Used for food production, indoor gardening/hydroponics, and horticulture, grow lights have both industrial and consumer applications. Because total illumination intensity diminishes with distance from the point source (grow lightbulbs), production efficiency is enhanced by:Read More
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Used for aerospace. automotive, commercial, defense, industrial and medical applications, conformal coatings are applied in film layers generally 30-130 microns (micrometers/μm) thick, or 0.0012-0.0051 inches (“). Conformal films’ exceptional thinness is their greatest asset. Coatings safeguard printed circuit boards (PCBs) and similar electronics from performance malfunction generated by unwanted contact with:Read More
Long used to safeguard printed circuit boards (PCBs) and other essential automotive electronics from harsh operating environments, conformal coatings’ importance in auto-design/manufacture has never been greater. Fragile electronic components and the paths between them require protection for PCBs to perform reliably. Conforming to PCBs’ topographies, coatings insulate assembly components, safeguarding specialized electronics’ functional integrity through extreme operating conditions.Read More
Available in five basic material types, conformal coatings can be readily adapted as protective, insulating films for electronics. However, there can be some confusion about which type is best-suited for a specific use. Clearly defining the performance parameters for the component[s] to-be-coated helps coordinate the conformal film material with a unit’s functional requirements. Accurate assessment of environmental conditions like anticipated levels of corrosion, contact with foreign particulates, expected concentrations of moisture/salt spray, temperature fluctuations and vibrational range determine which coating type is best-suited to your electronics’ applications. Without appropriate protection, printed circuit boards (PCBs) and similar electronics will not survive harsh environments, and malfunction.Read More
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Appropriately selected and applied, conformal coatings provide essential working protection for printed circuit boards (PCBs). However, removal of conformal coatings is necessary if the wrong coating material is selected relative to the PCB’s functional requirements, inadequately supporting its operating environment. Poor coating application can trigger failure mechanisms within the assembly, also calling for its removal and re-application.Read More
Printed circuit boards (PCBs) electrically connect and power all but the simplest electronic products. To function as designed, PCBs and their components – capacitors, resistors, etc. – require protection against operating problems caused by corrosive liquids, dust, physical shock, temperature extremes and, in the case of medical implants, bodily fluids. Conformal coatings are applied over PCBs to safeguard mechanisms and maintain functionality.Read More
The value of polymeric conformal coatings for protecting printed circuit boards (PCBs) from functional retardants like dust, corrosion, moisture, and temperature fluctuations has been well-documented. Conforming to the physical configurations of the exposed face of the PCB, conformal coating:Read More
One liquid coating type that rivals the use of parylene is silicone conformal coating (Type SR), which cures rapidly, is reliably dielectric and displays exceptional stability across a wide temperature range. These properties make it parylene’s chief performance competitor, for many purposes. Further comparison delineates their benefits and disadvantages relative to each other.Read More
Electronics manufacturers need devices that withstand heat, cold, rain, snow, vibration, fungus, oxidation, and corrosion through decades of operation.Read More
Silicone and Parylene conformal coatings are a lot like humans and dogs. At first glance, we are very different from our canine friends. However, we have a lot in common -- noses, two eyes, hearts, dreams. In fact, we share 84 percent of our DNA with Rover (or Spot). So too with the two coatings. While both have some functional differences -- which we'll explore here -- they also have an important similarity. Parylene and Silicone are both some of the best choices for conformal coatings of your company's products.Read More
Just about every major type of conformal coating provides protection against moisture. If you get a printed circuit board coated with epoxy, acrylic, urethane, silicone or parylene wet, typically all that you have to do is wipe it off. Environments with high humidity pose a different set of challenges. Because moisture is omnipresent in humid environments, the conformal coating doesn't just have to resist water ingress. It also needs to completely seal the coated item. Given this additional requirement, the best choice will usually be either silicone or parylene.Read More
From front to back, LEDs are improved by conformal coatings. Whether the coating is improving the LED's color accuracy, protecting it from damage or keeping the electronics functioning well, conformal coating of LED electronics extends the suitability of LED technology. Here are the top six ways that conformal coating and LEDs go well together
Conformal Coating Selection: Weighing the Pros and Cons for Your Application
Parylene conformal coating is a very robust coating, but sometimes it is not the right fit for a customer’s application for one reason or another. The entire conformal coating process is based on first identifying the standards to be used and customer’s protection desired. It would therefore only make sense that there are alternatives to parylene for different conformal coating demands.
We have noticed a significant increase in the amount of type SR conformal coating requests recently. Silicone conformal coating offers many benefits such as high temperature capabilities, excellent moisture protection, and easy application and re-workability.
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Maintaining proper thickness for silicone conformal coating is critical because it is applied very thick compared to other conformal coatings. If a coating is applied too thick, it may create excessive stresses on solder joints and components (particularly glass-bodied components). If a coating is applied too thin, it may not reach the optimum properties described on the Technical Data Sheet. For this reason, the IPC created the J-STD-001 to regulate and standardize the thickness that coatings are applied at. For silicones, the J-STD-001 calls out 0.00197 to 0.00827 in. Our operators strive to hit between .002” and .008” for silicone applications.
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.
Light emitting diodes (LEDs) are a huge and growing even bigger segment of the electronics industry. LEDs are expanding into environments that demand a higher l evel of protection in order for the LED to function properly. One way to get this level of protection is by using conformal coating.
Silicone conformal coating is becoming an increasingly popular choice for conformal coating applications. Because of its high temperature capabilities, moisture protection, and ease of application/rework, people are strongly considering silicone coatings for their projects.
In applications that have an exposure to solvents, acrylic conformal coating is not the best choice. Acrylic conformal coating can be removed with a weaker solvent such as isopropyl alcohol or xylene. Whenever it faces even stronger solvents, it will not offer the protection that is needed, especially if your product is a mission critical device. Other coatings, such as urethane or parylene conformal coating have a far better resistance to solvents than acrylics.
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Medical Conformal Coatings Used
While all conformal coating types can be used for different applications, for many medical devices, parylene is the way to go. Because parylene is biologically inert, FDA approval of parylene coated devices is well-documented. The coatings comply with USP Class VI plastics requirements and are MIL-I-46058C / IPC-CC-830B listed. Another benefit for medical devices such as stents and catheters is that parylene is entirely conformal, meaning that component configurations with sharp edges, points, flat surfaces, crevices or exposed internal surfaces are coated uniformly without voids or pinholes.
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WHAT IS CONFORMAL COATING
Conformal coating is a protective non conductive dielectric layer that is applied to protect the assembly from damage due to contamination, salt spray, moisture, fungus, dust and corrosion caused by harsh or extreme environments.
ARE THERE DIFFERENT TYPES OF CONFORMAL COATING?
There are 5 different mediums for conformal coating:
- Acrylic Resin
- Urethane Resin
- Epoxy Resin
- Urethane Resin
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF EACH TYPE OF CONFORMAL COATING?
- Parylene (Type XY)
- Acrylic Resin (Type AR)
- Epoxy (Type ER)
- Polyurethane (Type UR)
- Silicone (Type SR)