Try out our online chat!

Blogs

Company news

Production

eC-tools

eC-equipment

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

Interact with us

The best way to share ideas and knowledge is face to face.

Come and meet us at

Eurocircuits meets students

Eurocircuits doesn’t take a Summer break.

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Eurocircuits doesn’t take a summer break since your project deadlines don’t either
Eurocircuits doesn’t take a summer break since your project deadlines don’t either

Our full range of PCB manufacturing services is available throughout the year. We have no summer shutdown; we only close the plant for Christmas and New Year.

As a board designer you need to be confident that your PCB supplier can offer fast and reliable deliveries whenever you need them. To achieve this needs experienced and specialist capacity planning. With no summer shut-down we must have spare capacity to accommodate machine downtime for planned maintenance, as well as to meet demand growth and demand spikes. We have generated this extra capacity through ongoing investments in new plant and equipment. Capacity planning has allowed us to handle demand growth, as well as routine maintenance, without weakening our on-time delivery rate.

And if something goes wrong? Where possible we have duplicated processes and machinery, and we have two plants in Europe geared specifically to PCB prototype production, both using the same business model we have refined over the past 26 years.

Our production staff are committed to providing a continuous service with reliable deliveries all year round. Our support engineers are equally committed to sharing our knowledge of PCB fabrication with the design community. They make sure that there are engineers on hand every day to answer your chat requests.

To see one of our factories in action, go to the video of the Eger, Hungary factory or in more detail How to make a PCB, also filmed in Eger. See another reason why, when you place your order, you can be confident that you will get the right board on the right day.

If you have any questions about this or any other service please feel free to get in touch and we will be more than happy to help. Try out our online chat!

Blogs

Company news

Production

eC-tools

eC-equipment

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

Interact with us

The best way to share ideas and knowledge is face to face.

Come and meet us at

Eurocircuits meets students

Eurocircuits Tips & tricks – How to order the most cost effective PCB

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Eurocircuits Tips & Tricks – How to order the most cost effective PCB
Eurocircuits Tips & Tricks – How to order the most cost effective PCB

What options are available to help reduce the cost of your Prototype PCB?

When uploading your PCB data to your Eurocircuits account you may have noticed on occasion some small Icons next to certain options:

  • Single coin, indicating this option has additional costs – Amending your design to fall into a classification which no longer has additional costs.
  • Stack of coins, this indicates that the option selected no longer falls into our pooling service and the cost will raise accordingly to reflect unique manufacture – here possible review the remarks and see if it is possible to amend the design to no longer fall outside of our pooling option, if this is not possible then use to the “customise matrix” to identify the most cost effective quantity.

In addition to the stack of coins your will also see a remark directing you to where the non-pooling option is:

We have worked to providing Design Rules which can be imported into 3 of the most popular CAD design packages. They will push your design to meet the cost effect design classification automatically, you can find these Design Rules here:

For “true” prototyping we also have the “NAKED Proto” service, by offering a high quality PCB which does not include soldermask or silk screen marking can reduce the price of you order by up to 45%.

Pooling customer orders and sharing the cost of production, the heart of our business and successfully offering affordable Prototype PCBs for 25 years.

If you have any questions about this or any other service please feel free to get in touch and we will be more than happy to help. Try out our online chat!

Blogs

Company news

Production

eC-tools

eC-equipment

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

Interact with us

The best way to share ideas and knowledge is face to face.

Come and meet us at

Eurocircuits meets students

 

Eurocircuits Tips & Tricks – Cost effective solder paste printing

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Eurocircuits Tips & Tricks – How to order the most cost effective PCB

Eurocircuits Tips & Tricks – Cost effective solder paste printing

Electronics is a very dynamic market, demanding smaller and smaller circuits, requiring very small tracks and gaps in the PCB layout. This also influences the components which can be used.

As Through Hole (THT) components are rarely available for these requirements, more designs are driven to SMD (surface mount devices). This causes additional costs to your small prototype series, namely no longer can you simply take a soldering Iron and solder wire to manufacture your boards. It is now essential to use solder paste and a solder paste stencil and printing device.

Solder paste stencils can be expensive, requiring expensive machines to ensure perfect alignment for the stencil to the board.

Eurocircuits have worked with designers to understand what is required and how we can help to offer the right service for printing your boards with solder paste.

