This makes design and hookup of networks and systems far more economical in nearly all sectors. It dramatically reduces the need for expensive workarounds, such as custom-built enclosures, as well as making it much easier and quicker for engineers and system builders across all types of markets to source broadly compatible parts or components, along with suitable connectors and housing chassis.
As a result, the Eurocard format is widely used across many industries and sectors, including:
- Factory and production environment equipment - especially in factory power relays
- Computer components and peripherals - backplane and motherboard assemblies in particular
- Industrial controls - notably in DCS systems
- Military hardware
- Aerospace applications and high speed trains
- Medical and laboratory machinery
- Base stations and home/office telecoms equipment
- Switching systems and other modular rack systems
- Data centers, storage and server environments
What else do I need with Eurocards?
The standardised Eurocard PCB configuration offers a highly versatile solution to the costly and inefficient problem of needing to build custom brackets, chassis and enclosures for different networking nodes in different industries or applications.
This is extremely useful to engineers in and of itself, of course - but where the Eurocard PCB format really comes into its own is when coupled with some of the other commonly used components and accessories that combine to create an entire self-contained network hub or unit.
The main two other component/hardware types you’ll need to be shopping for once you’ve decided on a Eurocard setup are DIN connectors and chassis mounts or racks.