Will HumiSeal 1B31 mitigate tin whiskers?

Posted by Sean Horn on Tue, Sep 4, 2012

Tin whiskers are electrically conductive, crystalline structures of tin that sometimes grow from surfaces where tin (especially electroplated tin) is used as a final finish.  They typically grow from lengths of 1-2 millimeters (mm) but have been observed to lengths in excess of 10 mm.  They are a serious issue in the electronics world because they […]

Using Conformal Coating to Prevent Reverse Engineering

Posted by Sean Horn on Tue, Aug 7, 2012

Conformal Coatings are used regularly in an attempt to cover technology designs on printed circuit boards (PCBs). Normally, this is done by using a pigmented (coloured) conformal coating which obscures the components below the conformal coating material.

Urethane conformal coating: When not to use

Posted by Sean Horn on Fri, Jul 27, 2012

Urethane conformal coating is becoming an increasingly popular conformal coating choice.  However, it is not suitable for all applications.  Instances where the product is going into a high vibration environment or has a high heat requirement would not ideal candidates for urethane conformal coatings.