Eurocircuits launch 5 working day PCB Assembly prototype service

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

Eurocircuits launch 5 working day PCB Assembly prototype service at the Electronics Design show, Coventry, 18th & 19th October stand L46

Since launching the Eurocircuits’ PCB prototype services and PCB Visualizer tool customers immediately saw the benefit to their prototype and small series PCB requirements, providing a 24hr ordering possibility, fast and high quality, immediate offer and instant design diagnostic and correction. This has reduced dramatically the Concept → Market time scale and ensured producibility and excellent quality.

It was not long after launching our online services that we were constantly asked “do you also offer an assembly population service for my PCB prototype?”

Since the beginning of the year 2017 we have encouraged you all to utilise and put through its paces our PCBA Visualizer, this is our revolutionary Visualization and correction tool for Assembly data, an early detection tool for PCB Assembly problems. Now we are proud to announce that after a 2 ½ year project we can now offer a one stop shop for your PCBA prototype and small series needs (bare board and assembly).

How does it work?

Our Assembly service is a 5 working day service. Purchase and logistics of the components are handled during the lead time of the PCB production. Once the boards are ready and components are delivered the lead time for the population starts.

First you upload your PCB dataset as before. In PCB Visualizer you select the options “Include assembly”.

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You will need to add the BOM and CPL data so that an online price can be calculated.

What can our PCBA service do for you?

  • Ensure you have complete and correct data 24/7 with the online Assembly Visualizer
  • Validate the component BOM against our database, allocate components or alternatives quickly and easily
  • Verify Component footprints against the PCB layout immediately identifying incorrect landing definitions and component selection
  • Validate each component by component type for landing definition and Polarity
  • View an immediate Price summary for the PCB, assembly and components
  • Take the stress out of component sourcing and pricing – leave it to our experts
  • A single point of purchase, a single PO for a complete service

With our Assembly Visualizer we offer a complete DFM check, component sourcing and manufacturing service giving you peace of mind that your prototype or small series can be confidently manufactured to meet your deadline.
We would like to invite you to try our PCB visualizer on your data and see how you could benefit.
Why not take a few minutes to watch our Assembly Visualizer video?

The further details of the flow are explained on our website giving you a clear overview of the steps to follow and the assembly capabilities you might expect.

Why not come and meet the team at the Electronics Design show, Coventry, 18th & 19th October stand L46?

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

Why not follow us on our social media, keeping up to date with all of our latest news?

                

Blogs

 

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.

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.

Why not follow us on our social media, keeping up to date with all of our latest news?

                

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.

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

Eurocircuits releases eC-reflow-mate V4

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Eurocircuits product news – eC-reflow-mate V4 released

Eurocircuits product news – eC-reflow-mate V4 released

As you know, here at Eurocircuits we are continuously working hard to bring Services, tools and equipment to the Electronics design market to provide for the prototype and small series electronics market.

Services to offer great quality PCBs and Solder Paste Stencils.

Tools in the form of PCB Visualizer to provide automated verification, editing and quotations to allow the shortest possible concept to market solution. Equipment to empower designers to produce professional quality assemblies in Prototype and small series quantities.

With this in mind, Eurocircuits is very pleased to announce the launch of our long awaited eC-reflow-mate V4, the successor to our very popular Bench top reflow oven. We have redesigned the eC-reflow-mate and the eC-reflow-pilot software based on feedback from our customers to provide the most professional Bench-top reflow oven on the market.

You can find the eC-reflow-mate in your Off-The-Shelf section of your Eurocircuits account, just select “add to basket” and “proceed to checkout”, it is that easy.

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 – OUTLINE EDITOR




Eurocircuits Tips & Tricks – Outline editor

Often we are contacted through our online chat or e-mail saying “I have uploaded my data but PCB Visualizer is not showing my holes inside the board” or “I have a message – no outline detected“.

These are common questions occurring because PCB Visualizer cannot automatically determine these details when more than one result can be found.

Never fear, we have developed a tool specifically to help in these situations which is easy to use and very intuitive. You can find a great blog here we have created to explain the tools and how to use them, alternatively you can also click the video below to view our 3 minute video tutorial.

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 presents PCB Assembly Visualizer

Your designs are electronic applications, which you would like to build. Our goal is to help you to do this, right first time.

Virtually simulating the production, allows us both to examine future results before we physically build anything thus saving time and money.

Until recently our PCB Visualizer tool allowed you to do all of this, for the bare board.

We have now taken this philosophy one production step further, and are presenting our new PCB Assembly Visualizer. Visualizing the components on the bare board allows a whole new set of Design Rule Checks and Design for Manufacturability checks.

 

The help we offer is called PCB Assembly Visualizer. It contains:

  • A database of verified components
  • A set of visual online tools:
    • BOM-editor analyses your components
    • CPL-editor places your components on the bare board

 

We have prepared a video with a demo session that will clarify all these issues for you.

