Nanotechnology in electronics: an advance towards mo(o)re

Most of us roughly know the history of electronics through the years. In the early days large components like electron tubes and paper in wax capacitors were used. This changed up to the point where we got used to integrated circuits with incredible amounts of transistors inside, stacked ceramic capacitors, flex-rigid PCBs and many other […]

Electromagnetic shielding: why and how?

Electromagnetic shielding is the practice of reducing the electromagnetic field in a space by blocking the field with barriers made of conductive or magnetic materials. Electromagnetic shielding that blocks radio frequencies and electromagnetic radiation is also known as RF shielding. The shielding can reduce the coupling of radio waves, electromagnetic fields and electrostatic. A conductive […]

Conductive epoxy glue versus soldering for SMT devices

Recently our quality engineers at EPR rejected a PCB after its standard soldering process. The reason: a bad soldered component (TDK Capacitor 150pF CGA3E2C0G1H151J080AD). After analysis it was clear that this particular part should be used for conductive epoxy glue instead of the standard soldering process, because it had AgPd plating on its terminals. What […]

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 […]