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30 Mar 2020


Some may know that RS's Designspark PCB layout tool was originally derived from the excellent Numberone Systems EasyPC product.

However licencing constraints meant the the two were not interchangeable.

This has now changed with the launch of Designspark PCB PRO which means design files generated in either of these tools can be now opened and edited in the other. 

These tools can also read files from the free version of Designspark, however in this instance the free version cannot open files created by these.

This means we can now offer design files in either EasyPC or Designspark PCB PRO formats when fulfilling your PCB project design requirements.

12 Oct 2019

Free Simulator Software 

Looking for simulator ? Well here’s Micro Cap .... a $4500 fully featured simulator for FREE !

Apparently Spectrum Software have closed their doors after 39 years and have made their software free to all !

I’ve had a wee look at this and found it to be very powerful and easy to use, so if it interests you at all you can download here.

11 Sep 2019
Magazine advert run back in 2009
7 Aug 2019

Watch out for scam component distributors in China

Finding components is hard enough these days and it’s pretty easy to get drawn in by very elaborate Chinese websites that show stock and keen prices. However never entertain them if the insist on wire transfer of funds. There is a high risk that once you have sent your money you’ll never hear from them again and you will receive no goods.

Here is a link to the ERAI site that lists a lot of these sites and the bank account names they use. Worth a quick check before you buy !

Check out this list of scam sites.

And further updated list here.

7 Aug 2019

Now running V23 the very latest version of EasyPC.

We always stay right up to date with our software tools. This ensures the best performance and support.
25 Jul 2019

Ever wondered how a PCB is made ?

Well have a look at the video below from the giant JLC plant in China.

21 Mar 2019
Octopus Test Systems HY-PAC Control Box
Octopus Test Systems HY-PAC Control Box


Very pleased to have been involved in the complete design/firmware/PCB development for OCTOPUS TEST SYSTEMS for their HY-PAC (Hydrostatic Pressure Automatic Cut-off).

The HY-PAC (Hydrostatic Pressure Automatic Cut-off) provides an overpressure control capability for hydrostatic test systems where multiple test pressures and hence over pressure settings are required. The system features a contact gauge fitted into the hydrostatic pressure circuit and a control box fitted into the low pressure hydro pump air supply and is powered by a standard mains supply. The contact gauge is set to the desired over pressure by moving the needle to the required pressure on the gauge scale, if during testing an over pressure situation occurs the contact gauge trips sending a signal to the control box which in turn closes the internal solenoid valve which isolates the air supply to the hydropump and hence stops the hydrostatic pressure from increasing any further. Upon closing the solenoid valve the internal timer also begins and after 30 seconds a buzzer activates indicating to the operator that hydrostatic pressure can now be removed manually. If during this 30 second hold period the hydrostatic pressure drops such that the contact on the gauge is released the ‘fault’ LED illuminates indicating that the system under pressure is not able to hold a hydrostatic pressure and would more than likely indicate a leakage. If during operations a power cut occurs the control box solenoid will immediately close which will stop the hydro pump hence ‘failing safe’. Retro fitting HY-PAC into existing systems is relatively simple and in most cases the standard working gauge can be directly replaced with the HY-PAC contact gauge, the control box wall mounted and fitted in-between the LP air supply feeding the hydro pump. The contact gauge is then connected to the control box via a right angled plug and the power adapter (supplied) connected to a mains supply and the system is ready to go. 

5 Dec 2018

Way back in 2008 we created a product for Pufferfish Displays called the Inflation Controller.

This was developed on a software product called Flowcode. At that time it was in its 4th revision.

Flowcode has now matured and has now released revision 8 which we have now upgraded to so that we can provide ongoing support for historical projects and more importantly to apply this development environment to a few new products we are currently working on.

This method of firmware development is a very fast and efficient way of producing code for embedded designs using PIC, AVR, ARM and host of other targets and is easy to read and understand as well as simple to modify as it is in a graphical flowchart form.

With a lively user forum and a very responsive technical support department we have no reservations in using this development platform for our present and future projects.


27 Aug 2018

 Amazing to think that Wilkie Electronics has been around for such a long time. 

This clipping is from the Dundee Courier dated 20th August 1994, yes 24 years ago !

The longevity of a business is a true reflection of its success. 

What better advertisement does a business need.

24 Jul 2018

 We are now running the latest EasyPC V22 for all our schematic capture and PCB layouts. Keeping up to date with these design tools ensures the very best features and continued technical support which is paramount in this type of service.

Why not have a look at the new EasyPC V22
3 Apr 2018

Been busy over the Winter months with various exciting projects.

Had to venture into the world of the analogue domain and discovered a fantastic simulation tool called Tina.

Developed and sold by DesignSoft it has also been adopted by Texas Instruments who have provided a free stripped down version called Tina-TI and is available on their website.

The full DesignSoft version allows analogue, digital and mixed mode simulations and can import Spice models from any manufactures that supply them. 

There is also a cloud based version called TINACloud that allows you to run simulations from any PC, tablet or even a mobile phone !

The support from DesignSoft is absolutely excellent, and I can highly recommend.

22 Aug 2017

Delighted to have been invited by Number One Systems to do another blog for them.

This time it's things to consider when laying your tracks down.

You can read here about Routing Pitfalls.

22 Jul 2017

We are now running the latest EasyPC V21 for all our schematic capture and PCB layouts. Keeping up to date with these design tools ensures the very best features and continued technical support which is paramount in this type of service.

Why not have a look at the new EasyPC V21
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