EDA libraries: the transition from standalone to database libraries

We share this blog because we are currently in the transition of moving from standalone libraries to database libraries for our EDA (Electronic Design Automation) tool Altium. As you may know we, and also the majority of design houses, are still using standalone libraries. We want to make this transition because we are growing and […]

Innovations Q3 2018: our four favourites

Now that autumn has really started, it is about time for our favourite innovations from the third quarter of 2018. We’re happy to share our ‘favourite four’ with you! MRI scanner with direct irradiation (UMC Utrecht, Elekta & Philips) In August cancer patients at the UMC Utrecht were treated for the first time with a […]

Do not disturb: the essence of electromagnetic compatibility

Who can still remember watching TV In the seventies and early eighties? Vehicles with spark ignition or radio amateurs could easily mess up the image quality for a brief moment, a harmless example of interference. But what about cases where things could seriously go wrong: imagine a chemical factory, a hospital, or an airplane. With […]

EPR abroad: four-day working trip to Nexperia Manchester

Last week one of our two Parset specialists was at Nexperia Manchester to exchange knowledge and experience. At Nexperia Manchester he showed them how to repair boards of an old Parset type, used since the eighties by Nexperia Europe and Nexperia Asia. Although the equipment in Manchester was a bit dated, the old Parset was […]

Small but mighty: fiducial marks and their purpose

A fiducial is basically a round solder mask opening with round bare copper in the center. Fiducials are reference points on a Printed Circuit Board (PCB) for automated equipment. Its full name is “Fiducial Marker”. Fiducials help machines recognize where an object is in its space. A helping hand When assembling and controlling PCBs fiducials […]

Basic principles of PCB assembly: Through-Hole vs Surface Mounted

There are two methods of placing components on a printed circuit board (PCB). The first one is Through-Hole Mounting (THM) and the other one is specified as Surface Mount Technology (SMT). At EPR we use SMT as well as THM. Both methods have their advantages and disadvantages. This blog will explain the differences between SMT […]