Updates on Conformal Coating and Tin Whiskers

Posted by Sean Horn on Fri, Oct 28, 2016

Not completely understood, electrically conductive tin whiskers are crystalline structures between 1-2 millimeters (mm) that can grow from surfaces where tin is used as a final finish; surfaces finished with electroplated tin are particularly susceptible to whisker growth.  Although their occurrence was originally documented during the 1940s, no real solution has yet been devised to […]

Parylene and Tin Whiskers

Posted by Sean Horn on Tue, Nov 26, 2013

Tin whiskers have long been a frustrating occurrence for those manufacturing and using electronic devices. First discovered in the 1940s, the whiskering of metal has been the cause of serious problems including the damaging of vital and difficult to replace equipment. Finding ways to prevent or slow the growth of whiskers has been a focus […]

Silicone vs. Urethane Conformal Coating

Posted by Sean Horn on Fri, Oct 12, 2012

Silicone and urethane are two of the most popular conformal coating types.  They are widely used for a variety of their properties, but which is a better coating?  While this ultimately depends on your application, let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of each. Silicone Conformal Coating Benefits