Parylene Coating Blog by Diamond-MT

IoT (Internet of Things) & Parylene Conformal Coatings

Posted by Sean Horn on Fri, Nov 27, 2020 @ 08:00 AM

The Internet of things (IoT) allows us to connect everyday things to the internet. It is defined as a network of devices, vehicles, appliances, and other things that are connected. IoT is possible with the use of sensors, actuators, electronics, and software embedded into the later. Data collected from these physical devices are sent back and forth for better operation through network connectivity. A multitude of applications in defense, security, medical and industrial applications are available. Wearable devices, underwater systems, agricultural technologies, smart home applications, automotive, aviation systems and other areas of applications make use of IoT devices.

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Can Color be Added to Parylene?

Posted by Sean Horn on Fri, Oct 09, 2020 @ 08:00 AM

Parylene is a conformal coating exhibiting extraordinary properties such as high mechanical strength and biocompatibility. It is a transparent (colorless) film in the UV-V is range of the solar spectrum (Parylene N and C absorb below ≈280 nm). The high transmittance of the polymers in the visible region (90%) make them eligible for use in optical applications. For further information on the optical properties of Parylene you can visit “Parylene’s Optical Properties and Performance”.

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What is the Service Life of Parylene?

Posted by Sean Horn on Fri, Sep 25, 2020 @ 08:00 AM

Under ambient conditions (room temperature, in air) Parylene is a lifetime conformal coating. The exposure to environmental stressors like temperature, oxygen, UV-light and chemicals can degrade the lifetime especially when two or more are existent at the same time.

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What Types of Materials can be Parylene Coated?

Posted by Sean Horn on Fri, May 29, 2020 @ 08:00 AM

At Diamond MT we often get the question: “Can my xxx be parylene coated?”  The number of substrate surfaces that can be coated with parylene is plenty. In the table below a number of industrial applications that using Parylene conformal coatings are listed. The examples can be extended.

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In-Line Parylene Processing??

Posted by Sean Horn on Fri, Jun 29, 2018 @ 07:30 AM

The phrase “in-line parylene processing" is deceptive  because it does not accurately describe the method in which parylene (XY) is applied as a conformal coating.  It is true that some aspects of the traditional production line are relevant, but primarily in a fractional way. without the traditional station-to-station regimentation of standard in-line manufacturing processes.

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Conformal Coating Applications: Liquid vs Parylene

Posted by Sean Horn on Fri, Jan 19, 2018 @ 07:10 AM

Conformal coating of an object occurs when an appropriate coating material is applied on-top and around an underlying substrate, to protect it from such environmental and performance concerns as chemical incursion and excess moisture. Liquid organic polymer conformal coatings – acrylic, epoxy, silicone and urethane – prevent:

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Protecting Solar Panel Electronics with Parylene

Posted by Sean Horn on Fri, Apr 28, 2017 @ 07:36 AM

Like any other renewable energy technology, electronics for solar (photovoltaic) panels are necessary for transforming, transmitting, and monitoring the system.  Unfortunately, system electronics can be fragile, and frequently are the panel’s weakest link.  Converting the sun’s light to electricity, solar panels have demonstrated their utility in numerous operational contexts.  The basic operational unit of panels, the solar cells themselves, can be used to power small scale products like calculators, re-chargeable batteries or watches; full panels can be adapted to a range of larger level operations, like powering homes, lighting systems or water treatment plants.

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How Parylene Protects Automotive Electronics

Posted by Sean Horn on Fri, Oct 21, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

High-tech electronic systems increasingly regulate automotive management functions for emissions’ controls, fuel systems, fluid monitoring, lighting, and powertrain mechanics, frequently comprised of miniaturized, multi-layer MEMS/Nano packages.  Systems’ survival in hostile vehicular environments typified by condensation, corrosive fluids and vapors, excessive temperatures, humidity and prolonged UV exposure is partially assured by protective conformal coating.  

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Different Types of Parylene

Posted by Sean Horn on Fri, Oct 07, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

Parylene Varietals:  Matching Material to Purpose

A common generic name for Poly-para-xylylene, parylene forms a protective plastic film when applied to substrate surfaces.  Application is achieved through a chemical vapor deposition (CVD) process in a vacuum, as a gas to targeted substrate surfaces.

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Parylene: Protecting MEMS in the Military

Posted by Sean Horn on Mon, Dec 23, 2013 @ 01:47 PM

Offering sensitivity and performance in a compact package, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) have become increasingly prevalent in U.S. military applications over the last few decades and are enabling significant technological advances. As with all things military, however, robust protection of these sensitive electronics is imperative in order to ensure that they can withstand the harsh conditions often found on the battlefield. Conformal coatings such as Parylene can help MEMS-based military technologies withstand conditions such as extreme temperatures, humidity, dust/dirt, chemicals, and rugged terrain.

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Parylene: The Military-Grade Conformal Coating

Posted by Sean Horn on Fri, Aug 23, 2013 @ 08:21 AM

Military and defense equipment are put to the test and subjected to uniquely harsh conditions on a daily basis. These mission-critical products must be rugged and able to withstand extreme weather and temperatures, exposed forces of gravity that are well above and beyond normal situations, and a range of contaminants such as salt, water, and fungus. Luckily, the application of a parylene conformal coating to relevant electronics can ensure that components are fit for duty in the military and defense industries.

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What can be parylene coated?

Posted by Sean Horn on Tue, Jun 26, 2012 @ 01:08 PM

A question we often get is “Can Xbe parylene coated?”  We are often amazed at the shear number of items that can be and are coated with parylene.  A quick look at the different items that we have parylene coated over the years reveals that more often than not, parylene coating is a value add to these and many more products:
  • Printed circuit boards
  • MEMs
  • LEDs
  • Catheters
  • Stents
  • Magnets
  • Paper
  • Needles
  • Sensors
  • Ferrite Cores
  • Metallic Blocks
  • Optical lenses
  • Implantable devices
  • Valves
  • O-rings
  • Tubing
  • Silicon Wafers
  • Keypads
  • Stoppers
  • Seals
  • Mandrels
  • Molds
  • Motor Assemblies
  • Power Supplies
  • Backplanes
  • Photoelectric Cells
  • Forceps
  • Test tubes
  • Probes
  • Fiber Optic Components
  • Pace-makers
  • Bobbins
  • And many more…
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