Monthly Archives: March 2014

Time to invest

As most small companies we have a few choices when it comes to producing our products.

1.)  We can solder and mount components in-house.  This is time consuming as the pick-and-place step takes time but with a solder paste stencil and a reflow oven it is workable. We can do series of up  to 100 boards this way.  We usually have  six boards on a panel like this.


2.) We can produce and mount the boards in China. For a card like the one above we pay $1-2 for mounting so this service has a nice price.  With small series we have to pay a higher BOM cost then we do when me mount them ourselves as we then can buy more components as many of them are the same over several boards.  The big drawback is that we tie up money on boards that sit on the shelf.

3.) The possibility to buy your own production equipment has been far away for small companies for a long time.  Stencil printers and reflow ovens, as the one we have today is available since some time  but now also a pick an place machine is available at a good price. It is this one

CAN4VSCP-RS-232 PCB cards



CAN4VSCP-RS-232 PCB cards for the first batch of our third device was received for the factory in China today.  This card can be used in two modes. Either it can work as a simple and low-cost interface between a computer or similar and the CAN4VSCP bus or alternatively  it can work  as a standard node on a CAN4VSCP bus that streams RS-232 data which either is predefined or dynamic content.

We expect the module to be available in the FrogShop in about two weeks.

The Paris and the Kelvin modules is already available for delivery and will be followed by the Beijing A0, Accra A0, and the Vilnius A0 modules this spring.