NASA certification is essential to aerospace conformal coating applications, and thus is sought after by many firms in the industry. In addition to 8739.1, other NASA standards, such as ASTM E595 – a test developed by NASA to determine levels of coatings’ volatile content, appropriately screening low outgassing materials for use in space – are inspection and performance parameters applicable to aerospace uses.
The AS9100/9120 and ISO9001 qualification are international aerospace standards for quality assurance, development, production, installation, and servicing also relevant to quality workmanship for aerospace products and the firms that manufacture them; equally relevant are IPC-CC-830 and IPC--A-610 classifications, from the Association Connecting Electronics Industries, often considered equivalent to NASA 8739.1 for aerospace conformal coatings. Nadcap’s AC7120 Rev A - Nadcap Audit Criteria for Circuit Card Assemblies is also applicable.
Essential aerospace applications for conformal coatings include: PCAs and related circuit card assemblies, sensors of all types, microelectricalmechanical systems (MEMS), motor components, power supplies. elastomeric components and backplanes.
NASA Certified Conformal Coating Companies:
Diamond-MT, Inc., located at 213 Chestnut Street, Johnstown, Pa 15906 (Phone: 814-535-3505/Fax: 814-535-2080, www.diamond-mt.com), is NASA certified. Other NASA or similarly certified conformal coating companies include:
Advanced Coating: 10723 Edison Ct, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
Astro Manufacturing & Design: 34459 Curtis Blvd., Eastlake, Ohio 44095
DfR Solutions: 5110 Roanoke Place, Suite 101, College Park, Maryland 20740
Electronic Coating Technologies: 1 Mustang Drive, Cohoes, NY 12047
FastSMT.com/Electronic Source Company: 16032 Arminta Street, Van Nuys, CA 91406
Filter Research Corporation, Inc. (FRC Group): 1270 Clearmont Street NE, Palm Bay, FL 32905
Imagineering Finishing Technologies (IFT): 1302 W. Sample St., South Bend, IN 46619
Specialized Coating Services (SpecCoat): 42680 Christy St., Fremont, CA 94538
Specialty Coatings Systems (SCS): 7645 Woodland Drive, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46278
Spectrum Advanced Technologies Manufacturing, Inc.: 3855 Interpark Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80907
STI Electronics, Inc.: 261 Palmer Rd., Madison, AL 35758
Wildwood Electronics, Inc. (WEI): 29700 Indian Springs Rd., Madison, Al 35756
NASA’s 8739 Standards describe uniform engineering and technical requirements for processes, practices, and methods that have been endorsed as standard for NASA programs and projects, including requirements for selection, application, and design criteria for conformal coating and related encapsulation techniques; these are applied primarily to the manufacture and use of PCAs and electronic assemblies used in space flight components, but have uses for MEMS, sensor and other systems as well. The AS9100 and ISO9001 Standards also provide criteria for coatings similarly essential to their reliable performance during operation.
Diamond MT is committed to providing clients superior conformal coating specifications and standards, generating highest performance products for aerospace and all other applications. For a further list and description of Diamond’s commitment to manufacturing standards and specifications, please see: http://www.paryleneconformalcoating.com/standards-specifications.
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