European Space Agency’s Space Passive Components Days is one of the premier passive components symposium that took place at ESA ESTEC, The Netherlands on 12-14th October 2016. The pre-event offered to attendees was also a half day seminar focused on capacitor technologies overview lectured by EPCI president Tomas Zednicek on 11th October. Close to fourty attendees acknowledge overview of the current capacitor technologies on the market, its benchmarking and latest trends.
The feedback received to the seminar was very positive with some remarks on possible improvements for future.
Reference comment received:
“A few comments from a power supply designer. The seminar could have easily been a lot longer. I’m certain that the lecturer would be able to keep up the interest for a full day. I’ve seen that quite a many designers don’t know the differences between the different capacitor technologies that well and don’t know how to choose the optimal capacitor technology to a given application. So, I would also like to spend next time more on space relevant topics and applications. The presentation gave us a great overview of the available capacitors and made me to investigate some capacitor technologies, which I have not used thus far. Anyways, I did participate a capacitor seminar arranged by a passive manufacturer a few years ago, which was approximately as long as the EPCI seminar was and I must say that the EPCI was much more informative e.g. not so much focused on marketing, but independent technology overview.” Jussi Hannula, power supply designer, RUAG Space Finland
Seminar In Summary
- No. of Capacitor Seminar attendees: 37
- Attendees entities: ESA employees, Prime ESA suppliers, Passive component manufacturers
- Attendees position: Component engineers, Strategic buyers, Product marketing specialists, Failure and Quality engineers
satisfaction ratings (14 respondents):
Seminar Usefulness 80%
Quality of Content: 80%
Overall Ratings: 80%
- 50% respondents wish to have a full day seminar
- 43% respondents wish to focus and spend more time on space relevant topics and applications
- 21% respondents wish to have a better hard print manuscripts (not available for all and too small)
- wish to have a resistor seminar next time
“One of the surprise for me is that I was wrong expecting that half day on capacitors would be the maximum dedicated time to keep participants’ interest. …50% respondents expressed their wish to extend the course for a whole day and spend some more time on space specifics and failure analysis. I also counted with about max 20people that would be willing to invest half day of the whole week SPCD program into the seminar. The total number of 37 signed participants was definitely above my expectations. I am really pleased with the positive feedback recieved.” said Tomas Zednicek to conclude the seminar outcome.