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Re: EEZ Bench Box 3 - Sequel to EEZ H24005
« Reply #25 on: September 12, 2019, 10:12:05 am »
Hi, I still cannot talk about prices. The customized box (i.e. drilled, painted and printed) with mounting frames for TFT display and AC/DC power modules with bare PCBs set will be available during and after the campaign. Anyway, I can say that it will be cheaper then general purpose metal electronic box of the same size that will requires customized front panel, etc.
 

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Re: EEZ Bench Box 3 - Sequel to EEZ H24005
« Reply #26 on: October 08, 2019, 11:23:33 pm »
To answer Prasimix's previous question, I'll go the full Monty too (most capable modules) AND be watching for new module releases too.
 
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Test batch of enclosures
« Reply #27 on: October 10, 2019, 05:36:56 pm »
Today arrived test batch of enclosures, a step closer to the start of crowdfunding campaign. Now it is in final color RAL5022 as in previous project (H24005), but with mat instead of glossy finish:













 
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Re: EEZ Bench Box 3 - Sequel to EEZ H24005
« Reply #28 on: October 11, 2019, 01:00:56 am »
Look at those feet! I had to put the front of my H24005 on a cigar box - and then I had to learn how to smoke cigars.

Did I say that when I was hit by a lightning strike, the H24005 saved ALL of the other equipment on the bench? Loved it!
 

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Re: EEZ Bench Box 3 - Sequel to EEZ H24005
« Reply #29 on: October 11, 2019, 09:04:50 am »
Did I say that when I was hit by a lightning strike, the H24005 saved ALL of the other equipment on the bench? Loved it!

The AUX-PS module of the BB3 is equipped with the same AC input protection as H24005, so in time of trouble if you're luck it can do the job of saving its neighbor equipment, too ;)
 

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Re: EEZ Bench Box 3 - Sequel to EEZ H24005
« Reply #30 on: October 12, 2019, 09:15:33 am »
A very short presentation of the latest prototype:

 
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Re: EEZ Bench Box 3 - Sequel to EEZ H24005
« Reply #31 on: October 13, 2019, 11:29:18 pm »
I like the way the AC/DC supplies are installed; while novel it makes sense to me. Likewise reserving the space for the CPU board.

The new front panel colour will be fine - but how do you intend for users to change over the individual modules? It appears to be a more major task than just undoing a front panel thumb screw and sliding in and out various function modules.
 

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Re: EEZ Bench Box 3 - Sequel to EEZ H24005
« Reply #32 on: October 14, 2019, 06:14:32 am »
The new front panel colour will be fine - but how do you intend for users to change over the individual modules? It appears to be a more major task than just undoing a front panel thumb screw and sliding in and out various function modules.

The modules are changed in the similar way as in a PC: when top cover is removed (4 screws) to move module one have to remove two screws on the module's front panel (PC modules are fixed with just one screw). Does it make sense?
 

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Re: EEZ Bench Box 3 - Sequel to EEZ H24005
« Reply #33 on: October 14, 2019, 07:50:32 pm »
It does. I'm looking forward to it.
 
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Re: EEZ Bench Box 3 - Sequel to EEZ H24005
« Reply #34 on: October 24, 2019, 05:03:03 am »
Well I like the design, I like the form factor and the modularity. I will wait to see how much it will cost me.

Other question (it may be stupid but please listen to me): Is the firmware able to accept commands? Like for example I develop a small numpad/macropad with a dial. Can I connect via USB-C and use it as an input instead of the touch screen, using the keypad as option selection and for insertion of values?

Something like this:





 

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Re: EEZ Bench Box 3 - Sequel to EEZ H24005
« Reply #35 on: October 24, 2019, 06:51:39 am »
Well Black Phoenix, this is an interesting concept. It sure will reduce the leaning over the test bench to get to the equipment - a big plus. Downside - yet another cable on the bench. Bluetooth connection?

I find the number pad and the two knobs of the Keysight E36200 https://www.keysight.com/en/pc-2993486/200-and-400w-autoranging-bench-power-supply-30-to-120v-10-to-40a?cc=US&lc=eng series very useful for getting things done quickly.

An external module, with a number pad and two knobs may be really useful. The same could be said for a lot of other instruments.
 