First we can offer solder paste stencils, you can order with a click of a button.

We also looked at our customers who need an alignment solution and for this we came up with the eC-registration:

Finally we thought long and hard and wanted to offer an affordable solution to align the stencil and boards accurately inside your lab environment. For this we can up with 2 solutions:

  • Stencil fix, see how this works here
  • Stencil-mate, see how this can help you here

If you have any questions about this or any other service please feel free to get in touch and we will be more than happy to help. Try out our online chat!

Blogs

Company news

Production

eC-tools

eC-equipment

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

Interact with us

The best way to share ideas and knowledge is face to face.

Come and meet us at

Eurocircuits meets students

Eurocircuits Tips & Tricks – Problem identification and Auto-Repair

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Eurocircuits Tips & Tricks – Problem identification and Auto-Repair
Eurocircuits Tips & Tricks – Problem identification and Auto-Repair

We at Eurocircuits want to make your life as designers easier in any small way we can. You already have the stress and pressure of creating a practical and functional electronic design without the added pressure of knowing all the production restrictions and overcoming them before being able to have the peace of mind that you design can be made.

With our PCB Checker you can see not only the exact location of problem but also the measured values to allow you to either correct the technology specification or your design.

But did you know, we have continued to evolve our unique PCB Visualizer tool to automatically fix these problems for you too, saving you precious hours development time and stress.

Watch the 2 minute video below or read our short BLOG to see how you can save time on money getting your design produced.

If you have any questions about this or any other service please feel free to get in touch and we will be more than happy to help. Try out our online chat!

Blogs

Company news

Production

eC-tools

eC-equipment

  • eC-placer: fast, accurate PCB prototype assembly solution./li>

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

Interact with us

The best way to share ideas and knowledge is face to face.

Come and meet us at

Eurocircuits meets students

Eurocircuits Tips & Tricks – Marking Editor

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Eurocircuits Tips & Tricks – Marking Editor

Eurocircuits tips & tricks – Marking Editor

Did you know that you could add your company logo to your PCB design, add text, Date code, UL marking or even determine where to locate your order number? Not only this but place them either in the copper layer or the silk legend layer?

But why would you do this? The answer is simple and opens a new world of possibilities and tools for design engineers. You can make your design more personalised by adding your company logo, what about adding your name to the board or easily marking it to identify a prototype and not production board? Add a QR code to the board to make it universally identifiable, Or how about simply specifying where your order number should be placed to ensure it is where you want and need it?

All of this has been made possible and easy to do through your PCB Visualizer, in just 3 minutes we can show you in the video below how to open a new world of PCB identification.

We have also create a short blog with more details to help you make the most of your Marking editor

If you have any questions about this or any other service please feel free to get in touch and we will be more than happy to help. Try out our online chat!

Blogs

Company news

Production

eC-tools

eC-equipment

  • eC-placer: fast, accurate PCB prototype assembly solution./li>

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

Interact with us

The best way to share ideas and knowledge is face to face.

Come and meet us at

Eurocircuits meets students

Eurocircuits Tips & Tricks – Pre-Production Approval

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Eurocircuits Tips & Tricks – Pre-production approval


Eurocircuits product news – Pre-Production Approval

Sometimes your data files may contain features that our automated PCB Visualizer process cannot recognize. Or you may be worried that your first layout is not quite right. Whatever your concern, we can give you the reassurance you need. You can do this by Setting up an approval step for the production-ready data for your board just before it goes into physical manufacture. As soon as our engineers have completed their checks, we will send you an email to advise you that the production files are ready and waiting for your approval. Check them using our PCB Visualizer tools, and continue the order, confident that you will get the boards you intended

This is our Pre-production approval process.

But did you know, during the front end data processing stage, our highly skilled engineers verify all your data against your order details and where there is a conflict will, if possible, make a correction and send you a Pre-production approval to ensure that what they propose is correct to your needs. You can see how this is done in our short 2 minute video below.

If you have any questions about this or any other service please feel free to get in touch and we will be more than happy to help. Try out our online chat!

Blogs

Company news

Production

eC-tools

eC-equipment

  • eC-placer: fast, accurate PCB prototype assembly solution./li>

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

Interact with us

The best way to share ideas and knowledge is face to face.

Come and meet us at

Eurocircuits meets students