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Electronics & Automation in Utrecht - best show since long

Last week from the 28th till the 30th of May, the BENELUX electronics industry came together in Utrecht for the biannual event EA-beurs. With 4.356 visitors over 3 days, the exhibition counted 500 visitors more than the last edition in 2011. We registered 810 visitors on our booth which kept us very busy. Every m² of exhibition space was fully occupied in de Jaarbeurs Utrecht, offering visitors a nice buzz of activity.

Engineersonline did a daily review of the exhibition. All reviews (in Dutch) can be found here:

Day 1 : Beurs direct vol op stoom

Day 2 : Negen gigawatt... of een banaan

Day 3 : Het wordt eentonig : Cup opnieuw naar Eurocircuits

 

dirk receiving the marketing cup

 

Our customers could register for a free ticket for the exhibition through our website and via links sent in pre exhibition mails. 331 people effectively did so. Over the 3 days 201 visitors entered the exhibition with their pre registered Eurocircuits ticket. This number proved to be undefeated by other exhibitors and thus for the fourth edition in a row, the marketing cup went to Eurocircuits. Thanks to all these customers that contributed to this success.

 

The weekend before the exhibition we have launched our new website. The major point of improvement was the introduction of PCB Configurator. It is the new step in the Eurocircuits goes visual strategy, after the release of PCB Visualizer and PCB Checker.

PCB Configurator enables the manipulation of the order details to bring them in accordance with the data content before the order is launched. That way we avoid unnecessary misunderstandings and miscommunications.

PCB Configurator contains also a very strong engine for technical validations of all available Eurocircuits services. It forms the basis of our new calculation program. In there you will find our complete overview of technical capabilities at your finger tips with prices just a few clicks away. More info in our BLOG: PCB Calculator now integrated with PCB Visualizer and more detailed info will follow later.

Rethinking our website made us redefine our services. Today we have 4 PCB services based on their base material.

Existing users can see quickly what has changed and all users can find a complete user guide here.

This also affected our technical classification which leads to the publication of new design guide lines and new EAGLE dru files. Both can be downloaded from our website.

New generation eC-reflow-mate. Just one month befor the exhibition we released our new version of the eC-reflow-mate. This made it one of the hot topics on our booth. More details on what our new generation eC-reflow-mate has to offer can be found in the BLOG we wrote about it.

 

 

helios productielijn

 Eurocircuits produced and sponsored all PCBs for the exhibition gadget project "Helios".Almost 2.000 visitors could assemble the Arduino based "Helios" by visiting 6 predefined booths. Page Electronics, a Eurocircuits customer, pre assembled a part of the boards. The remaining quantity was live assembled on the "live line" in Utrecht. Visitors could see the board emerge from the assembly line and get informed about every production step in the line. 

Eurocircuits also participated in two seminars bringing two presentations: "traceability" and "good PCB data". Both presentations were given in Dutch. You can find their brief content as well as the full presentation below:

Uw PCB data: klaar voor de printplaatproductie?
Dirk Stans, Eurocircuits

 De data die de ontwerper aflevert aan de PCB fabrikant is verre van klaar voor de productie. Elke PCB fabrikant moet er nog een heleboel checks op uitvoeren en aanpassingen aan doen om de data bruikbaar te maken voor productie en er zo de noodzakelijke machineaansturingen uit te genereren.

Wat zijn de meest voor de hand liggende basisregels om goede PCB layout data te genereren? Wat zijn de meest voorkomende fouten? Welke tools heeft Eurocircuits ontwikkeld  om deze fouten snel te vinden en aan te passen? Een overzicht aan de hand van een praktijkvoorbeeld.

Bekijk de presentatie hier

Traceability in een printproductiebedrijf: van basismateriaal tot afgewerkte PCB
Dirk Stans, Eurocircuits

Eurocircuits past de traceability filosofie al vele jaren toe in zijn producties. De initiële motivatie hiervoor was om zelf zicht te krijgen op de eigen productieprocessen. Maar in combinatie met de gestroomlijnde online administratie van Eurocircuits, biedt traceability een tweede peiler aan: transparantie van de productieprocessen naar de klant toe. Hierdoor kan de Eurocircuits klant specifieke informatie over zijn product ontvangen. Deze informatie komt rechtstreeks en automatisch uit het traceability systeem. De presentatie gaat verder in op de ervaringen met traceability en wat het oplevert voor de producent en de klant.

Bekijk de presentatie hier

 

On the exhibition floor we were captured by the press for an interviewWatch it here!