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Re: EEZ Bench Box 3 - Sequel to EEZ H24005
« Reply #36 on: October 24, 2019, 10:46:28 am »
Well, what's about speech recognition then? :)

Touch keypad is a key away from any output value (U, I, P) what can be set:





I suppose that having multiple input devices should simplify and speed up entering desired values. Two encoders on Keysight could serve changing simultaneously two values in case that two hands are used, and if operator have a good bi- or multi-tasking perception. For the rest of the people and situations one hand will be involved anyway, and don't know what is a real advantage.
In our "single hand" case moving from one output value to another is again a single touch operation..., and if encoder is used to set voltage on Ch1, with one touch to e.g. current of Ch2 you can continue to make adjustment with encoder. Additionally, "user sw" can be used to set encoder step (e.g. Auto, 100 mV, 500 mV, 1 V, 2 V or 5 V) that further simplify and speed up settings.

Regarding external keypad: yes, it can be supported in firmware (we have a complete control of it :)): it can be seen as an USB device, or another possibility is to use UART interface that is exposed on the front panel.




 
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Re: EEZ Bench Box 3 - Sequel to EEZ H24005
« Reply #37 on: October 24, 2019, 09:02:30 pm »
I'm not sure speech recognition is a good idea - I swear at my projects so much that any decent supply with be both confused and indignant.  :-DD
 
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Re: EEZ Bench Box 3 - Sequel to EEZ H24005
« Reply #38 on: October 31, 2019, 01:55:43 pm »
Any new update prasimix?
 

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Re: EEZ Bench Box 3 - Sequel to EEZ H24005
« Reply #39 on: October 31, 2019, 02:17:00 pm »
I'm struggling with finding PCBA service that cost of 2-ch unit is comparable with the previous project (H24005). Hopefully, I'll close a deal with company from Poland in a coming week, but now is completely clear that 450 USD target is not achievable for small production run. OK, BB3 comes with features that goes beyond H24005 and I believe that backers will recognize that.
I still don't have resources (time & money) to pack my baggage and goes to Shenzen what seems is the preferable way if one wants to be sure that everything will run predictably, if not smoothly :).
Perhaps we'll survive with "Made in the EU" manufacturing for a while.
 
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Re: EEZ Bench Box 3 - Sequel to EEZ H24005
« Reply #40 on: November 13, 2019, 03:02:26 pm »
I'd like to learn how "very fast" is really fast: do we talk about something in a range of microseconds, tens, hundreds (or more) microseconds?

I asked the very same question. He told me something like:"The two current ranges are always on, you don't switch from one to the other, you just switch what you display"  :-//

Here the Keysight paper for it:

https://literature.cdn.keysight.com/litweb/pdf/5991-0519EN.pdf
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Campaign start
« Reply #41 on: Yesterday at 08:16:09 am »
I'd like to present pledge levels that are set for the campaign:

BB3 enclosureMetal enclosure kit with wire harness and nuts & bolts for three modules, incl. 4.3" TFT touchscreen display, encoder knob and 80 mm fan. Set of bare PCBs for building AUX-PS, MCU STM32F7, BP3C, 2 x DCP405(B) and 1 x DCM220 module. Suitable for builders that have skills, time and patience.
BB3 starterStarter kit includes BB3 enclosure kit without bare PCBs but with assembled AUX-PS, MCU STM32F7 modules and BP3C DIB 3-slot backplane. This pledge represents a starting environment to experimenters that are willing to build their own modules or looking for specific BB3 configuration (e.g. six channels).
BB3 2-ch basic2-ch basic kit includes BB3 starter set, and two DCP405B single channel (40 V, 5 A) basic power modules with AC/DC power modules. A great two channel programmable power source suitable for most of everyday tasks. Expandable to three or four channels.
BB3 2-ch full2-ch full kit includes BB3 starter set, and two DCP405 single channel (40 V, 5 A) fully featured power modules with two AC/DC power modules. A two channel programmable power source with advanced features of remote sensing, remote programming, down-programmer and additional OVP (with crowbar).
BB3 4-ch basic4-ch basic kit includes BB3 starter set, and two DCP405B single channel (40 V, 5 A) basic power modules, one dual channel DCM220 power module and three AC/DC power modules. This is expanded 2-ch basic kit when additional two programmable power sources are needed.
2-ch moduleDCM220, a two channels (2 x 20 V, 4 A) power module with AC/DC power module.
1-ch basic moduleDCP405B, a single channel (40 V, 5 A) basic power module with AC/DC power module.
1-ch full moduleDCP405, a fully featured single channel (40 V, 5 A) power module with remote sensing, remote programming, down-programmer and crowbar OVP. The AC/DC power module is also included.

The campaign should start next week (still cannot get an exact time and date from CS crew).
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Re: EEZ Bench Box 3 - Sequel to EEZ H24005
« Reply #42 on: Yesterday at 09:05:48 am »
For those of you who are familiar with Discord, this is an open invitation to join the discussion group on crowdfunding (#crowdsupply): https://discord.gg/V8gPmws
I will try to answer the questions promptly while I am online, as here.
 


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