 

We are convinced, that if your design is processed through our PCB Visualizer and PCB Assembly Visualizer, thus offering you a validated BOM and CPL, the access to Electronic Manufacturing Services for your prototypes and small series, will be easier.

Unnecessary overheads are avoided and machine setup times are shortened, allowing EMS companies to make money with smaller orders, which will be better affordable for designer customers.

Our aim is not to manage all components but to do so for the current components. Our Indian team of engineers started to build the database, currently based on BOM-lists that our beta-test customers are uploading. Each time a new part is selected, from a supplier databases that we can access, the part description and footprint are verified and added to our database. We are not looking for all possible parts, as we do not want to build a historic database of components, but a database of components that are currently being used by our customers. The number of orders, passing daily through our systems, guarantees that our database will have the potential to grow rapidly.

Until now our customers are used to only supply us the bare board data. We invite all to participate in our beta process and to upload the BOM and CPL files together with the bare board data. This option will be available until we have reached our daily capacity for BOM processing. Participating in this beta phase will assure that your BOM and CPL specifics will be covered by our system, once we deploy it and that your components are verified and are in our database. Our engineers will analyse your BOM list and add all missing parts and footprints to our database. After analyses, the PCB Assembly Visualizer will be available in your online customer account, in the running orders section. You can then view your PCB including components and all DRC results.

 

Your PCBA prototypes and small series, right first time, is our goal!

Eurocircuits launches SMS messaging for time critical orders !

Eurocircuits launches SMS messaging for time critical orders

Whenever you are in need of a very fast turn around time for your PCB order or when you have a critical delivery to be made and you want full instant control of the production flow of your board, you can initiate SMS-massaging for your order.

By just inputting your mobile phone number in the order input menu, you trigger the SMS-messaging service. On any of these steps in the flow you will receive an SMS calling for action on our website, or just notifying you of the next step in the flow: pre-production approval, exception, order confirmation, shipped, payment required.

With SMS-messaging, you will not miss out on any important occurrence.

Technical blogs

Production:

eC-tools:

eC-equipment:

EAGLE:

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

Interact with us

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

Come and meet us at:

  • Electronics Design Show 2016:
    Ricoh Arena, Phoenix Way, Coventry CV6 6GE, UK.
    You can find us at stand L46 from October 19th-20th, 2016. Free tickets can be obtained here.
  • MATELEC 2016:
    IFEMA – Feria de Madrid, Av. Partenón, 5, 28042 Madrid, Madrid, Spain.
    You can find us at stand 4D24 from October 25th-28th, 2016.
    Free tickets van be obtained here. Use CODE “MA160000203XE” to complete the registration for your free ticket.
  • D&E event 2016:
    Congrescentrum 1931, Brabanthallen, Oude Engelenseweg 1, Den Bosch, The Netherlands, 2nd of November 2016.
    Free Tickets can be obtained here.
  • Electronica 2016:
    Neue Messe Munich, Hall A5, booth 502 from 8-11 November 2016.
    We are proud that we can offer all of our Eurocircuits contacts a voucher for day ticket.

Your unique code is:

You can activate this code and obtain your free ticket as explained in this video:

Eurocircuits meets students:

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”.

USB – programmer and debug adapter


One problem designers have always faced is the ability to program various microcontrollers especially when each runs and requires different software and interfaces to program them, meaning that you need to have various adaptors and software knowledge for each of them …..

Until now, a programming adapter was just an interface between the microcontroller and the matching flash- or debug software. The USBprog already contains these softwares which can be accessed via a network and a web service using a browser. A first time user will gain easy access to program or debug the microcontroller using any operating system and any computing device.

Buy it from the Eurocircuits online shop.

The USBprog 5.0 OpenOCD is a programming- and debug adapter that can be managed from a Windows, Mac or Linux PC without the need to install additional software. In the simplest case you can operate it via a web browser. If the programmer should be triggered by a batch- or make file, there is a simple command tool available.

 

-ARM JTAG / SWD debugger and programmer
-AVR ISP programmer for flashing standard processors
-Level converter (Adjustable 1.8V, 3.3V and 5.0V)
-Browser interface for easy operation
-Manual for integration into the Atmel AVR Studio 6
-Web service interface for a command line tool
-Connection Via USB network interface (RNDIS)
-Firmware archive to import a software easy in to production repeatedly

The USBprog 5.0 combines many programmers in a single device. Operated via a browser, there is no need for configuring the device. The USBprog 5.0 works with Windows 7 and 8, MacOS and Linux.

To start: plugin the device, setup a network connection and connect via browser http://10.0.0.1 Programming and debugging has never been so easy.

Further information you will find here: Embedded Projects Website