 

Last but not least, the exhibition was not only a success but it was also a lot of fun being in the midst of our home market between many friends and colleagues and being visited by so many new and existing customers. Our cooperation with neighbour "tbp" contributed again to the positive atmosphere on our linked booths and extended onto the exhibition floor. "tbp" organized the bar, we brought the Belgian beer. We only took back empty barrels and cases.

Some impressions 

ec-booth impression3 ec-booth impression2
ec-booth impression

 

This BLOG is a follow up on our previous BLOG on E&A.

Készítette: Dirk stans
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05 Jun 2013
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E&A exhibition - Jaarbeurs Utrecht - 28-30 may 2013 - booth 8E042

Also in 2013 you will find Eurocircuits at the E&A exhibition. Many visitors have already registered for a free entry ticket and for the gadget "Helios". The last 3 editions of the show (2007-2009-2011), Eurocircuits customers visited the show and our booth in great numbers. Thanks to them we were successful in the marketing cup.

marketing-cup-2011

For this edition we are again counting on your support. Register now for a free entry ticket and do not forget to opt in for the gadget as quantities are limited. All customers that visit our booth with their Eurocircuits entry ticket may expect a nice give away.


Eurocircuits presents:
"Eurocircuits goes Visual" extended. After PCB Visualizer and PCB Checker we are now proud to present PCB Configurator. PCB Configurator is currently running in beta test phase. During E&A we will be able to demonstrate all of its powerful features. More info coming soon ...

pcb-configurator

Eurocircuits participates:

• show gadget "Helios" - we make and sponsor all the bare boards
• traceability seminar - we explain how and why we apply full traceability at Eurocircuits
• design for excellence seminar - we elaborate on the influence of the design on the PCB quality

 

PCB Visualizer image from Helios gadget board

And last but not least there is of course the "live line", the many pavilions (PLOT, DEVclub, ...) and double the number of Belgian exhibitors against 2011. More later ...


As a good tradition of the last years we continue our cooperation with tbp electronics: tbp takes care of their nice café booth and we make sure they serve various lovely Belgian beers. We hope that with our booths side by side we will again form the centre of the atmosphere during this years edition of E&A.

 

Eurocircuits booth Belgian beers

Don't forget to register for a free ticket. See you at E&A.

 

Készítette: Dirk stans
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10 Apr 2013
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Perfect prototype soldering with the eC-reflow equipment – a lively Eurocircuits workshop in Augsburg.

On 28 – 29 November 2012 Eurocircuits GmbH ran two one-day workshops in Augsburg, Germany. The topic was SMD assembly. A total of 36 people attended.

Our hosts were Claudia and Benedikt Sauter, the owners of embedded projects GmbH, a young company distributing third-party products from Atmel Arduino and Olimex as well as developing their own embedded measurement and control solutions. Their flagship product is the Gnublin Linux family of boards (http://www.gnublin.org/designer). These allow engineers to develop their own embedded solutions.

Benedikt Sauer started the proceedings each day with a presentation of his company and its products.

welcome and introduction

Uwe Doerr then gave a short introduction to Eurocircuits GmbH, followed by an overview of the theoretical part of the workshop. He followed this with a presentation of the features and operating principles of Eurocircuits’ reflow soldering equipment, the eC-stencil-mate solder paste printer and the eC-reflow-mate reflow oven.

Uwe Dörr in action

 Ben Verwaest, SMT specialist from Arcoss, Belgium, and Eurocircuits’ soldering technology partner, then explained the different processes and materials used for assembling PCB using surface-mount technology.

Theory session by Ben Verwaest

This completed the theoretical presentations and we moved onto the practical part of the day. The first step was to print solder paste onto demo PCBs using the eC-stencil-mate printer. Each step was explained in detail to show the participants how to achieve professional quality results. 

Solder paste printing

 Next the components were placed and the boards reflow soldered in the eC-reflow-mate. A big screen was on hand so that the audience could see what Ben and Uwe were describing as they explained the critical features of each stage of the soldering process. 

Hand soldering Reflow soldering

 Ben then moved on to demonstrate tricks and tips for hand soldering. The participants had been encouraged to bring their own problems and queries for this part of the day, so that they could work with Ben to find solutions..

Manual soldering techniques

Finally he showed how to solder a BGA. This was a live demonstration using a special BGA soldering station. Ben explained in detail the difficulties of soldering BGAs and what procedures to adopt how to overcome them.

Throughout the participants showed great interest in the topics presented. Their questions made each workshop a lively and successful event. Even between presentations, Benedikt, Uwe and Ben were kept busy answering yet more questions.. 

Time for a break

 

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Eurocircuits and CadSoft run their first EAGLE workshop for electronics engineering apprentices.

On 29 – 30 January 2013 Eurocircuits and CadSoft organised a joint workshop on PCB design for engineering apprentices at SMA Solar Technology AG in Kassel, Germany.

