Electronics workspace: A wise method to retailer take a look at and measurement tools

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Christian Fromentin is a Rennes, France based innovator who has turned an extra room into an electronic workspace. Every day, the retired innovator goes to his work area to tinker with tube sets, build measuring devices and build devices that help people with disabilities.

Christian Fromentin is a Rennes, France based innovator who has turned an extra room into an electronic workspace. Every day, the retired innovator, who has been reading Elektor for more than 11 years, goes to his work area to tinker with tube sets, build measuring devices and build devices that help people with disabilities. Let’s take a look at his work area, which has a closet with handy test and measurement tools that he has acquired over five decades.

Christian Fromentin is an electronics workforce based in Rennes, France. Look! He has a few Elektor books on his shelf: 311 Circuits and Mastering Microcontrollers supported by Arduino.

Tell us about your work area. Where is it located?

It’s a space big enough for me and one or two people to accompany me in my craft. It is an old space that has been converted into an office or home improvement room that can be used to receive occasional guests. All furniture is on castors.

How long have you had space?

This was completely completed a year ago.

What did you think when you set up your workspace?

My goal was to be able to use this room in different configurations: electronics, guest room, discussion place, drying the laundry.

Any special interests? Tell us what projects you are working on in your electronics work area.

I am passionate about several areas. The renovation of old tube radios. The construction of measuring devices. The creation of devices designed to help people with disabilities: low-force joystick, sensitive button, motion detection, etc.

Much of your test equipment and a lot of your tools are stored neatly. They seem to be easily accessible in your closet. Tell us about some of the equipment and tools you have in your electronics workspace.

I have a lot of gauges that I have acquired over 50 years: oscilloscope, LV continuous power supply, HT, THT. Alternative performance with isolation transformer and variac. A 3D printer, a micro-lathe, a mini CNC milling machine, a mini circular table saw for ICs, a microscope, a lamp knife, a hot air station, welding and welding. Spot welding by capacitance discharge through TBT (ie very low voltage transformer: Très Basse Tension). Mylard printer. Roland plastic cutting machine. HF, LF millivoltmeter, LF, HF generator, frequency meter, multimeter, capacitance meter, spectrum analyzer, etc.

What a great storage solution. And useful lighting!

So you’ve been accumulating gear for a while. What are your most important pieces of equipment?

The most important devices are (in order): the oscilloscope, the power supply units, the soldering iron, the multimeter.

Do you have something interesting about your room? Or do you have special tools or devices that you would like to tell us about?

I have several devices that help me. I use it to hold circuit boards for CMS components. Flexible adhesive supports that are supposed to hold the mobile phone on the front boards of the vehicles. I keep the test leads at a height with hinged supports. The test leads with crocodile clips are hung on a magnetic rail. The leads are easier to store or retrieve. In order to work in the industry without human risk and for devices with low power consumption, I use a transformer for the 220-110 / 220 razor. I made compartments out of imp3D, which are placed in the drawers of the RACCO lockers. This increases the capacity of the drawers.

Extra tools and space to work.

Are you working on plans for your space? Perhaps you will be ordering new devices soon?

Right now the only device I want to buy is a four-channel digital oscilloscope with a logic analyzer.

Tell us about your favorite electronics project. What did you build and why?

José den Brok and Ronald Dekker: a proportional joystick with Hall effect with low displacement force

What are you working on these days?

At the moment I am working on the realization of a device for measuring the properties of components called “Vactrols”. I recognize the graphical interface as “Processing” and the card is currently a Uno R4 card connected to the DAC and ADC.

Do you have a dream project that you would like to tackle?

I want the time to renovate all of the tube radio stations that I have in my possession.

Do you have any advice for members of the Elektor community?

If nothing seems to be working, don’t insist. Ask a third person.

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