SMA Solar Technology leads the market in Germany for solar power installations.  After surveying the market, they decided that all their electronics engineering apprentices should be trained on the EAGLE PCB Layout package.

Uwe Doerr from Eurocircuits started the January workshop with an illustrated presentation to the whole group of first and second year apprentices.  The presentation showed how we make 4-layer multilayers at our factories in Eger, Hungary, and Baesweller, Germany.  To make it even clearer and easier to understand, Uwe had brought along sample panels taken from the various production stages.

 

Uwe Doerr - multilayer production technology

 

Richard Hammerl from CadSoft was in action on both days.  On day 1 he gave basic instruction to a group of first year apprentices who had only limited experience of the layout program.  This part of the course provided basic information to help them get started with schematic capture and PCB layout. On the second day, Richard provided more in-depth instruction to 17 second year apprentices.

Richard Hammerl - EAGLE CAD software

 

All in all, more than 30 young engineers joined in the sessions.  Their keen interest, individual feedback from their practical sessions, and a host of questions on a wide range of topics ensured that the two days were both educational and highly entertaining.  Everyone, including Helmut Fligge, Team Leader for Technical Training, agreed that the two days were a great success, and should if possible be repeated in future.

Electonics engineering apprentices at SMA Solar Technology

 

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27 Mar 2013
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At the end of November our factory in Eger, Hungary organized an  ’Open house’ for our Hungarian customers.

About 50 visitors were welcomed by Gabor Wachter, the managing director of Eurocircuits Kft. starting the day with a warm welcome and the details of the program.

Jozsef Lengyel,  our technology manager gave a detailed presentation on how pcb's are manufactured in Eger.

design guidelines presentation

 After that Jozsef Bahul explained how our design guidelines can help electronic engineers to optimise their layouts for easier production and higher reliability.

We took this occasion to present PCB Visualizer and PCB Checker for the first time in Hungary.

After two hours of presentations we guided our guests through a factory tour, where they could continuously fire their questions at our technology experts. Next to the pcb production process, also the stencil cutting was shown and explained.

factory tour

Our customers showed a good interest also in the eC-prototype equipment during the live demo.

ec equipment presentation

More questions came after the tour, during the coffee and sandwich break. Judging by the reactions, our visitors found it an interesting day.

A stressful day for our Hungarian team, time for a group picture.

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On 10 December 2012 we joined with CadSoft to run our first workshop on their highly successful EAGLE PCB layout package.  The meeting was hosted in Augsburg by our old friends and customers embedded projects GmbH.  Despite the sudden onset of winter 14 participants braved the snow and ice to attend.

Benedikt Sauter, Managing Director of embedded projects GmbH, opened the seminar with a presentation of his company.  Then Uwe Doerr, Project Manager at Eurocircuits GmbH, introduced Eurocircuits.  He highlighted our plans to provide a support infrastructure for designers to help them bring their projects to completion on time and on budget.  For PCB designers these added-value services include special links with EAGLE CAD: free upload of EAGLE DRU files, sale of EAGLE licences, and direct links between the EAGLE V6 user interface and Eurocircuits’ Price calculator menu.

Richard Hammerl then took over.  He has worked for CadSoft GmbH for more than 18 years and is known to many designers across Europe as the lynch-pin of the EAGLE support services.  He started with a presentation on CadSoft from its foundation in the late 80s to the present day.  He moved on to explain the principal new features in EAGLE V. 6 xx compared to V.5.   This was followed by a lively question and answer session which allowed the participants to put forward their wish-list for new features and to raise a broad range of technical issues.  In reply, Richard explained the basics of the software and clarified many issues including component libraries, multilayer layouts and schematics.

After a light lunch kindly provided by our hosts, embedded projects, Uwe Doerr presented Eurocircuits’ new PCB Visualizer and PCB Checker.  Using examples of actual PCB designs he explained the benefits of online visualisation and the direct comparison of the analysed data with the customer’s order and the specifications of the chosen Eurocircuits’ service.  He went on to show how PCB Checker displays the DRC results directly on the layout.  The designer can locate any errors immediately.  He can save time in two areas: design review is faster, and by uploading clean data he can eliminate potential production delays.

Finally Uwe gave an illustrated presentation on the manufacture of a 4-layer multilayer in our factories in Eger and Baesweiler.

It was a long day but we covered the whole progress of a design from layout, through ordering and online data checking, and finally to manufacture.

Eurocircuits would like to thank everyone involved.  The hospitality of embedded projects GmbH and the support of CadSoft GmbH gave all participants an informative and exciting day.

Készítette: Uwe Dörr
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14 Feb 2013
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